To support the sport of Girls and Boys lacrosse in the Hopkins School district.
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Welcome to Hopkins Youth Lacrosse

Our mission is to promote and teach boys and girls the fundamental skills and team concepts needed to play the sport. We are dedicated to instilling the importance of good sportsmanship, a strong work ethic, and teamwork with the help of positive, encouraging coaches.   

North America's first sport, lacrosse is a Native American game played by almost all the tribes in North America. The game was given the name LaCrosse (bent stick) by the French missionaries who first saw it played by the Huron and Iroquois out east. The native names for the game include Stickball, the ball game,  the Creator's Game, the Bumping Hips Game and Little Brother of War.

Adapted by the Canadians in the early 1900's and given the rules we use today, lacrosse is now Canada's national summer sport. The modern game has protective gear and the benefit of new technology (plastic, aluminum), but it still requires the same skills used by the Native players, quickness, speed, agility, cradling, dodging, catching, throwing, scooping and shooting.

In the USA lacrosse is a varsity high school, college and professional sport and it will soon be an Olympic sport.  It is one of the fastest growing sports and combines the skills you already have in basketball, soccer and hockey. Plus, anyone can play lacrosse, big or small. The game rewards coordination, speed and stick skills.

We invite you to come join the Fun!

if you are interested in getting your son or daughter involved in lacrosse here in the Hopkins School District click on the "Join Our Email List" button on bottom left of this website. For more immediate questions contact HYLA President,  Mark Hellenack at  952-938-2723  or
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You Can Now Rent Lacrosse Gear in the Twin Cities Eastside...
Spring Registration Now Open
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the.... 2015 Boy's Box &...
Go See the Swarm play this season
Co-ed Beginner Intro to Lacrosse Clinics set for Feb & March
Try Lacrosse Clinics “for beginners” set for Saturday,...
Try Lax Stick Loaner & Scholarship Fund
Coaches Wanted
Youth Boys Coaches and Assistant Coaches Wanted for the...
Try LaX Clinic Registration Now Open

by posted 01/25/2015
Lacrosse Rental Gear Now Available

You Can Now Rent Lacrosse

Gear in the Twin Cities

Eastside Lacrosse in Woodbury offers inexpensive lacrosse gear rental for boys and girls youth and high school level players new to the sport. They even offer goalie and box gear.

Click this link for more details:

Equipment Details

Helmet: Only NOCSAE approved helmets in sizes Youth XS to Adult XL.

Shoulder Pads: Sizes Youth S to Adult L.  Limited shoulder liners are available in adult sizes only.

Arm Pads: Sizes Youth S to Adult L.  Arm guards and elbow guards are available in adult sizes only.

Gloves: Sizes Youth 6” to Adult 13”.

Rib Pad: Rib pads for field/outdoor lacrosse.  Sizes Adult XS to L. 

Boy's Stick: Lacrosse sticks are available in Attack/Midfield or Defense lengths in aluminum only.

Goalie Stick: Goalie sticks have a handle option of 30” or 40” in length.

Chest Protector: Sizes Adult XS to L.

Throat Guard: Custom and generic (tie on) throat protectors are available.

Box Kidney Pad: Sizes Adult S to L.

Box Bicep Pads: Sizes Adult S to L.

Girl’s Stick: Standard 42” length only.

Goggle: Adjustable Adult S to L.

Eastside Lacrosse Address & Contact info

783 Radio Dr. Suite 102

Woodbury, MN 55125



by posted 01/21/2015
Spring Registration Now Open


2015 Boy's Box & Girl's Field Lacrosse

Spring Season.

Click on the "REGISTER HERE" button on the left side of the home page and you will be taken to the registration page. Scroll up or down to the registration info your your son's or daughter's age level.

Hurry as spots are filling up fast! Registration ends Feb 5th, 2015. There is a $25 late fee for registration received after Feb 5th.

QUESTIONS: Contact HYLA President, Mark Hellenack at or call 952-938-2723.

by posted 01/14/2015
Go See the Swarm play this season

by posted 12/18/2014
Co-ed Beginner Intro to Lacrosse Clinics set for Feb & March

Try Lacrosse Clinics “for beginners”

set for Saturday, Feb 28 & March 7

These are an introductory clinics for beginner boys and girls looking to try lacrosse (in grades 2nd - 7th). Players will be divided into two co-ed groups (grades 2-4) and (grades 5-7). No equipment is necessary, just come dressed for inside the gym and bring a water bottle. We supply all the equipment necessary (lacrosse sticks & soft lacrosse balls).

The clinic is open to anyone from the Twin Cities interested in trying lacrosse for the first time. Instruction will be provided by college, high school and youth association coaches and players. Local youth association information will be available for those looking to play in the spring or summer. Existing Hopkins players are encouraged to help instruct and bring their friends to try lacrosse.


