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Summer Camps at STGC Fueling Explosive Growth of Lacrosse

Lacrosse has Taken Off in Jamaica!

KINGSTON- Summer programming with the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) is in full swing as the start of their 5th annual free lacrosse camp kicked off last week at St. George’s College in downtown Kingston.

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the USA and Canada, and in recent years has quietly made its way into Jamaica, however this summer the sport appears to be poised to make some serious noise as participation is growing rapidly. Known as “the fastest game on two feet,” the fast-paced sport which combines speed, strength and hand to eye coordination seems to fit Jamaica well!

 

Over 200 High School boys and girls are currently enjoying a free camp at STGC. The number of participants has increased by more than 100% every year for the last three years and is a clear indicator that the sport is on the right track.

 

The camp is free and is open to all high school boys and girls attending schools that have registered with the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA). High schools within the corporate area that are participating in the Summer camp include names such as STGC, Wolmers (Boys & Girls), KC, Holy Trinity (Boys & Girls), St. Hugh’s, Immaculate, Alpha (Girls), Calabar, JC, Campion, Hillel (Boys & Girls) and Excelsior (Boys & Girls).

 

The camp is organized by the JLA in conjunction with Fields of Growth International, an American based non-profit that also brings volunteer coaches and NCAA athletes to Jamaica from America.

 

The lacrosse camp is staffed with local & international coaches and include active instruction, drills, games, contests, and prizes. The top campers will also play guest teams from the USA each Thursday at camp.

 

Young Jamaican lacrosse players could have a bright future to look forward to as lacrosse is the fastest growing scholarship sport in US Universities in the NCAA. Jamaica is also member of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The FIL is a member of the International World Games Association and Sport Accord. The FIL holds a World Cup every four years and has the goal of earning membership in the Summer Olympics.

 

More about lacrosse in Jamaica:

Lacrosse is a new sport here in Jamaica, but is the fastest growing team sport in the USA and Canada. Jamaica is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and will be participating in the 2018 World Championship Games in Israel.  For more information on the Federation of International Lacrosse you can visit www.filacrosse.com

2017 Summer Camp Registration is Live!

Complete this form to sign up for the 2017 High School Summer Lacrosse Camp at STGC. The camp will be held at Emmet Park, on campus at St. George’s College, and will be held during the week, Monday – Thursday, from 10 AM – 1 PM, July 3 – August 3. This is a free camp and is open to high school boys & girls. You must be a HS student (or entering 1st form in the fall) to participate. The camp is free, but is limited to students from High School’s that currently have lacrosse programs. We are sorry for any disappointment that might cause some students, but this is necessary to ensure the impact and sustainability of the JLA’s HS Lacrosse League. The camp will be staffed by local coaches and international volunteers from America & Canada. We will distribute free lacrosse equipment to new lacrosse players while supplies last, new players are welcome and encouraged to participate. There will be a canteen on site with limited snacks and refreshments available for purchase. More info on the camp can be found here

Holiday Camp Info & Registration

St. Hugh's won the first ever Maroon Cup in March.
St. Hugh’s won the first ever Maroon Cup in 2016.

Sign up today to participate in the growing school boy and school girl lacrosse movement! The Jamaica Lacrosse Association has worked successfully with support from the Lacrosse Volunteer Corps and the Federation of International Lacrosse to introduce North America’s fastest growing sport to Jamaica! Our winter & summer camps at STGC is the best way to learn the game!

REGISTER FOR THE WINTER HOLIDAY CAMP ONLINE NOW!

Winter Holiday Camp Details:

When: 10 AM – 1 PM on the following dates:  Wednesday December 28 – Friday, December 30. Camp will break for the weekend, then resume from Monday, January 2 – Thursday, January 5.
Where: STGC’s Emmet Park
Cost: The camp is free of charge,
Who: High School Boys & Girls. (Students entering 1st form can participate). Students at the following school are especially encouraged to participate as we want support official school teams in the next school year at: STGC, Wolmers (Boys & Girls), KC, Holy Trinity (Boys & Girls), St. Hugh’s, Immaculate, Alpha (Girls), Calabar, JC, Campion, Hillel (Boys & Girls) and AISK (Boys & Girls).

On the boys side, STGC was crowned as the first ever Taino Cup Champs!
On the boys side, STGC was crowned as the first ever Taino Cup Champs!

What: The lacrosse camp is staffed with international & local coaches and NCAA athletes from the USA. The camp will include active instruction, drills, games, contests, and prizes. The top campers will also play guest teams from the USA each Thursday at camp.

Not sure about lacrosse? See how much fun it is for yourself:
Taino Cup Boy’s HS Championship Photo Gallery
Maroon Cup Girl’s HS Championship Photo Gallery

Camp Notes:

  • Lacrosse sticks and equipment is expensive, however the JLA has been blessed with equipment donations to outfit new lacrosse players. Equipment will be distributed to new lacrosse players while supplies last. Returning players should bring their own equipment.
  • New lacrosse players are encouraged to search for and watch lacrosse videos on YouTube prior to camp to help them adjust quickly to learning the new sport.
  • Bear Altemus, of the Princeton men's lacrosse team, will be coaching at camp all summer! We will have male and female camp directors from abroad here all summer, with guest coaches visiting each week.
    The camp will be directed by Kevin Dugan with the assistance of American student-athletes and coaches.

    We will do our best to provide a secure location for campers to leave a backpack, however, we assume no liability for anyone’s personal belongings.

  • Water will be provided at camp, campers are encouraged to bring a water bottle and a small snack each day.
  • There will be small canteen with snacks and refreshments available for purchase.
  • Campers are expected to dress ready for physical activity and to wear a reversible practice jersey if they have one. Campers are expected behave like serious, disciplined young athletes.

