Northern Colorado Lacrosse Academy

What is the Northern Colorado Lacrosse Academy?

The NCLA is the premiere lacrosse teaching and coaching program in the Northern Colorado region.  We are a full-service lacrosse academy, featuring small group and individual instruction, coaching clinics, camps, teams and positional clinics.  We focus on both instructional coaching as well as recruiting opportunities for elite players.

Who are the Coaches?

The NCLA is headed up by a consortium of coaches in the Northern Colorado region.  Led by CSU head coach Alex Smith, we get special guest instruction from some of the  best professional players in the game as well as coaching from current and former CSU players and staff.  We also utilize the existing coaching infrastructure in Northern Colorado to provide the most diverse experience possible for all athletes.

What are the NCLA Programs?

For the summer of 2011, we are looking to form two teams at the high school level and one team for 7th and 8th grade players.  We will also provide small group instruction for positions:  Goaltending, Attack Play, Long Poles, Face-Offs and Midfield.

Our NCLA teams will be competing in the following levels and competitions:

  • NCLA Elite: High School Elite players (9th grade and up)
  • Events – Colorado Cup (6/11-6/12), Denver Shootout (6/17-6/19) and DU Team Camp (6/24-6/26)
  • NCLA Stars: 9th and 10th grade rising division
  • Events – Colorado Cup (6/11-6/12), Denver Shootout (6/17-6/19) and DU Team Camp (6/24-6/26)
  • NCLA Juniors: 7th and 8th grade
  • Events – Colorado Cup (6/11-6/12) and TBD

What is the cost?

Our goal at the NCLA is to provide cost-effective, year-round instruction.  There are two aspects of dues with the NCLA:  Club Dues and Event Fees.  Your Club Dues will pay for jerseys, fields, equipment, coaching and other incidental expenses.  Your Event Fees will pay for your entry to each individual event.

You may participate in as many or as few of the events as you wish and we encourage players to evaluate their commitment level so they can get the most out of the experience.

So, in short, costs vary by participant and we will determine fees as we get closer to the season.

How do I join?

If you are interested in joining the NCLA, please fill out the form below to contact coach Alex Smith.  Once we have a committed group of players, we will determine a tryout or team practice.

Your Name

Parent Name(s)


Graduation Year



Your Email (required)

Phone Number

Lacrosse Resume

Academic Info (GPA, SAT, ACT, etc.)