About East Side
In 1969, legend has it that Roger Bunton and Don Lutz started the state’s first high school lacrosse team at L’Anse Creuse High School as a way to keep football players in shape during the off-season. Thanks to these great coaches, the “”East Side”” is the birthplace of youth lacrosse in Michigan.
With lacrosse being recognized as the fastest growing sport in the country in 2005, credit is due to all of the coaches, schools, and parents that made an investment in this great game.
At East Side Lacrosse, we recognize the need for good instruction to not only advance the growth of the game but to improve the level of play in our schools. We are looking to give back to the sport that taught us some excellent life lessons and gave us a lot of great memories.
In 1989, we played our senior year of high school lacrosse and put DeLaSalle on the map among the still dominant west side teams finishing 3rd in the state. We are thankful for all of our past coaches who passed down their love of the game to us and the parents that supported us.
In 2009, we found ourselves offering the best instruction and playing opportunities for youth lacrosse players. Our Lacrosse instruction is offered by former and current college and professional lacrosse players as well as grade school, middle school, and high school coaches.
In 2016, we are still growing the game and proud of our high school and collegiate player alumni who found their game with East Side.
At East Side we believe we have developed the best instructional lacrosse programs for youth lacrosse and
are proud to say our coaches have…
- Learned from MI High School and College Lacrosse Hall of Fame Coaches and Players
- Received certification from US Lacrosse and the Positive Coaching Alliance
- NCAA Division I College lacrosse experience, high school playoff and state championship experience
- Extensive youth lacrosse coaching experience with many players having reached All-State honors and Division 1 College play
- Combined to offer todayâ€™s youth players over 100 years of experience in the game
Current Staff Roster (Alphabetical Order)
Matt Aude, Spring and Summer Team Coach
Youth lacrosse team coach – spring and summer programs.
Chris Clark, Spring and Summer Team Coach
Youth lacrosse team coach – spring and summer programs.
Rob Dameron, Instructional Program and Spring Team Director/Coach
East Side High School Tournament Program Director and Spring Team Director/1989 DeLaSalle Lacrosse East Division Champ and State Semi-finalist & HS All-American/1989-1993 MSU Lacrosse Captain and 2-time All-Midwest Attackman/1994 Asst. Coach – DLS HS State Champion Team/ 1995-2000 DLS High School Lacrosse Coach / 2001-2005 Grosse Pointe North HS Lacrosse Coach / 1996-2007 Warrior Lacrosse Summer Camp Staff / 2009 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Finalist Coach – High School U-17A / 2010 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Semi-Finalist Coach – High School U-17A / 2011 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Semi-Finalist Coach – High School U-17A/ 2013 Roller Coaster Rumble Tournament Champs Coach – High School U17 Division / 2013 Pipe City Lacrosse Tournament Runners-up Coach – High School U19 Division / 2015 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Torunament Finalist Coach – U15B Division
John Dell’Isola, East Side Managing Member/Instructional Program Director/Coach
East Side Managing Member and Program Director /1989 DeLaSalle Lacrosse East Division Champ and State Semi-finalist /1990-1992 MSU Club Lacrosse /2005-2009, 2014-15 St. Lawrence Varsity Lacrosse Team Head Coach/2006 Founded East Side Lacrosse as a means to prepare players for High School lacrosse / 2007 St. Lawrence CYO Semi-finalist Coach (U15) / 2008 St. Lawrence CYO East Division Champs and CYO Semi-finalist Coach (U15) / 2009 St. Lawrence CYO East Division Champs and CYO Semi-finalist Coach (U15) / 2009 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Finalist Coach – U15B Division / 2010 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Champs Coach – High School U17B Division / 2011 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Semi-Finalist Coach – High School U17A / 2014 Pipe City Lacrosse Festival Finalist Coach – U15B Division / 2014 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Champs Coach – U15B Division / 2015 St. Lawrence CYO Division A Champs and CYO Semi-finalist Coach (U15) / 2015 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Finalist Coach – U13B Division
