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History of JTAA Tide Lacrosse

Are you familiar with the history of how JTAA Lacrosse was started? Not many people are and have asked us.

We have put together this history of the program including when it started and who helped start and shape JTAA Lacrosse in the early years, and how we became the largest youth rec lacrosse organization for both boys and girls in the southeastern United States today.

Our story is told so the kids are aware of all the hard work and countless hours of time and effort that have gone into this program for them to be able to play the game today.
Archived News Stories Involving JTAA Lacrosse and Alumni of JTAA Lacrosse
2017 FiddleStix Coed Lacrosse started in JTAA Lacrosse
If you have any old news articles that are about or mention JTAA Lacrosse,
please email them to and we will add them to this page.

2018 Michael Myers
2017 Michael Myers
2016 Michael Myers
2015 Michael Myers
2014 Bill Brannum
​2013 Bill Brannum
2013 Kelly Hayek
2012 Dave Rotar
​2011 Dave Rotar
​2010 Dave Rotar
2009 Bobby Smith
2008 Bobby Smith
2007 Bobby Smith
2006 Bobby Smith
2005 Bobby Smith
2004 Bobby Smith
2003 Bobby Smith
2002 Bobby Smith
2001 Jim Jacobs
2000 Jim Jacobs



5/12/18 Jupiter High School Boys Lacrosse wins its first ever state championship, many of which are JTAA Lacrosse Alumni
JTAA Lacrosse announces in April that the 2019 will be an all in house program



First Annual Jupiter Lighthouse Shootout 7v7 Lacrosse Tournament at Lighthouse Park is the first ever town sanctioned lacrosse tournament
FiddleStix Coed U6 Lacrosse started in JTAA Lacrosse
Season enrollment record set for most kids ever registered to play
494 (310 boys and 184 girls)
27 Boys and Girls teams plus FiddleStix
Season Enrollment of 425 (274 boys and 151 girls)
24 Boys and Girls teams
* Friday Night Lights pre-season fundraiser record enrollment of 136 boys. New to Friday Night Lights is the Girls league with their own inaugural FNL debut of 53 registered girls.
* Season Enrollment of 410 (277 boys and 133 girls)
* 23 Boys and Girls teams
3/1/14 First Annual JHS/JTAA Jupiter Lacrosse Day Held at Jupiter High School
with the U7 Boys playing the first games of the day.
* Friday Night Lights pre-season fundraiser record enrollment of 111 boys
2014 saw 2 more local area middle schools form teams that took players away from JTAA 
* Season Enrollment of 407 (282 boys and 125 girls)
* 23 Boys and Girls teams
* Friday Night Lights first year as a pre-season fundraiser has 58 boys 
* Season Enrollment of 439 (302 boys and 137 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 422 (290 boys and 132 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 393 (267 boys and 126 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 327 (225 boys and 102 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 244 (178 boys and 66 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 228 (170 boys and 58 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 193 (143 boys and 50 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 212 (161 boys and 51 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 217 (169 boys and 48 girls)
* Season Enrollment of 210 (approximate)
* 2003 was the first year of Dwyer High School Lacrosse Club which was a direct result
of JTAA Lacrosse success and it took 50 to 60 kids from JTAA to play high school club.
* Season Enrollment of 200 (all from 3/23/03 news article)
* Season Enrollment of 220 (from 3/23/03 news article)
* JTAA Executive Board announced that their newly added sport of lacrosse held two clinics during the winter and that each clinic drew more than 100 participants.
* Rendina Companies gave a $1000 donation to help start the JTAA Lacrosse program's first season.
* Season Enrollment of 100 (approximate, from JTAA history)
The formation of the sport in JTAA began in 2000 in preparation for the first season in 2001
The first mention of JTAA Lacrosse on the jtaa.org website was on December 14, 2000 and posted the following (from archive.org/web):

JTAA is looking for people interested in starting a Lacrosse League.

If you are interested in helping us start this recreational league, Please contact Sue Miller.

A free Lacrosse clinic backed by the US Lacrosse Association is being offered on January 20, 2001 from 10:00am to 12:00 noon at JCP for kids  8 to 18.  Come out to join the fun and try something new. For more information, you can contact Bobby Smith or Steve Caruso.


Founding Members
JTAA Lacrosse was started in 2000

Jim Jacobs
Bobby Smith
Jeanne Clark Lipin
​Hilary Mendoza
Al Mendoza
Mike Celeste
Steve Caruso


For a history of the entire JTAA organization, please visit the JTAA History page