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About AILA

Mission Statement

The American Indoor Lacrosse Association is dedicated to educating, training, and sharing indoor lacrosse with athletes of all ages to improve their lacrosse skills through high-quality programming and instruction utilizing a player-centered approach that emphasizes skill development, sportsmanship and team work in a fun, safe and competitive environment.

Programs

 

FIRST STEPS: This is a exciting introduction to lacrosse and athletics for children ages 2-7yrs. First Steps incorporates both dramatic play and fundamental movements into a series of fun activities designed to create a positive appreciation for physical literacy and a healthy life style.

INTRO TO INDOOR: Entry level principles and the development of stick skills using the features of indoor lacrosse. Introduction to the “Alley System”, 2 man picks, screens and four on four play.
Ages 7-adult

2 DAY ACADEMY: Intermediate principles, stick skill development and 2 man pick and screen series. Introduction to transition play and read & react decision making situations. The “Alley System”, the three man games, and five on five play.
Ages 7-adult

LEAGUE PLAY:  Leagues include 3 practice dates and 5 games. Players and coaches will be prepared with the strategies and skills necessary to play indoor lacrosse.
Ages 7-adult

TOURNAMENTS AND ELITE PLAY: AILA presents tournaments such as the Upstate Challenge and the Allan Cup to showcase our best teams and players.

IN-CROSSE: In-crosse is the integration and convergence of indoor and field lacrosse. In-crosse session helps players and coaches bring the skills and strategy of the indoor game to their outdoor play.        

 LADIES' INDOOR: Ladies' lacrosse players can improve their game playing indoor too, just as the men do. More touches, use of the boards, read and react situations, more accurate shooting with faster bounces and stick response  all add up to making a better player. AILA has developed a 5 v 5 indoor game which successfully integrates unique indoor skills with the athleticism and safe play of the ladies' game.

 

The shared history of lacrosse among Native Americans, European Settlers, Canadians, and Americans created a sport unique to the North American Continent that, generations later, is expanding at unprecedented rates regionally, nationally, and internationally.  Lacrosse as a sport has been played in two distinct but compatible varieties - indoor and field.  The field version has been dominated by the Americans for decades, while the indoor game is recognized as a competency unique to the Canadians.  Surprisingly, however, there has been very little "cross-pollination" between these respective versions of the sport.  In fact, the techniques, methods, skills, and strategies of each version have been taught largely in isolation of the other, with each version historically developing largely independent of the other.

This interesting developmental phenomenon was altered recently when Canadian sport leaders initiated a nationwide program to learn the field game in an effort to elevate their overall competitiveness internationally.  The last 5-10 years has demonstrated the tremendous insight and success of the Canadians through the adoption, adaptation, and integration of the field game with their unique style of play.  The results of this foresight are beginning to yield enormous benefits to those Canadians playing lacrosse in their own country, as well as for the accelerating number of Canadians competing collegiately and professionally in the United States.

Lacrosse leaders and players in the United States now recognize the imperative to pursue a program of "cross-pollination" or risk losing the competitive dominance in the field version of the sport.  With the realization that excitement and enthusiasm for the indoor game is accelerating, but opportunities to learn Canadian-style (or Native American-style) lacrosse in the U.S. is limited, the American Indoor Lacrosse Association was formed as a membership organization dedicated to the growth of indoor lacrosse throughout the United States by training, educating, and developing players, coaches, referees, devotees, and fans of the sport.

The Association offers a variety of competitive developmental opportunities, largely through its extensive network of indoor lacrosse leagues strategically located across the country.  These leagues, which host players at the adult, high school, middle school, and youth levels, are organized and structured to provide a safe, competitive, and fun environment in which to develop skills specific to the indoor game.