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Youth Lacrosse Programs

youth programs and clinics

The Albany FireWolves of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) proudly offer a variety of youth programs to help young players of all levels understand box lacrosse concepts. Whether your child is brand new to the sport or looking to enhance their existing skills, we’ve got a range of options — all conducted within a safe and nurturing environment. Limited spots are available for each age group.

Getting Started with Youth Lacrosse

If this will be your child’s first encounter with lacrosse, you want it to be a positive one. As a parent, you play a critical role in encouraging your son or daughter to find a sport they love that allows them to build confidence and discover what it takes to be part of a team. Or in this case, part of the FireWolves pack.

This brief introduction to box lacrosse will help newcomers understand the country’s fastest-growing team sport. (If you already know the game, skip ahead to see the programs we offer.)

Box Lacrosse Rules Overview

Drawing on elements from hockey, soccer, and basketball, lacrosse — often referred to as “lax” — involves two teams using stick skills and strategic thinking to shoot a ball into the opponent’s goal while keeping them from scoring. The team with the most goals wins the game.

Lacrosse comes with a lot of lingo, from crease to face-off to “raking the ball” and beyond. Want to talk like a lax parent? Head to Box Lacrosse 101.

Lacrosse Gear

To get your child ready to play the game, you will need to invest in the right equipment for the game, such as:

  • Lacrosse stick (request assistance choosing the right size for your child’s age, level, and position)
  • Shoulder and arm pads
  • Rib guards
  • Mouthguards
  • Gloves that cover their entire hands
  • Sports cup to protect your child from injuries
  • Helmet made of hard plastic
  • Balls (ask a store associate which balls are best for your child’s age group)



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