Welcome to The Norwalk Lacrosse Association Website
Since 1990, Norwalk Junior Lacrosse has taught the fundamental skills of lacrosse, provided a rewarding team experience, and made sure our players have fun.
NJrLacrosse is offered by the Norwalk Lacrosse Association, which also supports the lacrosse programs at both of Norwalk’s high schools and sponsors clinics and opportunities to play for enthusiasts aged six to sixty, and older.
NJrLacrosse is a member of US Lacrosse, the National Governing Body of the sport, and of the CONNY Youth Lacrosse Association, which includes fifty-five community-based youth lacrosse programs fielding nearly 600 separate teams across Connecticut, Westchester County, NY, and even New York City.
On this site you'll be able to get the latest news, bulletins, rosters, schedules and game results.
For specific team information click on the "Team" button at the top of this page. From there you can choose your specific team, bulletins, rosters, and schedule.
UPDATE-Helmets Fail NOCSAE Standard 12/01/2014 Yet more discussion, from the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/06/sports/safety-organization-deems-popular-helmet-models-unsuitable-for-play.html?emc=edit_tnt_20141205&nlid=654505&tntemail0=y
Within lacrosse, a quick review of the published rosters of top D-1 college teams shows that at least 85% were multi-sport athletes in high school. That holds true at lower divisions too. Youth, or even high school, is too soon to focus on only one sport ... even one as wonderful as lacrosse.
Don't miss Summer Sandlot Lax. Entering its tenth season in 2015, Summer Sandlot Lax has proven to be one of the most enjoyable activities sponsored by the Norwalk Lacrosse Association. Participation has increased each year, and we expect it will again this summer. Our objective for Summer Sandlot Lax is to have summer fun, in the spirit of old time sandlot sports for kids of all ages.
Play is informal, with teams picked at the beginning of each game based on who attends. This isn’t “lax camp.” There is no formal instruction during play … though occasional strangled cries of “shoot overhand,” or “go to the hole,” or “move the ball,” or “two hands on ground balls” are probably inevitable. Nevertheless, since even pick-up lax can become serious, we have certified officials for Summer Sandlot games to make sure play is safe and sportsmanlike.
Summer Sandlot Lax is open to Norwalk non-residents. However, they should be aware that the City of Norwalk charges non-residents a $5.00 parking fee to drive into Veterans Park.
You must be a member of US Lacrosse to participate in Summer Sandlot Lax. All NJrLax and other CONNY players are automatically members of US Lacrosse. Others can join online at www.uslacrosse.org (click on "Membership" in the left menu).
U15 Senior, U13 Junior, and U11 Lightning players in 2016
(Born September 1, 2000 through August 31, 2006.)
On a case-by-case basis, players born September 1, 2006 or later can participate with their coach’s recommendation.
Veterans Park or Nathan Hale Middle School (FieldTurf)
When: Boys — 15 Monday & Thursday Evenings, June 15—August 3 Girls — 8 Wednesday Evenings, June 17—August 12 (excludes July 1)
6:15 PM — Players pick teams. 6:30 PM — 12-minute running time quarters with 5-minute breaks.
Cost: Boys — $65.00 for 15 evenings Girls — $45.00 for 8 evenings
Register: Go to www.norwalklax.org, click on "Register Online" in the left menu on this Home Page, scroll down to 2015 Boys Youth Summer Sandlot Lax or 2015 Girls Youth Summer Sandlot Lax, follow the directions, and click on the green “begin registration” link.
Alternatively, boys and girls paper registration forms are available for download under “Documents” in the left menu. Complete and mail it, with check, to Norwalk Summer Lax, 6 Rowan Street Unit #4, Norwalk, CT 06855-1936.
You may also bring the Registration Form and check to the first session you attend.
Parents Welcome to Play: In keeping with the informal atmosphere we encourage in Summer Lax, parents are welcome to play with their sons and daughters (must use women’s sticks in girls sandlot). Parents, older siblings, and coaches who play must be members of US Lacrosse, but need not pay a separate registration fee to participate.
Check out this LINK to a great story about NJrLax alumnus Colin Woolford who earned a NCAA Division I National Championship ring playing with the Denver Pioneers.
For any of your friends who think it is too late to start lax, note that Colin only took up the sport in 8th Grade, playing one year with Norwalk Junior Lacrosse. Encourage your friends to start. Watch your email for a special program tied to Summer Sandlot to encourage kids to try the game.
Note that the article suggests that Cascade and Warrior are shipping no helmets of any model currently.
In case anybody was considering a helmet purchase, NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) has announced that two lacrosse helmet models currently available in the marketplace -- the Cascade Model R and the Warrior Regulator -- do not meet the NOCSAE helmet standard. This means that they cannot be used in lacrosse at any level until their shortcomings are rectified.
No other helmets on the market have been identified as non-compliant.
If you haven't already seen it, the following link will take you to a terrific documentary video about the origins, history, growth, and future of both men's and women's lacrosse. It is well worth the fifty-five minutes it runs.
The documentary does, however, omit one fascinating detail. James Naismith, credited with inventing basketball while teaching at Springfield College, was a Canadian and a lacrosse player. So it's not that lacrosse is a lot like basketball ... it's that basketball is a lot like lacrosse.