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Intro to Lacrosse

Introducing the fastest growing sport in the U.S. to boys and girls ages 3 and up! 


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NSC Event HQ. This system will streamline your enrollment process and give you more access to your customer account. Use this system to register for Intro to Lacrosse I, II, or III.

If this is your first time using the system, you will need to create a NSC Event HQ Household Account.  The account owner must be 18 years of age or older.  

After you have created your account, verify your email and set up your password. You can then add your spouse and/or children as “participants”.  Click here to get started.

If you already have an account then login here.

Click on the sections below to learn more.

COVID-19 Preparedness Plan


All customers are asked to review the National Sports Center's COVID-19 Preparedness Plan prior to participating in Intro to Lacrosse. Please click here. The indoor facilities specific plan is linked to the top of the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan page.

FAQ for Beginners


How do I register? 

  • Registration for all Intro Programs is through our NSC Event HQ website.

What are the dates? 

When will I receive session updates? 

  • Participants will receive an email one week prior to the first day of the program with all the information needed. If you have any questions prior to then, please feel free to reach out to the program director. 

Do I need to bring equipment? 

  • ALL equipment provided. There is NO equipment requirement.  

Are there pre-requisites for each level? 

  • The levels are designed based on age more than experience. 
  • For any questions regarding which level to register for, please feel free to reach out the to program director. 

Will I be notified for weather cancellations? 

  • Indoor Sports/Practices: Indoor Practices will not be cancelled due to inclement weather. 
  • Outdoor Practices: Participants will be notified 2-3 prior to the start of practice if inclement weather cancels practice for that day. 

Program Description & Features

The NSC Lacrosse Development Program is a progressive development system for young athletes who are interested in the sport of lacrosse. There are 3 levels within the Intro to Lacrosse Program; Intro I, Intro II, and Intro III. The primary objective is to allow each athlete to build important fundamental skills throughout each level in order to propel them into the sport of lacrosse. 

This program is specifically designed to incorporate material from the US Lacrosse Athlete Development Model to match the standard for youth lacrosse development. Each level contains curriculum that coincides with this model to ensure the athletes are obtaining the right guidance and instruction at each age level. Coaches will focus on increasing fundamental skills of lacrosse in conjunction with working on the coordination and overall athletic development of each participant.


  • Each participant receives a Lacrosse t-shirt
  • Low participant to instructor ratio
  • No equipment required, lacrosse sticks are provided for use
  • Soft tennis balls used; helmet, goggles, and pads are not used
  • Outdoor non-metal cleats, tennis shoes or similar type athletic shoes recommended 

Session Dates & Location

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Summer (Outdoor): Wednesdays, July 27 - Sept. 14, 2022 (Registration OPEN)

  • Intro I, II, & III: 5:00-6:00pm
    • Outdoor Field  (TBD) 


Click here for the 2022 Full Year Session Schedule

Intro to Lacrosse Curriculum


  • Intro I: 
    Intended for first time lacrosse players with no experience; recommended for ages 3-5.
  • ‚ÄčIntro II: 
    Intended for players with little experience, players who have completed Intro I, and recommended for ages 5-7.
  • ‚ÄčIntro III:  
    Intended for players who have little to some general experience, completed Intro I & II, and recommended for ages 7-10.


Intro I 

Skills Development:

  • Running with the ball
  • Scooping the ball
  • Throwing and Catching
  • Exposure to all skills
  • Terminology

Athletic Development:

  • Running, Jumping, Hopping, Twisting, Turning
  • Stopping, Starting, Changing Pace, Running to open space

Primary Objective:

  • Learning about lacrosse in a positive and fun environment with stations, games, and activities. 

Intro II 

Skills Development: 

  • Introduce dodge variations
  • Explore cradling techniques
  • Defensive concepts
  • Target Shooting
  • Start small sided game play 
    • 1v1, 2v1, & 2v2's

Athletic Development: 

  • Agility & Footwork
  • Balance, Coordination, & Flexibility

Primary Objective: 

  • Developing a confident athlete within the sport of lacrosse. Understanding of basic game play and strategy.

Intro III 

Skills Development: 

  • Introduce position specific skills
  • Defensive positioning
  • Target Shooting
  • Intro to safe checking styles - within age appropriate rules
  • Explore 3v3, 4v3, 4v4 options
    • Develop situational understanding and zone awareness

Athletic Development: 

  • Agility & Footwork
  • Complex Coordination
  • Directional Speed

Primary Objective:

  • Introducing strategic components of the game. Encouraging growth with small sided and free play opportunities. 

Program Fee

  • $100 per session
  • Fee balance must be paid with registration

Program Fee includes: Program T-shirt, 6 practice lessons on indoor turf or outdoor field space, equipment provided for use, a fun and inviting atmosphere to learn the sport of lacrosse. 

Program Cancelation Policy: The following policy will be enacted IF a program hosted by the National Sports Center MUST be canceled by the directives of the State of Minnesota or the Minnesota Department of Health. Please know that our top priority on making decisions moving forward will be the safety and health of our participants, coaches, employees, and spectators.

Participants will receive a refund for your program entry. Participant registration refunds will be processed at 100% of the registration total. 

*Please note that if a participant elects to drop prior to the program, the above voucher policy will be in effect. This includes participants making their own decision to withdraw prior to the potential cancellation.

If a customer (club, *team, individual) is required to quarantine due to illness or exposure to the COVID-19 virus, and are unable to participate for this reason, a refund will be not be issued unless done within the parameters of the existing policy. The event director will reschedule, if possible. Reschedules are not guaranteed to be on the same day or time as originally scheduled.

*Roster adjustments maybe allowed per event directors discretion.

Surcharge Fee

  • The National Sports Center has instituted a 2% surcharge on all submitted card payments to help cover a portion of the processing fees assessed to the NSC by the card processing companies. Customers can avoid the fee by paying with an e-check with an online registration.

*Financial Scholarships available.

Please contact the program director for more information and to request the financial scholarship application form.

NSC Fund for Play

The NSC Fund For Play is the contribution and donation arm of the National Sports Center Foundation. We are dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesota residents by creating programs and initiatives that support a diverse and engaged community. If you would like to make a donation to improve the health, well-being, and outlook of participants through access to sports and healthy, safe environments, please click HERE.

Thank you for considering!

Competitive & Rec Lacrosse within the Community

Blaine Youth Lacrosse Association 

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Spring Lake Park Lacrosse Association 

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Centennial Lacrosse Association 

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Program Contact

Logan Halvorson

Program Director

Phone: 763.785.5678