Why play Lacrosse?

Lacrosse is an incomparable sport! It’s known as “The fastest sport on two feet!” It combines many other sporting skills and can create a versatile player. It’s challenging, a lot of fun and adds the opportunity to be part of a team and make new friends. 

Bringing Lacrosse To West Grey

Since 2015, Lacrosse has been available in Durham.  It was started by a small group of parents who wanted their kids to experience the sport. Experienced coaches have come on board and the program has grown. It ran as a “skills and drills” league with shinny games and even lead to exhibition games against Saugeen Shores in 2016 and 2017.

In efforts to have the kids experience more games, the league applied to the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) 2018 and was granted approval to join Zone play as house league team. Each team played 6 games throughout the season against other house-league teams or rep teams. It was a year for growth and plans are underway have Travel/Rep teams from Tyke to Bantam for 2019 and continue to offer a skills and drills session for Paperweight ages.

Travel teams typically play 10 season games (half of them being home games) in late May until mid July against other clubs in Zone 8 and can participate in local tournaments and provincials (held early August in Whitby). Weekly practices should begin in the middle of April.

Look for free “Try Lacrosse” sessions to start early in 2019. Great opportunity for new players to try the game or experienced players to get on the floor early. All you need is a helmet, gloves (hockey ones are fine), running shoes and a stick (let us know if you need to borrow one). 

Wayne Gretzky on Lacrosse

It is interesting to note what hockey great Wayne Gretzky wrote in his National Post column in March, 2000:

“If sport has a high point of the year, it must be the first week of spring.”
“…When I was growing up, I used to love this time of year. It was when I put my hockey equipment away and I was absolutely ecstatic to see the end of the hockey season. One of the worst things to happen to the game, in my opinion, has been year-round hockey and, in particular, summer hockey. “All it does for kids, as far as I can tell, is keep them out of sports they should be doing in warmer weather. I could hardly wait to get my lacrosse stick out and start throwing the ball around. It didn’t matter how cold or rainy it would be, we’d be out firing the ball against walls and working on our moves as we played the lacrosse equivalent to road hockey.” “All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and everyone of them learned something from
the game to carry over to the other – things athletes can only learn by mixing up games they play when they are young.”