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Lacrosse program up and running

posted Apr 24, 2017, 1:04 PM by Kathy Carr
What started off as a student’s presentation on Lacrosse in Ms. Bar­teaux’s class, led to three dads; Jordan Polasek, Phil Pearce and Mathew Pshebylo, having a conversation at the school barbecue last year, talking about how much fun they enjoyed playing it while growing up. 
It was through this conversation along with research and help from Rec Director Andrew Smith, who did a lot of work behind the scenes, that got them to their first night of practice on Tuesday, April 18.  
Mathew said that they didn’t expect a whole lot of kids to register for this first session, “We were thinking we’d have about 15 kids,” said Pshebylo but clearly that was not the case with 48 kids signing up to try out Lacrosse. With all the kids that signed up, Mathew, Phil and Jordan (who are running the program), thought it would be best to divide them up into different age categories as they learn the fundamentals of Lac­rosse. 
The program, which runs on Tuesday nights, has the kindergartens to grade two group practicing from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., grades three and fours practice from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the kids in grade five and up close out the evening with their practice from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It’s during  these one hour sessions that the kids learn the basics of Lacrosse and how to properly play the game and handle the ball and equipment. There are two types of Lacrosse, Box Lacrosse, which is played indoors (and usually in a hockey arena) and Field La­crosse, which is played outside. Mathew said that Box Lacrosse is uniquely Canadian and Field Lacrosse is more prominent in the United States, particularly in the eastern part of the Country.
The goal for this program is to nurture it and help it grow with hopes of one day playing in a league with other surrounding communities such as Killarney and Rivers, who have shown quite an interest in starting up a Lacrosse program.
By the looks on the kids faces at their first practice, you can see that it won’t be too long before it becomes a popular sport in Carberry. 

by Kathy Carr
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