As lacrosse flourishes in the Portland area, many youth players are experiencing the sport for the first time in the Catholic Youth Organization league. Since 2011, CYO coaches have guided youths through fundamental skills to advanced techniques. St. Pius X and St. John Fisher parishes provide fields for practice. Home games are played at Valley Catholic and Jesuit high schools.
For those new to the sport, lacrosse is played between two teams. Each player has a long stick with a basket on the end. The aim is to get the ball in the opponent’s goal. The sport has origins in Native American games and was adapted in Canada.
CYO offered a new lacrosse program this year for grade K-two boys and girls called “Hot Shots” lacrosse. Participants play a softer co-ed version that introduces and potentially inspires them to play more.
CYO provides the gear to help make the sport affordable. As always, sportsmanship is the primary lesson.