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Lacrosse is an exciting, fast-paced sport that involves that involves a variety of different skills and combines many of the elements of basketball, soccer and hockey. It is also a sport that anyone can play – the big and the small. Lacrosse uses the whole body, and it does not require a certain body type. It is a game that rewards coordination and agility, not brawn.
For a good historical perspective of lacrosse, please see these videos.
Northland Lacrosse is a non-profit lacrosse organization serving boys (1st through 12th grades) who live in the Northland Kansas City area. Our organization was established in 2006-2007.
The primary purpose of Northland Lacrosse is to teach and grow the game of lacrosse in a fun, safe, and positive environment. We are dedicated to skill development and healthy age-appropriate competition. We strive to teach the values of sportsmanship, respect, teamwork, and fair play through the game of lacrosse.
Our youth teams (8U-10U-12U-14U) are coached by parent volunteers who have experience playing and/or coaching lacrosse, or coaching other youth sports. Our high school junior varsity and varsity teams are led by paid coaches who have extensive experience coaching and playing lacrosse.
We have experienced coaches who have either played lacrosse, coached lacrosse or have coached other youth sports. Northland Lacrosse conducts one or two coaching clinics a year that our coaches attend. All coaches are registered with US Lacrosse which includes a legal background check/evaluation. Northland Lacrosse also encourages, and pays for, all of our volunteer coaches to participate in US Lacrosse coaching certification clinics.
Any age is a good age to learn how to play lacrosse. Every year, we have new players join at all age levels. If you have a younger-aged son, 1st or 2nd grade is a great time to introduce them to the sport. Keep in mind though, we have new players in 8th grade or high school that join every year.
The typical lacrosse season begins with practices in March with games beginning around March 31 and ending the weekend before Memorial Day.
Our experienced Northland Lacrosse coaches conduct a 6-8-week comprehensive drill sessions (Sept-Oct) to help experienced players refine their skills and prepare for the Spring season. It is also a great time for new players to be introduced to the sport and learn the basic skills from our experienced coaches.
As mentioned above, your son will need the following equipment.
Football, soccer or baseball cleated shoes
The costs to play lacrosse are segmented into four different areas.
[NOTE: Equipment will usually last 3-to-4 seasons.
No. Northland Lacrosse provides a jersey and shorts for your son. You are required to return both items at the end of the season or you will be assessed a fee for replacement costs. We do encourage players to buy a reversible practice pinnie (not required).
Our Youth teams will be practicing at Antioch Middle School (2100 NE 65th St, Gladstone, MO 64118). Each youth team usually practices twice a week for :75-:90 minutes for each session. Our high school team usually practices 5 days a week on a turf field in the Park Hill School District.
Youth games are played on the weekends beginning March 31 and end the weekend prior to Memorial Day weekend. We typically have 4 games in the Northland and 4 away games against programs throughout the Kansas City area.
The high school team has about 15-20 home/away games against teams in the Kansas City area plus one out-of-town game weekend.
Youth teams play against other lacrosse programs from Lee’s Summit, Brookside, Pembroke Hill, Prairie Village, Leawood, Blue Valley, Olathe, Mill Valley and Lawrence.
The High School team plays against other teams from Lee’s Summit, Shawnee Mission, Pembroke Hill, Rockhurst, St. Thomas Aquinas, Blue Valley, Olathe, Mill Valley, Leavenworth and Lawrence.