This quarter, US Lacrosse is recognizing the Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse for its tremendous service to its constituents and to the sport of lacrosse. The NorCal Chapter, formerly known as the NorCal Lacrosse Foundation, is one of US Lacrosse’s oldest chapters, joining the network in 1998 as the NCLF. Today, the chapter is seven board members strong with Don Aiello engaged as president. In addition to being one of USL's oldest chapters, it is also one of the largest, serving over 12,500 members.
A clear concentration for the chapter has been the education and development of its coaches in order to responsibly grow the game. In 2013 alone, the Northern California area hosted three in-person Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) clinics. The chapter has already hosted both a Level 1 and Level 2 US Lacrosse CEP clinic, and two more clinics are on the calendar for November 2013. Additionally, each January, the NorCal Chapter holds an annual Convention, which offers level-specific education sessions for coaches, program administrators and athletic directors.
The Northern California region has certainly begun to make its mark on the lacrosse landscape. Through US Lacrosse’s All-America and Academic All-America programs, 28 boys and 19 girls from Northern California were recognized in 2013.
In 2005, the NorCal Chapter inducted its first Chapter Hall of Fame class. Today, their Hall of Fame has 32 inductees who have been honored for making an impact on NorCal lacrosse in their respective fields. The region’s momentum shows no signs of slowing down, with US Lacrosse welcoming seven new First Stick Programs from Northern California in 2013. The chapter has also initiated a "Mini-First Stick Program" of its own by loaning equipment to local programs and players to help support clinics and sport development.
Lastly, US Lacrosse wants to take this opportunity to thank the NorCal Chapter leaders for their widespread support of US Lacrosse’s 2013 Western Regional Championships in San Jose, California. They willingly provided on-site support, recruited over 30 volunteers to assist at the score tables and solicited giveaways from local vendors. The event would not have been as successful without the chapter’s assistance!