Fifth year of lacrosse in Stettler

The Stettler Minor Lacrosse Association will mark its fifth season in 2016, running from April to June.

The Stettler Minor Lacrosse Association will mark its fifth season in 2016, running from April to June, playing within the Central Alberta Lacrosse League.

There are six teams from Stettler that will play the 12 regular season games plus playoffs.

“This will give them a great opportunity to play, excel at and learn about the rich history and teamwork that is lacrosse,” said Kimberley Smyth, vice-president of SMLA. “Box lacrosse is played inside the arena, and although it is compared to hockey, it is truly more similar to basketball.”

According to Smyth, passing is key to the game, similar to basketball, and it’s very fast paced, utilizing a 30-second shot and possession clock for plenty of offence-based action.

“Box lacrosse is considered full contact but each age division has specific rules regarding said contact and how it can be used,” explained Smyth.

“SMLA currently has registration open for these six age groups as well as a new program within Alberta called Intermediate, for players aged 16-18 who don’t wish to carry on directly from midget to the junior level (ages 16 to 21, which is offered in neighbouring communities),” she added.

SMLA will be hosting a pub night in the spring and a bottle drive to raise funds for the club which pays for all ALA and CALL fees (approximately $40 per player to each of these organizations) as well as floor fees, referee fees and mandatory coaching clinics.