On Oct. 6, BYL put on its second free clinic — with about 35 attendees — with Ball State lacrosse coach Patrick Balsley and Zionsville lacrosse coach Matt Garvey.
Koles’, and Harrison’s, goal was to eventually get a high school team underway through starting at the youth level. BYL will start toward that goal in the spring with registration beginning Nov. 18.
Initially, Koles envisioned three levels of play — third- and fourth-grades, fifth- and sixth grades, and seventh- and eighth-grades — with the hopes of developing a high school team after a few years of having enough players interested.
That time may have come quicker than imagined as Koles said he’s gotten interest from a small group of high school players in the area that want to form a team this year.
“We are evaluating our options and investigating whether or not we have the ability to put all the pieces in place,” he said.
While the Cornerstone Christian Church in Brownsburg has donated a place for the league to play, the facility, for various reasons, is not suitable for a high school team and its needs. There are also other factors to be considered such as coaching and parental support.
“My focus is, and will remain, on developing the youth program, but that network of helpful people that I developed can and will be shared with someone who is interested in taking the reins,” Koles said. “I will be there in support, because having synergy between the youth and high school teams will be critical for our futures, but there needs to be someone as invested as I am steering the ship.”
For more information, visit the website at www.brownsburglacrosse.com or contact Koles directly by e-mailing to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 417-9518.
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