HARRISON, N.Y. - After nearly a decade of growth and continued improvements, Harrison's youth lacrosse league has a lot to be excited about, league President Bob Cipolla said. With the winter season beginning last week and the spring season approaching, Harrison Youth Lacrosse is making minor adjustments while anticipating a sustained local interest.
"The future is really bright," Cipolla said. "People seem to really enjoy being a part of the league."
With the winter season just getting into gear, Cipolla said there were a few tweaks being made while planning the featured spring season in which most players participate. As the league expands, it is zeroing in on expanding its new seventh and eighth-grade girls division for the spring season along with implementing a new lacrosse trainer to bolster the girls' teams in the league.
"We've had a lot of positive feedback with the girls' teams," Cipolla said. "We're bringing on an experienced trainer to work with the coaches and players in the early parts of the season to help them grow."
Cipolla said one of the league's largest initiatives this spring will be to encourage local parents to consider joining the coaching staff. The league will host free coach training seminars leading into the season, available to any parents interested in coaching who may be hesitant to jump in.
"I'd like to see more parents get involved because our most limiting factor right now is coaching," Cipolla said. "It's a new game and it's somewhat new to Harrison. But I see us continuing to be very competitive with our neighbors."
Cipolla said the league's success came from a commitment to community. Coach Sean Kelly is an example of this as a Harrison native who grew up in the local school district and played lacrosse in high school and college.
"It's cool getting all the kids to participate in this," Kelly said. "I like seeing that everyone made it out here to celebrate."
The Harrison Youth Lacrosse League started nearly 10 years ago and has grown into a staple of local sports. The league competes regularly throughout the region including against teams in Larchmont and Rye.
The league offers online registration and those interested can click here to learn more.
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