We need more coaches! If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a reminder that starting January 1, 2022 all chest pads have to be NOCSAE certified.
It is the new rule from USA Lacrosse in order to play and is for better safety of the players. This means pretty much everyone who has an older chest pad will have to replace theirs. Plan ahead and be prepared! New lacrosse gear makes great birthday and Christmas gifts!These chest pads will have a little tag on them that has a "heartbeat" on it. The chest pads ARE THICKER around the chest and heart than old pads.
Where to find them?
Google "certified lacrosse chest protector" and different sites should pop up. (lacrossemonkey.com, stx.com, lacrosseunlimited.com, lacrossefanatic.com, warrior.com, etc) Unless you're a goalie, don't buy the goalie ones.
Spread the word.Especially to friends who may plan on joining us. Don't let them buy the wrong gear!
WE LOVE LACROSSE! See you soon.
UPDATE FOR ANKENY THUNDER LACROSSE: Age is the best indicator for determining how to group children due to physical and cognitive development. It is also the most easily verified method to segment players. Ankeny Thunder lacrosse will begin aligning our players with the age suggestions of USA lacrosse. NOTE: there are a few 8th grade boys who could technically play on the High School Level according to USA lacrosse…. But, NELAX doesn’t allow them to play up. Therefore they will remain at the 14U .
Exceptions can be made for 4th grade boys . They may play at the 12u level if they have the skill set or played last year.
8th grade girls will be playing on the U14 team this year.
4th grade girls will be playing 12u.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!
Ankeny Thunder Lacrosse Club
Fall Ball 2021
Fall Ball begins September 7, 2021 and ends October 16th
See Schedule Below
For Boys grades 1-12 and Girls grades 4-12
Cost per player: $35
Fall Ball is offered for new and returning players. Fall Ball is an informal opportunity to practice with your
coaches and friends and to keep a stick in your hand! The official lacrosse season begins early 2022.
No games are held during Fall Ball, but a possible tournament is in the works and will be optional for those interested in participating.
Fall Ball practices will be held at Prairie Trail Elementary field unless otherwise notified via Facebook,
Instagram, or email.
Please register for Fall Ball online at our club website www.ankenylax.com
Walk in registrations taken, but we encourage all to register online please and thank you!
We’re so glad you are coming! If you don’t have your own equipment, we have some you can use during Fall Ball.
Equipment can be checked out and used during the duration of Fall Ball. This is FREE to use, however, we do require a
$100 security deposit in the form of a check. When all equipment is turned in at the end of Fall Ball, you will receive your uncashed check back.
A waiver for all new players is required. This can be found on our website under “documents” and “new player waiver”
or you can sign one when you get there.
Bring your gear, your friends, and a great attitude!
Make sure you have a current USA Lacrosse Membership
Ankeny Thunder Lacrosse Teams Include:
10U boys - grades 1-3
12U boys - grades 4-6
12U girls - grades 4-6
14U boys - grades 7-8
14U girls - grades 7-8
JV/Varsity boys - grades - 9-12
Varsity girls - grades 9-12
Fall Ball Schedule:
We will meet Tuesdays September 7, 14, 21, 28 and October 5, 12
6:00-7:30pm (or earlier depending on the dark)
We will meet Saturdays September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 9, 16
10:00-11:30am (HS teams may go later)
*all practices subject to cancelation/change due to weather
For questions or more information, see our FAQ’s about Fall Ball or contact Ankeny Thunder Lacrosse at
Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up to date on what’s going on.
**Interested in Coaching? We need YOU!
FAQ’s about Fall Ball
1 - Are there any games during Fall Ball?
Not generally - this is just an opportunity for new and returning players to practice with the coaches and their
teammates. There may be opportunities to scrimmage or even a possible tournament for some of the teams.
Tournaments will be optional and each participant must pay an extra fee to participate.
2 - If I can’t make it to Fall Ball, can I still play in the Spring?
Absolutely! Fall Ball is optional. We’d love to have players come to any or all of the practices, but understand
if they cannot make it due to other activities. We hope you can attend as many as possible!
3 - What if I want to try lacrosse, but don’t have equipment?
We have a rental program available for players who need equipment. This equipment belongs to the Club,
but it can be used by players in the following ways:
1 - During Fall Ball, new players can use this equipment for FREE. It will be theirs to use during the Fall Ball season if they choose to check it out. There will be a $100 security deposit for boys equipment and $40 for girls equipment that we require in the form of a check. The check will be returned to you at the end of Fall Ball when the equipment is turned back in.
2 - During our regular season, this equipment will are available to rent out fro the season. The cost for the season rental will be $75 for boys plus $100 security deposit and $25 for girls plus a $50 security deposit. All equipment must be returned at the end of the season. We strongly encourage all players to purchase their
own gear if they can.
4 - Is there a cost for Fall Ball?
The cost for 2021 Fall Ball is $35
5 - Where is Fall Ball practice located?
We will be at Prairie Trail Elementary field unless otherwise notified. Please check social media and your emails for any changes - especially on bad weather days. If you have the
REMIND app, you will be notified through this as well.
Congrats to Brooklynn on this well deserved award!
“All-American - US Lacrosse All-Americans are the best players from their area. They exhibit superior skills and techniques, possess exceptional game sense and knowledge, and embody good sportsmanship. Must be a member of the Varsity Team and be a starter or significant contributor. The nominee must have outstanding character, and good academic standing. Sportsmanship and safe play are attributes that MUST be considered”
Every team needs help at the score table!
Here are some great videos to get a jumpstart in learning! Being at the table is a great way to get to know the game and the players!
2 Great videos which cover all of the basics:
2). Penalties: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59rQrqdpJ8A
An overall summary of scorekeeping: (A little lengthy) (13:05)
A groundball video:
An Assist: (16 Seconds)
Boys 1st-12th grade
Girls 4th- 12th grade
Come Play with us!
Email us at ankenylaxnews.com for more information!