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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Registration for the coming season will begin right after Thanksgiving! Be sure to visit the team store by clicking the link above!
Register now for 12/13 LAX4LIFE Lacrosse Festival

REGISTER NOW FOR THE LAX4LIFE ONE-DAY LACROSSE FESTIVAL ON 12/13

Why wait until January to get your Arizona lacrosse fix? Register now for the one-day LAX4LIFE pre-season lacrosse festival to be held at Crossroads District Park in Gilbert on December 13th.

Now in its 10th year, LAX4LIFE benefits two young lacrosse players struggling with cancer and the medical bills that result.

Scottsdale United will be supporting the cause by sending what we hope will be at least three teams to the event.

Here's what's involved:

  • Open to all returning and new Scottsdale United players grades 1-8
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Three guaranteed games for each team
  • No practices! Just come out and play
  • About $20-$30 per player to participate, depending on # of players per team.
  • All proceeds go directly to the lacrosse players' families
  • Free LAX4LIFE pinnie for all U4 teams!

If you're interested in playing, please CLICK HERE or visit scottsdaleunited.com and click the REGISTER NOW button before December 1, so we can gauge interest and finalize the number of teams we will be sending.

No money is due yet; we'll follow-up with all interested families to confirm participation and collect the donations through the website.

Please register ASAP and let's have a great time for a great cause!


by posted 11/22/2014
Team updates & Limited edition United sticks

To all current and prospective Scottsdale United parents and players,

A few weeks have passed since our kickoff event, and we are very close to making several major announcements in preparation for the season ahead:

LAX4LIFE TOURNAMENT

We have secured three tentative slots in the upcoming one-day LAX4LIFE tournament to be played in Gilbert on December 13.

This tournament is a fundraiser for two young lacrosse players battling cancer, and United will be there to support them for the first time this year. As soon as we finalize the costs per player, we'll open registration and see how much interest we have. 

This event is completely optional, and no practices will take place beforehand. Just show up and play three games in one day!  

SEASON REGISTRATION

We're finalizing negotiations on our practice fields for the coming year, and as soon as that is complete we'll get the word out. 

UNITED TEAM AND HELMET WRAP STORE

With the holidays just around the corner, we're finalizing the details on the United team and helmet wrap store for all interested players and parents. You'll be able to order online directly from the stores, and your items will drop ship directly to you. No need to wait for practice to begin! And speaking of the holidays...

CUSTOM UNITED STICKS NOW AVAILABLE AT LAX LOCKER

We had a number of requests for custom sticks with the new United colors, and Lax Locker delivered some great-looking sticks rocking the new colors from end to end, just in time for their Black Friday sale and Grand Opening the day after Thanksgiving. Call the store or stop by to check them out and grab one while you can!

 


by posted 11/14/2014
2015 Season Information Packet

**CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2015 SEASON INFORMATION PACKET**

Linked above is the informational packet we passed out at the November 1, 2014 team meeting for those who were not able to attend. 

FINAL FEES & REGISTRATION

As soon as we complete negotiations on fields for the season--ideally this coming week--we will be able to finalize the fee structure and open registration for the 2015 season.

KEEP SPREADING THE WORD

Please pass this email and packet on to anyone you know that might be interested in playing lacrosse this coming season, and we'll follow up with final numbers and a registration link as soon as possible.

Here's to a great season ahead!

- The Scottsdale United Board of Directors 


by posted 11/01/2014
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