Sylvan Lake Lacrosse Association preparing for another great season

Registration is now underway for the second official season of lacrosse in Sylvan Lake.

Registration is now underway for the second official season of lacrosse in Sylvan Lake.

Parents can currently register their children online, or in person at the open house at the Sylvan Lake Community Centre Jan. 22.

Unlike some sports, registration never closes for lacrosse and is kept open no matter how many children decide they want to play.

The season begins in April and goes until the end of June.

At this open house children can have their equipment fixed and be able to run around and practice shooting lacrosse balls around and into a net.

There will also be gear exchange for children in need of new gear as well as equipment cleaning drop-off.

A question and answer session will also be available along with a chance to learn how to play the sport.

Having hosted a successful lacrosse season last year, headed by president of the Sylvan Lake Lacrosse Association John Hess, this second annual season of lacrosse should be just as fun.

He said some of the children competed in provincial tournaments, with some having had the change to play in California.

“I hope for all of last year and more,” Hess said. “The people involved had a really good time.”

Hess, who is very passionate about the sport, hopes children playing lacrosse have just as much fun this season as they did last season.

“I am hoping we continue to grow and that the kids continue to have a good time,” he said.

He said his favourite aspect of last year was watching the sport grow with many children developing a love for lacrosse.

The minor program accommodates players 5-15 years of age with a junior program accommodating 16-21 having been added toSylvan Lake, although it is not run by Hess.

Even though Hess is not running the junior program, he said it is something he and the other coaches were hoping the community would get.

“We had some kids last year at the midget age and they get to play one or two years and then they are done,” Hess said. Because lacrosse was so new there were kids showing up at 14 or 15 who never played before and they learned to love this game. So the junior team will keep them involved and keep them going.”