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Intro to Lacrosse

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


COVID-19 Update

The National Sports Center has suspended activities on campus as of Sunday, March 15. Activities are planned to resume on Monday, May 18. Further information and updates can be found on the NSC blog.

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; Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3. 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. 

Click on the sections below to learn more.


We are excited to present you with a new registration experience - 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 the next Intro to Lacrosse Session.

Step 1: 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.  

Step 2: After you have created your account, verify your email and set up your password. 

Step 3: If applicable, you will then need to add your spouse and/or children as “participants”.  Click here to get started.

If you already have an account then login here.

Contact the program registrar with any questions or for further assistance.

Program Description & Features

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

Level Overview

  • Level 1: 
    Intended for first time lacrosse players with no experience; recommended for ages 3-6.
  • Level 2: 
    Intended for players with little experience, players who have completed Level 1, and recommended for ages 6-8.
  • Level 3: 
    Intended for players who have some general experience, completed Level 1 & 2, and recommended for ages 8-11. 

Session Dates & Location


OUTDOOR Spring Session II (Rescheduled into future session due to the NSC COVID-19 Closure)

  • Week of May 4th - June 8th, 2020 

OUTDOOR Summer Session I

  • Week of June 29th - August 3rd, 2020 
  • Weeknight - Monday Nights at 6PM
  • Field Location - TBD

OUTDOOR Summer Session II

  • Week of August 17th - September 21st, 2020 
  • Weeknight - Day & Time - TBD
  • Field Location - TBD

INDOOR Fall Session I

  • Saturdays September 26th - October 31st, 2020 
  • Time - TBD
  • Location - TBD

INDOOR Fall Session II 

  • Saturdays November 7th - December 19th, 2020
    • Skip Nov. 28th due to Thanksgiving
  • Time - TBD
  • Field Location - TBD


Intro to Lacrosse Curriculum


Intended for first time lacrosse players with no experience; recommended for ages 3-6.

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. 

Click HERE to Register



Intended for players with little experience, players who have completed Level 1, and recommended for ages 6-8. 

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.

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Intended for players with some general experience, players who have completed Levels 1 & 2, and/or recommended for ages 8-11. 

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. 

Click HERE to Register

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. 

Refund Policy

  • Click Here for the current NSC Statement on our Refund Policy

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 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 & Registrar

Phone: 763.785.5678