With spring in sight, the Cowichan Valley Lacrosse Association is making a push for registration.
The CVLA executive is hoping to bring back players from last season as well as newcomers who haven’t tried the sport.
“Signing up new kids is always our main goal,” CVLA president Chris Claxton said.
Drop-in and evaluation sessions have already kicked off, and in-person registration is under way. A session was held at Fuller Lake Arena on Monday, and another one is scheduled for the Mill Bay Community Hall this Wednesday (Jan. 18) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Registration is also available on the CVLA website
(cvtl.goalline.ca) and at drop-in and evaluation sessions at the Island Savings Centre. Schedules are available on the CVLA website.
The last session is on Feb. 24, and Feb. 28 is the last day for regular registration fees. After that, fees will go up.
“We’d prefer to get people registered before the end of evaluations,” Claxton noted.
Registration sponsorship is available through KidSport or Cowichan Tribes.
The CVLA executive is anxious to know what their numbers will be this season, especially at the older levels.
“We had 23 players graduate out of midget last year,” Claxton pointed out. “That makes it tough to know where we are with our midget division.”
Lacrosse has plenty of benefits, Claxton said, as an athlete’s primary concentration or as cross-training for other sports.
“If you’ve got a young athlete who plays hockey, and they don’t want to do hockey year round, lacrosse is a good sport for that. It’s a heads-up sport, and it keeps them in shape,” he said.
“If they’re not a hockey player, it’s still a good sport. It’s competitive and physical, and it’s a good team sport. In Cowichan, we’ve got a really good group of players and coaches who work on developing players, not just in the game aspect, but developing good kids in the community.”