HYA Riptide Lacrosse has multiple offerings to serve the needs of the elementary community: skills clinics are available to everyone in grades K-4, while field play is also available in varying levels to 1st-4th graders:
K2 PLUS Skills Clinic – Click the link to learn more! Fundamental skills are taught in a fun, low-pressure environment to Kindergarteners through 4th graders who are new to the sport or more interested in skill development vs. game play.
Detail: Six (6) Saturday mornings, 8:00-8:45AM (nothing Memorial Day weekend). $45. In-house scrimmages providing situational and positional play will happen during the clinic as children progress in their skills:
- Kindergarten players will receive a coed introduction to lacrosse, focusing on stick skills and fun, small-sided games to introduce larger game concepts.
- 1st/2nd grade players will focus on individual stick skills, gaining comfort with ball handling and increasing their confidence for field play. There will be an emphasis on catching and throwing but also the fundamentals for more advanced stickwork, shooting, and ground balls.
- If there are 3rd/4th grade players new to the sport or simply interested in another opportunity to have a stick in their hands, this clinic will be available once a week.
1st/2nd Grade U8 Team – Game play will now be available for children confident in their individual skills and interested in a competitive environment for learning. U8 teams will focus on stickwork and implementation in small-sided games and drills while learning positional play, teamwork and sportsmanship in scrimmages.
Detail: Mid-April to mid-June; one 1-hour practice (weeknight) and a “learn to play” scrimmage most weeks (minus Memorial Day weekend). Travel is local (within 30 min). A full season schedule will be provided before the first game. We expect primarily 2nd graders to play U8, but 1st graders are welcome. $100
3rd & 4th Grade U10 Teams – Game play continues to be available for 3rd grade players and older. Our U10 teams will focus on foundational skills as well as field awareness, positional knowledge and game readiness, with attention always to teamwork and sportsmanship.
Detail: Mid-April to mid-June (minus Memorial Day weekend), 1-2 one-hour practices (weeknights) and one game weekly on Sundays, culminating in the NHYLA Festival in June. Travel is mostly within 30 min, but can be state-wide. A full season schedule will be provided before the first game. $100
Intro to Coaching Lacrosse -- This local program leverages Winnacunnet coaches and players to educate parents interested in coaching or learning more about the sport. We will ask our committed coaches to attend for pointers on WHS coaching philosophy/approach, terminology, and skills/concepts to emphasize. These will be interactive, on-field opportunities that include group teaching and demonstrations by Winnacunnet athletes.
Detail: Free clinics will be offered in March, dates TBD annually.