After a year-long hiatus, the Trenton Lacrosse (Trenton LAX) team is beginning to prepare for an active Spring 2021 season. Despite the challenges associated with the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, Trenton LAX is determined to get the kids of the community out into the field.
“We lost our season last year, which was bad,” said Trish Long, parent volunteer for the Trenton Lacrosse teams. “I think we had an opening day in March, and then it was over. So, we’re excited to get things going this year.”
Although hopeful for a vibrant year of lacrosse, the teams have their worries about getting started. After a year of COVID-19, changes have occurred within the community causing the organization to lose the use of the playing field at the Marie H. Katzenbach School for the Deaf.
With the loss of the main practice and game location, Trenton LAX has had to look into alternative sites, specifically the Christina Seix Academy located at 1550 Stuyvesant Ave in Trenton. Although no contracts have yet been signed to certify the location, the teams are hopeful this will become their primary home-field.
“They’ve told us verbally that we can use it,” said Long. “March 20 is our target for the first meeting there.”
Among the issues securing a playing field for the season, the Trenton LAX team has run into other setbacks as they approach the anticipated season. Every year, the equipment used by the players is from previous donations. Students are supplied with all the equipment needed to play the sport. However, the gear the teams need to start the season is stuck in storage at their former playing field location.
“We have all that equipment in a trailer over at the Katzenbach school. So we’re going to have to make some arrangements to either have kids pick the equipment up there and take it over to Christina Seix Academy, or we’ll bring it over,” said Long. “We haven’t figured that out yet.”
Even through these challenges, Trenton LAX is pushing to make up for the lost time in 2020. For Long, whose 13-year-old son has been playing lacrosse for about 6 years, she understands the value the game has for kids in the community.
“We know that there are kids who want to run around, and parents who want to take the kids out,” said Long. “We’re hoping that we can be a place for folks to come.”
She continued, “There’s so many unknowns, but we’re gonna make it happen.”
To learn more about the Trenton Lacrosse Team or to register for the Spring 2021 season, visit www.trentonlacrosse.us
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