The Parkland RedHawks Lacrosse program will once again take center field shortly after the New Year, and as the recreational league enters its 16th season, the 2019 games should live up to their successful tradition. The RedHawks offer play for both boys and girls from grades K-8, and host their home games at Pine Trails Park in Parkland. When they represent themselves as visitors, they travel to play teams throughout Palm Beach and Broward Counties.
Before the season even gets underway, the RedHawks offer a first-time-players clinic. They hosted one in September and will have another one November 18th from 4 to 5:30 pm at Pine Trails Park. It gives the potential player a sneak peak at the sport and what it has to offer to those who choose to participate.
This year, the Parkland lax program will also be having a few U.S. Lacrosse representatives offer a coaches clinic to certify those who will be heading up this year’s teams.
Although certification is not a requirement to be a volunteer coach, it’s a great opportunity for coaches to learn as much as possible in order share that knowledge with their players. “This year’s focus is to improve the overall education of our entire program; our coaches and players will get to learn skills for both the sport and life from some of the experts in the lacrosse business,” says Rob Windesheim, who is The returning President for the Parkland Recreational Lacrosse Program. “We’re trying our best to elevate our entire lacrosse I.Q., which can make the general experience even that much better for all involved.”
Rob says he wants to be certain that his program’s coaches are up to date on all rules, regulations and techniques to best promote the league’s play.
Practices begin in late January with games spanning from mid February through early May. Rob tells us that the season length is for a specific reason. “We try not to interfere with the other sports that go on right around that same time, whether they’re just finishing or starting,” adds Rob, who is accompanied by 10 other members on the Parkland RedHawks Board of Directors. “We really try not to conflict with soccer or basketball, so the kids can play all the sports they’re interested in.”
When the RedHawks are in season, the younger players participate in 4, 12-minute quarters while the older players have a 4, 15-minute quarter format. All teams also typically practice twice a week with games, sometimes double-headers, on Saturdays. Regardless of age or gender, RedHawks participants should prepare for a fun-filled season of what may be considered the fastest growing sport in the U.S. among high school and college athletes.
For more info/registration, visit parklandlacrosse.com