West Stokes is hosting a lacrosse camp that will be held on the football field at Chestnut Grove on July 27-29 open to rising sixth through tenth graders and will focus on introducing players to the sport. Monday and Tuesday will begin at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Wednesday will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The camp will be conducted by West Stokes coaching staff, players, and coaches from the Triad Blackhawks Lacrosse Club. The cost is $25 and includes a reversible practice jersey and morning snack.
Coach Colon Moore believes introducing lacrosse to kids in the area is good because there’s a growing interest in the sport especially for middle schoolers.
“Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of educational opportunities here to learn about lacrosse and that’s the intent of this camp,” he said.
A lacrosse stick is required, but any other equipment will be optional. The first day will teach kids the proper stick handling skills, explain rules and introduce the positions on the lacrosse team. Helmets and pads will be needed on Tuesday and Wednesday, but will be provided.
Moore said a benefit to the sport is that kids can have success no matter their size.
“Some of the best lacrosse players are often the smallest kids on the team. Developing good stick and footwork skills early will allow them to mature into good lacrosse players.”
Moore’s team will be assisting campers with learning how to run drills, hold the stick, and how to catch and throw.
“Having some of our more experienced players helping will allow us to have more teaching instruction and decrease the player to teacher ratio,” he said. “Our players are laying the foundation for a lacrosse program at West Stokes. They sincerely want to come back in four to five years and see a thriving and winning program. They recognize that happens by starting kids playing lacrosse at an early age.”
Moore believes this camp is the first step in developing area players.
“We hope to have enough interest generated from this camp to start a local youth lacrosse program and participate in some tournaments,” he said.
For more information or to sign up for the camp, contact Colon Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (336) 403-3198.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.