Attention future lacrosse stars! Our intro program offers 2 levels: Intro I and Intro II for boys and girls aged 3 and up to explore the joy of this unique sport! With focus on skill development, sportsmanship, and a love for the game, our coaches will guide your child through the basics of throwing, catching, and shooting while emphasizing fun!
  • Winter Session January 4, 2024 - February 22, 2024
  • Summer II Session August 1, 2024 - September 19, 2024
  • Fall Session September 21, 2024 - November 16, 2024

Intro to Lacrosse – Summer II

  • Winter Registration Deadline: 12/26/2023
  • Summer II Registration Deadline: 07/22/2024
  • Fall Registration Deadline: 09/16/2024
Age Ranges: Intro I (ages 3-6) Intro II (ages 6-9)

Additional Information

Introducing the fastest growing sport in the U.S. to boys and girls ages 3 and up!
The NSC Lacrosse Development Program is a progressive development system for young athletes who are interested in the sport of lacrosse. There are 2 levels within the Intro to Lacrosse Program; Intro I and Intro II. 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

Intro I:
Intended for first time lacrosse players with no experience; recommended for ages 3-5.
​Intro II:
Intended for players with little experience, players who have completed Intro I, and recommended for ages 6-9.

Intro I
Skills Development:

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

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 Basketball I or II.

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.

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

Fee balance must be paid with registration

Program Fee includes: Program T-shirt, 8 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
– 30-10 days prior to start of class – 75% refund
– 9 days prior – 50% refund
– After session begins: In house Credit (dependent on # of sessions attended)
– Injuries = full refund with medical note (dependent on # of sessions attended)

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 may be 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 registering online and paying with an e-check.

How do I register?
– Registration for all Intro Programs is through our NSC Event HQ website.
– For information on how to register, please visit your specific intro program website, and find the step by step process under the Registration System tab.

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 specific program director.

Do I need to bring equipment?
– For Intro to Hockey, we have a list of required equipment on the main website found HERE under the equipment tab.
– All other Intro Programs DO NOT require equipment.

Are there pre-requisites for each level?
– Intro to Hockey pre-requisites can be found on the main webpage HERE under the curriculum tab.
– All other Intro Programs are designed based on age level.
– For any questions regarding which level to register for, please feel free to reach out the to specific program director.

Can parents participate in class / be on the field or court?
Our intro to sport programs are led by our experienced and knowledgeable coaching staff. We ask that parents do not participate on the field/court with the participants during class (warming up before class is fine is space is available). IF your child requires extra assistance during class, please contact the program director prior to the class starting to work out a plan with the coaching staff.

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 hours prior to the start of practice if inclement weather cancels practice for that day.

Blaine Youth Lacrosse Association
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Spring Lake Park Lacrosse Association
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Centennial Lacrosse Association
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Event Contacts

  • Ellen Jones
    Program Director & Registrar
    Phone: 763-785-5634


  • Winter Session
    01/04/2024 - 02/22/2024


    Per Participant

    Thursday 5-6PM

    NSC Sports Hall

  • Summer II Session
    08/01/2024 - 09/19/2024


    Per Participant

    Thursday 5-6PM

    NSC Sports Hall

  • Fall Session
    09/21/2024 - 11/16/2024


    Per Participant

    Thursday 5-6PM

    NSC Sports Hall