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Welcome to the new, improved version of the Oro Valley Lacrosse Club's website.

We'll roll new features out as we progress, but the registration system is now OPEN!  Click on HOME and Register Online to get your athlete registered as soon as possible in order to get them a spot on the team.

Fall pre-season practices start after fall break

The fall pre-season of practices will start on October 17th, 7pm at JDK park (upper field).

Junior High (now called 14U) will practice Monday & Wednesday from 7pm to 830pm.  Friday's we switch up to 5pm to 630pm.

The 6th grade team (12U) will practice Monday & Wednesday from 7pm to 830pm.  Friday's we switch up to 5pm to 630pm.

The 4th grade team (10U) will initially practice on Friday from 5pm to 630pm (JDK, upper field) & Saturday from 2pm to 330pm at Wilson School (north soccer fields).

The co-ed kindergarten thru 3rd grade (8U) team will practice on Friday from 5pm to 630pm (JDK, lower field) & Saturday from 2pm to 330pm at Wilson School (north soccer fields).

Girls 14U & 12U will start on Friday from 5pm to 630pm at JDK.


by posted 09/10/2016

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by posted 09/10/2016
Lacrosse in the local news


Lacrosse finding its niche in the northwest

Lacrosse is still primarily a sport that is played in the northeast, but it is slowly gaining a foothold in other parts of the country. Southern Arizona is no exception. Club lacrosse teams are gaining popularity. The Oro Valley lacrosse team is just one such program.

The club was formed by Oro Valley Resident Tom Car, a former college player and official. He started a high school program and six years ago Don McGann created the club’s junior high program.

McGann grew up in New York and played collegiately at Syracuse, one of the top collegiate lacrosse programs in the nation. In New York, and across the eastern seaboard, the game is common but it is fairly unique in Tucson. Finding players is not always easy. The club conducts demonstrations over the summer and is able to work with some of the local PE programs, but for the most part the club finds players by word of mouth.

“Most of our players saw our practices, tried it, and were hooked,” explained McGann. “(Just) getting a stick in a kid's hand and letting him (or her) play. Once kids try it - most are hooked.”

The team does get the occasional transplant who is familiar with the sport and sometimes they are discovered by parents who know the game but have no idea that club lacrosse exists in the area. Although some are hesitant at first, lacrosse is a contact sport after all, most come around quickly and embrace the game.

“The nearly universal response from parents and families is that they wish they had been able to play lacrosse when they were kids,” said McGann. “Or that they wish they had found it when their older kids were still in junior high school.”

The club has teams from kindergarten through junior high school and is based out of Krieg Park next to CDO High School. The younger kids play in a recreational league, while there are separate teams for fourth graders, sixth graders and middle schoolers up to eighth grade. Once they reach high school age, they graduate to a - high school club team with players from all of northwest Tucson, based at Mountain View High school.

Since the game is still growing, the club plays teams from all over the state, though they are getting closer to having the majority of their games in Tucson with just a little travel to the Phoenix area.

Finding fields can still be an issue, you have to have adequate space to play the game, but the hope is that Naranja Park will help, though they will still be competing with soccer and football for space.

“Getting field time for games and practices in northwest Tucson is difficult,” admitted McGann. “The new Naranja Park facilities will help, but the demand is growing faster than the supply.”

Finding qualified coaches is also tough, though the club is starting to see former high school players who have stayed in Tucson drifting back to the sport.

The sport attracts many multi-sport athletes and the club embraces that.

“As a junior high, and younger, program, our organization's philosophy is that it is too early for kids to focus exclusively on one sport,” said McGann. “We see the value in learning concepts like ball movement and spacing that can be learned from playing other sports like basketball. We also think it is important to prevent kids getting burned-out by focusing on one sport exclusively.”

Multi-sports athletes do have the challenge of overlapping seasons, especially with so many sports becoming year round affairs.

The lacrosse season generally last from January through March.


by posted 09/02/2016
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James D. Kriegh Park - Oro Valley OPEN (10/24) 
Naranja Park - Oro Valley OPEN (10/24) 
Riverfront Park - Oro Valley OPEN (10/24) 
Wilson K-8 School - Oro Valley OPEN (10/24) 
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