Lacrosse Academy Teams Fundamentals and Fun For The Best Lessons In “Town”

The Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy, one of Long Island’s top instructional programs, will travel the township this summer, offering weekly clinics, one-on-one and small group lessons and specialty position sessions for experienced players.  Supervisor Kate Murray highlighted the diversity of the academy’s training sessions as an effort to reach and teach more players.

Nearly 1,500 youngsters graduated with honors from last summer’s Town of Hempstead Lacrosse Academy and a championship caliber staff of renowned coaches and outstanding players are game ready to impart expert instruction on lacrosse fundamentals and strategies.  

“Since its creation in 2005, the lacrosse academy has stressed fundamentals and fun while working with boys and girls of all skill levels,” commented Supervisor Kate Murray. “The popularity of the program has sky-rocketed through the years, and accountability and affordability have been our goals from day one.  We look to keep prices low and enthusiasm high as we prepare for our ninth season.”

Again this summer, the Lacrosse Academy will host two-hour morning instruction for 5 and 6 year-olds in partnership with the traditional three-hour clinics for youngsters 7 to 15 years of age. The clinics for 5 and 6 year-olds run from 9:30-11:30 AM. The sessions for ages 7 to 15 are set from 9 AM. to noon. Evening sessions from 6 to 9 PM will be open to youngsters from 6 to 15 years of age.  All clinics are open to both girls and boys.

Weekly clinics begin on Monday, June 17 and sessions run from Monday to Thursday, except at Oceanside Park (July 1 to 5), where the program runs through Friday with a day off for the July 4th holiday.

This summer, the Lacrosse Academy will host a Specialty Position Clinic for children ages 8 to 15, featuring intensive instruction for experienced players ONLY.  Players 8 and 9 years old must have two years of lacrosse experience, players from 10 to 15 must have 3 years experience.  Fast-paced, highly specialized instruction will challenge each player to realize his or her potential. The clinic will focus on individual lacrosse positions (including goalie), with specific and strategic drills to further develop skills and instincts.    

“We’ve had a number of youngsters grow up in our lacrosse program, gain valuable experience and reach a talent level that warrants more specialized instruction,” continued Supervisor Murray.  “Our position clinics were introduced to attract the highly skilled player who wants the best possible instruction in anticipation of playing with a travel or school team.”

Two-hour clinics for ages 5 & 6 are priced at $60 per child, the three-hour clinics and the position clinics are priced at $70 per youngster. There is a reduced rate of $50 for additional family members at both the three-hour and two-hour clinics. Lacrosse Academy programs are offered to Town of Hempstead residents ONLY.  All payments must be made in the form of check or money order payable to the Town of Hempstead.  

The Lacrosse Academy will also conduct one-on-one instruction, for youngsters from ages 5 to 15.  An hour in length, the one-on-one training will be geared to the specific participant and his or her respective skill level.

The one-on-one training will benefit the novice player, as well as the highly skilled youngster. Training can also be detailed to cover a specific position (including goalie) and the position’s necessary skill sets. Rates for the one-on-one training are set at $35 per hour with a special $90 rate for a set of three lessons. There is a special $25 per hour rate for youngsters who register with a group of three or more. Sessions can be scheduled from Monday to Friday at a town park of the player’s choosing. The hours are flexible and appointments are required in advance by calling the academy office at 516-783-3208.

For the weekly and specialty position clinics, completed registration applications, with appropriate payment, are accepted by mail or in-person. Mail completed applications to: Town of Hempstead Department of Parks and Recreation, Attn: Lacrosse Academy, 200 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY, 11550. Registration applications can be accessed from the town’s web site at toh.li.  Applications will also be accepted at the Parks Department Building from 9 AM to 4:45 PM, Monday through Friday. For additional information on the town’s lacrosse program, call the academy office at (516) 783-3208 or the Parks and Recreation administration office at 516-292-9000, ext. 245.

THE 2013 SCHEDULE OF LACROSSE ACADEMY CLINICS

SEAMANS NECK PARK, SEAFORD

June 17 to June 20 - 6 to 9 PM (ages 6 to 15)

June 24 to June 27 - 9 AM to noon (ages 7 to 15)

June 24 to June 27 – 9:30 to 11:30 AM (ages 5 & 6)

OCEANSIDE PARK, OCEANSIDE

July 1 to July 5 (NO session on July 4) - 6 to 9 PM (ages 6 to 15)

SPENO PARK, EAST MEADOW

July 8 to July 11 – 9 AM to noon (ages 7 to 15)

July 8 to July 11 – 9:30 to 11:30 AM (ages 5 & 6)

RATH PARK, FRANKLIN SQUARE

July 22 to July 25 – 6 to 9 PM (ages 6 to 15)

July 29 to August 1 – 9 AM to noon (ages 7 to 15)

July 29 to August 1 – 9:30 to 11:30 AM (ages 5 & 6)

SPECIALTY  POSITION CLINIC

July 15 to July 18 – 7 to 9 PM at Speno Park, East Meadow  (BOYS ONLY)

July 15 to July 18 – 7 to 9 PM at Seamans Neck Park, Seaford (GIRLS ONLY)

“We look forward to presenting another championship season of lacrosse instruction this summer and we encourage youngsters to register quickly to reserve a spot in a desired session,” added Supervisor Murray. “Hempstead Town also acknowledges the continued sponsorship of King Kullen supermarkets, a spirited supporter of our lacrosse academy and our young athletes.”