|A lacrosse player learns some skills at an Annandale Youth Lacrosse fall clinic at Annandale High School. [AYL]|
Teams for the spring season will form soon, and assessments begin Jan. 30. “These are not tryouts. Every AYL player makes a team. Assessments allow organizers to place players with comparable skills together so they can learn lacrosse as a team,” says Kim Wright, a volunteer with the Annandale Boys and Girls Club, which oversees AYL.
Practices are held twice a week with boys’ games on Saturdays and girls’ games on Sundays. The AYL program serves girls in grades K-8 and boys from ages U-9 (up to 9 years old) to U-15 AYL in the Annandale, Falls Church, Lake Braddock, Stuart, and Woodson pyramids. Online registration is now under way.
Lacrosse is one of the oldest team sports in North America, having originated among Native American tribes as early as the 1100s. AYL has introduced thousands of local boys and girls to lacrosse over the years.
“Lacrosse is the perfect sport for young athletes because it offers the best of many other sports wrapped in one: You see the team building of football, the field play of soccer, and strategy of basketball,” says AYL Boys Commissioner, Keith Dalton. “Plus it’s so fast, the kids and their parents just love it. And ultimately that’s our goal, for our players to have fun.”
Contact AYL, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.