Central Ohio Youth Lacrosse League (COYLL) is the governing body of 19 communities in central Ohio and the surrounding areas that develop and foster grassroots lacrosse. The league has over 1,500 participants playing over a 10-week spring season and includes three age groups of Kindergarten to 2nd, 3rd & 4th grade, and 5th & 6th grade. COYLL is operated and supported by Ohio Machine staff members year-round. The OMLF helps to provide the necessary items to new communities or established communities at a subsidized cost to ease the financial burden of some expenses through seed money or via product donations, such as sticks, helmets, balls and AEDs. COYLL encourages children to participate recreationally while also providing rules, regulations, educational programs and official sponsors. Practices, games and play days help increase participation and awareness. To donate directly to COYLL, click HERE and specify “COYLL” in the special instructions.
Education of the game is also important to the OMLF. The OMLF can subsidize the cost of attendance to US Lacrosse referee certification and re-certification classes as well as coaching instruction options.
Urban Lacrosse Initiative
The Ohio Machine partnered with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department (CRPD), Greater Columbus Sports Commission and US Lacrosse to put on the Columbus Urban Lacrosse Summer Clinic. The event was awarded at the Ohio Recreation and Parks Association’s 2017 Annual Awards of Excellence event in the sports category. CRPD, the Ohio Machine and the other parties involved hope that these efforts will advance geographic, ethnic and gender diversity in the sport while benefitting kids and offering life lessons in teamwork, determination, discipline, and the chance to try something different. The OMLF also donated a first-of-its-kind grant, which allowed CRPD to hire a seasonal employee to teach youth the game in 14 community centers throughout the city. Through this donation and many others, the Ohio Machine has had the opportunity to partner with CRPD and bring youth lacrosse camps and equipment to central Ohio. Columbus Recreation and Parks hired an employee throughout the summer of 2018 whose focus was to plan and implement free youth lacrosse camps to CRPD participants. With an established curriculum and resource allocation, he was able to teach rules and skill development while creating rosters for future new teams. To donate to urban lacrosse initiative funding, click HERE and specify “Urban Lacrosse” in the special instructions.