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| Aug 21, 2023

10 Reasons To Start a WCLA College Club Team

By Paul Ohanian | Photo by Rich Images Photography

As the new academic year gets underway for colleges from coast-to-coast, it’s a good time to consider if starting a WCLA (Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates) club lacrosse team on your campus might be the right decision. 

As last year’s USA Lacrosse WCLA Division I and II national champions, Boston College and New Hampshire will gladly tell you there are a range of benefits for all participants, including the possibly of capturing a glimmering trophy to permanently display back on your campus.

But championships aside, here are some of the key advantages of participating in WCLA Lacrosse.

1. Competitive Environment
WCLA provides an opportunity for female collegiate athletes to compete in a structured and competitive environment. It allows players to showcase their skills, improve their game, and challenge themselves against other talented players from different schools, without the time demands of varsity athletics.

2. Camaraderie and Teamwork
Being part of a lacrosse team fosters a strong sense of camaraderie and teamwork. Players develop close relationships with teammates, learn to work together, communicate effectively, and support one another both on and off the field.

3. Physical Fitness 
Lacrosse is a physically demanding sport that requires strength, speed, agility, and endurance. Regular participation in WCLA lacrosse helps players improve their overall fitness levels, develop coordination, and enhance their cardiovascular health.

4. Skill Development 
Playing on a WCLA team provides an opportunity for players to refine their lacrosse skills and improve their game. Through regular practices, training sessions, and competitive matches, participants can enhance their stick handling, shooting, passing, defending, and game strategy.

5. Leadership and Personal Growth 
The WCLA offers numerous leadership opportunities for players. Whether it's captaining the team, organizing events, or participating in club administration, players can develop valuable leadership skills that can be applied in other areas of life.

6. Time Management and Discipline 
Balancing academics, athletics, and other commitments is a valuable skill that WCLA players acquire. Lacrosse teaches discipline, time management, and the importance of prioritizing responsibilities, which are beneficial qualities that can be applied to various aspects of life.

7. Networking and Social Connections 
Being a member of a WCLA team allows players to expand their social network and build connections with athletes, coaches, and individuals associated with other teams and schools. These connections can be valuable for future career opportunities or personal growth.

8. Stress Relief and Mental Well-Being
Engaging in a physical activity like lacrosse can provide stress relief and contribute to overall mental well-being. The sport offers a fun outlet for players to release tension, boost endorphins, and improve their mood by having a healthy escape from the academic demands and pressures of college.

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9. Personal Achievement and Recognition 
As part of USA Lacrosse, WCLA participation provides players with opportunities for personal achievement and recognition. Whether it's earning accolades for outstanding performance, achieving personal goals, or being selected for All-America and All-Academic honors, players can experience a sense of accomplishment and pride in their achievements. 

10. Lifelong Love for the Sport 
Participating on a WCLA team can cultivate a lifelong love for lacrosse. Players often develop a deep passion for the game and continue to engage with the sport even after their collegiate years, whether it's through coaching, officiating, or recreational play.

Overall, WCLA lacrosse offers a range of benefits, including competitive opportunities, personal growth, physical fitness, and the development of valuable skills both on and off the field. For more information, please visit, or get more information about starting a club team on your campus by contacting USA Lacrosse at