Lacrosse may be a fairly new sport in Stokes County but its popularity is mounting and it was evident at West Stokes three day lacrosse camp held at Chestnut Grove July 27-29.
Conducted by the Foothills Lacrosse Club alongside Triad Blackhawks Tom Brawner, participants received instruction from premier coaches on the intricacies of the sport.
Wildcats coach Colon Moore said he hoped campers grasped a better understanding of the game and learned the basic fundamentals of throwing and catching a lacrosse ball. For the more experienced players he believes the athletes developed stronger stick skills.
Carson Stanley, a rising seventh grader at Chestnut Grove said he signed up to be part of the camp because he was interested in the sport and wanted to learn more.
“I want to get better so I can play at West,” he said.
In the future he hopes to build off the drills he learned at camp and become a competitive player.
“From the time they showed up Monday morning until it ended on Wednesday night their improvement on catching and throwing the ball was amazing,” he said.
Colon credits his players for helping the younger campers see the correct techniques put into place.
“Those kids showed the others they can have success at this game very quickly. They were in the same position the newer kids were one year ago never having played lacrosse and now one year later playing on a high school team,” he said.
Moore also utilized his experienced upperclassmen and recent graduates: Patrick Ellis, Austin Taylor, Jacob Moore, Jacob Gupton, and Sam Ingles.
Camps such as these that focus on the game and skills of lacrosse before the season starts is a tremendous help to any program, Moore said.
“We are limited by the NCHSAA on how much time we can practice and that practice time needs to be dedicated to focusing on specific offensive and defensive skills and strategies. We really don’t need to spend that practice time on learning to catch and throw the ball.”
Moore believes the campers enjoyed playing in a real lacrosse environment and the coaches made modifications to game situations allowing them to get more out of it.
In the future Moore said he plans to offer camps suited to the needs of players in this area.
“Ultimately, we hope to develop a U15 or U13 club team to play in some local tournaments. Any camps that we offer will focus on developing current players or educating newer players,” he said.
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