Youth Development in Israel

Our coaches and players continue to create an exciting future for Israel Lacrosse.

We have teams from the North to South of Israel that own their own gear and practice every week. 

Youth Development in Israel

Our coaches and players continue to create an exciting future for Israel Lacrosse.

We have teams from the North to South of Israel that own their own gear and practice every week. 

About

We are deeply committed to both growing the sport of lacrosse in Israel and elevating its prominence within the country. Through school programming, neighborhood outreach, and collaboration with the Ministry of Sport, our dedicated coaches and players have created a lacrosse community unlike any other. 
 

Our city teams practice at least twice a week consisting of skill development, team strategies/development, and general fitness. They compete in 12+ games a year representing their towns, communities, and their respective unique lacrosse cultures.

Players/teams who are able to practice at the Dan Kraft Family National Training Center also complete lifts and agility work on a weekly basis with our coaches. 

Gamedays” where all our youth teams come together in Ashkelon for a day of competition are held once/twice a month on the Mack Family Field at the National Training Facility Field in Ashkelon.

Outside the Lines (Girls)

 The impact we have had on these young women is deeply rewarding, and something that our organization takes immense pride in. We are helping to break the cultural stigma that “girls don’t play sports”. We are working to add extra opportunities for the girls to develop their general sports and health knowledge, and step up to helping us grow the game here in Israel. Some our young women have event completed a 185 hour coaches course from the Academic College of Wingate and now help coach youth practices and continually inspire our younger players. Additionally, we hope to add workshops with Athena (a female sports organization in Israel) to educate our players on nutrition, mindset, leadership, proper recovery and more.

 

-Program Director MacEllen Mcdonough

 

Outside the Lines (Boys)

Developing lacrosse in Israel is much more than just getting students to come to practice and play lacrosse. Our coaches emphasize and prioritize being a good person FIRST and a good lacrosse player SECOND. Most of our players excel in the classroom and are leaders in their respective communities. We have several players who came up through our academy and now coach the next generation of Israeli lacrosse players. We have even started to receive military exemptions for those players who wish to stay involved in the game after they turn 18 and are drafted to the IDF (Israel Defense Forces). It’s difficult to put into words and numbers the success we’ve seen. The quality of young men we support in our community matters even more than just the quantity of players. Our players, coaches, fans, parents, and supporters here on the ground are extremely passionate and continue to move the needle, despite lacrosse going against the grain of Israeli society & culture. We truly are bridging divided communities, making a significant impact, and in all honesty, writing the history of this young, beautiful country.

 

-Director of Youth Development Jake Silberlicht

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