Island Youth Lacrosse on Okinawa

CONTRIBUTED BY LOUISE MCKERNAN

Our children love lacrosse. I grew up with lacrosse, and while lacrosse is new to my husband, he embraces lax as a new sport to play with our kids. I thought being stationed in Okinawa was the end of organized youth lacrosse for a few years. In PCS prep mode, I purchased lacrosse sticks and balls, along with mini lacrosse sticks & tennis balls for my little guy – all to practice & play lacrosse with them. We’d return to Maryland one day, and I wanted our kids to be ready to play!

Lacrosse Logo
Lacrosse Logo

Then we heard of Island Youth Lacrosse on Okinawa (IYLO).

A handful of Marine Corps families are pulling together to bring youth lacrosse to Okinawa. They’re lead by a USMC LtCol who played college lacrosse at Rutgers University, along with his wife and two spirited Marine Corps spouses are trying to bring lacrosse here for their sons & daughter.

Island Youth Lacrosse’s LAX 101 Clinic was fantastic! Our kids were thrilled to play, and so were the twenty other future laxers and their families who were there. Okinawa’s Island Youth Lacrosse LAX 101 Clinics have been so popular this spring that IYLO had to employ waitlists. IYLO is holding these clinics to introduce, to grow and build up island lacrosse players; it is also a fundraiser for the upcoming seasons. LAX 101 Clinic series introduce future laxers to lacrosse fundamentals, builds upon them, and culminates with play on the lacrosse field. And there are clinics coming up soon!

Lacrosse Group
Lacrosse Group

Summer Season lacrosse registration starts in the spring. Their summer season will consist of U11 and U15 teams; playing in June through July with both boys and girls on the same teams, playing by US Lacrosse boys rules. These teams will have practices and games at Camp Foster, and Kadena or Camp McTureous (tbd). IYLO is looking for beginners to advanced lacrosse players to come out and play (ages 6-14). IYLO has experienced lacrosse coaches volunteering, and encourages teenagers to volunteer and share their lacrosse skills with the little lax players and beginners.

This youth lacrosse organization has high aspirations. In addition to offering competitive playing opportunities for young athletes in the upcoming Summer Season, and the Inaugural Spring Season (to include breaking it into girls & boys teams). IYLO has plans for more future clinics, and finding dynamic ways to introduce lacrosse to our school children. Indoor box lacrosse is potentially an option for 5-6 year olds in the near future, too. The end goal is to ramp up to a full league will four teams per age bracket:
Boys: U9, U11, U13, U15, and a Kadena HS & Kubasaki HS club team
Girls: U9, U11, U13, U15, and a Kadena HS & Kubasaki HS club team

Lacrosse Game
Lacrosse Game

Island Youth Lacrosse Okinawa is looking for energized youth looking to join the fastest growing sport in the USA!

*Register now* for both the LAX 101 Clinics and the upcoming Season for lacrosse!

Facebook: “Island Youth Lacrosse”

Email: islandyouthlacrosse@gmail.com

Website: in progress

LAX 101 Clinics (Check FB for dates):  Only $20 per clinic. Sticks provided. These clinics will be seasonally run in the Fall & Spring.

Summer Lacrosse Season:  Mid-June to late-July.  Open registration begins in April for the summer season.  Email us at islandyouthlacrosse@gmail.com

Regular Season:  January – March

Games and practices will be held at Camp Foster & Kadena / Camps Courtney & McTureous.

Whether your child is interested in lacrosse, or you feel you could contribute to this growing program, please contact IYLO!

Hey Okinawa,
GOT LACROSSE? HAI!

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  • May 8, 2012

    IYLO’s next LAX 101 Clinic is on Saturday May 12th from 1100-1245, 1300-1445 (at Camp McTureous, Bechtel Elementary field) Only $20 for both clinic times. Sticks provided. These clinics will be seasonally run in the Fall & Spring.

    *Lacrosse Summer Season* Registration is OPEN!
    Summer season runs 11June-28July (practices, scrimmages, games). Accepting registration online (scan completed form & email to islandyouthlacrosse@gmail.com), at the LAX 101 Clinic on 12May, and at the Camp Foster Exchange LAX SS Registration table (12May, 10-1pm).

    If you love lacrosse, come on out!

    Louise
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  • May 9, 2012

    This is a great addition here in Okinawa! My son is looking forward to playing next year (he’s not quite old enough yet).

    Michele
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  • September 2, 2012

    We have 2 fall clinics schedule in Sept. and Oct. 2012. Also, an indoor league in November. Like our Facebook page for more information. Island Youth Lacrosse Okinawa.

    Page Williamson
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  • December 11, 2013

    SPRING 2014 LACROSSE SEASON! IYLO is currently taking registrations for our 2014 Lacrosse Season [January-March 2014]. You can find us (and the registration form) on Facebook at “Island Youth Lacrosse”
    Just complete the registration form and return it to: islandyouthlacrosse@gmail.com
    The SPRING 2014 LACROSSE SEASON is set to start the first week of January with teams on Camp Kinser, Camp Foster, and Camp Courtney for boys & girls (7-14/15 yrs old). ***There is no easier place to try out LACROSSE.*** Gear is provided, and all you do is show up to play! :)

    Louise
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