Getting its start in the Fall of 2013 with some 20 players, Empire’s Fall Ball Clinics have grown to over 100 participants. This is our traditional Fall Ball program. It is recommended for all beginner and intermediate players as well as experienced players. Our Fall Program has been instrumental in getting new players involved in the sport of lacrosse in the Asheville. Taking place on Sunday afternoons at Fletcher Park, running from mid-September to the beginning of November, beginners are able to learn the game from the ground up, while our intermediate sessions will consist of high-tempo drills designed to further develop the fundamental skills and team concepts of lacrosse, including passing, catching, scooping, and shooting. Our more experienced players will participate in the advanced sessions which is a great time for players to reconnect with their team and further develop positional skills in a competitive environment. Coaches will maintain controlled contact with an emphasis on game speed, transition skills, quality offensive possessions, and multiple defensive techniques.
Fall Ball provides opportunities for beginning, intermediate and advanced players to continue their skill development under the direction of experienced Empire coaches.
About Fall Ball
Fall Travel Teams
In Fall 2017, Empire decided to expand its traditional Fall Ball program for experienced players seeking more game action in the off-season. Tryouts for the inaugural year of Empire Select Travel were held in August and teams were formed at the 14U and 12U levels. Teams competed in the Triad Pumpkin Classic in Greensboro, NC and the Charlotte Fall Classic in Matthews, NC. Both weekends were met with great success and players and coaches are already looking towards Fall 2018. Coach Connor Jardeleza leads 12U, with Coach Rob Canan heading up 14U. Both coaches, as well as their assistants, bring a wealth of lacrosse experience to these teams and have long histories coaching youth.
In 2018, Empire will hold tryouts in July and practice twice weekly in September and October. Select teams will play in three tournaments in October and November. The board will choose tournaments that will provide a fun and competitive environment for all players. Attendance at all practices and tournaments is mandatory.