The Washington Stealth began the Stealth Lacrosse Academy in the Fall of 2010 with the goal of teaching area youth the game of box lacrosse. The Academy will continue with a training camp session August 15-17 at the Comcast Arena at Everett with local youth lacrosse players receiving instruction from some of the Stealth’s brightest stars.
Next week’s Stealth Lacrosse Academy session was added to the calendar due to the high demand during registration for a June session, which sold out over a month before it began. Nearly 100 local lacrosse players took advantage of the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best lacrosse players, with many more hoping to do the same. As a result, a second session was added and it is also nearing capacity.
“It’s been a great first year for the Stealth Lacrosse Academy,” said Stealth All-Pro forward Lewis Ratcliff, who also serves as the Academy’s director. “This second camp at Comcast Arena allows more kids to get a chance to receive top-notch instruction from the best lacrosse players in the world. It’s a testament to the growth of the program and lacrosse in the area. It’s a great sign for the growth of the game in the area.”
Joining Ratcliff as instructors next week will be Stealth teammates Rhys Duch and Jeff Zywicki, and others. The camp includes training on all aspects of box lacrosse, performance training sessions at Everett Performance Center, which provides athletic training for the Stealth, and film sessions to improve players’ lacrosse IQ.
“The best lacrosse players in the world play both box and field lacrosse,” said Ratcliff. “There are so many skills that players learn in box that translate to the field game and we aim to give kids new skills and knowledge that they can use no matter where they play. The Academy gives players another opportunity to have their stick in their hands in a competitive environment and introduce some new faces to box lacrosse.”
The Stealth Lacrosse Academy summer sessions lead into the Academy’s Annual Fall Box Lacrosse League, which will run from September 10 to November 27. Registration information for all of the Stealth Lacrosse Academy’s activities is available at www.usboxla.com.