The Flathead Lacrosse Club provides youth and high school lacrosse opportunities for boys and girls of all ages in Flathead County. FLC belongs to the Montana Lacrosse Association and competes with teams from Pablo, Helena, Missoula, Bozeman, Billings and

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Learn to Play Lacrosse

The Flathead Lacrosse Club will host some FREE Learn to Play Lacrosse Clinics on February 14, 21, and 28th. Come pick up a stick and learn to throw, catch and cradle. Coaches and returning players will be available to meet and teach skills to new players. Both boys and girls lacrosse sticks will be available to borrow for the clinic. All you need to do is show up with your friends. 

 

The Learn to Play Lacrosse clinics will be at the Whitefish Armory at 305 Armory Road on Sundays from 3-4pm. 

 

Invite your friends and come pick up a stick for the first time. 


by posted 02/06/2016
Boys Officials Training

​The following information is from the Montana Lacrosse Assocation: 

Please consider becoming an official soon. 

  •  As of January 7, 2016 the Montana Lacrosse Association has only 17 new boys referee prospects. This is well short of the 30+ new refs we need to officiate the 2016 season. Flathead Lacrosse will need to recruit 4-6 new officials for this season.
  • Each program is expected to recruit 1 new official for every 25 players. One program has recruited 10 of the 17 prospects, two other programs have 3, and several programs have recruited ZERO.
  • As stated in the MLA Call To Action, we will cancel games if we do not have adequate officials to safely play. Programs that fail to recruit an acceptable number of new officials will have more games canceled than those that successfully meet the recruiting goal.
  • The online official’s classroom sessions begin Monday February 1, 2016. Only 2 weeks remain to recruit 15-25 new prospects.
  • It is imperative that all programs make a concerted effort to identify a significant number of new officials.  

Below is all the important information regarding the boys officials training.

Season 

The MLA competitive season will begin with games on March 26th and conclude by June 5th. Most games are played on weekends. Missoula area has some Thursday and Friday evening games. A typical weekend of games provides the opportunity to officiate several games the same day.  


Starter Kit

The MLA will provide each new official that successfully completes the training program described below with an official’s starter kit containing: hat, shirt, whistle, score cards, and flags.  


Pay Scale 

The MLA will start using Arbiter Sports for official assigning and payment. A designated Assignor will coordinate all game assignments and payments using this web-based system.  
 

Pay Scale

MLA Boys Pay  USL Certified Official   Non-USL Certified  
Per Game Two Officials One Official Two Officials One Official
Youth U15/U13 $40 $60 $30 $40
Youth U11/U9 $20 $30 $15 $20
HS Varsity / JV $60 $90 Certified Refs Only Certified Refs Only

 

Boy Officials Training Program

Online “Classroom” Sessions  

7:00-8:30pm February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
For more information: http://montanalax.org/Page.asp?n=102526&org=montanalax.org   

On-Field Sessions 
9:00am-4:00pm in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula
Dates to be determined For more information: http://montanalax.org/Page.asp?n=109314&org=montanalax.org
 
Contact: Jim Maddock    
MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT: http://montanalax.org/Page.asp?n=106105&org=montanalax.org 

 

Download a 4 Steps to Becoming a USL Certified Lacrosse Official


by posted 01/19/2016
IMPORTANT DATES AND INFORMATION

 

Registration is OPEN NOW!

Please register to play lacrosse now if you would like to have a team that can participate in games. There is a high school game scheduling meeting on January 23 and a Youth Boys and Girls scheduling meeting on February 20th. We need a minimum of 15 players for each team in order to schedule games. We will not commit teams to a schedule without an adequate roster for High School on January 23 and for Youth Boys and Girls on February 20th. Please register as soon as possible if you intend to play lacrosse this spring. Please encourage new players to play and register as soon as possible. 

Teams will practice at Smith Fields or Grouse Mountain Fields.

Flathead Lacrosse Club will offer:

High School Boys and Girls

U15 Boys

U13 Boys

U11 Boys

Youth Girls (if there are enough girls in one age group they can schedule games)

U9 Boys and Girls (Introductory, STICKS ONLY program with no traveling or games)

 

Become an Official

There is a severe shortage of officials in Montana. If there are not enough officials for the 2016 season the league will not schedule games. The Flathead Lacrosse club will need 4-6 NEW officials this season. Teams that cannot recruit new officials will have less games on their schedule. If you would like to have more opportunities to play games please consider becoming an official or recruit someone that would be interested. Online training begins on February 1st. Please contact flatheadlax@gmail.com immediately if you are interested in becoming an official. No experience is necessary. 

