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With lacrosse becoming one of the fastest growing youth sports in Massachusetts, the Ashland Youth Lacrosse decided it was time to hold a Learning to Lax program to introduce the younger kids of the town to the sport. Roughly 40 kids, kindergarten to fourth grade, participated in the learning event held at the Metro West Sports Complex.

“Other towns have done it and some of the coaches thought that it would be a good idea for Ashland,” Ashland Youth Lacrosse Boys Coordinator Peter Klay said. “We’ve had a strong lacrosse program in Ashland since 1996 and wanted to increase our numbers.”

In addition to Klay, girls’ coordinator Peter Boomer, Ashland Youth Lacrosse Development Director Brian Kissane, and the high school coaches and players aided in the Learn to Lax program, teaching the younger kids the nuances of the sport. The lacrosse hopefuls were shown the skills of the game and had an introduction to the sports equipment, while their parents were involved in a question and answer session.

According to Klay, the Ashland Youth Lacrosse program had roughly 150 athletes participating from the first through eighth grade last year and is hoping that with the Learn to Lax program the number gets closer to the 200 mark come spring season.

“The Learn to Lax program is hoping to entice those not already involved in the sport to try it out,” Klay said.

Signups for the spring season begin on Nov. 1 and run through the entire month. Those looking to play can visit the leagues website, www.ashlandyouthlacrosse.org, for more information. There will be multiple programs for both boys and girls, depending on their age. The season will begin in April and run through June with practices being held twice a week and games on Sunday at the Ashland Middle School turf field. Boys and girls grades K-8 can also participate in the Fall Lacrosse Skills and Drills to be held on Saturdays throughout the month of November.

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