PA Box Lacrosse Association started back in 2001 with about 50 kids participating in the program. Today, that’s grown to having over 300 boys and girls now participating in various age groups within the organization.
Lacrosse, being Canada's National summer sport is growing in popularity not only in Prince Albert, but all of Saskatchewan as the Saskatchewan Rush and the National Lacrosse League made their way into the province recently.
Javan Bexson is the President of the PA Box Lacrosse Association. Bexson joined the league when it first launched in 2001 as a player and he’s been on the board since 2014. He says anyone can join the league at any time typically the season is from Late April to the end of June. “We have many separate divisions and we range in ages from four to 21(Mini-tyke-Junior). It’s a fantastic way to get in shape during the summer and the transitional skills into other sports from lacrosse is unmatched.”
According to Bexson only one player from Saskatchewan has been drafted into the NLL and they’re looking to make that number grow through the PA Box Lacrosse Association, but our main goal is to expose youth to the fun fast-paced sport of lacrosse.
Unlike most sports, lacrosse is a reasonably priced sport. Lacrosse has minimal equipment, and some of the lowest registration fees it’s great for pocketbooks and for physical fitness.
This past season the Prince Albert Box Lacrosse association was the beneficiary of several sets of new jerseys, sponsored by the Northern Lights Community Development Corporation, Bexson said “We were able get new jerseys for all teams in every age group in our minor system. It is also significant as we have chosen historically significant team names from Prince Albert's history with help from the Prince Albert Historical society.”
In early March is when the PA Box Lacrosse Association has their registration for the program. It’s also an opportunity for you to learn how to play for free at Alfred Jenkins Field House. Sticks are provided for you and you can try it out. Currently lacrosse is not a part of any school programs, which Bexson is advocating for.
“It’s a direction I’d love to go in for Prince Albert and area. I want to follow the American lacrosse route and how they implement field lacrosse in schools. It’s a few years down the road, but having field lacrosse in high schools may lead to popular NCAA schools that offer scholarships to some reputable schools south of the border. Programs at the local school level would be beneficial for the kids and for the future of the sport.”
If you want you or your child participate in lacrosse next year, the season runs in May and June of each year. Be sure to follow them and get updated by liking them on their Facebook page or by visiting their website.
Registration and try lacrosse nights are scheduled for March 2nd 9th & 23rd 2018 at the Alfred Jenkins Field House from 6-8pm. For More information call 306-960-6883 or find our contacts on the website.
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