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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  x@yahoo.com
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04/18/2014
SEND US YOUR SUMMER CAMP INFO It's time to start thinking...
Hollywood Summer League's Coming
04/03/2014
Hollywood Boy's Summer League Registration Coming Soon! The...
Royals Summer Camp for K-2 and 3-4th Grade Boys & Girls
03/24/2014
K-6th Grade Boys & Girls Learn To Play Lacrosse This Summer ... What:...
Girls 7-8th Grade Team Practice & Game Schedule
03/11/2014
Hopkins Girls 7-8th Grade team Practice & game Schedule PRACTICES:...
2014 Boys Box Practice & Game Schedule
03/03/2014
2014 Hopkins Boys Youth Box League U11 & U13 Practice &...

01/09/2014
25 things every youth & high school lacrosse players should know... Here's...
 
by posted 04/18/2014
 

SEND US YOUR SUMMER CAMP INFO

It's time to start thinking about summer lacrosse camps for your young lax player. We will be listing all the camps we know about on this page as the info becomes available.

Home Grown Lacrosse (Boys U9-HS)  www.HomeGrownLacrosse.org

NorthStar Lacrosse (Boys & Girls Youth& HS)  www.northstarlacrosse.com/page/show/1061284-camps-and-clinics

Hopkins Community Ed (Boys & Girls Youth)


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Hollywood Summer League's Coming
by posted 04/03/2014
 

Hollywood Boy's Summer League Registration Coming Soon!

The Kevin "Hollywood" Reed Summer League will be open to registrations soon. For those that don't know, Kevin is a former Hopkins HS and U of St Thomas grad and lax player that started and continues to be the head coach of the highly successful boy's lacrosse program at St Louis Park. He is also an outspoken advocate for and dedicated himself to the growth of the game in Minnesota as the longtime president of the MN Boys Scholastic Lacrosse Association (MBSLA). Here in Hopkins we are honored to have him serve as the vice-president of the Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association. He also has the gift of gab and is one of the funniest and nicest people you will ever meet.

Just like last summer, plans are to start in early June and end in early August with Monday Clinics staffed by area college and high school coaches. Then on Tuesdays run group practices and Thursdays play 1/2 field games (no weekends) . Age levels will include Boy's U9/U11 and U13/U15. More details will follow shortly here and on the www.slplax.com website...

CONTACT: If you have questions contact Kevin at

Here is a sample of last summers schedule and rules...

2013 Schedule - U9/U11

U9/U11 Schedule      
June 11th Tuesday Junior High 5:30 to 6:30 Evaluations
June 13th Thursday Junior High 5:30 to 6:30 Evaluations
June 18th Tuesday Stadium  6:00 - 7:00 Practice
June 20th Thursday Stadium  See Schedule Week 1 Games
June 24th Monday Stadium  6:00 - 7:00 Clinic
June 25th Tuesday Junior High 6:00 - 7:00 Practice
June 27th Thursday Stadium See Schedule Week 2 Games
         
July 2nd HAPPY 4th!!!!!    
July 4th HAPPY 4th!!!!!    
July 8th Monday Stadium 6:00 - 7:00 Clinic
July 9th Tuesday Stadium See Schedule Week 3 Games
July 11th Thursday Junior High 6:00 - 7:00 Practice
July 16th Tuesday Stadium See Schedule Week 4 Games
July 18th Thursday Junior High 6:00 - 7:00 Practice
July 22nd Monday Stadium 6:00 - 7:00 Clinic
July 23rd Tuesday Junior High 6:00 - 7:00 Practice
July 25th Thursday Stadium See Schedule Week 5 Games
July 29th Monday Stadium  6:00 - 7:00 Clinic
July 30th Tuesday Junior High 6:00 - 7:00 Practice
         
August 1st Thursday Stadium  See Schedule Week 6 Games
August  5th Monday Stadium  6:00 - 7:00 Clinic
August 6th Tuesday Stadium  See Schedule Week 7 Games
August 8th Thursday Stadium See Schedule CHAMPIONSHIP
 

