By LYNN SHIGEKAWA
The finest aspects of youth sports are modelled by this exciting young lacrosse team that recently won the Texas Two Step tournament in Dallas. The Hounds’ philosophy is “no tryouts” and “no cuts” and they take kids from several different areas including Manvel, Alvin, Pearland and Friendswood. According to director Mike Cox, “We work to develop a well-oiled team that proves you don’t have to cut kids to have an elite team. This season we played in four tournaments and won three championships.”
The team is now wrapping up its summer season and will begin training clinics in September and October. The practice facilities are located in Friendswood near the administration building on Laurel Road. Cox says, “Houston Hounds in one of the fastest growing lacrosse teams in our area. The first year we had 100 players and this year we have grown to 162 players.”
Matt Byman is a lacrosse coach who likes the fact that anyone can play and kids usually hear about lacrosse from either coaches in other sports, or physical education teachers in school. Byman’s passion for coaching comes from his personal experience, “I have a huge debt to pay to coaches who helped me. I love that this sport teaches everything from eye hand coordination, to teamwork, to strategy to endurance and that all kids can participate.”
According to the Houston Hounds website,
“There are many travel lacrosse programs in our area, but we invite players to consider the Houston Hounds. The Hounds launched in the summer of 2016, and immediately established ourselves as an elite program:
– In our first season, we had 135 players join the Hounds – Fielding 3 High School Teams, an 8th-grade team, and a 7th-grade team.
– Played in 5 tournaments, the Hounds appeared in 5 Championship games, winning 3 titles at the High School level.
– Defeated every Houston-based team we faced.
– Traveled to Tampa, FL to attend the IMG National Tournament going 3-2 in the U17 bracket. Losing only to the top two teams.
– Brought in numerous MLL All-Stars & NCAA Coaching Staffs for additional training for our players.
More than 20 of our High School players have either signed National Letters of Intent or are actively being recruited by NCAA Lacrosse Programs.”
The 2017 summer season was equally successful and exciting. For those who may be interested in finding out more about lacrosse, visit the website at www.houstonhounds.com or email [email protected]