For a number of years, Harford Fall Lacrosse has been offered to boys and girls, primarily of high school age, but this fall the programs are offered to boys and men only and the age groups have been expanded.
There’s lacrosse for boys in grades 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. A proposed men’s college division for men who graduated high school in 2015-2020 is cancelled. Not enough registered players.
“It started as high school boys, then it went to high school boys and girls and then it went to high school boys and middle school boys over the last few years,” organizer Jason Bellamy said. “Now, this year, we’re rolling out all age groups.”
Action for all boys in grades 1-8 will be played on Sundays on outdoor grass fields at The Arena Club in Churchville.
For grades 1-3, play begins September 13 and will conclude November 1. It is a fast paced 7v7 league with a 10 a.m. start weekly. Play is with 3 by 3 mini goals and no goalies. The season is six weeks of games and a tourney on Nov. 1.
Grades 4-5 will follow the same schedule and time frame. On the first day, high school coaches Bellamy (Havre de Grace) and Doug Testerman (Bel Air) will conduct a clinic.
Players need to provide equipment (limited loaner equipment available on request) and have own stick. A fall league jersey will be provided.
Boys in grades 6-8 will begin play weekly at 11 a.m. Fast paced 8v8 league with goalies on shorter, approximately 80-yard field. Six weeks of regular season play and two-week tournament. Same equipment requirements and jersey for each player.
Cost for all in grades 1-8 is $95.
High school boys will play games at Cedar Lane Regional Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4 and 6:30 p.m. Start date is September 15.
It will be an eight-game regular season with a minimum of two playoff games. There will also be an All-Star Game.
Game officials and athletic trainers will be at all games. Players will supply own equipment and each receives a jersey.
Cost for high school boys is $145.
“The feedback has been really positive, many of the parents are looking for things to keep their kids active, engaged, involved,” Bellamy said. “After our camp this summer we had a lot of questions and people wanting activities for their kids, so we decided to expand it to all ages this year.”
Registration was opened last week and the leagues are about three quarters full in all age groups.
“Arena Club is going to be a great partner for the younger guys and we’ll go up to Cedar Lane for the other one,” Bellamy said.