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