By Stacy Case
That’s right, it’s time to sign up for the Parkland RedHawks Lacrosse program.
And as the 11-member Board of Directors gear up for its 14th season of play, they remain a successful group within the South Florida Youth Lacrosse League.
RedHawks secretary Alison Leon talks about how the game has become more widespread over time and what it takes to keep that rolling forward.
“Lacrosse, especially in South Florida, is an emerging sport and it’s always trying to expand,” says Alison, whose 13-year-old daughter will wear her RedHawks uniform again this coming season. “We’re lucky at the RedHawks because we either have quite a few coaches who’ve played the game and can now educate the kids, or brand new coaches who’ve decided to learn it in order to teach the game.”
Last year, Parkland had about 225 lax players and now they’re hopeful to expand upon that. And although the RedHawks do fall under the conventional recreational sports umbrella, there is a travel element associated with their schedule. While the teams in the SFYL league travel anywhere from as far south as Miami to as far north as Martin County, the RedHawks still play host at Pine Trails Park for their home games.
“We have phenomenal fields in Parkland,” adds Alison. “As lacrosse is becoming a more popular sport down here, we’re lucky to have our kids play on these fields and host some events here, too.”
The 2018 season, is open to both boys and girls, in which there are various age divisions for both: U6, U8, U10, U12, U14. The game format for boys is four quarters whereas the girls play two halves. Depending on the age group, there can be anywhere from 12-15 games in the season. Regardless of the players’ age, gender or skill level, they’re bound to have a great experience as a RedHawk. Like many area recreational lax leagues, the RedHawks are planning to host some pre-season clinics, giving potential newcomers an opportunity to try it. The clinics will soon be scheduled to take place sometime this Fall.
And for those returning to the RedHawks, which is usually a high percentage, prepare once again to resume regular season play from late February through April with pre-season practices starting in late January. “It’s an incredible sport, and it’s a lot of fun to watch it evolve,” Alison says. “There’s a significant amount of lacrosse talent in South Florida, and it’s been great to watch some kids learn a new sport and see them fall in love with it.”
The RedHawks are currently registering for the 2018 season online. For more info, visit www.parklandlacrosse.com.