Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club is the fastest-growing lacrosse organization in the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League (AYLL). We fields teams at the U4, U6 and middle school/junior high levels.

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Introducing Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club!

The sport of lacrosse is growing rapidly nationwide, and Arizona is no exception. It is in this spirit of growth and evolution that we are pleased to announce the merger of the Scottsdale Swag Lacrosse Club and the Scottsdale Lacrosse Club, as voted on by the leadership of both organizations.

The new club will compete as the Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club, beginning with the coming 2015 season.  

WHY MERGE THE TWO TEAMS?

Coach Austin Gray serves as the head coach of Chaparral’s high school lacrosse program. Coach Doug Lipka heads up Notre Dame Prep’s lacrosse program. Both of these growing obligations overlap directly with the Swag and SLC seasons.

As a result, neither coach felt like they could devote the time needed to effectively grow, lead and coach their own independent lacrosse organizations during the high school season.

Merging the two organizations now gives the combined Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club the critical mass, strength, leadership, coaching and pipeline of talent to ensure the future success of the club.

THE NEW SCOTTSDALE UNITED

The combined club expects to field the following teams at a minimum in 2015, based solely on the number of potential returning players from last year’s clubs:

  • 1 U4 team
  • 1-2 U6 teams
  • 3-4 middle school teams

The number of middle school teams to be fielded and the divisions they compete in will be determined based on:

  • The competition levels of the teams in the combined league
  • Volume of player interest and overall team skill level

Where multiple United teams will compete in the same division (likely U6 and Jr. High) the composition of each team will be determined through a player evaluation and draft, consistent with “house” leagues in most other sports.

The goal of this draft is to ensure that each United team is:

  • Balanced with other United clubs in the same age group/division
  • Able to compete at a high level with other non-United clubs in the same age group/division 

THE UNITED COACHING STAFF

Coach Doug Lipka and Coach Austin Gray will take on new roles in Scottsdale United as Directors of Lacrosse Operations.

In order to allow Doug and Austin to fulfill their responsibilities to their high school programs and youth clinics, neither Doug nor Austin will be directly coaching any Scottsdale United teams in the 2015 season.

Instead, they will be focused on selecting and overseeing the coaching staffs and practices, as well as creating age-specific lacrosse skill development models and practice plans that deliver the right training in the right manner at the right age for all United teams.

The rest of the United coaching staff will be determined based on:

  • The total number of United teams for 2015
  • A review of the overall performance of the coaches, based on last year’s season
  • The availability of the coaches for the coming season

United staff and directors will make every attempt to retain Swag and SLC coaches that:

  • Performed their duties with professionalism
  • Were highly regarded by parents, staff and players​
  • Represented the club well in their behavior in practices and games
  • Are available to commit to coaching again in 2015, based on job and personal obligations.

CLUB GOVERNANCE & CORPORATE STRUCTURE

From a governance and process perspective, SLC has many best practices already in place relative to the younger Swag organization, including:

  • A formal Board of Directors
  • Board bylaws​
  • Preferential field status with the City of Scottsdale

For this reason, the Swag board will be merged into the existing SLC board to take advantage of SLC’s mature governance model.  

The combined board will be comprised of representatives from each team and age group to ensure that United moves forward with input from both organizations during this merger year.

This board will review best practices from each club to ensure that United players and families receive the best possible experience on and off the field this season.

The new Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club intends to file for non-profit corporation status – also known as a 501(c)3 status – to allow the club to receive individual and corporate donations beginning with the 2015 season.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The club leadership is in the process of developing the club’s new branding, website etc. in preparation for the traditional October-November kickoff and registration.  

As soon as those elements are completed, we will let you know as quickly as possible.

Scottsdale United also intends to have a fall development camp on November 1 to bring players from the two clubs together for the first time and to open the registration period for the 2015 season. This camp is encouraged but entirely optional. More details will be announced as they are formalized.

The new Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club combines some of the top lacrosse talent in the state under one organization, ready to deliver a first-class lacrosse experience to every player, parent, volunteer and coach. We hope you’re as excited about this coming season we are.

UNITED WE RISE!

-          The 2014-2015 Scottsdale United Board of Directors

**Please feel free to pass this on to any former, current or prospective club members**


by posted 08/25/2014