The Brooklyn Lacrosse Club is set to launch their Spring 2013 Season with 3 free indoor clinics on February 9th, 16th and 23rd from 12-4 at PS 10 In Brooklyn. The idea here is a simple one; to introduce Brooklyn kids to “The Fastest Sport on 2 Feet” in a safe and fun environment.
“This sport has spread like wildfire throughout the country these last few decades, there’s no reason city kids shouldn't have access to it”, say Brooklyn Lacrosse Founder/Director Joe Nocella. “One of the hopes is that we get parents and players excited to sign up for our Spring 2013 outdoor season at the new Pier 5 Field at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. We have kept the Spring fee at $99 (price includes a uniform), which is cheaper than baseball and soccer”
Lacrosse dates back to the 1880’s in the Borough, and free clinics are a large part of Brooklyn Lacrosse’s strategy to re-introduce the sport. “Unlike other sports, this sport gives back time and time again. We have a coaching staff who have won NCAA National Championships, and who have played at lacrosse powerhouses like Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, Cornell and Towson. They still have the passion for the game, and volunteer their time simply to pass their love for Lacrosse to the next generation”.
Different time slots for different age groups of boys and girls makes the event a focused affair. First up on clinic day is the (Co-Ed, Pre-K to 2nd Grade) Pee Wee Program from 12pm-1pm. “This is a core group...when we get kids interested in the sport from a young age, the possibilities are endless”, explains Nocella. As of press time, Brooklyn Lacrosse has signed up over 50 young player for its February Clinics.
The next session is the Girls grades 3-8 from 1pm-2pm. Lacrosse has a perception issue in NYC. The few people familiar with the sport automatically associate with the boys game. However, girls lacrosse is an incredibly vibrant and popular sport throughout the United States, and is a sport with many scholarship opportunities down the road. “Our girls coaching staff is the most qualified in NYC,hands down. The passion they bring to the game is amazing,and it shows in the numbers we are drawing on the girls side”, says Nocella. An example for this passion are in the events planned for the Spring Season,including activities with the Syracuse Women's Team, The LIU Team and interactions with Team USA Players.
Boys from grades 3-8 makeup the final slot from 2pm-3pm. “The nature of our program is that we will always be welcoming in beginners to the team. These players will co-exist with players who have some experience. Despite what you might imagine, when you have players of differing abilities on the same team, the more experienced players take the new guys under their wings. Thats the kind of sport Lacrosse is”.
Nocella concludes that no player should feel embarrassed about picking up a sport that is seemingly hard to master. “We all started somewhere....we have noticed that it takes about 1-1/2 years for the initial skills to sink in. If a player and parent are willing to make that kind of commitment with us, they will be in for a lifetime of enjoyment with Lacrosse”
Brooklyn Lacrosse takes a safety first approach to the sport. Each session will have a trained CPR/AED/First Aid trained staff member, and Brooklyn Lacrosse is fully insured. The sessions will be without equipment and conducted with softer indoor balls. Sticks will be provided. If interested, please sign up here.