Cam Holding, Summer Tournament Team Director for Power Play-East Side / Director of Collegiate Player Recruitment
Head Coach of Michigan State Spartans Lacrosse / Professional lacrosse player for the Denver Outlaws and Colorado Mammoth / Former Canadian National Team player and gold-medal champion / Director of Powerplay Lacrosse
Steve Hunter, High School Coach
East Side Tournament Team Coach and League Instructor/2015-Present – Varsity Lacrosse Asst. Coach at L’Anse Creuse North/1986 – 1989 – Varsity Lacrosse at L’Anse Creuse North /1989 – LC North Varsity Team Captain /1989 – 1992 – Detroit/Windsor Lacrosse Club /1993 – 2001 â€“ Motor City Lacrosse Club /2001 – Present – Great Lakes Lacrosse Club /2006, 2014 – Played in World Lacrosse Games- Masters Division /2007-2011 Offensive Coordinator and Assistant Coach at U of M-Dearborn /2012-Present – Warren Mott High School Head Coach/2013 – MAC White Division High School Coach of the Year & MHSLOA Sportsmanship Award Recipient/2014 – MAC White Division High School Coach of the Year & MHSLOA Sportsmanship Award Recipient/2015 – Lanse Creuse North Varsity Coach/2015 – Co-MAC White Division High School Champs
Matt Neal, Tournament Team Coach
2005-2009 DeLaSalle lacrosse team 3x All-State/All-Catholic Goalie / 2010 NCAA Division 2 National Tournament Goalie / 2010-2012 Adrian College Lacrosse Team Goalie / 2014 Pipe City Lacrosse Festival Finalist Coach – U15B Divison / 2014 Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Champs Coach – U15B Division
Michael Neal, Tournament Team Coach
2007-2011 DeLaSalle Lacrosse Team all-Region/All-State/All-American Attackman / 2011-Present Ursinus College (PA) Lacrosse Team Midfielder / 2014 – Pipe City Lacrosse Festival Semi-Fianlist Coach – U13B Division
Brian Rice, Tournament Team Coach
1993-1994 – Detroit Catholic Central Lacrosse Team 2x All-State Attackman / 1994 – Elected to National North-South High School All-America Game (Baltimore, MD) /1994-1997 – MSU Lacrosse Team Attackman / 2004 – 2011 – Coach of Utica Eisenhower HS Varsity Lacrosse Team / 2013 – Roller Coaster Rumble Tournament Champs Coach – High School U17 Division / 2013 – Pipe City Lacrosse Tournament Runners-up Coach – High School U19 Division / 2014 – Cherry Bomb Lacrosse Tournament Semi-Finalist Coach – U11B Division / 2015 – GLLI Lacrosse Tournament Finalist Coach – U11B Division
Dylan Neisler, Tournament Team Coach
East Side Summer Tournament Team Coach and Clinic Instructor / Current Attackman, Lincoln Memorial University (DII) / 2015 – Cherry Bomb Tournament Finalist Coach – U13B Division
EAST SIDE PROGRAM OUTLINE
The below outline is offered to Parents & Players to chart their path in the game of lacrosse. Everyone is encouraged to join our email newsletter to receive notices on new and upcoming programs as well as special offers throughout the year. If you have any questions after reading the below path for players, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP 1: LEARN
East Side welcomes NEW PLAYERS in grades K through 12 to our Introduction to Lacrosse clinics – the most popular beginner clinic in SE Michigan. New player instruction is offered in the summer, fall and winter sessions and is a pre-requisite to any of our TRAINING sessions or SPRING TEAM play.
Find our current BEGINNER offerings here!
STEP 2: TRAIN
After completion of the Introduction to Lacrosse clinic or summer camp, players are eligible for additional training offered in the Fall and Winter as well as private instruction for players interested in getting caught up to or even ahead of their peers.
