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Arizona girls lacrosse pioneer Jessica Livingston on cover of Lacrosse Magazine

Chaparral girls lacrosse coach Jessica Livingston is featured in this month’s issue of Lacrosse Magazine as one of the “10 people changing youth lacrosse now.” The magazine cites Livingston for creating AZ Girls Lacrosse, a K-9 instructional league she started with only five girls in 2004 and has since taught lacrosse to about 1,000 girls in the Valley.  Livingston also started a post-collegiate team, the Arizona Storm, for which she still plays, and since 2002 has been the head coach of the Chaparral Firebirds, the current two-time defending Arizona high school champions.

In 2010, US Lacrosse recognized Livingston with its Excellence in Growing the Game award, which is given to an individual who supports the US Lacrosse mission and vision to develop lacrosse in a particular geographic area.

“I’m beyond shocked, honored, you name it,” said Livingston on Tuesday when January issue of Lacrosse Magazine, which also features a two page photo of her inside the issue, came out.

While the national attention is flattering, Livingston was far more focused on Tuesday on the first day of practice of the high school season.  Chaparral returns only seven players from last year’s state title team, having lost 14 players to graduation and two players to moving out of state.  “The first day of practice is always a great day!” said Livingston as she pulled lacrosse sticks, balls, field cones and mouth guards from out of the back of her truck parked alongside the road next to the practice field at Mountain View Park in Scottsdale.  “What could be better than the first day of practice?”

This Saturday morning, January 7, Livingston will also be starting a new six-week session of her Desert StiX lacrosse program for girls in grades K-9.  All sessions will take place at Cochise Elementary School, Mountain View Park, 9451 N. 84th St. in Scottsdale.  To register for the Desert StiX program, click here.


A chance for kids—and parents—to learn about lacrosse

US Lacrosse, the governing body of boys and girls lacrosse, will conduct a free, two-day clinic Nov. 5 and 6 at Arcadia High School in central Phoenix.

The 2010 Fastbreak Initiative Weekend will introduce lacrosse to young male and female players, provide advanced coaching to more experienced players and offer instruction for coaches, officials and parents.

At least four members of the men’s U.S. National team that recently won the world championship in Manchester, England will be on hand, as will Maren Henley, head coach of the ASU women’s lacrosse team, and Don Zimmerman, head coach of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Zimmerman will provide a keynote speech on Friday night at the Arcadia High School auditorium.

“It’s an opportunity to involve all the people in the Arizona lacrosse community—players, coaches, officials and parents,” says Marie Baca, a board member of the Arizona chapter of US Lacrosse and president of the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League. “Parents who attend will see that there are all sorts of opportunities for them to be as involved as they want to be in lacrosse.”

Desert StiX played during halftime.

Saturday, Nov. 6, will feature clinics for players and anyone who is interested in becoming a referee or umpire. Breakout sessions throughout the day will address such topics as concussion awareness, rules and sportsmanship, obtaining non-profit and tax-exempt status for a lacrosse club, advanced coaching strategies and opportunities to play lacrosse in college. All breakout sessions are open to parents, coaches and team administrators.

Free lacrosse sticks will be given to children who attend the clinic who have not played lacrosse before.

Arcadia High School is located at 4703 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. For more information about Arizona lacrosse, check out the websites for the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League , the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association and AZ Girls Lacrosse or this four minute video shot in 2008 by Vicki Balint of Small Change Productions.

US Lacrosse names Arizona girls to All-American teams

US Lacrosse, the governing body for men’s, women’s and youth lacrosse, has named four Arizona girls as high school All-Americans and eight girls as Academic All-Americans.  US Lacrosse defines an All-American as a player who exhibits superior skills and techniques and possesses exceptional game sense and knowledge of the game of lacrosse, as well as excellent sportsmanship.

Named as 2010 All-Americans are Laura Eckhardt, Madison Pohle and Makenna Pohle from the state champion Chaparral Firebirds.  Lauren Littleton from Pinnacle High School was named an Honorable Mention All American.

A US Lacrosse Academic All-American is a player who exhibits exemplary lacrosse skills and excellent sportsmanship on the field, while also representing high standards of academic achievement in the classroom and making significant contributions of service to the school or community.

Arizona girls named as 2010 Academic All-Americans are Diana Hsu Schron and Ashley Sylvester from Phoenix Country Day School, Lauren Littleton from Pinnacle and Jessica Prescott, Hilary Novatt, Laura Eckhardt, Madison Pohle and Makenna Pohle from Chaparral.                                                                                                                                               — Dan Barr