2013 U13/U15 Schedule

U13/U15 Schedule      
June 11th Tuesday Junior High 6:40 - 7:40 Evaluations
June 13th Thursday Junior High 6:40 - 7:40 Evaluations
June 18th Tuesday Stadium  7:00 - 8:00 Practice
June 20th Thursday Stadium See Schedule Week 1 Games
June 24th Monday Stadium   7:00 - 8:00 Clinic
June 25th Tuesday Junior High 7:00 - 8:00 Practice
June 27th Thursday Stadium See Schedule Week 2 Games
         
July 2nd HAPPY 4th!!!!!    
July 4th HAPPY 4th!!!!!    
July 8th Monday Stadium  7:00 - 8:00 Clinic
July 9th Tuesday Stadium  See Schedule Week 3 Games
July 11th Thursday Junior High 7:00 - 8:00 Practice
July 16th Tuesday Stadium See Schedule Week 4 Games
July 18th Thursday Junior High 7:00 - 8:00 Practice
July 22nd Monday Stadium 7:00 - 8:00 Clinic
July 23rd Tuesday Junior High 7:00 - 8:00 Practice
July 25th Thursday Stadium See Schedule Week 5 Games
July 29th Monday Stadium 7:00 - 8:00 Clinic
July 30th Tuesday Junior High 7:00 - 8:00 Practice
         
August 1st Thursday Stadium  See Schedule Week 6 Games
August  5th Monday Stadium  7:00 - 8:00 Clinic
August 6th Tuesday Stadium See Schedule Week 7 Games
August 8th Thursday Stadium See Schedule CHAMPIONSHIP
 

HLL - Rules

  • Games are played on a half field
  • Format will be Face Off with players on each side (like box)
  • No offsides
  • 2 pass rule is in effect
  • 5 goal limit, then a player must have 3 assists to have his goals count, then goal assist, goal assit format (assists can't be all to one other player)
  • 3 penalities and your fowled out
  • Running time 10min Quarters
  • 4 goal mercy rule

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Royals Summer Camp for K-2 and 3-4th Grade Boys & Girls
by posted 03/24/2014
 

K-6th Grade Boys & Girls Learn To Play Lacrosse This Summer ...


What: Camp Royal Coed Lacrosse Camp
Grade Levels: K-2nd & 3rd-6th grade
When: Mon-Thurs, June 24-26th
Times: 3rd-6th grade sesions run from 9am-12 noon, K-2nd Grade sessions from 1-4pm.
Where: Eisenhower Elementary School/Community Center Gym (or outside weather permitting)
Cost: $ 74.00
Registration Link: https://hopkins.thatscommunityed.com/course/youth-summer-2014-camp-royal/learn-to-play-lacrosse#cr402-gr-3-6

Learn all the skills to play lacrosse, one of the most popular and growing sports in Minnesota! Camp participants will be introduced to this frenetic thousand + year old Native American game and learn stick handling, proper positioning, passing, cradling and team skills. Please wear appropriate clothing, gym shoes, and bring a water bottle and sunscreen.  Loaner sticks will be provided. This program is run by Hopkins Community Education and endorsed by the Hopkins Youth Lacrosse Association.

Questions: Contact Mike Bowman of Hopkins Community Ed at or call him at 952-988-4078.

 
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Girls 7-8th Grade Team Practice & Game Schedule
by posted 03/11/2014
 


Hopkins
Girls 7-8th Grade team Practice & game Schedule


PRACTICES: The season starts Monday March 17 from 3:30-5pm inside the West junior High Structure (Court #1) or weather permitting on the lacrosse field (W9) adjacent to West Jr High. From there on all weekday practices will be on Mon, Tues and Thurs at West Jr High from 3:30-5:00 pm.  There is an activity bus that runs between North & West for practice. Unless it is changed by coach K, there will also be Saturday practices starting Sat March 29 through May 18. The last practice is Thurs May 22.

GAMES: There will be travel to other suburbs for games. The 8 game schedule will be released early April and include weekday evening and some weekend games. Practice changes & games schedules will be emailed out to players/parents. The game schedule is posted below.

The Hopkins Girls 7-8th Grade Spring MSLAX League team registration is still open to beginners and experienced players.
TO REGISTER: Click on the "REGISTER HERE" button on this website and scroll down to the
registration page to sign up
PLAYER FEE: $260  Also, a current US Lacrosse membership ID # is also required ($25 and you can register and pay online for it at www.uslacrosse.org) The ID # is needed  to completing your daughter's registration. 

