Local Lacrosse Information
For the 2020-21 Arizona Youth Lacrosse Season (Spring), there will be two local youth lacrosse clubs in Southern Arizona: The Tucson Bandits and Oro Valley Lacrosse Club. Youth players who live in the Catalina Foothills School Distict are assigned to the Bandits, youth players who live in Oro Valley (Amphi School District) are assigned to OVLC, and youth players who live outside those two geographical areas or attend a private school may (generally) play with either club.
Both clubs play in the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League which is made up of the two Tucson youth lacrosse clubs and the many youth lacrosse clubs in the greater Phoenix area. Games are played in Tucson, Phoenix and places in between such as Maricopa.
520 Lacrosse Academy is the only off-season youth lacrosse training and travel club based in Southern Arizona. Our kids train and play with us during the summer and fall, and then play with the Bandits or the Oro Valley Lacrosse Club during the AYLL spring season. There are several other off-season youth field travel teams based in the greater Phoenix area, such as the Arizona Outlaws, Hot Sauce, and Team 48, as well as box lacrosse (indoor) youth travel teams like the Arizona Outlaws and others.
For the 2020 season, there were four local high school lacrosse teams in Southern Arizona: Salpointe, Foothills, Mountian View and Oro Valley. High school players who attend a school without a lacrosse team may play on one of the public school lacrosse teams. These teams play in the Arizona Lacrosse League ("ALL") which is the official league for high school lacrosse in the State of Arizona. Last year, the ALL had approximately 24 varsity teams, as well as additional junior varsity teams.
The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and Grand Canyon University lacrosse teams all play in the MCLA. The MCLA is a student club-based system (not NCAA or NAIA) and has two divisions based on level of play. There are over 200 MCLA college teams across the country. Arizona, ASU and GCU are all currently in Division I of the MCLA, while NAU is in Division II of the MCLA.
Many recent Arizona high school players have gone on to play MCLA lacrosse and a number of them have gone on to play NCAA Division I, II and III lacrosse out of state. University of Denver players Chris and Teddy Sullivan, who started their lacrosse journey in Tucson under Coach Mike's guidance, have been important components of the national powerhouse Denver program.