National­mannschaft Her­ren U19 — Geschichte

The Deutsche Lacrosse Ver­band (DLaxV) = Ger­man Lacrosse Asso­ci­a­tion has suc­ceeded now in field­ing youth devel­op­ment teams in all of the last U19 World Cham­pi­onships, albeit in most cases as U21 teams by the good grace of the inter­na­tional gov­ern­ing bodies.

In 2003 the U21 Men’s team played in Bal­ti­more for the first time, and in 2007 it was the ladies turn and the U21 Women com­peted in the IFWLA Cham­pi­onship in Peter­bor­ough, Canada.

The year after, it was the sec­ond U21 Men’s team, who sur­prised the world of Lacrosse by fin­ish­ing a strong sixth place, when no one expected them to, in Coquit­lam, Canada.

In 2011 Ger­many had the plea­sure of car­ry­ing out the IFWLA U19 World Cham­pi­onship in Han­nover and of course it was the time for the first Ger­man U19-​only team, prov­ing that the youth pro­gram in Ger­many is grow­ing rapidly.

Now since the begin­ning of 2011, the focus again turns to the men. Through a series of try-​outs and train­ing camps, well attended by about 70 young lax­ers, the first „DLaxV U19 Her­ren­Na­tional­mannschaft“ (Ger­man Men’s U19 National Team) is begin­ning to take shape. We look for­ward to a suc­cess­ful year in 2012 with the cul­mi­na­tion of this huge organ­i­sa­tional effort com­ing at the U19 Cham­pi­onships in Turku.

Indeed how­ever, it is true that every future requires its past and so here a quick overview of Ger­man Youth Lacrosse — where we were and where we are going.

U19WLC 2003 — Where We Were

The first U21 Men‘s team from Ger­many was sent to the ILF/​IFWLA com­bined U19 World Lacrosse Cham­pi­onships hosted by US Lacrosse at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Bal­ti­more, Mary­land. Ger­many did not field a women’s team at this event.

The Team was organ­ised and coached by Head Coach Ingo Hess, the for­mer Head Coach of theD­LaxV Bun­desliga Ost men’s team BHC. He was assisted on the side­lines by Uli Haufe and by Fabi­an­Seibt, who was the DLaxV/​GLA Pres­i­dent until 2006.

It stands to logic that the enor­mous orga­ni­za­tional pres­sures of con­struct­ing and accom­pa­ny­ing such a pio­neer team were tremen­dous, and thus the sport­ing suc­cess was unfor­tu­nately lim­ited in this first go-​round as a result. Nonethe­less, the coaches and man­agers were able to set up prepa­ra­tion camps and also had a pre-​event train­ing camp in Bal­ti­more with scrim­mages against other com­pet­ing teams.

Felix Fried­heim, the 2008 U21 Assis­tant Coach was a U21-​Nationalspieler and played in Attack. He recalls this phase of U21 his­tory as fol­lows: „At that time there were plenty of oppor­tu­ni­ties for the indi­vid­ual play­ers to expand and improve their stick skills. Despite the dif­fi­cult devel­op­ment phase in Ger­man Lacrosse many impor­tant keys for the future were realised.“

And those keys were prone to unlock the doors for this U21-​Nationalmannschaft. The boys went through the “Red Group” and crushed their oppo­nents, enter­ing the fight for the right to be in the “Blue Group” unde­feated. They ended up win­ning against Japan in an overtime-​thriller and played games against Aus­tralia and Eng­land, fin­ish­ing with a very good sixth place in the “Blue Group”.

Thus the cor­ner­stone had been laid for a promis­ing future and the wheels were set in motion for those who came after to hope­fully redou­ble the effort and really get things going.

U19WLC 2012/​2016 — Where We’re Going

The obvi­ously present upcom­ing goal is of course the FIL World Lacrosse Cham­pi­onships 2012 in Turku, Fin­land. Look­ing beyond that, Ger­many hopes that for the next 2016 Cham­pi­onships, our youth pro­gram will have estab­lished itself thor­oughly, as to allow us to field a true U19 team in the “Blue Group” and be able to com­pete on this level.

How­ever, as noted above, all that is only part of the greater pic­ture which we hope will ulti­mately result in fur­ther sta­bil­ity in the national team con­cept and in the whole of Ger­man youth lacrosse, right down to the youth leagues which has been started for the first time in 2007. These even younger kids, some as young as 9 or 10 now, should have the U19 team as a goal in their eyes to reach for, a lit­tle bit at a time, day by day on the field of play.

It is of cen­tral and exis­ten­tial impor­tance that the fur­ther growth and devel­op­ment of the youth pro­gram is estab­lished in order to look for­ward to a long term suc­cess­ful lacrosse future in Ger­many. With com­pe­tence and a strong will of all those involved, this con­cept can and will be real­ized, in both the imme­di­ate and dis­tant future…

The Road To Turku

Dec. 2010 Berlin

First camp under the con­cept „Road To Turku“

March ‘11 Hamburg

Sec­ond Camp with roughly 60 kids attending

August ‘11 Marburg

Third Try-​Out. First arrival of Head­coach John T. Pirie.

Nov. 2011 Berlin

Fourth Try-​Out com­bined with friendly games against Czech‘ U19.

Feb. 2012 Amsterdam

Friendly games against Netherland‘s U19,
Nether­lands Men‘s team and Durham Uni­ver­sity.
Com­bined with Top 40 Try-​Outs. First invi­ta­tional camp.

March ‘12 Hamburg

sec­ond Top 40 Try-​Out: Team Turku will be
picked by Coach­ing Staff afterwards.

April 2012 Cologne

diag­nos­tics– and ath­let­ics camp at Ger­man
Sports Uni­ver­sity Cologne (DSHS/​SpoHo)

June 2012 Berlin

Prep-​camp prior to Berlin Open 2012.
Europe‘s biggest lacrosse tour­na­ment, with many inter­na­tional guests.

July 2012 Berlin/​Turku

World Cham­pi­onships in Turku, Fin­land and prep-​week in Berli