Interest remains high in Estevan Box Lacrosse for the 2014 season.
More than 70 players are registered for the association's youth teams, and the two age rep teams, the juvenile Tarpon Energy Big Dogs and the senior Harris Oilfield Impact, are back for this year, too.
President Jody Harris said they have 13 players in the mini tyke division for five and six year old players, 18 in tyke (seven and eight-year-olds), 22 in novice (nine and 10 year olds), 11 in peewee (11 and 12 year olds), 15 in bantam (13 and 14 year olds) and 15 in midget (15 to 17 year olds).
Harris is particularly pleased with the number of young athletes in the tyke divisions.
“That's really good, strong, grassroots lacrosse there,” said Harris.
They have enough novice players to have two teams in that division this year. But the number of peewee players is down.
Players can still sign up to join a team, even though the peewee and midget teams have already competed in their first tournaments.
Harris said they have been invited to compete at tournaments in Regina, Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. She noted that Prince Albert has offered to waive the registration fee to attract the Estevan teams.
“There should be a lot more games and some more tournament activity this year,” Harris said.
Bring a friend events have proven to be successful, she said, and they did a good job of promoting the organization in February and March.
As for the Big Dogs and the Impact, they are getting ready to begin their seasons. The Impact held their first practice on April 13, while the Big Dogs came together for the first time two days later. Harris hopes they can have well over 20 players on each team.
“We hoping to field big teams in junior and senior because people, with their busy work schedules and responsibilities (can't make it to every game),” she said.
The Big Dogs open their 12-game regular season May 3 in Prince Albert. Their first three games are on the road. Their first home game is Sunday, May 11, when they host the Saskatoon Smash.
The Impact will open the season with a pair of road games in Moose Jaw in the first weekend of May. Their first home games will be the following weekend when they host the Chiefs for a double-header.
Both the Big Dogs and the Impact will play all their home games at Affinity Place this season.
The lacrosse season in Saskatchewan will wrap up with the provincial festival in Regina in early July.