QUESTIONS: If you have registration questions please contact Mark Hellenack at 952-938-2723 or .

EQUIPMENT:  Woman's lacrosse stick, mouth guard, soccer style cleats and eye protection (lacrosse goggles) are required. Uniform is provided.

HEAD COACH: Kristina Fredrickson will be back as the head 7-8th grade girls coach. If you have questions she can be reached at  or 952-288-7514

2014 Hopkins Girls 7-8th Grade Game Schedule...

Wed 4/23 6:30 Northfield @SLP HS stadium field (This is considered a home game for us)

Monday 4/28 6:45 Orono @Orono middle school

Sunday 5/4 1:00 Rochester @Rochester

Wednesday 5/7 7:30 Breck @Breck

Saturday 5/17 12:00 BSM @HOME!!

Wednesday 5/21 5:30 Hudson @Hudson (game is being rescheduled)

Saturday 5/24 2:00 Lakeville @Lakeville (game is being rescheduled)

Wednesday 5/28 5:30 Minneapolis @basset creek (mpls)

 

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2014 Boys Box Practice & Game Schedule
by M Hellenack posted 03/03/2014
 


2014 Hopkins Boys Youth Box League U11 & U13 Practice & Game Schedules

U11 & U13 Box Spring Practices:
Tues nights 6-7:30pm @ Hopkins Pavilion Arena (U11 & U13 share rink)

First Tuesday practice is March 4 followed by practices on March 11, 18, 22, 25 and ending Tues, April 8.
(No practice April 1st due to Spring Break)
Practices will continue outdoors at the outdoor arena adjacent to the Hopkins Pavilion on Tuesday from 6-7:30pm April 15, 22, 29 and May 6, 13.

U11 Practice Sat afternoons 2-3pm @ Hopkins Pavilion Arena 
U13 Practice Sat afternoons 3-4pm @ Hopkins Pavilion Arena

First Saturday practice is March 1 followed by practices on March 8, 15, 22, and ending March 29.
(No practice April 5th due to Spring Break)
 Practices will continue outdoors at the outdoor arena adjacent to the Hopkins Pavilion on Saturdays from 2-4pm April 12,19,26, and May 3, 10. 

U11 &  U13 Box Game Schedules:
Each team plays one game a week for a total of 8 games starting in mid-March and ending in mid-May. Each team will also play one or more playoff games at the end of the season if we qualify. Home games are usually on on Fri nights or Sun evenings at the Pavilion.  Away games are during the week and weekends at rinks located in the Metro area (Chaska, Inver Grove Heights, and Shoreview arenas).

For game schedules, clinics and more visit the MN Swarm (YBL) Youth Box League website www.mnboxlacrosse.com

Fresh off the presses....Here is the Hopkins Boys Box U11 & U13 Game Schedule for March. The balance of the schedule (April-May) should be out soon according to the YBL (Youth Box League) Director Ross Chicantek.

TIPS ON HOW TO PLAY: Click on this link to get some great tips on how to play the game from members of the MN Swarm: http://www.mnboxlacrosse.com/page/show/945702-ybl-tips

DIRECTIONS TO CHASKA ARENA: Chaska Community Center (arena) is where some of our away games will be played. Use www.rinkfinder.com for directions or type this address into your smart phone:1661 Park Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN  55318
 

U13 Hopkins Boy Box Game Schedule      
Date Day Time Home Away Age Level Facility 
16-Mar Sunday 3:00-4:00 PM Minnetonka 2 Hopkins U13D Chaska
23-Mar Sunday 10:00-11:00 AM Hopkins WBL Orange U13D Hopkins
26-Mar Wednesday 7:00-8:00 PM Minnetonka 3 Hopkins U13D Chaska
             
             
             
U11 Hopkins Boys Box Game Schedule      
Date Day Time Home Away Age Level Facility 
21-Mar Friday 8:00-9:00 PM Wayzata White Hopkins U11 Hopkins
26-Mar Wednesday 6:00-7:00 PM Hopkins Minnetonka 2 U11 Chaska
27-Mar Thursday 7:00-8:00 PM Edina White Hopkins U11 Hopkins
       

 


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by posted 01/09/2014
 

25 things every youth & high school lacrosse players should know...

