Category: Jamaica Lacrosse Blog

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!


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

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

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.

Team Jamaica Starts Journey to England at Birthplace of Lacrosse

Artistic rendering of a lacrosse game taking place hundreds of years before Columbus touched the shores of North America.
Artistic rendering of a lacrosse game taking place hundreds of years before Columbus touched the shores of North America.

The Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) is happy to announce they will be forming a diaspora team to compete in the North American Invitational, which is being held on the sacred grounds of the Onondaga Indian Reservation, just outside Syracuse, NY. The event is taking place September 29 – October 1, and will feature teams from the Iroquois Nations, Europe, the USA and Canada.

“I think it is imperative that as we grow the sport of lacrosse here in Jamaica, that we pay our respects to the roots of the game,” says JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson. “So it carries some very heavy symbolism that the first time we represent Jamaica on the international stage, that we do it at the birth place of the game, surrounded by our brothers and sisters from the Iroquois Confederacy.”

Honoring indigenous people and maintaining an appreciation for its roots is nothing new to the JLA, all one needs to do is take a look at the series of high school competitions; each championship pays respect to different aspects of the islands history, cultural, roots and indigenous people, which is a thoughtful “tip of the cap” to the Native American people.

JLA President, Cal Hutchinson's understanding of the deep indiginious roots of the game were enhanced in his 2015 visit with Chief Oren Lyons and former FIL President, Tom Hayes.
JLA President, Cal Hutchinson’s understanding of the deep indiginious roots of the game were enhanced in his 2015 visit with Chief Oren Lyons and former FIL President, Tom Hayes.

“Lacrosse is the indigenous sport of the Western Hemisphere, which is why we name our boy’s high school lacrosse championship the Taino Cup” continues Hutchinson, “The tribes of North America, are the ancestors of the indigenous people of Jamaica, the Taino, most of whom died off shortly after Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica. We also honor the African roots of our people in our girl’s high school championship, the Maroon Cup, named in honor of black slaves that were suffering from the same colonial oppression the Iroquois and other native people fell victim to, so in everything we do, lacrosse wise, we want to do it in a manner that honors and respects the roots of the game and the roots of Jamaica, which is what has shaped the current culture of our people.”

The reverence felt for the Iroquois people is a big part of participating in this event and carries some heavy symbolism for Hutchinson and others, but it also serves as an important starting point on Jamaica’s road to the 2018 FIL World Championships in Manchester, England. The JLA has been focused solely on developing the sport locally over the last four years, and the substance and quality of play is steadily improving, particularly at the high school level. However, there are well over 1 million members of the Jamaican diaspora living in the USA and Canada, the two top ranked lacrosse countries in the world, and many Jamaicans that have settled abroad have excelled at the sport dubbed “the fastest game on two feet.”

Hutchinson is confident that the best Jamaican homegrown talent, coupled with All-Americans in the diaspora like Hakeem Lecky will enable Jamaica to make a splash in the 2018 FIL debut.
Hutchinson is confident that the best Jamaican homegrown talent, coupled with All-Americans in the diaspora like Hakeem Lecky will enable Jamaica to make a splash in the 2018 FIL debut.

“We have received a lot of interest from talented lacrosse playing members of the diaspora over the last few years, but have kept our focus on developing local talent and school based programs.” Said Hutchinson, “We’ve always wanted to have a true Jamaican based organization, and while we have a long way to go, we feel the authenticity of that has been established. We are developing the game at a grassroots level locally in Jamaica, and our high school programs are really gaining steam, our roster for England will showcase the home grown local talent, but it would be foolish to not consider many of the world-class Jamaicans now living in the USA and Canada, that are eligible to try-out for the team.”

Jamaica is a proud and competitive nation, and Hutchinson is confident that a team featuring top local talent meshed with international standouts like former NCAA DI All-American and professional lacrosse player, Hakeem Lecky, will make a splash in their FIL World Championship debut in 2018.

