The University of South Dakota men’s lacrosse team traveled to Sioux Center over the weekend to close out the spring season for both teams against the Dordt Sowers. It was a blustery day at Dordt, making communication on the field challenging – but that didn’t
Youth sports history was made on Friday night as Sioux Falls’ first organized youth lacrosse league faced off for first games night. April 24, 2014 at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Spark, organized by founder Corey Mitchell, held their first practice
Spring arrives just in time for the inaugural club practice of Sioux Falls’ newest sport April 7, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD – The newly formed Sioux Falls Spark Lacrosse Club held their first practice at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls, and invited Lacrosse605 along
Learn Lacrosse Basics Lacrosse has come to South Dakota! Join us as we learn about the newest sport in South Dakota – but probably the oldest sport in North America and one of the oldest team sports in the world! What is lacrosse? Lacrosse
Local dad and sports enthusiast Corey Mitchell starts Sioux Falls Spark Lacrosse March 2, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD - Corey Mitchell is a hockey dad who became intrigued with lacrosse. When he learned the sport wasn’t offered in Sioux Falls, he did what any
The University of South Dakota men’s lacrosse team traveled to Sioux Center over the weekend to close out the spring season for both teams against the Dordt Sowers. It was a blustery day at Dordt, making communication on the field challenging – but that didn’t stop the men from enjoying the final game of their 2014 college lacrosse club season. Although the game turned into a bit of a rout as the Sowers bested the newly formed Coyotes 14-4, it was a highly entertaining match filled with lots of goals.
The Dordt program was first launched in the 2009-2010 season, going 3-5 on the year. The next year they joined the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference, and posted a 5-2 record. This year the Sowers had a 12-game schedule, playing Kansas State, Nebraska, St. Olaf, Bethel, St. Ambrose, Benedictine, Creighton, Robert Morris, Judson, Morris S&T, Missouri Valley and USD.
This year is the first season for the USD Coyotes lacrosse program. The ‘Yotes first of nine scheduled games was in February, when they traveled to Lincoln to play Nebraska in the Cook Pavilion. Other opponents for the USD inaugural season in the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) were Creighton, Iowa State, St. Olaf, Bethel and Dordt. Scheduled games at Bendectine and Missouri Valley were cancelled. The Yotes only scheduled home game in this first season was against South Dakota State Jackrabbits. The Jacks program is not a member of the GRLC.
The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) is a national organization of non-NCAA, college lacrosse programs. It currently operates in the US and Canada with 200+ teams in two divisions, across ten conferences, including the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference. The GRLC consists of 11 Division I teams and 17 Division II teams, representing Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee, Nebraska, WIsconsin. Both Dordt and USD are in Division II of the GRLC.
Lacrosse605 made the short trip to Sioux Center to experience our first college lacrosse game – and it won’t be our last! We have game film of the match, plus interviews with players from both USD and Dordt below. We even caught up with the referee crew - Bob Hoffer, who is the US Lacrosse Sub-District Coordinator of Officials Training, and Nathan Hoeckelman, who is Midland University Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach – who graciously gave us a little interview time after the game. We had hoped to interview the coaches of both teams, but strong winds were encouraging us to break up the post-game festivities.
We want to thank Dordt College and the fans for their great hospitality, and everyone who granted us interviews – YOU are Lacrosse605!
Youth sports history was made on Friday night as Sioux Falls’ first organized youth lacrosse league faced off for first games night.
April 24, 2014 at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls, SD - The Sioux Falls Spark, organized by founder Corey Mitchell, held their first practice just two weeks ago, on April 10th, at Riverdale Park. They had only practiced for a week when they were invited to play a short exhibition game at half-time of the Sioux Falls Storm basketball game. “We were impressed by how well they played – especially having had only a few practices,” said Paula Mitchell, one of the league organizers.
Technically, that was the first game for Sioux Falls Spark league. But as with any sport, exhibition games – especially shortened ones – simply lack the competition that most athletes crave. Friday night was different – there was a scoreboard, and the fans on the sidelines had come to watch them play lacrosse. An opportunity for the players to test their newly learned skills and begin to get a true sense of the game. The evening was full of promise, the players were ready and Mother Nature added her blessings for a beautiful night of lacrosse.
The evening kicked off with the first two games, the U9 and U11 teams, followed by the U13 and U15 games. It was obvious the kids were having a blast as they chased the ball with their lacrosse sticks – often called simply “crosse” – in hopes of an opportunity to score, letting the game be the teacher. “It was great to see how they continued to improve as the game progressed,” said Corey Mitchell. “Their passes and stick skills got better with each quarter.”
Indeed, they did impress us with steady progression of their skills – passing accuracy and cradling improved, along with their vision of the field. Most obvious was the growth in their understandng of the game throughout the evening. Lacrosse605 captured a quarter of each of the U9 & U13 games, and the full games for the U11 and U15. We also caught up with some of the players, coaches – and even a parent – to visit with them about lacrosse. Check out the game footage and interviews below!
