SYL was founded by lacrosse players, people who are passionate about the game, and know the sport inside and out. As such, we emphasize not only the quality of our program but player safety, skills, sportsmanship, and fun. We are dedicated to passing on our knowledge of the sport and developing the lacrosse community in the Pacific Northwest.
We offer the following
US Lacrosse certified coaches. Every year we have our coaches trained in a US Lacrosse sponsored program.
US Lacrosse certified officials – the same applies to our officials; we are the only organization to provide US lacrosse training for our officials.
Our experienced coaching staff is made up of responsible adults.
We sponsor and help organize area high school teams so that our players can continue their lacrosse experience after graduating from our program. We are the only organization in the Spokane area to do so.
Neighborhood based teams.
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US. Are you interested? Come be a part of this phenomenal trend; you can give our League Administrator a call at 869-1697.
Final details and some clarifications for officials clinic
This is for all youth refs, returning and new.
There are guidelines for logging in to arbiter at spokaneyouthlacrosse.com on the home page, please read carefully if you are having trouble logging in.
The deadline for the online course and testing will be March 31st. You have plenty of time to resolve any issues and complete the required work.
Please be sure to sign in with email and phone number on Saturday. This will be the last league email for officials, I hope.
The clinic details:
Saturday February 28th, 9am -1145am. GU, College Hall Room 101
GU Mens Lacrosse vs Montana at 1 pm
There is a LAREDO officials clinic in Couer DAlene on Saturday. You would have registered and paid a fee for it. If you are a returning ref and are doing that instead of our clinic at GU please let me know.
This a reminder for our upcoming youth officiating clinic on February 28th. Here is some additional info to help if you are interested:
Officials for youth games are required to complete BOTH the NFHS Rules Test and the 25 question US Lacrosse Youth Rules test.
The NFHS Rules test is 100 questions, open book. Download a PDF copy of the test, then use the completed test to enter the answers online.
The tests are accessed through your Arbiter account. Login to your account at www.arbitersports.com . Use the SWITCH VIEWS pull-down menu (upper right) to go to the US Lacrosse CENTRAL HUB – typically the choice at the bottom of this menu. Then on the new left menu, click Men’s Officials, then Rules Exams.
If you don’t see a US Lacrosse CENTRAL HUB available to you – it’s because the email address you used for your Arbiter registration does not match the email you used for your US Lacrosse membership renewal, or because you are not registered as an official with US Lacrosse. THE ONLY WAY TO FIX EITHER OF THESE ISSUES IS TO CONTACT US LACROSSE BY PHONE. Contact Information: http://www.uslacrosse.org/about-us-lacrosse/contact-us.aspx Member Services is at ex. 102.
It can take a few days for the US Lacrosse membership services fix to take effect.
Note to parents: Being a successful lacrosse official requires a high level of responsibility and maturity. If a high school student has the requisite level of responsibility and maturity, he or she should be able to complete the process on his or her own. Because of that, we ask that parents refrain from e-mailing or calling on behalf of their children. If your child has a question or issue please have him contact me.
Please register your team for a weekend of lacrosse excitement in Spokane. This two day event will be held on May 16-17 at the Polo Fields in Airway Heights, WA. New this year - Tournament style! We are open for teams from 1st graders all the way to JV in high school for boys, and for girls 4th grade to high school level. Please register your team today - under the Register Team button or under the 2015 Laxfest Registration Page.
Spokane Lacrosse is looking for coaches! As the league expands we have a need for new coaches - both assistant and head coaches - for boys and girls. Our greatest need is at the lowest levels. We are looking for grade 1/2 and 3/4 head coaches. We also need assistants at all levels. We understand you may be intimidated, but we feel we can offer great assistance to get you trained. Here is a training program for all new coaches:
US Lacrosse Level 1 training. Online, classroom, and practical instruction on all of the basics. SYL will cover the cost of the program and pay $50 for travel to the next available boys and girls class - in Tri Cities on Saturday October 25th.
Local training. This winter we will have indoor sessions available. Free to all coaches, we will have our experienced coaches available to teach our new coaches the skills they will have to teach.
Coaches guide. A locally produced guide to supplement the US Lacrosse info. It will also provide guidance for local procedures and administration.
Mentor program. Each area - South Hill, Valley, North, and Girls will have a mentor. One of our experienced coaches will be available to answer questions, come to practice, and help our new coaches succeed.
Boathouse jacket. We appreciate the time and effort our volunteer coaches put in. We provide all head coaches with a Spokane Lacrosse jacket. It is a great marketing tool, as well. Assistants will get a league shirt this year.
Equipment/Discretionary spending. SYL provides all teams with balls, goalie equipment, a rage cage portable goal, and more. The league will also provide each head coach with an equipment fund of $150-200. The final budget has not been approved yet. This money can be used as each coach sees fit for his team.
Our lacrosse league runs on volunteerism. We need your help. Please consider helping out with your child's team. If you have any questions or would like to sign up please contact Brian O'Rourk
509 879 9626
The board has made the decision to switch our league teams to a grade based criteria instead of the age based program we have used for several years. Much thought and discussion has gone into this change. This will be effective this spring. Here is a recap of our decision.
1. The Spokane area high school teams have come together and decided to offer a JV program at each program. In order to do this, they will need the freshman to play for the high schools instead of our U15 teams. Since one of our major missions is to help build and maintain quality high school lacrosse programs, we support this fully. In addition, this is a great opportunity for our young high school players. However, without freshmen, it will be harder for us to field U15 teams.
2. The grade based teams will allow us to play in the same format as the west side of the state. Instead of splitting teams to play in west side tournaments, we will be able to keep teams intact and hopefully be more competitive. It will also help us to attract teams to our tournament in the spring.
3. The rest of the area is considering the move. The leagues in Wenatchee, Tri Cities, and N. Idaho are all considering the change. This should help to encourage JV programs throughout the Inland NW.
We believe that this move is important to the long term development of our players. The new teams for this format are as follows: Grades 1/2, Grades 3/4, Grades 5/6, Grades 7/8. Additionally, registration will open in mid November and run to the beginning of February. After registration closes, there will be late fees. We will be expanding our girls teams and our 1/2 (old U9s) will now be playing the full season.
As we expand our league, we have a greater need for coaches and will be expanding our coach training. Our success as a league depends on your involvement. We will be sending out a notice for our coaches training shortly, so please consider coaching, especially at the 1/2 and 3/4 levels.