 

Become a Team Manager

Each team will need a Team Manager to support the many aspects of keeping a team organized and parents informed. Visit our Team Manager page to learn more about the position. This person will be able to delegate job duties out to other parent volunteers. Please contact if you are interested in becoming a team manager.

 

Please help spread the word to your teammates and new recruits. If you intend to play lacrosse this spring please sign up today.

 

A new lacrosse program has started in Kalispell called Sharp Shooters Lacrosse. These teams will practice and play at various locations in Kalispell. You can find their webpage at: http://northwestlax.com The Sharp Shooter Lacrosse Club operates independently from the Flathead Lacrosse Club.

 


by posted 01/14/2016
Officiating in 2016

Hello Lacrosse Fans, Parents and Players,

The writing has been on the wall for the last several years about the growth of lacrosse and in the 2016 season it will become a reality. There is a desperate need for new referees in the state of Montana. The Montana Lacrosse Association will need to cancel games from the 2016 schedule because of the lack of referees in the state.

Please let us know if you are interested in becoming a referee for the 2016 season. There are training opportunities available and you can get started right away. You can learn more about how to become a certified referee here.

Please review the message below from the Montana Lacrosse Association about the shortage of officials and the effects it will have on the 2016 season for boys and girls.

 

--CALL TO ACTION--

A Severe Lacrosse Officiating Shortage: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

 

Since the season ended in May, the Montana Lacrosse Association (MLA) has been working in preparation for the 2016 season. In an effort to solicit feedback and input from all members of the lacrosse family--program administrators, coaches, officials and parents--the MLA distributed a post-season survey. Equally important, we hosted our annual Constituents Meeting in Bozeman on September 13th that was attended by 23 individuals representing 10 programs from across the state (and beyond). The most critical issue to address is a severe shortage of officials.

 

The Good

The good news is that lacrosse in Montana is growing. The MLA projects that for the 2016 season over 900 boys will play lacrosse in addition to over 300 girls. Fortunately we have a core group of officials that are tremendously committed to the game. Last year 16 USL certified officials presided over 95% of the boys’ games in the state traveling 8,392 miles in the process. Despite this herculean effort, many youth games were played without proper officiating.

 

The Bad

In the past to best utilize the officials we do have, the MLA assigned officials to high school boys games as necessitated by the higher level of play and greater need of safety. The consequence has been a lack of qualified officiating at the youth level, resulting inconsistent officiating at best and at times even dangerous game situations. The MLA fully recognizes that this is unacceptable and cannot continue.

Overworking our outnumbered officials also contributes to attrition. Looking ahead to next season several of the officials will not be returning to the lacrosse pitch. In regards to the girls game, there is one USL certified girls official in the state of Montana. One.

 

The Ugly

Simply put, there are not nearly enough USL certified officials to properly cover every game being played in the state. To be blunt, if we as the Montana Lacrosse community do not recruit and train a significant number of new officials, the MLA will have to limit the number of games played and potentially put a moratorium on the formation of new teams and programs.

The MLA projects the 2016 season could include as many as 400 boys games and 140 girls games. With the current number of boys officials we would only be able to safely hold 250 to 300 of those games and cancel the remaining 150-200 games. With the extreme shortage of girls officials 80% of next season might need to be cancelled. Restated, over half of all lacrosse games in Montana will have to be cancelled next season.

 

Back to The Good

While the lack of officials is a serious issue, we can overcome this growing pain but it will take a concerted effort at every level--MLA Board, program administrators, coaches, parents and friends of the game.

The MLA is working closely with each program in the state to recruit new officials and provide the necessary training resources. The MLA website is the source information about lacrosse officiating including training requirements, payment schedule, USL officiating guidelines, officials coordinator contacts, and FAQs.

 

For more information about officiating lacrosse in Montana visit our website www.montanalax.org and click on the “Officials” menu.


by posted 09/18/2015
RHINO ACADEMY CAMPS

Check out Rhino Montana Lacrosse Academies that are offered this summer in several Montana locations. Register for these camps soon as they may fill up.

These day camps are offered on various dates in Billings, Bozeman, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. 

 

Visit the Rhino Lacrosse website for more information on the Montana Camps:

Kalispell Boys- June 29-July 2

Missoula Girls- August 3-6

ALL RHINO CAMPS in Montana and out of state camps.

 


by posted 06/09/2015
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