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US Lacrosse, the governing entity of lacrosse nationwide, recently awarded Middletown 4 First Stick equipment grants – 2 for Middletown High School’s club program and 2 for Middletown Youth Lacrosse.


TheFirst Stick equipment grant is a 2-year partnership with US Lacrosse and Middletown. The first year Middletown is provided equipment for 24 players plus a goalie for the girls team and for the boys teams in grades 3-8. The second year Middletown will receive equipment for an additional 12 players plus a goalie, outfitting over a two-year period 76 players for the youth program and an additional 76 players for the high school club team. In addition US Lacrosse pays for level 1 training for the head coaches of these teams.


“Being awarded the equipment grant is huge for Middletown” said Heather Iaderosa, President of Middletown Youth Lacrosse. “Middletown youth lacrosse believes players interested in playing lacrosse should be given the opportunity to do so. The equipment grants enables us the opportunity to loan lacrosse equipment to players who want to play lacrosse, but may not able to purchase their own equipment.  For more information on how to apply for this grant, please email middletownyouthlacrosse @gmail.com or come to the in-person registration session on January 22nd.


In preparation for the season Middletown Youth Lacrosse will be holding their last in-person registration session on Wednesday, January 22rd from 6:15pm-8:00pm at Spencer Elementary School, 207 Westfield Street, Middletown.  Coaches and board members will be on site to help register and answer any questions.  Lacrosse is open to boys and girls in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. No experience is necessary.


In addition to registration, Lacrosse Unlimited from Madison will be on site to fit players with the required equipment.


Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Played predominantly in the spring, lacrosse is a great complimentary sport to other sports: the endurance of soccer; the defense and shooting of basketball; stick work and speed from hockey and for the boys in the older grades the physical aspect of football. It’s a great way to stay in shape for soccer during the off season; condition for football; and hone in on those basketball skills and keep that stick work going for hockey. But you don’t have to have all these to play. 


For those not sure what lacrosse is about our Junior and Senior boys teams are participating in a winter in-door league at Advanced Sports Plex. Our senior team, consisting of 7th & 8th graders, are playing at 6:50pm and our junior team consisting of 5th & 6th graders have at game at 8:40pm.


The Middletown Youth Lacrosse League is part of the Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse organization and will play teams within the league. There are four levels of play. “Lightning” which is an in-house league consisting of both boys and girls in first and second grade who will play each other in games. As players reach third grade, they are split into a boys league and a girls league: Bantam (3-4 grade); Junior (5-6 grade); and Senior (7-8) grade. Bantam, Junior and Senior teams will play their games against surrounding towns within the Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse (CVYL) league.

For additional details visit www.middletownyouthlacrosse.org, or email questions to middletownyouthlacrosse@gmail.com. 

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