Consider TRAINING opportunities here!
STEP 3. COMPETE
After completion of the Introduction to Lacrosse and participation in our Training where possible, players are welcome to join our SPRING TEAMS. Spring is the official season for lacrosse and our players participate in weekly practices, games, and tournaments.
After completion of an Introduction to Lacrosse, Spring Team play and as much training as possible, a player becomes eligible for SUMMER TOURNAMENT and/or FALL TOURNAMENT TEAMS which offer a higher level of play and participation in regional tournaments. At our youngest levels some players may be ready to compete on tournament teams after receiving their Introduction to Lacrosse.
COLLEGIATE RECRUITMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS
We have a great track record for delivering great players to high school teams and collegiate programs. Our High School program is now directed by professional lacrosse player, Team Canada gold medal winner, and MSU Lacrosse Coach, Cam Holding who has access to several professional players and collegiate coaches. Each year summer and fall travel players will be put on a path to compete at a high level under the direction of one of the best players and coaches in the state.
Check out our TOURNAMENT TEAM page here!
TEAM REGISTRATION FORM
CLICK HERE FOR TEAM REGISTRATION PACKET DOWNLOAD!
SUMMER LEAGUE RETURNS TO MACOMB TOWN CENTER PARK!
Summer League will be played at Town Center Park – 20400 25 Mile Road, Macomb
2016 SUMMER LEAGUE DATES/TIMES/FIELD ASSIGNMENTS:
Six 1-Hour Games (no practices) will be played on:
June 15, 22 & 29 and July 13, 14 & 20;
Summer League Games will be held from 6:00-7:00 PM on our 3 fields.
(All registrants will be emailed their field assignments and other important details)
SPACE REMAINS FOR CURRENT 4TH-7TH GRADE PLAYERS ONLY!
Who Can Participate in the Summer league games?
Beginners or intermediate players of any skill levels entering the 3rd – 12th grades in the next school year are welcome to participate in the summer league. Players will be assigned to age and skill-appropriate team groupings according to the following divisions:
U-9 (players entering 3rd Grade or born after 9/1/2006)
U-11 (players born in 9/1/2004-8/31/2006) – Mini-field or Full-field Sessions
U-13 (players born in 8/31/2002 – 9/1/2004) – JV Division
U-15 (players born in 8/31/2000-9/1/2002 who haven’t played HS) – Varsity Division
High School B – Players with 1-4 years of experience completing Fr/Soph/Jr. Year
High School A – Elite Players with 3-7 years of experience completing Junior or Senior Year
NEED AN INTRO TO LACROSSE BEFORE YOUR FIRST SUMMER LEAGUE?
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON OUR SUMMER CAMP!
What Do I Need to Play?
All players will need an East Side reversible jersey to play. These jerseys are good for all league play offered by East Side each year so there is no need to purchase one each year. Jerseys can be purchased at the time of registration for $25.
All players will be required to come outfitted with all of the necessary protective gear incidental to the sport of lacrosse (including protective cups and mouth guards). Visit our Equipment Page for some helpful equipment information.
Are there practices or just games?
The U9 division will have a fun 20-minute skill practice before their game each evening. All other divisions will play 1-hour full-field games only.
Is there any instruction during the games?
Players can benefit from on-field instruction from coaches and referees during league play – referees will be working at all games for grades 5-12. Parents and coaches are invited to come and watch all league games and our instruction and speak to our coaches and guest college players to find out more about lacrosse.
How do I register?
Just follow this link – REGISTER NOW!
Fall – Winter Training and League
Fall & Winter Training Programs are held at Liberty Park in Sterling Heights.
We strongly encourage players at all levels to take advantage of off-season training.
Can’t wait till Fall Training starts? Join a Fall Tournament Team!
FALL TRAINING PROGRAM
REGISTER FOR FALL TRAINING NOW!
