A chance for kids—and parents—to learn about lacrosse

US Lacrosse, the governing body of boys and girls lacrosse, will conduct a free, two-day clinic Nov. 5 and 6 at Arcadia High School in central Phoenix.

The 2010 Fastbreak Initiative Weekend will introduce lacrosse to young male and female players, provide advanced coaching to more experienced players and offer instruction for coaches, officials and parents.

At least four members of the men’s U.S. National team that recently won the world championship in Manchester, England will be on hand, as will Maren Henley, head coach of the ASU women’s lacrosse team, and Don Zimmerman, head coach of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Zimmerman will provide a keynote speech on Friday night at the Arcadia High School auditorium.

“It’s an opportunity to involve all the people in the Arizona lacrosse community—players, coaches, officials and parents,” says Marie Baca, a board member of the Arizona chapter of US Lacrosse and president of the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League. “Parents who attend will see that there are all sorts of opportunities for them to be as involved as they want to be in lacrosse.”

Desert StiX played during halftime.

Saturday, Nov. 6, will feature clinics for players and anyone who is interested in becoming a referee or umpire. Breakout sessions throughout the day will address such topics as concussion awareness, rules and sportsmanship, obtaining non-profit and tax-exempt status for a lacrosse club, advanced coaching strategies and opportunities to play lacrosse in college. All breakout sessions are open to parents, coaches and team administrators.

Free lacrosse sticks will be given to children who attend the clinic who have not played lacrosse before.

Arcadia High School is located at 4703 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. For more information about Arizona lacrosse, check out the websites for the Arizona Youth Lacrosse League , the Arizona Girls Lacrosse Association and AZ Girls Lacrosse or this four minute video shot in 2008 by Vicki Balint of Small Change Productions.

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