Twin Cities Lacrosse was started in 2021 with the goal of bringing lacrosse to the Lewis County area.
“I had played lacrosse in high school and college, my son was playing up (in Seattle). We moved down here during the pandemic and there was no lacrosse,” Brad Coulter, the founder of Twin Cities Lacrosse, said. “We decided to try and get it down here.”
Coulter said the group has been lucky to have great kids and parents participating. He said the group has grown in its first two years. Coulter said last year there were about 20 kids who participated, about double the number from the first year.
Now entering its third year, the organization is hosting clinics to increase youth awareness of the sport. Typically a spring sport, Coulter told The Chronicle the clinics are held early to give kids a chance to try the sport ahead of the season.
“They can learn the basics and see if they like it before they sign up for it,” Coulter said.
Twin Cities Lacrosse participates in the South Sound Lacrosse League, where children from Lewis County to Tacoma compete on teams. The Twin Cities Lacrosse third and fourth grade team finished third out of 18 teams in the league last season. The group plans to start a fifth and sixth grade team this season.
Children who play field lacrosse, the type of lacrosse played by Twin Cities Lacrosse, at the third and fourth grade levels play seven-on-seven on smaller fields while children fifth grade and above play 10-on-10 on full-sized fields. The teams of 10 are composed of three attackmen, three midfielders, three defenders and one goalie.
“Contact is involved in lacrosse,” Coulter said, though he noted the clinics won’t have physical contact. “It’s very similar to ice hockey. The offense and defense is very similar to basketball … (Lacrosse has) the physicality of football and hockey, the endurance of soccer and the hand-eye coordination of basketball.”
While the clinics are free, Coulter said fees for competing on the Twin Cities Lacrosse team are about $100 and used equipment is around another $100, but as a nonprofit Twin Cities Lacrosse works to ensure all children who want to participate will be able to.
“We don’t let finances be a contributing factor. If we have families that need help, the organization has the means to make it work for whoever,” Coulter said.
So far, Twin Cities Lacrosse has held two clinics, with about 25 kids attending the first clinic and about 35 attending the second. The third and final clinic will be on Dec. 15 at NW Sports Hub, located at 701 Allen Ave. in Centralia, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A QR code for a waiver to attend the clinic for free is available on the Twin Cities Lacrosse website at https://tclax.org/free-clinics. Waivers will also be available on the day of the clinic.
Children from around the Twin Cities area are welcome to attend the clinic and join Twin Cities Lacrosse.