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YCLA: About the York County Lacrosse Association

The YCLA is the governing body for youth lacrosse in York County. The YCLA is comprised of representative members of the lacrosse clubs in the York County. Visit our Membership page to view the current membership and link to each club's individual website.

When the 11 charter members of the York County Lacrosse Association formally adopted a set of Bylaws in the fall of 2005, it marked another milestone in the rapid development of youth lacrosse in York County. The organization that began with 25 participants in 1996, is quickly approaching another mark of distinction as its participation had reached 1,959 student athletes in 2009.

 

History

Lacrosse was introduced to York County in 1996 when Larry Heim and Judy Shopp, two local attorneys, brought together 25 boys from five different high schools to form a travel team. The group, coached by Bill Middleton, did very well against teams from the Harrisburg and Lancaster areas. In 1998, Bob Rhein took over the coaching reins and, after his first season, spearheaded a campaign to promote the sport's growth, including shooting contests at church carnivals and free clinics throughout the fall.

The results were dramatic as the participation numbers grew exponentially from 25-to-80-to-160-to-300 boys between 1998 and 2001. In the fall, 2001, the decision was made to dissolve the original York Lacrosse Club into individual clubs that would be run within the local communities. Thus, eight clubs, including Biglerville in Adams County, were in operation and began a round-robin scheduling format under the auspices of the York County Lacrosse League.

In the fall of 2005, the York County Lacrosse Association was formed to replace the York County Lacrosse League.

Growth By Year

Year Total (Boys & Girls) Total Boys % Growth New Player Growth
1996 25 25 N/A N/A
1997 25 25 0% 0
1998 25 25 0% 0
1999 80 60 220% 55
2000 160 N/A 100% 80
2001 300 N/A 88% 140
2002 450 N/A 50% 150
2003 650 N/A 44% 200
2004 792 630 22% 142
2005 1049 772 32% 257
2006 1359 935 30% 310
2007 1593 1070 17% 234
2008 1855 1234 16% 262
2009 1959 1259 6%