The 2016 Fall Training is open to all area lacrosse players from grades 3 thru 8 who are looking to improve their game. Clinics will offer six 2-hour sessions combining age and skill-appropriate physical training, stickwork and positional training.
Sunday Dates: Nov. 6, 13, 20 and Dec. 4, 11, 18
Times: Training Times T.B.D between 3 – 8 PM
WINTER TRAINING PROGRAM
REGISTER FOR WINTER TRAINING NOW!
The 2017 Winter Training Program is designed for youth lacrosse players in a team format.
The program will feature 9 sessions of team training and competitive play ahead of our spring season.
Sunday Dates: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29; Feb. 12, 19, 26; March 5 and 12
Times: Training Times T.B.D. between 3-8 PM
|WINTER TRAINING SESSION TIMES||6th-8th GRADE||3rd-5th GRADE|
|JANUARY SESSIONS||TIMES TBD||TIMES TBD|
|FEBRUARY SESSIONS||TIMES TBD||TIMES TBD|
|MARCH SESSIONS||TIMES TBD||TIMES TBD|
Want to join an East Side Spring Team in 2017?
Who Can Participate in the Fall Training & Winter Training?
Fall and Winter Training is open to all players in 3rd-8th grades who have completed a prior instructional session or played competitive lacrosse. All school grade references are to the current school year.
What Do I Need to Play?
Fall/Winter Session participants will only be permitted to participate if they come outfitted with all of the necessary protective gear incidental to the sport of lacrosse (including protective cups and mouth guards).
**Need equipment? Visit our Parent’s Corner for some helpful information**
What is the Fall and Winter Training session focused on?
East Side has developed a 2-hour Fall Training session that teaches players how to improve their individual stick skills and get professional agility training in a team setting. The sessions will improve speed and stick skills which are paramount to becoming a better, more dominant player. (Click here for more info on the Training)
Winter Training is focused more on team concepts in addition to individual skill improvement. The winter sessions provide 1.5 hours of lacrosse training including conditioning which is critical to spring season play. Spring play begins immediately after the winter training is complete, making the winter training the most critical and popular offering at East Side.
WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE MACOMB BUCKS!
GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF OUR TEAMS!
Parents please contact us for a link to complete season schedules.
Players in grades 3-8 who are interested in joining our SPRING team must
REQUEST TO PLAY FOR ONE OF OUR TEAMS HERE!
PLAYER ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
1. Complete East Side’s Private Instruction or Intro to Lacrosse Clinic
2. Have one or more spring seasons of lacrosse experience
Have a question on joining one of our teams?
Email us: email@example.com
The following outlines the 2016 offerings with associated participation fees. In the interest of our
player/team development, we encourage our Bucks players to participate in the Winter Training
prior to spring team play as a minimum level of pre-season participation.
SPRING SEASON (March-June): Youth $250/player
includes practices, games and one tournament:
Midwest Lax Bash June 4-5
A fundraiser will be held to cover team expenses related to ref fees, tournaments and field costs.
SUMMER AND FALL TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES CAN BE FOUND HERE!
All SPRING players must provide proof of current registration with US Lacrosse ($25 online registration)
Our annual club fundraiser event allows us to maintain a low participation fee while providing more home
games (more home games means higher ref fees but less travel expense for families!).
The fundraiser also allows us to offer assistance to
families demonstrating financial need. Please email us if you require this consideration.
Upon registration, parents may select a payment plan or a single payment.
At East Side we believe youth lacrosse is about our players’ development more than it is about any of our coaches hanging their hats on lopsided victories. While our coaches have enjoyed undefeated seasons, we have also coached developmental teams with beginnning players that have won only 2 games in a season!
Every player peaks at a different time in their young lacrosse careers. Our Lacrosse Program is designed to help players discover the sport and prepare them for play at the high school level and beyond.
