January 30, 2014
Parents who have children interested in playing lacrosse should know that the registration for Hendricks County’s first organized lacrosse teams will come to a close on Friday. Brownsburg Lacrosse will look to form three youth teams this year and develop a high school program within 1 to 3 years. Jason Koles is organizing the effort that will be the first lacrosse program for any age in Hendricks County. While the organization is called Brownsburg Lacrosse, it welcomes all players from Hendricks County.
Koles hopes to field 3 teams in 3 different grade levels this year. One team will be made up of 3rd and 4th graders, one team of 5th and 6th graders and finally one team of 7th and 8th graders. The teams will play against other community teams around Indianapolis and the state of Indiana.
Brownsburg Youth Lacrosse was formed in June 2013 with plans to develop into a high school program within 1-3 years. Koles said that Austin Martin, a Brownsburg high school student, contacted him about starting a lacrosse club at Brownsburg high school for his senior project. Koles and Martin have been working toward that end since then. They held a free high school clinic in November with Depauw University’s head lacrosse coach Carl Haas and two players from Wabash lacrosse on hand to provide instruction. The clinic attracted over 40 players from Brownsburg, Avon, Plainfield and Danville. Koles said that they have recently found a coach for their 1st high school team.
Koles also held free “Intro to Lacrosse” clinics in July and October with over 80 players in attendance. A winter indoor clinic in November attracted 24 players.
Registration for the youth Lacrosse leagues closes Friday. Parents can receive more information and register their child at www.Brownsburglacrosse.com. Questions can be answered by e-mailing BrownsburgLAX@Gmail.com or call Jason Koles at 317-417-9518.
Brownsburg Lacrosse will also be holding a kick off meeting to provide information on the high school program. The meeting will take place Thursday, February 6th in the Brownsburg high school auditorium from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. The meeting will provide information about the program, costs and an opportunity to meet the coach. Students should bring a parent to the meeting.
Koles hopes to leave that meeting with a commitment from enough players to finalize plans and definitively say that they are fielding a team. Currently, the IHSAA does not recognize lacrosse as a high school sport but there is an organized Indiana High School Lacrosse Association. The IHSLA is comprised of about 30 Indiana high schools with many located in central Indiana. Some of the schools include traditional Brownsburg Hoosier Crossroads Conference rivals such as Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield and Zionsville. Other central Indiana teams include Carmel, Bishop Chatard, Cathedral, Park Tudor, Roncalli, Heritage Christian and Guerin Catholic.
For more information about the high school program, email BrownsburgLAX@Gmail.com or call Jason Koles at 317-417-9518.