Registration is now open for the 2018 Grand Cities Lacrosse season!
We are waiting on a preliminary schedule from the Dakota Premier Lacrosse League but again expect to be on the road 3-4 weekends. The 10U, 12U, and 14U will be going to the Grand Rapids Shootout and we may try to put an 8U together for this the Shootout too. Grand Cities will also be hosting a home tournament this season for Varsity and JV/U16, the FrostBuster Shootout. This will be a 16 team tournament with teams from North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba.
Many things the association has to pay in order for our teams to practice and play went up in price this season but the board worked hard to trim the budget and we were actually able to reduce the fees over last year for most age groups.
2018 Grand Cities Lacrosse/Dakota Premier Lacrosse League Player Segments
Date of Birth Age Group Grade Affiliation
Born 9/1/2009 through 8/31/2012 Beginner Lacrosse 1st & 2nd (New players)
Born 9/1/2007 through 8/31/2009 10U 2nd, 3rd & 4th
Born 9/1/2005 through 8/31/2007 12U 5th & 6th
Born 9/1/2003 through 8/31/2005 14U 7th & 8th
Date of Birth Age Group Grade Affiliation HS Graduation Year
Born 9/1/2001 through 8/31/2003 16U 9th &10th 2020 & 2019
Born 9/1/1999 through 8/31/2002 18U 11th & 12th 2018 & 2017
As of right now the 12U, 14U, 16U, and 18U will be league traveling teams. 10U will be in-house with likely no travel requirements like it was this past season with the exception of the optional traveling team that will be assembled for the Grand Rapids Shootout.
Beginner Lacrosse/8U returns for our youngest players. We have 30 sets of protective gear and sticks that new players can check out for the season and return at the end. There is no fee to use this gear. This program is very resonably priced and will focus on developing lacrosse basic skill sets with limited lacrosse scrimmages against similarly skilled beginners. As mentioned, we may put an optional travel group together for the Grand Rapids Shootout as they added a 8U divison last year.
Also, as mentioned above, we will be needing more coaches for 2018 at many levels, particularly at Beginner/8U and 10U. Please consider registering as a coach and helping grow the games. For DPLL traveling teams, there are league requirements to be able to coach so please think about it and make the decision early so you do not miss out on training opportunities coming up in the spring.
We also need officials for the upcoming year. As with the coaches, please think about it now and register to be an official so we can keep you up to date with training opportunities that will be coming up over the winter and early spring. These are paid positions for both league and local games. We can have the best players, the best coaches, the best equipment and facilities, but without officials, we cannot play games. We need you.
And if your are a returning family, please recruit at least one new family this season.
National Lacrosse Participation Tops 825,000 in 2016
SPARKS, Md. — National participation topped 825,000 players on organized teams in 2016, setting a new record for participation.
Since US Lacrosse first surveyed national lacrosse participation in 2001, the number of players has grown from just over 250,000 to the current total of 826,023, an increase of over 225 percent over a 15-year timeframe.
MILESTONE MOMENTS IN 2016
• Participation reached a record level of more than 825,000 participants
• The number of male participants went over a half a million for the first time ever.
• Illinois became the 21st state with its state high school association to adopt lacrosse as a full-championship sport.
• The Lacrosse Sports Network, a 24-hour internet network, launched operations, giving the sport unprecedented coverage.
• The United Women’s Lacrosse League, the first women’s professional lacrosse league for the sport, played its inaugural season with four franchises.
• Hampton University played its first varsity game, becoming the first historically black college and university (HBCU) to sponsor Division I men’s lacrosse since Morgan State in 1981.
• Both professional men’s lacrosse leagues expanded to Georgia, with the Atlanta Blaze in Major League Lacrosse and the Georgia Swarm in the National Lacrosse League.
On a side note to the article above, I checked the USA Hockey website and for 2014-15 season there were 533,172 registered hockey players, 55,568 coaches, and 23,186 officials for a total of 611,926 registered participants, a total increase of 13,085 participants from the 2013-14 season. Lacrosse has 268,872 more PLAYERS than hockey on a nationwide scale and is pulling away with growth as hockey recovered a little from recent losses, we just need to get the rest of the area up to speed about lacrosse now!