Our teams will train in the fall and winter and compete in the spring and/or summer. In-state competition will be scheduled in Jan.-July and Sept-Dec. Travel will vary for each age bracket and will be dependent on the level of play each team as well as the number of teams we can compete with locally. Limited travel out-of-state will include competitive tournament or round-robin play . It is our belief that by playing in a number of local tournaments against regional teams, we can minimize the time and money investment required to travel out of state while still offering a high level of competition to our teams.
Practice and training sessions will be held in Fall (Sept.-Oct.); Winter (Jan-March); Spring (March-June) and Summer (June-July). East Side leverages its relationships with local indoor facilities and prides itself on offering the most indoor preparation of any local lacrosse clubs.
Please contact us with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember……….if you canâ€™t play for a spring team this year, individual players are always needed in the
EAST SIDE SUMMER LEAGUE and FALL/WINTER LEAGUE.
GET A STICK, A BALL, AND A WALL AND START PREPARING TODAY!!!
WINTER (Jan.-March): $350/player; $450/player U11-U15
includes player training/scrimmages and one tournament (U13/U15 only)
One Florida tournament is planned for U11 and U13 teams February 13-14
EAST SIDE TOURNAMENT TEAM CENTER
WELCOME FALL TOURNAMENT TEAM CANDIDATES!
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PAST CHAMPIONS AND FINALISTS!
2009 CHERRY BOMB HS FINALISTS | 2010 CHERRY BOMB HS CHAMPS
2013 ROLLER COASTER RUMBLE HS CHAMPS | 2013 PIPE CITY HS VARS. FINALISTS
2014 PIPE CITY U15 FINALISTS | 2014 CHERRY BOMB U15 CHAMPS
2015 CHERRY BOMB U13 & U15 FINALISTS | 2015 ZOMBIE SHOOTOUT U15 CHAMPS
2016 GREAT LAX BAY U13 CHAMPS | 2016 GREAT LAKES LAX INVITATIONAL U13 FINALISTS
NEW IN 2016!!!
FALL TEAM TRYOUTS FOR ALL TEAMS WILL BE HELD ON SEPT. 11th FROM 12-1 PM
AT SENECA MIDDLE SCHOOL STADIUM. SIGN-UP FOR THE FREE TRYOUT VIA THE LINK BELOW.
- **REGISTER HERE FOR A FALL TOURNAMENT TEAM**
- PLAYERS IN GRADES 4 THRU 12 ARE WELCOME TO REGISTER FOR:
- U11 TEAM: BORN AFTER 8/31/04
- U13 TEAM: BORN AFTER 8/31/02
- U15 TEAM: BORN AFTER 8/31/00
- POWER PLAY EAST SIDE JV (2019-2020 GRADS)
- POWER PLAY EAST SIDE VARSITY (2017-18 GRADS)
- 2016 FALL TOURNAMENT LACROSSE GUIDE
Our fall teams are designed around the two-sport athlete and are focused in the month of October.
Tournament team tryouts are scheduled for early September, 2016.
YOUTH TEAM SCHEDULE (U11-U15 TEAMS – CURRENT 3rd-8th GRADE)
|DONNYBROOK (U15 ONLY)||SUN, OCT. 9||GROSSE POINTE, MI |
|ZOMBIE SHOOTOUT||SUN., OCT. 16||ARMADA, MI|
|BOO BASH||SAT. OCT. 29||OXFORD, MI|
HS TEAM SCHEDULE (POWER PLAY EAST SIDE)
|DONNYBROOK||SUN., OCT. 9TH||GROSSE POINTE, MI|
|CAPITAL CITY||OCT. 15-16TH||TBD|
|BOO BASH||SAT/SUN OCT. 29-30||OXFORD, MI|
FALL PARTICIPATION FEES
The below fees include tournaments, practices and jersey rental
$200/player U11 & U13 Youth Team
$250/player U15 Youth Team
$350/player High School Teams
Need financial help or terms?
Flexible payment plans and grants are available for families in need.
