Via Marianne Starsia

Hotshots Lacrosse will be celebrating its 5th anniversary in the Fall of 2006.

It was in 2002 that the current concept for a Fall clinic for boys grades 5 ?? 12 was developed. It came out of a meeting that included the two original partners, Myron Ripley and Porter Smith, plus Gerry and Marianne Starsia, Duffy Birckhead, Matt Yancey, and Michael Leahy. The idea was to bring something new and different to the Charlottesville lacrosse community.

That something different was a Fall clinic for boys grades 5-12. The first 2 years it was held at Western Albemarle High School. Now for the 3rd year in a row it will be held at the St. Anne’s-Belfield lower school campus on the Route 250 Bypass. Ripley, Smith and the Starsias have continued their involvement and now include Bo Perriello and Rodney Rullman in their coaching group.

The clinic has been a welcomed addition to the Charlottesville community, allowing young men to work on their game in the non traditional time of the Fall. It is a response to the growth of the sport of lacrosse and the need to offer year round training.

Along with expert individual instruction and training, there is also plenty of time dedicated to team oriented situations. Games are played each day of the camp matching players with equal talent level. Sessions are held each Sunday from 1:00-3:30pm starting the 1st Sunday in October and concluding the first Sunday of November.

The cost of the clinic is $135.00. Athletes must also provide proof of current membership in US Lacrosse. This year’s application is available here.

Also, included are guest coach speakers from such schools as the National Champion University of Virginia Cavaliers, Washington and Lee University and others. Paul Gait who is nationally recognized in lacrosse circles as one of the greatest players of all time and owner of Gait Lacrosse Equipment speaks and introduces the new line of lacrosse gear. Lots of free give-aways too!

Hotshots is glad to serve a valuable role in the growth of lacrosse in Central Virginia.