Middle school-level lacrosse is taking off across Rhode Island, and Bristol Warren will host its first-ever team at Kickemuit Middle Schoolstarting next spring.
A group of parents has spent the last few months organizing KMS Lacrosse, a privately-funded program that will run after school starting in April 2013. There will be two teams, one for boys and one for girls, and organizers can’t wait — they think the program will be a hit.
“There’s a lot of excitement,” said Kickemuit parent Susan Rancourt, who is also a member of the Bristol Warren Regional School Committee. “There’s a lot of kids who have nothing to do after school. We have so many kids who want to try out. And the administration has been very supportive.”
Lacrosse has been played competitively at Mt. Hope High School for several years, and a program for younger, middle-school aged athletes started two years ago at Barrington Middle School. Organizers are modeling Kickemuit’s program after Barrington’s, which gets by mostly on tuition paid by parents.
The plan at Kickemuit is to charge anywhere from $180 to $200 per year for participation in the program, and there will likely be a $25 fee for tryouts. The yearly fee will go to pay for uniforms, balls, insurance and the coaches’ stipends. Meanwhile other costs, including helmets, gear and sticks, are being paid for with grants. Ms. Rancourt sought and has received three equipment grants from the United States Lacrosse Association. Also, the group will hold a fund-raiser in mid-October (see below).
Bristol resident Mike Kane will coach the girls’ team, and organizers are still searching for a paid coach for the boys’ team. They plan on talking to Roger Williams University athletics officials about working with students, but are keeping their options open.
Ms. Rancourt’s kids play lacrosse, as do those of fellow parent and team organizer, Lisa Wilson Hanley. They’re excited about the program not just because it will serve as a good “feeder” for the Mt. Hope High School lacrosse team, but also because it will give students something to do after school.
“It’s another opportunity for them,” Ms. Wilson Hanley said.
The season will likely be eight to 10 games.
The fund-raiser starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at the Warren Yacht Club, located at the Old Warren Marina at the bottom of Church Street. It will be catered by The Preppy Pig BBQ, and tickets are $45. For more information or to buy tickets, call Ms. Rancourt at 225-1164 or Ms. Wilson Hanley at 447-4935.