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Nitro lacrosse clinics start in September

By: Nick Pecoraro Telegraph Correspondent
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It’s the fastest-growing sport in the country. More and more lacrosse programs are being incorporated at the high school level and now in El Dorado Hills, there is an outlet for kids who want to develop their skills. Kelly Leone, along with her husband Garth, founded NITRO Lacrosse in El Dorado Hills during the summer of 2011 to educate potential lacrosse players about the game, as well as provide affordable clinics to help develop their lacrosse foundation. “We really want to grow the sport and give kids a chance to play at a low cost,” she said. “We hear all the time that kids are really interested in playing but don’t have the gear, so this is a chance for them to give it a try before making such an investment.” NITRO is offering two separate clinics during the fall for kids aged 7-and-up at Silva Valley Elementary School. The first is a six-week program spanning from Sept. 9 through Oct.14, which will be focused on intermediate players with previous lacrosse experience who wish to hone their technical skills such as ball movement, fast breaks and more team-oriented aspects of the game. An hour of drills will be followed by an hour of scrimmaging to apply the lessons the participants will have just learned. Attendees will need to have their own gear to participate in the six-week clinic. If you’re a newcomer to the game and want to give it a try before financially committing to the necessary equipment, NITRO will also be offering a two-session introductory course for beginners. Session one will be on Sept.16 and 23 while the second will be held on Oct. 7 and 14. These courses will introduce rookies to the rules of the game as well as basic fundamentals and game play. NITRO will provide loaner gear at the beginner’s clinic, so all that is needed to participate is a stick. The Leone’s son, Tyler, will be an incoming freshman and a member of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo lacrosse team after starring on the Oak Ridge squad for the past three seasons. “We’re kind of like a feeder organization for the high schools,” Kelly said. “We haven’t had too many kids who’ve not gone on to play high school ball after attending. It’s a little bit of education, hitting, catching, throwing and running. What’s not to love about it?” For more information on the clinics, visit nitrolacrosse.com.