Date # 1 Sat. Feb 28  from 11:30 am-1pm (check-in is at 11:15 am)

Where: the North gym at Eisenhower Elem/Hopkins Community Center


Date # 2 Sat. March 7th from 10 am-11:30 am (check-in is at 9:45 am)

Where: the North gym at Eisenhower Elem/Hopkins Community Center

Grade Eligibility:  2nd-7th grade Co-Ed

Participant Fee: $24 includes both Try Lacrosse clinic dates


Click on the link below to register. (Opens 12/1/2014)


Scholarships are available upon request.  Max enrollment: 35 participants per clinic


Registration Questions?

Hopkins Community Ed Youth Program Coordinator: Mike Bowman

Phone: 952-988-4078


Clinic Questions?

Clinic Coordinator: Mark Hellenack

Phone: 952-938-2723


by posted 11/20/2014
Try Lax Stick Loaner & Scholarship Fund



November 3rd, 2014

Dear Hopkins Lacrosse parents, players and other potebtial donors:

I am contacting you with a great opportunity to help grow the sport of boys and girls lacrosse on the youth level here in the Hopkins School district. The number of players participating in the Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association spring and summer programs is extremely low compared to our neighbors in Minnetonka, St Louis Park, Edina and Eden Prairie. The reasons are many, a changing demographic, socio-economic, perceived costs and competition from other sports. We have to do a better job of recruiting kids to try lacrosse especially for those that cannot afford the equipment and fees. Here is a plan to change things, but in order for it to work, we all have to get involved and help.

THE PLAN….As of Nov 3rd, 2014 I have started a campaign to collect used youth lacrosse  equipment and sticks and  raise money for lacrosse sticks and boys spring box and girls spring field league registration scholarships. The plan is divided into two parts.

Part A. From November – December 2014 the plan is to have existing Hopkins Lacrosse parents and players (HS & Youth) either donate old lacrosse sticks and youth equipment (helmets, gloves, etc)  to the Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association or money to purchase new sticks and spring registration scholarships. NOTE: The MN Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association (MBSLA) has offered to match all donation dollar for dollar up to $1000. HYLA is a 5013c non-profit and all donations are tax deductible.

STICK DONATIONS…Donations of used youth lacrosse equipment and sticks can be dropped off at my house (see address below) between Nov-Dec 2014 along with a note explaining who donated what with your name, address, phone, email and estimated value. My address is: 138 14th Ave. No, Hopkins, MN and the donation can be place on my front steps in a plastic bag anytime day or night. Hold onto a stick you plan to donate if you already have a potential lax recruit in mind to give it to. (See “Keeping Track of who you give a stick”, below in Part B)

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS…Donations of money can be made on the Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association website by clicking on the “Try Lax Stick Loaner Donation Form" located on the main menu (blue vertical menu) on the home page. Donations can be made by credit card or check. Please make you contribution before January 1st 2015. We are hoping to raise $2800 for the purchase of 70 plus sticks and $2000 in registration scholarship money for total of $4800.

Part B. From January-February the plan is to have the parents and players identify athletes  that are not playing lacrosse yet and give them a stick with the promise that if they go to the two clinics (planned in Feb & March) and like it enough to register for spring box or field they get to keep the stick.

Try Lacrosse Clinics…We are running  series of two Co-ed Lacrosse clinics for 2nd -7th grade boys and girls beginners on Sat, Feb 28th from 11:30 am-1 pm and Sat, March 7th from 10:30 am-12 Noon at the Eisenhower Elem/Hopkins Community Center on Hwy 7 in Minnetonka (indoors) in the North Gym. The cost is $24 per participant. Online registration will be available in December at the Hopkins Community Education website

OUR GOAL…We hope to have 30 plus girls sticks and 40 plus boys sticks to give to parents of existing girls and boys high school and youth players so they can start handing them out to potential new youth players in January of 2015.

How To Get Sticks…If you are the parent of a Hopkins high school player or youth player, you will need to stop by my house and check-out a stick or two. Just call 952-938-2723 to set up a time to stop by.

Keeping Track of who you give a stick…Email me the name(s), age, school and contact info (phone and email) for the recruit(s) you are giving a stick to. You will also want to follow up and make sure the parents register for the clinics in Feb and March.

Questions & Comments…Contact Mark Hellenack, HYLA President at



by posted 11/14/2014
Coaches Wanted

Youth Boys Coaches and Assistant Coaches

Wanted for the March-May spring box season...


The Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association is currently looking for Under 11and Under 13 Boys Box head coaches and assistant coaches. We are looking for parents to be head coaches and assiatant coaches. Wea re also looking for high school players with box experience to be  assistant coaches. The time commitment for practices is 1.5 hrs on Tues (5-6:30 pm) and Sat (3-4pm) for the U9 and Wed (6-7:30pm) and Sat (2-3pm) for the U13. There are 10 game schedule with most on week nights and some on weekends. Please contact HYLA President, Mark Hellenack if you are interested at 952-938-2723 or . We provide the training, coaches stipends, coaching apparel and lots of encouragement.

by posted 11/05/2014
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