Our program is focused on fun and players are introduced to the fundamentals of lacrosse like catching, cradling, passing, dodging, shooting and defense. All players are expected to provide their own stick so they can get used to the feel and motion of their stick. Players are encouraged to play at home. We use soft balls so helmets and pads are not needed for most of the season. Helmets and pads will be introduced by week 5 or 6, depending on our coaches evaluation of the group as a whole. At that point, players will be expected to provide their own helmets and pads.
Required Gear (at the start of program):
Complete Lacrosse Stick (head and shaft) and Lacrosse Gloves
Required Gear (at week 5):
Lacrosse Helmet (COLOR: Solid White or Solid Gray, Navy acceptable), Mouthguard, Shoulder Pad, Arm Pad/Arm Guard, Athletic Cup, Lacrosse Cleats, Rib Pad (Optional)
New in 2018, Empire will host a Spring Clinic designed for boys ages 6-14 who have NEVER held a stick before but are interested in learning a new sport.
Lacrosse basics are taught twice per week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 6:30pm at Buncombe County Sports Park/Field 8 (58 Apac Circle, Asheville, NC 28806). This program runs shorter than our rec program. It is currently scheduled to run 8 weeks and travel will NOT be required. Scrimmages may be played depending on the number of players in the program.
This program will begin on Monday, March 12 and boys will become members of the US Lacrosse organization.
Fee Schedule – Spring 2018 (all fees include required membership to US Lacrosse):
Spring Clinic (fo true beginners): $155 per player (payment plans are offered) *
* We offer family discounts for two or more siblings.
Fall Ball Sunday Clinics
Getting its start in the Fall of 2013 with some 20 players, Empire’s Fall Ball Clinics have grown to over 100 participants. 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 more experienced players participate in Intermediate and Advanced sessions. Fall 2017 marked the inaugural year of Empire Select, travel teams at 12U and 14U, both competing in tournaments in Greensboro and Charlotte with great success.
Empire runs its annual Fall Ball Clinics on Sundays in September and October. Fall Ball provides opportunities for beginning, intermediate and advanced players to continue their skill development under the direction of experienced Empire coaches. In addition to our clinics, we offer a Fall Travel team for our select advanced players. Travel team practices run twice weekly in September with tournaments in October and November. We strongly recommend participation in Fall Ball for all players interested in playing for Empire during our primary spring season.