Over the past few years lacrosse has grown from being played in just a few countries in Europe to now having teams and leagues in 24 countries, with others looking to start. Lacrosse is no longer just "the fastest game on two feet", it is also considered one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
The European Lacrosse Federation (ELF) is the organisational body for lacrosse played in Europe including women's and men's lacrosse.
by Klavs Vasilevskis
From August 10th to 12th in Druva, Saldus District, Latvia a lacrosse camp was held open to all players in Latvia. Players from Lithuania and Russia were invited as well, although none were able to take part. The camp was run by Coach Max Silberlicht from the US; it was attended by almost thirty participants from all seven mens lacrosse clubs in Latvia (Druva Dynamite, LK Riga, Mitava LK, Valmieras puikas, Libava, RJTC, Suni/LSPA).
During eight sessions over the three day period, the attending players improved their stick skills and passing techniques, as well worked on offense and defense positioning and movement. In the end of camp Max thanked all participants for their effort and said he enjoyed his time there. "My goal was to find a way to improve the skills, in any way possible, of each player. No matter the current skill level they were playing at, I wanted each of them to be better lacrosse players at the end of camp. I also wanted to bring new ideas, concepts, and drills to Latvian lacrosse. It is my hope that each player and coach who attended will take something away from the camp and use it in the future to become better," commented Max Silberlicht.
The Finnish Lacrosse Association is looking for umpires to officiate at Finland’s Women’s Final Four in Kokkola in September.
Dates: 22-23 September (must arrive on 21st and depart on 24th)
Finland will pay for your flights into Helsinki and then for your transport to the far north where you will find Kokkola.
Lodgings will be provided.
The ELF is now in the process of establishing a number of new working groups to work on conceptual issues around the game. One of the most important aspects here is the setting up on a working group on coaching qualification.
Coaching is a key factor in furthering the growth and development of the game. Coaches fulfil a very important role for athletes, clubs and national teams. Their guidance and management shape teams as well as athletes. At present, most European Lacrosse coaches have varying degrees of qualification, experience and in most cases, an awful lot of enthusiasm. However, with the exception of a few national schemes, there is currently no established pathway in how to formally qualify as a coach. Creating a European framework to develop this is an important stepping stone towards growing the game, both in width as well as in depth.
A new ELF Board was elected at the Annual General Meeting, held in Amsterdam during the European Championships. The new team are; Secretary - Steph Migchelsen (The Netherlands), Treasurer - Kurt Rothleitner (Austria), VP Men - Henning Schmidt (England), VP Women - Barbara Bazantova (Czech Republic) and President - Andreas Rossband (Germany).
Peter Mundy, the founder of the ELF, and until this year President, was elected as Honorary Life President
England is to host the Senior Women's World Cup in 2017 it was announced this week (8th July) by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The announcement, made by Shelley Maher, Women's Director of the FIL, confirmed that the organization had awarded the event to the English Lacrosse Association (ELA). The quadrennial tournament, that will take place for the tenth time, returns to England for the third occasion and will take place in Guildford, Surrey at the beginning of the 2017 European summer. The ELA ran the first World Cup in 1982 and the sixth in 2001.
This will be the second women's World Cup to be held in Europe over the past decade; with the Czech Lacrosse Union having hosted the 2009 World Cup in Prague. The United States are the reigning world champions, having defeated Australia 8-7 in the gold medal match in 2009.
On Sunday July 22, Brian Potter retired NLL player and current Head Coach of the Cologne Indians will be holding a shooting clinic. This is a one day clinic held in Cologne at the KKHT Sports Club from 11am-6pm.
This clinic will give you the mechanics and drill knowledge to improve your shooting consistently throughout your upcoming season. In addition it will give you the ability to show your teammates at your home club how they can become effective and efficient goal scorer.
Some of the sections of the camp will include:
It will be a great lacrosse filled day with lunch included in the price of just €20 Euro.