Jake, left, and Andy Flax now run the Steamboat Youth Lacrosse program and are planning the Steamboat Lacrosse Camp, which will run from the June 17 to 20.

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Jake, left, and Andy Flax now run the Steamboat Youth Lacrosse program and are planning the Steamboat Lacrosse Camp, which will run from the June 17 to 20.

Flax brothers organizing Steamboat Lacrosse Camp for mid-June

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— This has been a year of firsts for the Flax brothers. Ever since Neill Redfern stepped down from heading operations for Steamboat Youth Lacrosse in early October, Andy and Jake Flax embarked on their first year as directors of a lacrosse program. This June, the Flax brothers face yet another new experience in organizing their first Steamboat Lacrosse Camp, which will run from the June 17 to 20.

It’s “good lacrosse, but it’s a little different than what we’re able to give to the kids just with that collegiate and professional perspective,” Andy Flax said.

The camp regularly brings out some of the top collegiate and professional players as well as coaches to help run things.

“I just like that it’s a different format than the spring league,” Andy Flax said. "Lacrosse is a game where there isn’t one way to play it, so it is good to get those different views.”

By trying to stick to the successful blueprint that Redfern has laid out in years past, Andy and Jake Flax are planning to continue the trend of big names coming up for the camp by bringing out Sam Lane and Greg Vetter. Lane is coming off his second year as head coach at the University of Southern Maine, and Vetter, a former professional player for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, has been coaching in the Annapolis Youth Lacrosse Association during the past year.

The Flax brothers also are going to try to continue to add to their roster of coaches in the upcoming weeks, and the allure of Steamboat in the summertime is definitely an asset when it comes to recruiting potential coaches.

“No. 1 thing is they like the town. ... For some guys, it’s like a vacation, so it’s definitely the town that pulls them in,” Andy Flax said.

Registration is open at www.steamboatyouthlacrosse.org/Registration.

Jake Miller, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a summer intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He recently completed his freshman year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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