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West Jordan Youth Clinic A Success

Utah Lacrosse AssociationThere was a great turnout Wednesday afternoon at a free youth lacrosse clinic held in West Jordan. The clinic was hosted by the West Jordan High school lacrosse teams and was run by US Lacrosse. Around 40 youth were in attendance at the clinic. About half were boys and half girls, many of which were completely new to the sport.
Instructors began the clinic by discussing a little about the history and origin of lacrosse and its Native American heritage. They continued by teaching the four basics of lacrosse: passing, catching, ground balls and cradling. With passing and catching they focused on how to hold the stick and foot position. When discussing ground balls, youth were coached to get both butts low to the ground. That is to say that one should both crouch the body, bending at the knee while keeping the butt-end of the stick low. Cradling was broken down into the proper technique for both boys and girls.
Youth were then given the chance to give each of these a try. Instructors began drills for passing and ground-ball. After the boys and girls had a chance to gain some experience, West Jordan’s varsity teams joined in and the youth had the opportunity to play alongside the high school teams. Eventually each young boy and girl had a chance to dodge past a defender and take a shot on the goal. Many were able to sneak a shot in past the goalie. Their faces lit as the crowd of players and parents cheered after each successful shot. The children were very excited at this point.
Youth clinics are immensely important to build the future generation of high school and college players here in Utah. When asked about what his favorite part of the clinic was, first-timer Sam Brewer replied, “just learning the basics.” Sam has two older brothers who played for West Jordan and one who is currently on the team. Sam’s father, Kerry, went on to talk about what lacrosse means to him as a parent. What he loves most about lacrosse is the game ethic and the good sportsmanship of both fans and players. He mentioned how lacrosse a sport for all different types of kids.
Spring youth leagues are starting up soon. Registration is open now and late registration begins April 1st. The last day to sign up is April 5th. For registration and for more information, visit the Utah Lacrosse Association website at utahlax.org. Gear is also available for rent. See the site for more details.

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