Lacrosse has long been a fun option for kids but—unlike certain activities like soccer—not every town has its own league. Thankfully for lax-loving kids, there are several facilities in Westchester that offer camps or classes where kids can learn and have fun, as well as several private leagues that operate in various locations around the area.
We’ve rounded up some of these options for kids to play lacrosse that extend beyond town rec leagues. Looking for other types of classes for kids, sports or otherwise? Consult our Classes Guide, check out our Camp Directory and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay up to date.
A-Game Sports – New Rochelle
This new facility offers a range of classes, lessons and camps for lacrosse players. In addition to eight-week group sessions for shooting, stick handling and attacking, A-Game also has one-one-one instruction. Its “Little Laxers” program is an introduction to girls lacrosse for first- through third-graders.
House of Sports – Ardsley
Kids can take camps, clinics and lessons at House of Sports, and those looking for year-round play can try out for its club team. House of Sports also offers a nine-week winter league for boys in grades third through eighth, and a second league for high schoolers. Open Play hours are available during the week for all ages, and it regularly holds lacrosse camps on school breaks.
Top Side Lacrosse – Multiple Locations
Top Side holds year-round camps and clinics throughout Westchester for both boys and girls. It also has its own fall and winter leagues for fifth grade and up, and a travel club program for kids who want to play year-round. Programs are held at different locations in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, with past locations including SUNY Purchase and Mount Vernon’s Sports Underdome.
Gargoyle Athletics – Multiple Locations
Like Top Side, Gargoyle hosts year-round camps, clinics, leagues and tournaments in different locations throughout Westchester and the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley. Boys and girls as young as kindergarten can participate in clinics at On Track Sports Center in Tarrytown. Sticks and equipment are required, but there are a limited number of loaners are available.
Yorktown Sports Complex – Yorktown
Held through the Navajo Lacrosse program, kids as young as pre-K can learn the fundamentals of the game. It also offers what it claims is the only box lacrosse program for girls. Programs options are available during the week and on weekends, and some of the programs allow you to pay a fee per class.
Armonk Indoor Sports Center – Armonk
Boys in grades first through fourth can focus on the fundamentals in these weekly clinics.
Brewster Sports Center – Brewster
Just over the Westchester/Putnam line, BSC has indoor lacrosse leagues for boys and girls as young as third grade. A weekly clinic on weekday evenings for middle school boys focuses on core skills and strategies.
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