Email us at email@example.com
FALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Players will be expected to attend four 1.5-hour practices once/week at Seneca Middle School (21 Mile/Heydenreich)
SUNDAY, SEPT. 11TH 12-1:00PM TRYOUT & POSITIONAL ASSIGNMENT REVIEW
THURSDAY PRACTICES 10/6, 10/13, 10/20 AND 10/27 – 6:00-7:30 PM
COLLEGE RECRUITING ASSISTANCE
East Side offers players and parents assistance in making contact with collegiate lacrosse programs.
Our High School players have entertained interest and offers from the following D1, D2 & D3 schools since 2012:
DUKE | DENVER | ROBERT MORRIS | GEORGIA TECH | SALISBURY | WOOSTER | FONTBONNE | ADRIAN | UD MERCY | MICHIGAN | ALMA | ALBION | JOHN CARROLL | TRINE | OBERLIN | WITTENBERG | WHEELING JESUIT | ELMHURST | OTTERBEIN | WAGNER | AURORA | ILLINOIS WESLEYAN | SIENA HEIGHTS | LINCOLN MEMORIAL | ROLLINS COLLEGE
The East Side Lacrosse Club has been a lot of fun for parents and players and is a great way to elevate their game with additional practices and great competition. See below for some parent feedback and more details on our teams.
“”My son got an offer to play on scholarship based on a scout that saw him play on East Side’s High School summer team. I just wanted to thank you for the time you put in to help him over the years and I won’t hesitate to tell people what you did for him”” – East Side Dad George
The High School Teams (by Graduation Year) compete against their peers which may be within the HS division designation or the U16-17 divisional brackets. Players with more experience will be given priority on the high school teams. HS team roster size will be targeted at 20-24 players depending on the tournament to maximize playing time for all players yet allow for rest.
â€œIt was an honor and a pleasure to be part of the team. Both boys spoke very highly of every coach and their knowledge and skills of the game. My husband and I were extremely impressed with East Side’s level of play. We hope to continue our relationship with the club.â€ â€“ East Side Mom Sara
The U-15 team (players born between 9/1/2000 and 8/31/2002) is for those players who have not yet competed at the high school level but have 1 to 4 years of spring lacrosse team experience. Our goal with the U-15 team is to play high-level competition to prepare for the high school game. Roster size will be targeted at 20-24 players for the U-15 tournaments. Guest HS coaches will provide some great guidance for our rising freshmen team.
“”1st timers. LOVED it! Thanks for the team tent”” – East Side Parent Tournament Survey
The U-13 team (players born between 9/1/2002 and 8/31/2004) is for our younger lacrosse players that aspire to play more competitive lacrosse. Understanding that players in this division are learning about the fundamentals of the game as much as they are about game time strategies, all players will have an opportunity to play in each game. One year or more of competitive lacrosse experience is recommended for participation on a U-13 travel team.
â€œI personally think he gained a tremendous amount of confidence in his game by playing against some of the best teams in the state…he also now knows what he needs to work on to improve his game and take it to the next level.â€ â€“ East Side Dad Bill
The U-11 Team (players born between 9/1/2004 and 8/31/2006) is for players who want to start building their game experience while at this fundamental level. All players will play in each game and will be introduced to the offensive and defensive strategies involved in playing as a team.
The U-9 Team (players born between 9/1/2006 and 8/31/2008) is for our beginning players looking to get more games in the state’s fastest growing division.
“”Great job recruiting coaches. They are great with the kids.”” – East Side Parent Tournament Survey
CONGRATULATIONS TO EAST SIDE’S FIRST HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONS!!!
