Coach Cibe: Italy Lacrosse League Begins


On September the 28th the new Italian lacrosse season begins with the Italian Cup and the collaboration between Lacrosse All Stars and Coach Cibe starts again. I hope everyone is ready to lax and to follow Coach Cibe’s news from Italy.

Italian lacrosse is developing fast and many things happened during the summer break so let’s take a look at what’s going on:


The Italian Cup will be the first official tournament of the year in Italy and will be held over the weekend of September the 28th and 29th. Six teams from Milano, Merate, Torino, Bologna, Perugia and Rome will meet in Nettuno (Rome) to fight to succeed Red Hawks Merate in the FIGL almanac of the Italian Cup. Some of the teams are still building their rosters, so the results of the match will be very uncertain as teams are yet to discover the full strength of their opponents.



The Italian Federation has released the game schedules for the 2013/2014 Italian Championship. The same teams from the Italian Cup and the “strangers’” team from San Marino will play a home and away round trying to succeed Bocconi Sport Team (Milano) after  “back to back” victories in the 2011/2012 and 2012/2013 championships.
First match of the championship will be on October the 6th between Bocconi Sport Team and San Marino Titans.



Tuscany: a region known in the whole world for good food and fine wine and great views and soon, we hope, for lacrosse! Actually a new team is being born in Prato (about 20 kilometers from Florence) and will be officially presented on September, the 25th in the presence of Steven Whitford, president of Italian Lacrosse Federation and Davide Miniscalco player key developer of the new team. We hope the team will be ready to participate in the next sporting season. So, let’s welcome Prato Grizzlies!

Prato Grizzlies


Italian team head coach, Pete Delisser, has chosen his first assistant coach: Jason Lamb, present Southern Virginia University and former Notre Dame, Adams State College, Denver Outlaws, Brigham University and USA West in Berkley.
Both coach Pete and coach Jason will be present at the Italian Cup in Nettuno to study the local players with an eye on the 2014 Denver World Championships.

For more, check out Coach Cibe’s Italian Lacrosse Blog. Just click the image below!

We’ll be back next month with updates on Italian Cup and the first matches of the Italian Championship.
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Giacomo Bonizzoni
Giacomo Bonizzoni, aka “Coach Cibe”, was born in 1966 in Milan (Italy). After a life in rugby, he got into lacrosse as a long pole and coach and established, with his friend Paolo Scaccabarozzi, the lacrosse team of Red Hawks Merate, who won the Italian Championship in 2010/2011 and the Italian Cup in 2011/2012. In 2011 and 2012 he was the coach of the Northern Italy selection, winning, in 2012, the 2nd Italian All Star Game. As field player and assistant coach, he was an inter-crosse (pop-lacrosse) vice world champion at World Cup 2012 in Prague. Giacomo owns and manages, the first italian lacrosse independent blog in Italy.