“This event is the starting point of a diaspora engagement strategy; we are forming a committee to mobilize people outside Jamaica that want to support our work,” said Hutchinson. “We are in the process of outlining the timeline, format, location and process for the try-outs. We are also identifying other lacrosse tournaments and events for members of the diaspora to participate in as a team.”

Members of the diaspora (male and female) that are interested in trying out for the national teams can enter the player pool, by submitting an online form on the National Teams page of the JLA website here.

2016 – 17 High School Lacrosse Calendar Announced

The JLA Lays out Plans for a Blockbuster Year of High School Lacrosse 

The JLA is excited to announce an ambitious outline for their 2016-17 High School boys and girls lacrosse calendar. This year’s calendar sees a return of the Taino, Maroon and North Street Cup competitions, as well as the popular holiday training camps. However this year’s calendar also includes a fall program and competition aimed at developing experienced players and welcoming new players, teams and coaches to the lacrosse family. The new fall competition is dubbed the Matum Cup. Matum is a Taino word meaning friendship, which properly reflects the spirit and goals of the fall program, while continuing the JLA’s tradition of honoring indigenous people.

St. Hugh's celebrates a goal during the 2016 Maroon Cup Championship Game.
St. Hugh’s celebrates a goal during the 2016 Maroon Cup Championship Game.

Not outlined in this calendar are coaching workshops that will also take place in October, as well as national team training and development activities.

*This schedule is a general outline and players can expect and updated schedule with specific fixtures and practice dates and locations on October 9th at our HS Player’s meeting at STGC’s Emmet Park at 3:30 PM.

On the boys side, the JLA is hoping to add Hillel Academy and Jamaica College this fall. On the girls side, we are working to help Wolmers, Hillel and AISK form teams.

Get ready for an exciting year of high school lacrosse in Jamaica!