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES……2010 CHERRY BOMB TOURNAMENT, TRAVERSE CITY, MI
Front Row L-R: Captain Andrew Reichenbach, Michael Hiltz, Dennis Rice, Tommy Dâ€™Addario, Max Badalamenti, Brandon Madynski, Frankie Badalamenti, Nate Gilletly, Geoff Zinn, Brandon Backus Standing L-R:Coach John Dellâ€™Isola, Captain Aaron Brzezinski, Andrew Kraus, Allan Cuva, Joey Badalamenti, Anthony Botezatu, Zak Timmerman, Michael Schesnuk, David Smith, Brad Smith, Al Redding, Stephen Redding, Coach Nick Schesnuk. (Not Pictured here Joe Takacs, Anthony Agrusa, Nick Warminski)
This page is a great resource for parents looking for more information on lacrosse! If there is something you need that you can’t find here, please send us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Equipment Information – Need some insight into selecting a stick, helmet, arm pads, shoulder pads?
East Side Lacrosse Gearâ€“ Check out all of our latest old-school 1969 and 1989 inspired gear for parents and players of all ages. On sale at all East Side events throughout the year, our gear will remind everyone of the Home of Youth Lacrosse in Michigan.
Is your player interested in pursuing lacrosse in college? Here’s a great link for parents to learn how to take advantage of the many scholarship opportunities that are available for players: College Lacrosse Recruiting Information
Want to know what college coaches will think about your player? Click here for a very insightful article that every aspiring college player and parent shoud read.
The Governing body of Michigan High School Lacrosse offes a current roster of high school teams across the State that may interest your son or daughter. MHSAA Boys Lacrosse / MHSAA Girls Lacrosse
US Lacrosse – the governing body of lacrosse and another great web resource to learn about the game
US Lacrosse Parents Guide to Lacrosse – a great tour of the game for interested parents
To play lacrosse, each player is required to have the below equipment (courtesy of US Lacrosse):
A player’s lacrosse stick is very unique. As your lacrosse player gains experience, you will find out that his stick will become very personalized. It is important to be able to experiment with sticks enough to know which feel and performance each player prefers. There are three main parts that make up the stick: the head, the pocket, and the shaft.
Head– We recommend either STX, Brine, or Warrior lacrosse sticks and lacrosse heads. They are all molded plastic, with varying degrees of height and width. In general, a slightly “”pinched”” design is best. â€œStarter sticksâ€ tend to have less pinch to them to offer an easier catch however ball control is not as easy with these models.
Pocket – The pocket is easiest for beginners to go with either “”fresh mesh”” from Brine, or generic hard mesh. Hard mesh is more difficult to break in, but it lasts longer and throws and shoots better. Traditional leather and nylon pockets are not advisable for a beginner as they are harder to maintain.
Shaft – You can buy a whole stick, or you can piece one together. Most complete sticks don’t come with a premium shaft. A standard shaft is simply aluminum, and works fine, but bends easily. Premium shafts are much stronger and they can also come in many designs.
Helmet – The helmet is the most important piece of protective gear of all the equipment. Cascade is the leader in helmets, especially for kids. There are two youth models that are both excellent; Cascade CS and Cascade CLH2, which is the standard in youth Lacrosse helmets. If your son has a bigger, adult size head, step up to the Cascade CPRO.
Other Protective Gear
There are several main brands in Lacrosse equipment. The three brands we recommend are either Brine, STX, or Warrior. Protective gear is very dependent upon its individual fit and feel. It needs to fit well, offer good protection, and still allow the player freedom of movement. Make sure you buy equipment that delivers on all three. There are also many price points within each manufacturer’s product line. Stick with the youth products. Many times you will be able to find a starter package that includes the gloves, arm pads, and the shoulder pads but proceed with caution and think of the future. Make sure it provides the fit, feel and protection your player needs now and for the coming years.
EAST SIDE GEAR COMING SOON!
Fall League events will be held at Liberty Park in Sterling Heights. Sessions will be held from November through December excluding holidays. Visit our homepage for exact times, dates, and number of sessions for each division. We also offer complete Player Development opportunities in the fall for players to get ahead or catch-up to their peers.
