NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware is the place to be this fall for youth lacrosse players looking to improve their skills while facing some challenging competition.

UD men’s lacrosse head coach Bob Shillinglaw, two-time national coach of the year who led the Blue Hens to the 2007 NCAA Final Four, and his staff will once again host a series of Sunday afternoon youth clinics and games beginning Sept. 20 and continuing Sept. 27, Oct. 4, and Oct. 11.

On the weekend of November 14-15, Delaware will be hosting the 2009 Delaware Challenge Boy’s Lacrosse Tournament for teams or individuals to play either day. Competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Delaware Athletic Complex.

The clinics will consist of skill instruction followed by competitive games for boys in grades 4-12 each Sunday between 4-6 p.m. The instruction and games will be at UD’s Rullo Stadium and the practice grass fields behind the outdoor pool. Proceeds support the UD men’s lacrosse program and the cost of the four-week program is $100. Athletes should bring a helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, stick, sneakers for turf, spikes for grass, and a water jug.

Registrations are being accepted online (www.bluehens.com/sportsinfo/mens_lacrosse/mlax10-fallclinic.html) now through September 19. The cost is $100 for the four Sundays and payment may be made by check or credit card. Checks must be received by September 18.

For the 2009 Delaware Challenge, players who are interested in competing as individuals or as teams may sign up for either day or both days.

Registration is $65 per day ($130 for both days). Athletes can register now at: http://www.bluehens.com/sportsinfo/mens_lacrosse/mlax10-delawarechallenge.html through November 12.  Payment can be made by credit card (preferred) or check. Checks must be received by Nov. 8 in order to participate.

The games will be regulation 10 vs. 10 played by high school federation rules. Teams will be placed in Divisions. Teams are guaranteed three games that will declare a winner for each division. No overall tournament winner will be declared – only divisional winners. Each game will be 50 minutes in length. Personal Information will be available to all college coaches in attendance.

Players can sign up as individuals, or with their high school team or club team. Individuals can sign up to be placed on independent teams or complete high school or club teams are also encouraged to attend. For those groups attending as a team it is recommended to have 18-20 players. All participants will have a short instructional clinic prior to the first games per NCAA rules. Keep checking back to this site for updates.

For additional information or questions about either program, contact Shillinglaw at bobshil@udel.edu or 302-831-8661.