Spring arrives just in time for the inaugural club practice of Sioux Falls’ newest sport
April 7, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD – The newly formed Sioux Falls Spark Lacrosse Club held their first practice at Riverdale Park in Sioux Falls, and invited Lacrosse605 along to check it out. We took the opportunity to learn more about the new sport that has come to Sioux Falls and visit with some players for our first Lacrosse605 player interviews. We even had a few minutes with Coach Corey Mitchell, the organizer and founder for the Sioux Falls Spark – and caught a little footage of the inaugural practice for the historical record!
What is lacrosse?
Lacrosse is a team sport where players try to get a rubber ball into a net or goal. Players use a long stick with a net on the end of it called a lacrosse stick. They can run, carry, catch, shoot, and pass the ball with the net of the stick. The lacrosse team with the most points or goals at the end of the time period wins the game.
Lacrosse is a very athletic and active game. It provides good exercise and competitiveness. There is a lot of running in Lacrosse and speed and endurance are great assets to the Lacrosse player. The sport’s nickname is “The fastest game on two feet”. Lacrosse has become popular with high schools, colleges, and has had some success as a professional sport.
First and foremost, Lacrosse players must wear protective equipment. This includes a helmet, mouth guard, lacrosse gloves, and pads. Pads can include rib pads, shoulder pads, and elbow pads. Lacrosse goalies must wear extra and special protective equipment.
The other main piece of equipment for a Lacrosse player is the stick or crosse. Offensive players usually use a short crosse (between 40 and 42 inches long). Defensive players use a long crosse (up to 72 inches long). The head of the lacrosse stick has a net to hold the ball with a flange on the end that allows the ball to be thrown or shot by swinging the stick. Goalies get to use a lacrosse stick with a wider head.
A lacrosse field today is 110 yards long and 60 yards wide. The goal is 6 feet tall by 6 feet wide and sits 15 yards from the end of the field. The field is divided up into a defensive area (where your goal is), an attack area (where the opponents goal is), and a wing area (in the middle).
History of Lacrosse
The origins of lacrosse come from a game that was played by Native Americans. It is one of the oldest team sports in the world.
The original game of lacrosse was often played with hundreds of players on the field. The games were played between different villages or tribes. The rules varied as well as the field of play. Goals were sometime miles apart. Sometimes a game was used to resolve disputes and could last days.
The name lacrosse came from a French missionary to the Americas named Jean de Brebeuf. He told about a game using a stick that the Native Americans played. Lacrosse soon became popular with many European settlers who learned the game from the locals. Later, a Canadian named William George Beers formed a lacrosse club and started to put together some of the rules that are used today.
Lacrosse became popular with high schools and universities in the early 1900′s. It is still a popular college and high school sport today, especially in the New England area of the United States. In 2001, Major League Lacrosse, or the MLL, had its first full season of play. Currently there are 10 teams in the MLL.
There is an indoor version of Lacrosse called Box Lacrosse. Box Lacrosse is very popular in Canada. The field is smaller, as it’s indoors, and there are only six players per team. The game can be fast and exciting due to the smaller field and shot clock.
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March 2, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD - Corey Mitchell is a hockey dad who became intrigued with lacrosse. When he learned the sport wasn’t offered in Sioux Falls, he did what any parent would do – he started a movement that has grown and developed into the Sioux Falls Spark! Lacrosse605 launched with our very first interview with Coach Corey Mitchell, President and Founder of Sioux Falls Spark Lacrosse. Check out our visit below. To learn more about Sioux Falls Spark, visit “Sioux Falls Lacrosse” on Facebook or go to their website at SiouxFallsLacrosse.com (capitalization not required).
North Central Sports Network expands South Dakota coverage to include Lacrosse
April 7, 2014 in Sioux Falls, SD - At North Central Sports Network, we applaud athletes and their supporters who take risks. Sometimes the biggest risk of all is choosing to pay a “non-traditional” sport – like lacrosse. We had Lacrosse605 in our five year plan, but when we learned that a new lacrosse program was launching in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and would join less than a handful of lacrosse programs across the state, we decided to accelerate the schedule.
Our goal at NCSN is to bring greater recognition and media attention to athletes and coaches, parents and fans, for their commitment to their sport of choice. We do this with a variety of media and social media, including this website blog, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Lacrosse605TV interviews with players and coaches will not only provide greater recognition, but also teach us all more about the game. Video highlights and full match videos are fun for all to watch, and will be a useful training tool for players and coaches.
Our philosophy at NCSN is that sports add value for child development. There are lessons to be learned through sport – the value of commitment and dedication, the importance of teamwork and personal responsibility. Sports also add value to society. They offer a sense of community and an outlet for passion.
We also believe that any sport is only as worthy and valuable as the people who play it and coach it, and the fans who support it. Our premise is “YOU are Lacrosse605!” This site and all of the related social media will be as good as the players, coaches and fans make it. We rely on you to provide stories, photos and videos to help showcase lacrosse in the 605 – together we can build and strengthen the sport!
We are excited to launch Lacrosse605 to support the growing sport of lacrosse, “the fastest game on two feet”, in the 605 area code of South Dakota, for the players, coaches and fans who love it. They ARE Lacrosse605! YOU are Lacrosse605!