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Who Can Participate in the Fall league?
Boys and girls of any skill level in the 3rd-10th grades are welcome to participate in fall league play. Beginning players in 11th-12th grade (1-2 yrs. experience) may also participate in this year’s high school division. All grade references are to the current school year. Be sure to check the homepage for seasonal K-2 opportunities also.
Players will be assigned to age and/or skill-appropriate team groupings according to the following divisions:
3rd – 5th grade – JV Division
6th – 8th grade – Varsity Division
9th – 12th grade* – High School Division
*Beginning players in 11th – 12th grade are encouraged to participate in our high school division
What Do I Need to Play?
3rd-12th grade players will only be permitted to participate in the league if they come outfitted with all necessary protective gear incidental to the sport of lacrosse (including protective cups and mouth guards).
**Visit our Parentsâ€™ Corner for some helpful equipment information**
Are there practices or just games?
All league players will have 1-hour games (game-count will vary by session between 6-7 games).
Is there any instruction during the actual games?
Players can benefit from on and off-the-field instruction from coaches and referees during league play. Parents are invited to come and watch all league games and learn more about the game.
How many minutes of game time will my son be guaranteed?
There are no minimum or maximum requirements or guarantees for a player’s time on the field. Based on our experience as players and coaches over the past 25 years, we ask all players to be open to playing any position on the field (with the exception of goalie!) so that more playing time and a broader experience in the game can be had. Off-season leagues are great opportunities to learn more. Can an attackman become better by playing defense? Absolutely!
How Can I Register?
Just follow the registration link below for the on-line registration form and waiver acknowledgement as well as current league schedule and fees. Register Now! Registration powered by Active.com
New Players Welcome!
Our Current Summer / Fall / Winter Instructional Offerings are Maintained Below
INTRODUCTION TO LACROSSE CLINIC
FOR PLAYERS IN GRADES 1 thru 10 | SENECA MIDDLE SCHOOL
SUNDAYS, SEPT. 24, OCT. 2, 9, 23 | Noon-1:00 PM
Offered every summer, fall, and winter, our popular Intro to Lacrosse Clinics and popular Summer Camp provide age-appropriate fundamental skills instruction for beginning boys and girls. No equipment is required for the first half of the program – mouthguard and eye protection is always recommended for players with dental work or eyeglasses. Partial equipment (helmet and gloves) are required for the last half of the session and are available at a substantial discount from our local retail sponsors at the first session (sizes may be limited). Our East Side Staff will lead the instruction with player alumni for larger groups.
Parents are welcome to watch, learn, and get some great photos of their player taking their first shots on goal!
“”I think he really enjoyed the clincs and to be quite honest, never saw him pick up a sport with any enthusiasm like he did at your intro clinic”” – East Side Dad Michael
PRIVATE INSTRUCTION OR TEAM TRAINING
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL YOUR REQUEST!
Private training is our recommended instructional setting for players who could not attend a regularly scheduled clinic or camp or who just want to make-up some ground on their peers. This year-round instruction is open to players of any age or skill level and has served many players who are trying to make their school’s team, break bad habits, or just step-up their play to be recognized and meet their personal goals. Email us to schedule a private or small group session.
Team training is ideal for programs who are limited in the off-season and are unable to work with their teams. East Side offers practice-style training with instruction for new coaches or team assistants. Email us to schedule training at your facility or ours.
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IN JUNE TO ELEVATE YOUR GAME. DON’T MISS OUT!!
CAN/AM LACROSSE CAMP RETURNS TO MACOMB
JUNE 28-29-30, 12:00-3:00 PM at MACOMB TOWN CENTER PARK
(25 MILE & BROUGHTON – NEXT TO SUBURBAN ICE ARENA)
LEARN OFFENSE, DEFENSE AND SPECIALTY POSITION PLAY IN A GREAT 3-DAY FORMAT.REGISTER NOW TO JOIN THE CAMP!