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    Any Lacrosse Players or Fans out there?
    I'm a long time Lax player and fan, and with the season quickly approaching I wanted to know if there were any others out there.

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    Goalie here you were a middie right?
    Continued Success,

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    The secret of success is constancy of purpose ~ Disraeli

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    I played both attack and middie. Attackman at heart but injuries forced me to the midfield.

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    We have a team here called the Calgary Roughneck(pro)

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    Yes~! Cool post..

    I played Lacrosse growing up in Horseheads, NY - then while at college
    at Alfred University. Since college, though, I have been more active
    in my individual sports like pedaling my bike and skiing. Besides I would
    get crushed tryin to run around with these young Utah laxers! It's
    exploded out here...there's probably 50 or 60 high schools that now
    have programs from Ogden to Provo and over to Park City...

    Anyways the sport was a Huge part of my life...

    One of my buddies kept it real out here in Utah. We played in high school
    together and then he ended up at Castleton College in Vermont. He
    now runs a cool little retail shop (Tribal West Lacrosse) here in the
    Salt Lake Valley.. he's bringing his inventory online this year and hopefully
    he'll join our network and build a great affiliate program.. Heck maybe
    he'll start hangin out here at ABW!

    Over and out - Gary M

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    Mailman - The pro teams up in Canada are all indoor box teams right?

    Gary - I know exactly how you feel. I have forged some of my closest friendships because of lacrosse and the teams I played with. It was and still is a huge part of my life.

    Haiko - Do you know of any leagues in the area looking for a coach or an assistant? I would love to share my knowledge and love of the game with the youth in the area.

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    Adam the ULA (Utah Lacross Association) needs you!

    It's a constant challenge for them to find qualified coaches/refs..

    I was coaching for a while but it started cutting into my spring ski
    days too much

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    Although that sounds great and right up my ally...I think the commute would be hell

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    what! c'mon, I already told them you were coming haha
    -

    I was just pointing out the growth here.. the ULA's need
    for 'qualified' coaches is their biggest challenege. Many
    high school players know way more about the game than
    their coaches.. No one even knew what Lacrosse was in
    Utah a decade ago..

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    The growth of the game nationwide and even worldwide has been amazing. I wish it was as big as it is now when I was playing. And it hasn't been that long. It's great to see teams from the west coast forming and even teams form as far as Japan, UK, Australia.

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    How To Start Your Own LAX Club
    I'm late to this thread, and Haiko pointed the way to me here 'cause I had started a thread in the same way this one began. But, let me cut to the chase...

    I'm helping out another club nearby, but my goal would be to start a club in my hometown. The challenge that I'm facing is the lack of parental assistance. I have a ton of kids willing to play, businesses that would give me money to make it happen, but after recruiting for parents on and off for nearly 8 months, I didn't get a single serious offer to help!!

    The club (Diablo Scorpions) I'm helping with now is a totally different story and is the model for success. One of the key Founders (George ) wanted his kids to play LAX, so went to a nearby town to join -- they said you aren't from here, so they can't. He took matters into his own hands and formed his own club.

    To recruit, he got a copy of a US Lacrosse video, went to all of the local schools and arranged some time with the gym classes. On the appointed day, he showed the 10 min video, then handed out a bunch of sticks and balls to fool around with, presented a kid in full gear then left behind a flyer promoting the website and online signups.

    Want to talk about success? Well, it was in 2000 that he started this thing and managed to field 20 or so kids at the younger age group in the first season...last year, the program had grown to about 450 kids. As the original kids grew older, they moved up to the next age group and he backfilled into the younger age groups. For the first time, they actually had too many kids and their teams dominate in almost every age group -- they even have excellent representation with their girls teams. Its considered one of the finest programs in the state, if not the country.

    The key reason that program is working so well, is because the Scorpions have *alot* of parents helping -- they have a board of directors, coaches and assistant coaches, team moms, special event organizers, volunteers to help the volunteers etc.

    So, given that kids and money aren't an issue, how the heck do I get parents involved (fyi, most of the parents of the Scorpions don't have clue what LAX is either...)?

    P.S. George has now stepped up to bring the NCJLA to the next level.
    Last edited by 1av8r; February 14th, 2006 at 06:49 PM. Reason: More links

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    Might be a far stretch, but are any of you ABWers heading to Philly for the NCAA Lax Final 4...I'll be there as I am every year.
    Last edited by AdamGEC; May 23rd, 2006 at 10:09 AM. Reason: spelling

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