Here's a list of 25 things every young laxer should know and keep in mind. From the beginner to the aspiring Division I recruit, there is something here for everyone.

1. When shooting with your friends, don’t stand around. Practice shooting on the run coming out of dodges. Time and room shots in games are few and far between.

2. Work on your off hand. Only the elite talent/athlete gets by with one hand. Chances are you do not fall into that category.

3. Celebrate with class. Thousands of players before you have scored more clutch goals than you. Act like you’ve been there before. Same thing goes for dog piling on the field after a win.

4. Get low and use two hands on ground balls. Nothing makes you look softer than a failed one-handed scoop in traffic.

5. Just put the ball in the net. You can be the kid with 3 goals in the box score or the the kid with 1 goal, a missed behind the back, and a sweet crank that missed top cheddar. Overhand and off hip work well.

6. Respect your coaches. You may not be the All-American you think you are. Make eye contact when your coaches are talking and keep your mouth shut. You might learn something.

7. String yourself a nice gamer and a good backup if possible and be done with it. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones’s and feel like you always need the next best thing. Spend that time and energy working on your fitness and skills.

8. If you are on a budget, buy last year’s head and shaft on sale. You’ll get great deals on products that are not much different than the latest and greatest. Spend your money on a good pocket.

9. If you limit your circle of friends to only other lacrosse players, you’re doing yourself a disservice. The lax bro culture isn’t very cultured at all. Be your own person.

10. Be responsible for your gear, uniform, cleats, mouthpiece, etc. Take inventory well in advance of practice and make sure you have everything you need. Police up your gear after the game. Mom and dad work too hard to pay for replacement gear you lost track of because you were too busy squirting water on your teammates after practice.

11. Getting stripped of the ball creates a sinking feeling. It happens to everyone. Don’t sulk, work to get the ball back. There’s nothing worse than seeing a kid hang his head and kick rocks instead of getting after the ball that is five feet away.

12. Recognize that lacrosse is a team sport. When a teammate is open, get the ball to that player regardless of who it is. Make good decisions and let the coach worry about who he puts on the field.

13. Take pride in the little things. If you’re an attackman, ride hard. If you’re a middie, play tough “D”. If you play defense, move your feet and value position over the home run check. Hopefully, you’re trying to help your team, not make a highlight reel.

14. Respect your parents. Being disrespectful to your parents reflects poorly on you and embarrasses your family. Your parents don’t owe you anything.

15. Don’t be a twit on Twitter, Facebook, etc. It is mind boggling what kids will put out on the internet for public consumption. Don’t let a screenshot of an ill-advised internet rant ruin you. It has and will continue to do just that to all too many kids who post before thinking.

16. If it were up to most kids, they would always have new gear and clothes. Not everyone is in a position to indulge in the latest and greatest. Be deeper than judging a kid based on their appearance. Judge kids for what kind of teammate or person they are.

17. Don’t be a black hole. No matter how good you think you are, your teammates don’t want to see you dodge through double and triple teams while passing up good looks to open players, whether you score or not.

18. Show up to practice (on time) with the mindset that you are going to work to get better, not just because it’s what you have to do. Push yourself.

19. Lacrosse is a small community. Act the fool, be uncoachable, or have meddling parents and you’ll find it tough to shake that reputation.

20. From time to time, a coach is going to correct, yell, or bench you. Justified or not, get used to it and be open to the fact that you may not be as good as you (or your parents) think you are.

21. Stick tricks will not do wonders for your game. You’ll wonder where your playing time went because you were wasting time trying to perfect the “Triple Lindy” or something equally ridiculous, instead of working on actual skills.

22. Don’t twirl or spin your stick. It’s a horrible habit that some kids can’t shake. A kid who can’t move the ball quickly because he has to twirl his stick every time he touches the ball will be twirling his flow on the sideline instead.

23. Put as much time getting your body in shape as you do on honing your stick skills. Those stick skills don’t mean a whole lot if you’re gassed after 10 minutes.

24. Play other sports. This has been said before, ad nauseam, because it’s good advice. Don’t burn yourself out and learn to be an athlete and not just a lacrosse player.

25. Have fun and play because you enjoy the game.


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