The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy
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OUR MISSION: Honor, Inspire, empower and transform though Lacrosse.


 

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HLAThe Hoosier Lacrosse Academy, an elite organization run by lacrosse professionals, is the premier player development group in the great state of Indiana. Founded in 2008, we have set ourselves apart by maintaining a blue collar, level headed approach to the training and development of lacrosse players.  Hoosier Lacrosse is built on a foundation of integrity and a philosophy that coaching and improvement should not stop.

Why choose Hoosier Lacrosse Academy?  As with anything in life, to be effective you need education, practical experience, and a great mentor to make it to the next level. We select the best coaches who have high standards of integrity and professionalism because we understand that it takes more than playing accolades and a passion for lacrosse to make a great coach. Great coaches must have the ability to teach. Our staff members are not only experienced lacrosse coaches, several are teachers by profession!

At Hoosier Lacrosse Academy, we have in mind the best interests of our athletes while maintaining a commitment to fielding strong teams. We work the mind and the body with a dynamic style that is both realistic and challenging, giving close attention to the proper techniques and mechanics that are essential for success. Our programs of individual skill instruction, game situation drills, and scrimmaging will benefit everyone, from new players to those who want to play at the highest level, both on and off the field.

We believe lacrosse is more than a game but also know at the end of the day it must be fun, and Hoosier Lacrosse will offer the tools young lacrosse players need to take their game to the next level.

Our coaches have been fortunate to have coached thousands of players with hundreds of them going on to the varsity college ranks.  We even have developed pro indoor, pro outdoor, DI captains and DI college coaches too!  If you want to be developed and mentored by coaches that have a proven track record then the HLA is a great choice.

Ken Levinberg
Founder / Coach / Trainer
Jeremy Biggs
Cultural Ambassador / Coach
Drew Bogan
Director of Coaching
Alex Carlson
Coach / Trainer
Elizabeth Reasoner
John Callendar
Coach
Dan Sahm
Coach & destroyer of goal scorers
Brett Mahoney
Coach
Terry Roberts
AJ Ablog
Coach
Adam Verhoestra
Kyle Kreutzinger
Coach
Rob Harrison
Coach

What People are Saying

Below are some testimonials that we have received about The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy that we are excited to share with you.


Had a great experience with The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy!  We want to hear from you and share it with existing and potential members.  Please help us grow the game and submit a testimonial about your experience!

Tim Holden
Tim Holden
IMG Academy Coach
What an IMG Coach says!

Ken Levinberg is one of the greatest lacrosse coaches and friends I have ever had. At a very young age coach Levinberg was one of my very first lacrosse coaches and has coached me personally on and off the field since my youth and throughout college. If it wasn’t for coach Levinberg’s passion for coaching lacrosse I would have never fallen in love with this great game. In which, I would not have had the opportunity to play lacrosse at the collegiate level as well as the opportunity to coach at the collegiate level, I owe a lot to coach Levinberg and his passion for the game and I’ll never forget a coach like him."
TIMOTHY HOLDEN - AURORA UNIVERSITY (DIV III), ASSISTANT MEN’S LACROSSE COACH 2011-2013, IMG Academy

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HSE Family

“He made the HSE 5th/6th spring travel team. There will potentially be five other B teams in the 5th/6th league from HSE this season, so he beat out a lot of kids who have been playing longer. I attribute the development work through Hoosier Lacrosse to his early success…thank you! A great accomplishment for only going into his second season!”

Adam Verhoestra
Adam Verhoestra
Attackmen for U of Indianapolis - DIII

The Box program helped a lot with improving my stick skills in close, off ball movement, and especially being able to play with contact. I am now playing for the nationally ranked U of Indianapolis!

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Zionsville Parent
Helping our Zionsville Eagle Soar!

"Our Son's (Cameron) game has gone to a whole new level with the box skills he is gaining in your program. Big fans. I tell everyone about the program. Glad to see it growing."

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Do you believe in Honor, Integrity, Team and have a Passion for Lacrosse!!!
Hoosier Lacrosse is looking for a few great male and female coaches for our programs throughout Indiana. If you love lacrosse and teaching we would like to hear from you.

The Hoosier Lacrosse Academy is looking for a few great male and female coaches for our programs throughout Indiana. If you love lacrosse and teaching we would like to hear from you.

Why play Lacrosse?
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse – the big or small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in men’s and women’s lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the Crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball.
Today’s lacrosse enthusiasts play this primarily amateur sport for love rather than financial reward. Long after the more high profile collegiate athletes have used their skills to enter the professional sports arena, the finest men and women lacrosse players are using their talents in the dynamic amateur competition known as ‘club’ lacrosse

 

Lacrosse is considered one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. The cost of outfitting a lacrosse team is less than hockey and football. In the last decade, the number of high school and youth teams has increased by 65 percent and the number of college and club teams has risen by 62 percent. There is a growing interest in the game among countries around the world which have never before been involved. Once a minor pastime played in the shadows of baseball stadiums in the Northeast of the United States, lacrosse has become a national sport with more than 200,000 active players.

Brief History
With a history that spans centuries, lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America. Rooted in Native American religion, lacrosse was often played to resolve conflicts, heal the sick, and develop strong, virile men. To Native Americans, lacrosse is still referred to as “The Creator’s Game”.

Ironically, lacrosse also served as a preparation for war. Legend tells of as many as 1,000 players per side, from the same or different tribes, who took turns engaging in a violent contest. Contestants played on a field from one to 15 miles in length, and games sometimes lasted for days. Some tribes used a single pole, tree or rock for a goal, while other tribes had two goalposts through which the ball had to bass. Balls were made out of wood, deerskin, baked clay or stone.

The evolution of the Native American game into modern lacrosse began in 1636 when Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary, documented a Huron contest in what is now southeast Ontario, Canada. At that time, some type of lacrosse was played by at least 48 Native American tribes scattered throughout what is now southern Canada and all parts of the United States. French pioneers began playing the game avidly in the 1800s. Canadian dentist W. George Beers standardized the game in 1867 with the adoption of set field dimensions, limits to the number of players per team and other basic rules.
New York University fielded the nation’s first college team in 1877, and Philips Academy, Andover (Massachusetts), Philips Exeter Academy (New Hampshire) and the Lawrenceville School (New Jersey) were the nation’s first high school teams in 1882.
The first women’s lacrosse game was played in 1890 at the St. Leonard’s School in Scotland. Although an attempt was made to start women’s lacrosse at Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1914, it was not until 1926 that Miss Rosabelle Sinclair established the first women’s lacrosse team in the United Sates at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Men’s and women’s lacrosse were played under virtually the same rules, with no protective equipment, until the mid-1930s. At that time, men’s lacrosse began evolving dramatically, while women’s lacrosse continued to remain true to the game’s original rules. Men’s and women’s lacrosse remain derivations of the same game today, but are played under different rules. Women’s rules limit stick contact, prohibit body contact and, therefore, require little protective equipment. Men’s lacrosse rules allow some degree of stick and body contact, although violence is neither condoned nor allowed.
Field lacrosse is sometimes perceived to be a violent and dangerous game, however, injury statistics prove otherwise. While serious injuries can and occur in lacrosse, the game has evolved with an emphasis on safety, and the rate of injury is comparatively low.

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Youth participation in the sport has grown over 77% since 2006 to nearly 400,000 in 2012. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 282,000 high school players.

Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last nine years at the NCAA level with 671 college teams in 2012, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 500 college club programs, including nearly 200 women’s teams that compete at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates level.