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December 2, 2009 > Youth lacrosse registration begins

Youth lacrosse registration begins

By David J. Nicolas

Kids of the Tri-City area will have the opportunity to participate in its first lacrosse league. Registration for the inaugural spring season is open and looking to make teams for kids from 5 to 18 years old.

Players who are 5-8 years old can register for $99. There will be one practice each week and four to six competitive games. Kids who are 9 and 10 years old pay $275 to register. They will have practice twice each week and compete nine to 12 times in the season. Under 13/juniors (11-12 years old) will be charged $275 for 12 to 14 games and have two to three practices per week. Under 15/seniors will play 14 to 18 games and practice two to three times per week for $275. High school-aged players will compete in 14 to 18 games and practice two to three times each week for $275.

Registration costs go toward field use, equipment, uniforms, referees and administrative expenses. All players who register get a membership to U.S. Lacrosse, the governing body of the sport.

Practices and games will be held at Fremont Central Park off of Stevenson Boulevard and Paseo Padre Parkway.

Each team features 10 positions available. These include a goalie, three defenders, three midfielders and three attackers. Teams will play four 12-minute quarters.

"Lacrosse combines a lot of skills from other sports," said main organizer and former division one lacrosse player Greg Mengis. "There is full contact, hand-eye coordination and cutting and screens."

Mengis and four other coaches are currently organizing this first season. Mengis played lacrosse for four years at Santa Clara University. He was ranked in the top 10 for attackers in the NCAA, helping the team reach three Final Four appearances.

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