The Tomahawks Youth Lacrosse Club is a non-profit youth sports organization and a 501c(3) corporation. Founded in 1990, we are one of the oldest of 50 lacrosse club teams in Northern California. We play youth lacrosse under the auspices of the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association (www.ncjla.org), ranging from Redding to Monterey and from San Francisco to Sacramento.
The Tomahawks Youth Lacrosse Club is a year round program, offering league play, access to travel teams, Fall Ball, SummerBall, summer camps, and instructional clinics throughout the year. We also work with Team NorCal, for year-round lacrosse activities and travel teams. These year round programs are for youth and High School players and for both boys and girls.
The Tomahawks Club during the regular Spring season sponsors boys and girls lacrosse teams for all players, ranging from 1st to 8th grade . Our players come from through the South Bay and Mid Peninsula - including Palo Alto, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Portola Valley, Woodside, and Los Altos. We have a long history of excellence. We feed youth players to many high schools, and our players have played an instrumental part on the success of many South Bay high school boys and girls lacrosse programs.
Philosophy: We believe that lacrosse is a special game, as did the Native Americans who invented the game over 600 years ago. We think the game is an opportunity to develop our players mentally, physically, and emotionally. We play to honor the game and respect our teammates and our opponents, and to make our ourselves better athletes and better individuals. We do not believe in the 'professionalization of youth sports'. We expect and hope that kids will play sports other than just lacrosse. We believe there is a role for kids of all ranges of athletic talent to have a great experience on the lacrosse field. While we are thrilled to provide an environment to enable outstanding players to pursuit lacrosse at higher levels, we are also equally happy to see kids who will enjoy lacrosse as a youth player. Lacrosse is not what is important; it is the experiences that kids will have to learn how to motivate and challenge themselves, to play as part of a team, and to strive to be their best.
Team Structure: The Tomahawks field boys and girls teams in the 14U, 12U, 10U & 8U age divisions. These teams play other age and skill-level appropriate teams from throughout Northern California in games, tournaments, and jamborees. In many age groups, we sponsor more than 1 team, depending on interest level and signups.
Season: Typically, each team plays from 12-14 games over the course of the season (March-May). Within a given age division, the league sponsors different skill level leagues, ranging from 'A' (most competitive), to 'B Veteran (Experienced) to 'B rookie' (developmental). League standings are kept, and the NCJLA sponsors year end playoffs.