Promising turnout for indoor lacrosse league in Kentville

John Decoste
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Based on the interest shown in recent ‘Try Lacrosse’ sessions, organizer Rob Martin is hopeful there will be enough interest to form an indoor lacrosse league in Kentville this spring.

“We hit the rink next week,” Martin said prior to the final ‘Try Lacrosse’ session April 10 at the NSCC Kingstec gym. The April 10 session was open to both boys and girls, while a session April 8, also at Kingstec, was for girls only.

Martin explained that the sessions were held through March and April, “to get new kids interested and to gauge interest among returning players.”

Registration for Kentville Minor Lacrosse last year was “around 75 players.” Martin said that as of last week, around 55 kids had signed up. With at least a handful of newcomers among the approximately 30 potential players in attendance at the April 10 session, he was optimistic of more coming out.

He’s hoping to field a girls’ team as well this year.

“We’re getting close. Right now, we have around 12-13 bantam girls. We need about 15-16 for a good team (to play five-on-five), and a bunch of people have been asking about it,” he said.

Describing lacrosse as “Canada’s national summertime sport,” Martin said it’s a fast-paced game with lots of action, both for players and spectators.

“What we’re aiming for is to provide the opportunity for all kids to play” on teams in a variety of age divisions. “We want to see the kids have fun while promoting physical activity.”

Based on last year and the turnout so far this year, Martin feels indoor lacrosse has a future in the Valley.

“Between us, Greenwood and Digby, we’ve formed a partnership,” he said. All three areas offered minor lacrosse in 2013.

“Last year was our first year, and we had 75 kids. We’re shooting for the same if not more this spring.”

As an idea of the overall popularity of the sport, he added, “I’ve been told there are 2,400 youngsters playing indoor lacrosse in HRM.”

Last year, minor lacrosse was offered in the tyke, novice, peewee, bantam and midget divisions.

“As we get bigger, finding volunteers may prove challenging,” Martin said, but he is optimistic on that front as well. Help is currently needed in the peewee/novice and tyke divisions.

Kentville Minor Lacrosse moved from Kingstec to the Kentville Centennial Arena this week, with sessions scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. Times had not been completely finalized, but it looked like the sessions would run from 6-8 p.m.

For more information, contact Martin at robmartinhockey@eastlink.ca. Also check the group out on Facebook at Kentville Minor Lacrosse.

Geographic location: Kentville, Canada, HRM

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