It was a chance for new players to try out the sport of lacrosse and receive a few pointers from longtime veterans of the sport.
The Williams Lake Bighorns Lacrosse Association hosted its annual Lacrosse Mania event at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex, attracting lots of interest from newcomers and experts, alike, to the sport.
“Lacrosse Mania is an opportunity for the kids who’ve never played lacrosse to come try it and we also have registration at the same time,” said WLBLA vice-president Dianne Springer.
“We encourage our current players to come out and show the new kids what it’s about.”
On the court, masses of players took part in scrimmages, tossing the ball around and picking up a few new skills with the help of several members of the WLBLA coaching staff.
“Some of our coaches are out there giving instruction and doing scrimmages and things like that,” she said.
This week, beginning Tuesday, the Bighorns begin practices in preparation for the upcoming season, which begins with league games in the Great White North Lacrosse League at the beginning of May.
“Almost every weekend we travel [once the season starts],” Springer said. “We’re hosting two weekends of lacrosse in Williams Lake this year. Our weekend of regular season games and we’re hosting playdowns, which is the June 22 weekend.”
Team competing in the Great White North Lacrosse League include Prince George, Quesnel, Mackenzie and, a new addition to this year’s season, Vanderhoof.
“They’ve just joined so that’s exciting for everyone,” she said.
The Bighorns house teams in every division including tyke, novice, peewee, bantam and midget.
“The players on the peewee and up teams have a chance to play through regionals to go to provincials,” she said.
Registration numbers for this year have been looking good, she said, noting prior to the weekend they already had 40 players registered for teams.
“But today we’re getting a lot of interest and people signing up,” she said. “We’re getting interest today from a lot of new players, which is really great.”
With regular league play right around the corner, Springer added everyone’s looking forward to the upcoming season
“We’re excited, and we’re always excited at the beginning of the season.”
For more on the Williams Lake Bighorns visit www.bighornslacrosse.com.