More Information on Lacrosse:

  • Lacrosse is the indigenous sport of the Native American people, and was played prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus by the ancestors of the Arawak Indians – the Iroquois that lived along the Canadian – USA border.
  • Jamaican HS girls in a scrimmage against an NCAA women's lacrosse player at camp last summer.
    Jamaican HS girls in a scrimmage against an NCAA women’s lacrosse player at camp last summer.

    Lacrosse is currently the fastest growing sport in the USA and Canada. It is also the fastest growing NCAA Scholarship sport at American Universities, however, these are very, very competitive and limited opportunities.

  • The Federation of International Lacrosse is the world wide governing body of lacrosse. There are over 50 member countries around the world, and Jamaica is one of them! The Jamaica national team is eligible to play in FIL World Cup events and will begin to travel to international events in the coming years.
  • The FIL is working hard to have lacrosse added to the summer Olympics.

Please click here for helpful links and videos about the game of lacrosse.

Additional questions? Please email us at jamaicalacrosse@gmail.com

Men’s National Training Team Kick’s Off

The Jamaica Men’s Lacrosse Training Team kicked off it’s practice season this past Sunday at St. George’s College. The group has formed to begin preparing the top men’s lacrosse players in Jamaica for national team tryouts ahead of the 2018 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England. The select group is comprised of the top local Jamaican players (young men and emerging HS boys) that will vie for a spot on Team Jamaica’s history making 2018 Squad, that will also feature the top heritage players from the USA, Canada and England.

This group meets for training on Sunday’s at STGC’s Emmet Park from 1-3 PM. If you would like to be considered for the group please email the JLA at jamaicalacrosse@gmail.com

The current training team roster is available here.

Enjoy the photos from yesterday’s training sessions below.

 

2018 Men’s National Team Update

Excerpts of an update sent to Men’s National Team Player Pool from Calbert Hutchinson, JLA President:
Before I update everyone on details regarding the 2018 Men’s National Team thank everyone that competed in and supported the team at the Lax All Stars North American Invite a few weeks ago in Syracuse, NY. The team made some serious noise and finished in 6th place out of 12 teams. Special thanks are in order to Nick Rose of the Toronto Rock, for helping fill a couple roster spots with experience box players. I definitely think we will be able to put a Jamaican team together for the next Box Indoor Lacrosse championships in Langley British Columbia in 2019… I have also been very encouraged by the interest from the young ladies in Jamaica and abroad that want to start forming women’s national teams to compete in FIL World Cup events. The future is bright for everyone in the Jamaica Lacrosse family.
But first, a few things to go over in regards to the 2018 Squad:
  • If you know anyone that is eligible and still needs to join the player pool, send them this link.
  • The dates of the 2018 FIL World Championships are July 12 – 21st. The team would most likely arrive in England on July 10th. I just wanted to share this for those of you who need to play ahead.
  • The team will be a mix of the best local, Jamaican talent and the top heritage players. We are still working to understand the FIL’s rules on what percentage of players need to travel on Jamaican passports, but there will need to be a certain percentage of players that have legitimate Jamaican passports. There are nearly 50 heritage players from the USA, Canada and England that have joined the player pool, and at least the same amount of local players will be trying out in Jamaica. the maximum roster size for the FIL World Championships is 23 players. So if you are a heritage player and have the ability to apply for a Jamaican passport, that could certainly increase your chances of making the team.
  • North American Tryouts: We are working to secure a location in New Jersey for a training camp on a weekend date TBD in June (A good middle spot the majority of heritage players living between Boston and Baltimore). From that training camp we will form a team for the War at the Shore tournament July 29-30. Which is being held at the Drum Point Soccer Complex in Brick, NJ.
  • Head Coaching Position: Those interested in applying for head or assistant coaching positions should submit their information via this online form. We hope to name a coach this spring.
  • Finances and Fundraising for 2018: Note that players and coaches are going to need to work towards paying for much of their travel expenses. The JLA is going to be seeking sponsorship and will be organizing various fundraising efforts, but everyone involved in being on the team is going to need to help. Much of our fundraising will be focused on helping local players in Jamaica with their travel expenses. Heritage players in the USA, Canada and England will need to plan in advance for their own savings and fundraising efforts.
The actual tryout process and timeline:
This will be a bit of an evolving process and is unique in that we will have two separate groups trying out in two different locations, and FIL rules to consider, but here is an overview of what we are hoping to achieve:
Heritage Player Tryout Timeline: 
June 2017; Heritage player training camp in NJ. (Weekend and location TBD).
July 29-30: Heritage player team competes as Team Jamaica club squad at the War at the Shore tournament. *Following this event, the player pool will be narrowed and a determination on any necessary future tryouts will be made.
Local Jamaican Player Tryout Timeline: 
*A training group is currently being formed to develop the top young male players in Jamaica. The top players are being invited to join this group to prepare themselves for their training camps. This group will get together on a weekly basis.
2016-17 Winter Training Camp: December 27 – January 6
July 2017: Ongoing evaluations and development at our Summer Camp.
2017-18 Winter Training Camp & Final Evaluations: December 27 – January 5
January 2018 final selections and roster announcements. 
IF YOU DON’T MAKE THE TEAM: There is supposed to be a men’s club lacrosse event running in Manchester along side the FIL World Championships. Club teams from all over the world will be attending. Players that do not make the national team could form a Team Jamaica club team to participate in that event. We also want to keep growing our heritage teams and the Jamaica Lacrosse family abroad, so we will want to keep everyone as involved as possible.
Stay tuned for more information in the coming days and weeks.