On the subject of summer lacrosse opportunities in the L.A. area, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of clubs currently taking registration for developmental teams this summer. Don’t be fooled by the word “developmental.” These clubs have good coaches and good players, but the focus is on teaching and learning, not necessarily competing and winning. There are other clubs for that.
If you’re a youth or middle school player with ambition to play in high school one day, or if you’re a high school player eyeing a key role on your varsity roster, summer is the time to work on your game. Here are a couple of clubs where you can do that:
Run by Chaminade College Prep head coach Jared Little, Power Minutes plans to field teams at four grade levels — 5/6, 7/8, 9/10 and 11/12 starting in mid-June. Practices will be held at Chaminade in West Hills, Calif., and the teams will be part of the newly formed Southern California Independent Lacrosse League with teams from Leverage Lacrosse, Silverfin and Liv Lax. For more information, contact Power Minutes directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 626-660-6692 (the club’s web site is in the process of being upgraded).
Run by Oaks Christian head coach Patrick Smith, who started Silverfin five years ago to serve young lacrosse players in the Conejo Valley, Silverfin plans to field developmental teams at the 3/4, 5/6, 7/8 and high-school levels. Registration has been open for some time, and some of the age groups might be full, but I do know there still are some spots open at the 5/6 level. If you’re interested, it would be worth looking into remaining openings at other age groups.
Run by Crespi coach Brock Livingston, Liv Lax at this point only offers teams for high school players, but one of them is geared toward “players who are new to the sport of Lacrosse and have a year or less playing experience,” according to the Liv Lax site. That team will compete in the SCILL with Power Minutes/Chaminade, Oaks Christian/Silverfin and Mira Costa. Liv Lax also has a team for more advanced high-school players in the LA Lacrosse League with teams from schools such as Palisades, Loyola and Culver City.
Run by Mira Costa coach Chris Jewett, Leverage will be fielding teams for players in grades 3-12, with practices at Mira Costa HS. Registration and contact information is on the Leverage Lacrosse website.
If you know of other clubs, feel free to pass on the information. I’m more than happy to help spread the word.