It is that time again, when the end of hockey season comes halting just as the lacrosse evaluations start.  It is almost feels like that dog running out the back sliding glass door and not realizing the door is still closed.  Smashes his face hard into the glass.

We all know how short the lacrosse season can be, especially when compared to the tedious length of the hockey season.  Just as the players start figuring things out the box lacrosse season ends.  So everything that will be going on in the box lacrosse season will be chaotic, hectic, unnerving, daunting and even at times alarming.  That chaos is what can also be appealing.  The chaos of the game, the speed, the transition from offense to defense, and of course the not knowing what the penalty call is.  Embrace the chaos and be prepared for a fun and exciting box lacrosse season and where possible see how you can reduce the chaos.

The beauty of the game is that kids don’t need $700 skates and $200/hr ice times to get better.  What they need is a stick, a ball and a wall.  See below for a great video of wall ball drills.  Nothing will equalize the playing field more than stick skills.  Urge your children to put the controller down and get outside (soon I hope) and work on their skills.  Urge them to be lacrosse “rats”.  Kids who have their stick in their hands 24/7 just enjoying the beauty of the game.  They will quickly find the peace of having that ball in their stick and the great feeling they have when they make a perfect pass or shot.  For the player who can master the skills the game becomes less about chaos and more about control.  Around them may be turmoil, but not for them.  For them there is calm and focus.

Enjoy the box lacrosse season.  And get on the wall!

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Thank you to Under Armour Lacrosse for partnering with Vimy Lacrosse to bring another great prize for all of our participants of the Vimy Lacrosse Spring Break Camp.  The prizes have arrived in the Vimy Lacrosse offices.   There are only 20 spots left in this year’s camp as we are just under three weeks away.   Please see below all the details on this year’s camp and avoid disappointment by registering this week.

Tyke to Midget
March 31st and April 1st, 2015
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM – South Side Soccer Centre
$285

FEATURING
Jimmy Quinlan — Former Captain of the Edmonton Rush, Now Assistant Coach for the team
Ryan Dilks and Jeff Cornwall — Edmonton Rush
Mike DeGirolamo – Goalie Instructor, Drafted by the Edmonton Rush in 2014
Paul Rai—Director of Vimy Lacrosse

Spring brings the beginning of another exciting box lacrosse season. Get your lacrosse sticks and spend two full high tempo days with working on your passing, shooting, ball handling and game play.

Offensive techniques, defensive play and transition skills with Jimmy Quinlan, Ryan Dilks and Jeff Cornwall. Specialized goalie instruction with NLL Draft Pick, Mike DeGirolamo, including dedicated instructional time on stance, technique, loose balls, passing and game awareness. Two days of drills, games and prizes.

Players will be grouped by age and ability to enhance the learning environment. Each player will receive a camp pinnie and a special camp prize. Daily draws for Under Armour apparel and gear.

To register visit click here or call 780-465-5461 x185

 

Vimy_logo_BigThere are just over 3 weeks left until the Vimy Lacrosse Spring Break Camp and we are happy to announce that Mike DeGirolamo has been added as our goalie instructor for the camp.  Mike was drafted by the Edmonton Rush in 2014 and has played Junior A lacrosse in Alberta for the past four years.  In 2013, Mike played for the Okotoks Raiders and was an integral part of the team that won the provincial title and proceeded to play in the Minto Cup.  Mike worked with the goalies during Vimy’s Winter Lacrosse program and brings a strong technical background of the position.  He has been one of the top goalies in the Alberta Junior A league and has experience at the  National level.  Mike joins Jeff Cornwall and Ryan Dilks of the Edmonton Rush as instructors at this year’s camp.  There are only 30 spots left at the camp and we again are looking at very exciting two days.  To register please click on this link.

Vimy Lacrosse has a lot to celebrate after dominating at the Best of the West Field Lacrosse Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada last week. The Vimy Lacrosse U15 boys team returns to Edmonton as Tournament Champions for their age group. In addition, the Junior Varsity girls team, who played their very first game at this large tournament, took second place overall in their 14 team division.

The Best of the West Tournament is held annually in Las Vegas and this year attracted more than 100 teams from across North America. The success enjoyed by the Vimy teams is a testament to the tenacity of these young players from the Edmonton-area who, unlike most of the other competitors, had to hone their skills indoors owing to our weather.

Going into the Best of the West Tournament, we knew our players were athletic, well prepared, and skilled. However, given that’s its winter here, their ability to practice on a full field has been virtually non-existent. Our practices have been confined to indoor facilities so it was terrific to see both teams step up and perform at such a high level among some very tough competition. Their speed, skill, and physical conditioning, as well as their desire to play at their best, allowed them to come out on top. Both teams exceeded our expectations with the female team displaying a level of lacrosse that impressed the entire tournament.

The strong performances at the Best of the West Tournament pave the way for the ongoing growth of Vimy Lacrosse. Participation in lacrosse continues to grow and exposure to strong competition, both in and outside of Alberta, will allow our athletes to develop to their full potential. The young Vimy Lacrosse players are realizing the opportunities that are available to them through the sport of lacrosse.

 

 

OPEN_HOUSE-698x461Please come to the Donnan School (7803 87 Street) Open House on Monday, February 23rd from 6:30 to 8:00 PM to learn more about the Donnan Lacrosse Athletic Development (LAD) Program.  Jason Knight, Paul Rai and Jimmy Quinlan will be available to discuss the program objectives and answer questions about the program.  We are very excited to offer the program for students interested in lacrosse and an active lifestyle.  The Donnan LAD program will be available for Grade 5 and 6 student-athletes, male and female, who are interested in combining the skill development of lacrosse with overall athletic enhancement. The objective of the program will be to develop a foundation of lacrosse skills while working on overall movement and sport skills, which leads to physical literacy. Student-athletes will be exposed to both field and box lacrosse, while being led through numerous other sports to build upon their active lifestyles.

If you are interested in the Donnan Lacrosse Athletic Development Program please contact Jason Knight at jason.knight@epsb.ca or Paul Rai at paul.rai@epsb.ca

cornwall-698x461Jeff Cornwall, transition player for the Edmonton Rush, has been added to the Vimy Lacrosse Spring Break Camp as an Instructor. Jeff played his junior lacrosse for the Coquitlam Adanacs and is now in his fourth pro season in the National Lacrosse League. Jeff possesses incredible speed and is another huge piece of Edmonton’s vaunted defense. Vimy Lacrosse is excited to have Jeff join the camp and working with the young players. To register for the camp please CLICK HERE

Vimy_logo_BigFour current Vimy Lacrosse student-athletes and two former Vimy Lacrosse student-athletes were taken on Monday during the Alberta Junior A Lacrosse League Draft.  The draft is an annual event in which graduating midget lacrosse players are selected by the four Junior A teams in the Province.  Congratulations go out to current Vimy student-athletes Parker Beaudry, Brent Mitchell, Maurice Kelly and Brayden Parker.  Congratulations also go out to former student-athletes Jake Marouelli and Noah Flink.  Vimy is proud of their accomplishments and we look forward to watching the players as they start their junior careers and make their way in the Alberta Junior A Lacrosse League.

Click on the link below to see the full draft list:

Jr A 2015 Draft List