Lacrosse is the first known sport in North America, and while it is currently the fastest growing sport in Michigan, it has only just begun in the Downriver area. That is terrific because lacrosse is one of the most exhilarating games played on turf.
USA Hockey recommends that players diversify their sports involvement and recognizes lacrosse as one of the best complimentary sports to hockey. That is why the Trenton Hockey Association took on the initiative to launch the Trenton Lacrosse Association. The goal of the TLA is to introduce the wonderfully fast-paced game of lacrosse to area youth and to support its growth and maturation throughout the Downriver community.
We had an incredible inaugural Spring (2017) season with 95 players registered. Boy and girl players, grades 2 through 9, from a variety of different school districts, joined the program to develop the critical skills necessary to play and enjoy the game of lacrosse. We learned fundamentals of the sport through fun activities and small area games. Once comfortable with passing, catching and moving the ball, we competed with groups within our organization. And when confidence grew, we played exhibition games against teams in nearby communities.
In the coming season, we will be joining leagues that will include several organizations outside the 600 square mile Downriver community. It is probable that the Trenton Lacrosse Association will offer more than one team per gender and age group(s). Both the boys and girls leagues that we will be participating with have discussed establishing “play dates” or “meet-ups” to reduce the travel requirement for participating organizations.
Looking further, we hope to continue to develop the skills and knowledge of the game in this area. We are working with area schools to adopt lacrosse as club and varsity sports. We look forward to the sport of lacrosse becoming a broad and thriving sport in the Downriver community.