The mission of Auburn Youth Lacrosse (AYL) is to grow the game of lacrosse for youth in Auburn, Washington. The club will offer developmental programs in the form of clinics and teams with interleague play for children through the 8th grade. Programs will include youth beginner clinics, and organized teams who will play other youth teams in surrounding king county areas. Through its volunteer staff and coaches we intend to teach the essentials of team play, proper physical conditioning, safety, and good sportsmanship. We will strive to create an atmosphere of a positive self-discipline, a commitment to others and to the success of team and club. We will strive to create participation in the sport of lacrosse in an affordable, safe, and a positive experience for players, parents and coaches.
For Fall 2018 Auburn Youth Lacrosse has been invited to join the I-90 BoxLacrosse League. This is an incredibly rare and unique opportunity to be presented to our AYLA so early in our club's existence.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with indoor boxlacrosse it is played in an indoor turf soccer arena. The game mirrors hockey and basketball in the speed at which it is played, the offensive and defensive strategies, and the player movement it requires. Because of these elements BoxLacrosse is one of the best ways to develop young lacrosse players skills quickly by improving: stick skills, passing and catching skills, stamina, off ball movement, and defensive play. To get a better idea of what boxlacrosse looks like please access the YouTube link below:
Here are the particulars about the I-90 BoxLacrosse League:
Season: runs from September 8th thru the last weekend of October 28th (8 weeks).
Teams: will consist of 12 players per team to be grouped by the following age groups: 3/4's, 5/6's, and 7/8's.
Games: will be played @ Arena Sport in Issaquah (1 mile east of 1-405 & I-90). For our club this is an easy drive down hwy 18 to the Issaquah/Hobart Rd.
Cost: is $130 per player which covers: goalie gear, referees, balls, goals, pinnie, and facility costs. Payment plans are available and scholarships are available upon request where true financial need can be displayed. If you are interested in either option please reach out to our club treasurer Shane McNichols at .
Gear: Standard field gear is used. Cleats are not worn rather flat bottom athletic shoes are used. Additionally, you can purchase additional padding for the mid-section and biceps areas at your own expense. The club will be working with a national vendor to secure these pads at a reduced price.
Games: will be held on Sundays and each game will consist of 15 min warm-up, two 21 minute halves, and a 3 minute halftime.
Practices: TBD we are currently working this out with our new DOPD but it is safe to assume we will practice at least once a week in a gym in the Auburn area.
Carpools: if transportation is an issue we will work to get kids associated with carpools.
To find out more about I-90 Indoor Lacrosse use the links below:
Registration is now open so if you are interested in playing this fall please go to www.aylax.org and click on the orange register now button. It is important to note that playing boxlacrosse this fall is not required to play spring lacrosse next season. Please view this as training opportunity for your player to experience lacrosse in a different way while building skills and lacrosse IQ quickly. If you have any questions about this opportunity please feel free to e-mail our Director of Player Development Joey Lucchesi at or our Club President Scott Perry at .
Auburn Youth Lacrosse is extremely excited to announce the addition of Joey Lucchesi to our board of directors. Joey will be assuming the position of Director of Player Development as well as assisting the Director of Coaching with various duties. Joey’s responsibilities will include: develop and implement all off-season and in-season skills trainings for all age groups, develop and implement our comprehensive offensive and defensive schemes, and help to identify and retain top level coaches.
Joey Lucchesi hails from the Auburn/Dieringer area. He began playing lacrosse in elementary school and played high school lacrosse under his Dad, Louis Lucchesi, at Auburn Riverside High School where he was a 3x All-State midfielder and a US Lacrosse All-American in 2014 with his brother, Michael. He then moved on to play at the NCAA DII and DIII levels, first attending the University of Tampa for two years before finishing his career at Aurora University (IL) where he played both attack and midfield. At Aurora University, he served as team captain his senior year and received First Team All-Conference and Second Team Academic All-American Honors. Joey has now returned home to live in the Auburn, Washington area and is dedicated to growing the game in his hometown.
For more about Joey’s playing accomplishments please see below:
Auburn Riverside HS Class of 2014
3x WHSBLA All-State
2014 - US Lacrosse All-American
University of Tampa (NCAA DII) 2014-2016
2x Sunshine State Conference Champion
2 NCAA Tournament Appearances
1 NCAA Final Four Appearance
Aurora University (NCAA DIII) 2016-2018
2x MLC Champions
2 NCAA Tournament Appearances
Second Team All-Conference Midfield (2017)
First Team All-Conference Attack (2018)
Second Team Academic All-American (2018)
Welcome Joey, our board and club are lucky to have you as part of the club!