November 23, 2014

NEIGHBORS NETWORK: Free lacrosse clinic for local players

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Players learn lacrosse skills at last year’s free lacrosse clinic, hosted by Curtis Lacrosse. This year, the company is adding a free clinic for Williston players ages 5 to 12. (Observer courtesy photo)

Players learn lacrosse skills at last year’s free lacrosse clinic, hosted by Curtis Lacrosse. This year, the company is adding a free clinic for Williston players ages 5 to 12. (Observer courtesy photo)

A Williston lacrosse company is hosting two free clinics for local youth players.

Curtis Lacrosse is set to hold a clinic for Williston players on May 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at Allen Brook School, offered in conjunction with the Williston Recreation Department. The co-ed clinic is for beginner to intermediate players ages 5 to 12.

Williston resident Kelly Curtis—who owns Curtis Lacrosse with her husband, Ryan Curtis—said the goal of the clinics is to get young players excited about lacrosse.

“We teach them the terminology and to throw and catch, all the basics, and then we get them excited about the sport by playing fun games with them, using all their new skills,” she said.

She noted that Williston already has a “great” program for older players.

“We’d love to start something for the little guys,” she said.

A second free clinic, for boys ages 8 through 18, is set for April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon at UVM’s Virtue Field. Kelly Curtis said registration is currently full, but encouraged players to join the waiting list, as the Curtises might expand the clinic size.

Ryan Curtis is the University of Vermont’s men’s head lacrosse coach, and has played professional lacrosse. Kelly Curtis runs the Northeast Classic, a local nonprofit college lacrosse tournament.

Ryan Curtis’ fellow UVM coaches, along with many players on the UVM team, have signed on to help run the clinics. Players who sign up for the April clinic also get a free ticket to the April 13 UVM game, giving clinic attendees a chance to see their coaches in action.

“It is a great opportunity for local lacrosse players to get three full hours of instruction from some of the best lacrosse coaches in the area,” Kelly Curtis said.

To register for either clinic, visit www.curtislacrosse.com.

—Stephanie Choate, Observer staff

 
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