2023/24 North Strong Lacrosse Winter Program
The North Strong Winter Lacrosse Camp is ready to launch again. As the days grow shorter, we're gearing up to elevate your lacrosse game to new heights. Our camp is not just a place to beat the winter blues; it's a place where aspiring lacrosse athletes come together to hone their skills, build camaraderie, and embrace the sport of lacrosse. Whether you're a seasoned player looking to fine-tune your techniques or a beginner eager to learn the ropes of this exhilarating sport, our dedicated coaching staff is here to guide you on your journey to becoming a lacrosse superstar. Get ready to gear up, grab your sticks, and embark on a lacrosse adventure!
For 12 years we have had the opportunity to work with so many awesome young lacrosse players and grow this camp. The entire camp will be run at the Turf Training Center 4, located at 1030 34th Avenue in Nisku, Alberta. This is an indoor turf facility without boards. Please do not worry about not having boards. The facility will be fully netted and there will be box nets and creases for us to work with. Our entire focus is on developing skills in passing, catching, shooting and cradling. Our box goalies will still receive the training they require to develop their ball stopping skills. The facility will be perfect for us to work with players to improve their skills and become better overall lacrosse players.
Learning lacrosse skills is of paramount importance as it serves as the foundation for the growth and development of both individual players and the sport as a whole. By learning the basic skills such as stick handling, passing, shooting, and defensive maneuvers, athletes can excel on the field, enhancing their confidence and performance. Additionally, through structured coaching, players not only acquire these physical skills but also develop a deep understanding of game strategies and team play.
Program Dates (SATURDAYS): Oct 28. Nov 4, 11, 18, 25. Dec 2, 9, 16, 23. Jan 6, 20, 27. Feb 3, 10, 17.
Female Box Lacrosse 15U/17U (Born in 2007/08/09/10) 12:30 to 1:30 PM Cost of $325
Male/Female Box Lacrosse 7U/9U (Born in 2015/16/17/18) 1:30 to 2:30 PM Cost of $325
Male/Female Box Lacrosse 12U (Born in 2012/13/14) 2:30 to 3:30 PM Cost of $325
Male/Female Box Lacrosse 15U (Born in 2009/10/11) 3:30 to 4:45 PM Cost of $375
LOCATION - TURF TRAINING CENTRE 4
1030 34th Avenue, Nisku, Alberta
All players will receive a North Strong pinnie and a North Strong special gift.
As we head into our twelfth year, many of the young players we worked with a decade ago are now playing college lacrosse in the US and Canada, in both men’s and women’s field lacrosse. Others are playing in Junior A and B leagues in the province and there are still more playing for Team Alberta box and field teams. Some of our former players are even coaching and paying forward their knowledge to young players. It is exciting to see our Winter Program players making an impact in lacrosse across North America.
NORTH STRONG STAFF
PAUL RAI - North Strong Lacrosse is owned by Paul Rai, who was the founder of Vimy Lacrosse, a school academy program now in its 17th year of operation and boasting over 80 student-athletes. Paul has 20 years of lacrosse coaching experience working with players from Mini Tyke to Senior Mens. He has led box and field teams to numerous tournaments across North America and has won a Presidents Cup Senior Championship as a player and coach. Paul is also a certified coach instructor for Lacrosse Canada. Paul is involved with the day to day operations of the camp and brings in support staff that understand the game of box lacrosse. All the coaches are trained by Paul Rai.
TRISTAN RAI - Tristan played NCAA college lacrosse at Lehigh University and played for the Saskatchewan Rush in the NLL. Played for Team Australia at the 2015 and 2019 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships. Tristan has played in the WLA for three years and just competed at the Presidents Cup for the Edmonton Miners. Tristan is an experienced coach that has worked with young players for over a decade.
ETHAN FORGRAVE - Ethan played his minor lacrosse for the Edmonton Warriors. Played Junior A for the Edmonton Miners and was drafted by the Saskatchewan Rush in the 2022 NLL Draft. Ethan played 4 years of college lacrosse for McGill. Ethan has been coaching for North Strong Lacrosse and the Edmonton Razorbacks for five years. Trained under Jimmy Quinlan at Vimy Lacrosse for six years.
MAURICE KELLY - Maurice played NCAA college lacrosse and Chestnut Hill. He played Junior A lacrosse for the Edmonton Blues and the Edmonton Miners. Maurice just finished up this past season playing for Coquitlam in the WLA. Maurice played his minor lacrosse for the Fort Saskatchewan Rebels.
For more information on the program please email Paul Rai at firstname.lastname@example.org