Matum Cup (Taino word meaning friendship)
Fall lacrosse is seen as the “off season” and will be a chance to welcome new players, schools & coaches into the Jamaica Lacrosse family with a spirit of friendship. So while there are games and a fall competition for the Matum Cup, (Matum is a Taino word meaning friendship) the emphasis is on skill development and growing the game in a spirit of friendship, matum, that would honor the Taino People.
Monday, October 10, Player Meeting at STGC’s Emmet Park Pavilion for all boys & girls
Tuesday, October 11, Training
Wednesday, October 12, Training
Thursday, October 13, Training
Friday, October 14,
Saturday, October 15,
Sunday, October 16,
Monday, October 17, Training
Tuesday, October 18, Training
Wednesday, October 19, Training
Thursday, October 20, Game Day
Friday, October 21,
Saturday, October 22,
Sunday, October 23,
Monday, October 24, Training
Tuesday, October 25, Training
Wednesday, October 26, Training
Thursday, October 27, Game Day
Friday, October 28,
Saturday, October 29,
Sunday, October 30,
Monday, October 31, Training
Tuesday, November 1, Training
Wednesday, November 2, Training
Thursday, November 3, Game Day
Friday, November 4,
Saturday, November 5,
Sunday, November 6, Training
Monday, November 7, Training
Tuesday, November 8, Training
Wednesday, November 9, Training
Thursday, November 10, Game Day
Friday, November 11,
Saturday, November 12,
Sunday, November 13,
Monday, November 14, Matum Cup Round 1
Tuesday, November 15,
Wednesday, November 16, Matum Cup Round 2
Thursday, November 17,
Friday, November 18, Matum Cup Championships
Holiday Camp
The Holiday Camp is an incredible opportunity to develop your personal skills, while learning from international coaches. The camp is held at STGC’s Emmet Park, and is run by volunteers from the USA. It is also a great chance to play against, and develop friendships with visiting American players your own age.
Monday, December 26, Holiday Camp
Tuesday, December 27, Holiday Camp
Wednesday, December 28, Holiday Camp
Thursday, December 29, Holiday Camp
Friday, December 30, Holiday Camp
Saturday, December 31,
Sunday, January 1,
Monday, January 2, Holiday Camp
Tuesday, January 3, Holiday Camp
Wednesday, January 4, Holiday Camp
Thursday, January 5, Holiday Camp
Friday, January 6, Holiday Camp
Saturday, January 7,
Sunday, January 8,
Taino (boys) and Maroon (girls) Cup
This is the most prestigious and coveted championships in the JLA annual calendar. The Taino Cup, named to honor the indigenous roots of the sports of lacrosse (The sport was first played by the ancestors of the Taino people in North America) is the boys HS Championship, while the Maroon Cup honors the roots of the perseverance of African slaves in Jamaica, and is awarded to the girls HS Champions.
Monday, January 9, Training
Tuesday, January 10, Training
Wednesday, January 11, Training
Thursday, January 12, Game Day
Friday, January 13,
Saturday, January 14,
Sunday, January 15,
Monday, January 16, Training
Tuesday, January 17, Training
Wednesday, January 18, Training
Thursday, January 19, Game Day
Friday, January 20,
Saturday, January 21,
Sunday, January 22,
Monday, January 23, Training
Tuesday, January 24, Training
Wednesday, January 25, Training
Thursday, January 26, Game Day
Friday, January 27,
Saturday, January 28,
Sunday, January 29,
Monday, January 30, Training
Tuesday, January 31, Training
Wednesday, February 1, Training
Thursday, February 2, Game Day
Friday, February 3,
Saturday, February 4,
Sunday, February 5,
Monday, February 6, Taino Cup Round 1
Tuesday, February 7, Maroon Cup Round 1
Wednesday, February 8, Taino Cup Round 2
Thursday, February 9,
Friday, February 10, Taino & Maroon Cup Championships
Tentative International Friendlies
The JLA is working hard to invite American HS teams to visit Jamaica during their spring breaks which take place from mid-February to April 1, depending upon which region of the USA the school is from. The JLA will announce the scheduled games as HS teams commit to travel to Jamaica.
Mid Feb – April 1 TBD Tentative International HS Spring Break Friendlies
North Street Cup
This is the oldest lacrosse competition in Jamaica and dates back to the spring of 2013 when Kingston College played St. George’s College in the first ever HS lacrosse game in Jamaica. The Cup is named after the small piece of North Street that separates these two prestigious schools. In recent years, all Kingston based HS lacrosse teams(boys & girls) have participated in competition.
Monday, April 17, Training
Tuesday, April 18, Training
Wednesday, April 19, Training
Thursday, April 20, Game Day
Friday, April 21,
Saturday, April 22,
Sunday, April 23,
Monday, April 24, Training
Tuesday, April 25, Training
Wednesday, April 26, Training
Thursday, May 12, Game Day
Friday, May 13,
Saturday, May 14,
Sunday, May 15,
Monday, May 16, North Street Cup Round 1 (Boys)
Tuesday, May 17, North Street Cup Round 1 (Girls)
Wednesday, May 18, North Street Cup Round 2 (Boys)
Thursday, May 19,
Friday, May 20, North St Cup Finals (Boys & Girls)
Summer Camp
Similar to the Holiday Camp is an incredible opportunity to develop your personal skills, while learning from international coaches. The camp is held at STGC’s Emmet Park, and is run by volunteers from the USA. It is also a great chance to play against, and develop friendships with visiting American players your own age.
Monday, July 3, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, July 4, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, July 5, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, July 6, Friendship Games with USA Players
Friday, July 7,
Saturday, July 8,
Sunday, July 9,
Monday, July 10, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, July 11, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, July 12, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, July 13, Friendship Games with USA Players
Friday, July 14,
Saturday, July 15,
Sunday, July 16,
Monday, July 17, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, July 18, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, July 19, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, July 20, Friendship Games with USA Players
Friday, July 21,
Saturday, July 22,
Sunday, July 23,
Monday, July 24, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, July 25, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, July 26, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, July 27, Friendship Games with USA Players
Friday, July 28,
Saturday, July 29,
Sunday, July 30,
Monday, July 31, Summer Camp 10-1
Tuesday, August 1, Summer Camp 10-1
Wednesday, August 2, Summer Camp League Games
Thursday, August 3, Friendship Games with USA Players