Rhino Lacrosse Camp
(partners with Game Breaker camps, run by the Powell Brothers) June 26th-29th
) at Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland!
In addition to the youth session in the mornings, and the HS session in the afternoons, they have added an all-day program for 5th-8th graders, where they are in the regular youth crowd in the morning, and then those that are all-day have a smaller focus, in the afternoon, and will play on the other side of the stadium from the HS players. Camp director this year will be Syracuse and MLL star, Henry Schoonmaker! Sweeet...
you can register through this link, and more info in there, too...
Bowdoin Lacrosse Camp
~ another great camp, and this one also June 26th-29th
(so you have to choose Rhino OR Bowdoin!) Lot of our youth players up there and diggin' it, year after year...
Really well run camp, with a slew of great coaches.
we may have a possible one-day Boston Cannons clinic in August in the Portland area... fire me back a note please, if you'd be interested in this.
There are loads of other lacrosse camps, especially for HS students... look 'em up on the internet. Great camps at Endicott, for a local-ish thing, but a lot of the big lacrosse schools put on camps in the summer, and it is a great way to experience a little of what those programs are like, and to meet other players & coaches. There are specific camps for goalies, face offs, and the like, too, so check that out.
LaxPros ~ btw, my out-and-out favorite place for gear (there shop is now over in "The Dome" complex.... not only do they have great stuff, but Scott and co. in the shop all play lacrosse and know what they're talking about.
And their leagues and clinics are great! Fantastic coaching, and great energy... The coaches for summer, fall, and winter programming include: Dave Barton (Falmouth Head Coach), Joe Hezlep (Scarborough head coach), Ben Raymond (Cape Elizabeth head coach), Don Glover (Brunswick head coach), and Bob Johnson (longtime Waynflete coach)!!
Check below for summer programs, and stay tuned for fall & winter programs, too. Programs are (ascending) 4th-6th, 7th-8th, and HS.
They will have pre-season warm-ups at a number of levels in January/February of 2018.
Maine Mussels ~ a great newer program, run by Falmouth 8th grade coach Cooper Quenneville. Another great program in Maine! Also runs at "The Dome" in Portland.
There is a Futures Team which is 6th/7th/8th graders, and there are teams by year at the HS level, too.
There is an assessment day this sunday 6/11, from 2-5.
Also, for next year's 3rd-6th graders (Mini-Mussels), Maine Mussels will have a pre-season warm-up in January and February, 2018.
Maine Mussels day at Harvard Stadium with The Boston Cannons on Thursday, June 22nd!
(Cannons vs. Machine) big game!
207 Lacrosse ~ there were whispers that 207 would be without a home, but those whispers were wrong! The building changed owners, but 207 will be rockin' their programs as always, under the same roof. Woot!
They have a number of summer programs : leagues, skills sessions, pick-up games... and will have their usual excellent offerings in the fall and winter. Nobody around offers more lacrosse instruction, more regularly. Programs for players starting in Kindergarten. Great coaches including Sam Manders and Will Paradis in the mix there as well as lots of familiar faces from the Maine Youth Lacrosse fields.
Casco Bay Lacrosse (Box!) ~ Box Lacrosse just got going at Casco Bay Arena in Falmouth in 2016, and we had an understandably slow start. Hoping people come out for this summer's activities in the rink! And look to next year, when CBA puts in new flooring for Lacrosse, soccer, and street hockey. An amazing resource for the Portland area and we hope that Box Lax grows!
Box, for those who don't know is a canadian creation, and it is a hybrid of lacrosse and hockey... it moves really
fast, is physical, and has stick skills that are through the roof. You see most of the "plays of the week" in the NCAA and MLL for amazing shots... most of them come from players who come out of Box lacrosse. This clip gives you a sense https://youtu.be/uOMNj3OVVtA
although what we play at Casco Bay is much less physical, especially at the younger levels. No question that playing Box pushes skills up and out!
Watch MLL games... because they're awesome! You can watch on Lax Sports Network very often, but some of the bigger games are on other cable channels.
remaining Boston Cannons home games(at Harvard Stadium):
vs. Ohio Machine (see Maine Mussels program)
vs. Florida Launch (see Maine Youth Day thru 207 Lacrosse)
this can be played anywhere, anytime, with anybody... old/young, boy/girl, experienced/inexperienced... mix it up! We've had some Speed in the gyms in the winter, but if you have a bucket or two, or a recycling bin, or a couple of small goals 3.5'x3.5' (official speed size)or 4'x4'(Box size), you're good to go... no pads, soft ball. can be a tennis ball, or a pinky. I've heard some of the boys say "this isn't real lacrosse!", but for my two cents, if the Powell Brothers are playing it, and the Thompsons are playing it.... it's lacrosse for sure. It is a different, controlled thing, and one that will push your game forward... especially in terms of positioning, off-ball movement, etc. Think of pick-up hoops... it's a lot like that. We may have some pick-up speed games this summer for those who can make it... but i encourage any/all to get it going in your back yard, at a friends, or on a public field, beach, or court. Have fun with it!