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Local youth invited to try lacrosse for free next week in Rama

'We want to show them our love of the game. We want to expose the kids to it and give them the chance to play for free and decide if they like it,' says organizer
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The Orillia Minor Lacrosse Association is hosting its third annual Try Lacrosse Program next week. Supplied photo.

The Orillia Minor Lacrosse Association is offering youth an opportunity to try the fastest sport on two feet for free next week.

The third annual Try Lacrosse Program allows youth who have never played the sport to experience it ahead of the 2024 season. The program introduces first-time players to the fundamentals and skills required to play the game as well as the Aboriginal origins and spiritual significance of the game.

Trevor Scheffel, the vice president of league development for the Orillia Minor Lacrosse Association, says the program gives the organization a great opportunity to grow the game locally.

"We want to show them our love of the game," he said. "We want to expose the kids to it and give them the chance to play for free and decide if they like it."

Players who ultimately do enjoy the sport will then have the opportunity to sign up for the house league program.

"It's an affordable sport," Scheffel said. "The sport comes with a tight-knit community and has a family atmosphere to it."

Scheffel says lacrosse teaches young players to develop bonds, friendships, and how to work as a team.

The camp takes place in the gym at the Chippewas of Rama First Nation’s Mnjikaning Arena Sports Ki (MASK) on Tuesday, Feb 27, Friday, March 1, Tuesday, March 19, Thursday, March 21, Tuesday, March 26, and Thursday, March 28. All sessions are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.. While sticks are provided, participants must wear a helmet and it's encouraged that they bring gloves.

"Participants will learn how to run, pick up the ball, pass, and shoot," Scheffel explained. "It's not too intense, we try to keep it nice and light."

While the program is suited for children who are three to 14 years old, Scheffel says children of all ages are welcome.

"We want them to walk away with smiles on their faces," Scheffel said. "We want them to have fun and start a long career with our organization."

Scheffel, a former minor lacrosse coach, says lacrosse is one of the best sports a kid could play.

"It's a lot of fun watching them try a skill that they don't quite get and then it clicks for them," he said. "I just love seeing the sense of accomplishment on their face."

To register for the free program, click here.  


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Tyler Evans

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Tyler Evans got his start in the news business when he was just 15-years-old and now serves as a video producer and reporter with OrilliaMatters
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