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Youth program added to PCLO

by Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

As the sport of lacrosse expands nationwide, the Park City Lacrosse Organization (PCLO) finds itself growing once again.

Already the supporting organization for the girls and boys high school club teams, the organization is expanding its realm to create a developmental youth program called the Park City Youth Lacrosse Organization (PCYLO).

Up until this point, the youth programs in Summit County have been run by the Basin Recreation Department, under director Steve Parker. The move was prompted by Parker, who wanted to ensure that the lacrosse programs would continue to grow and flourish even after he left his position.

"In his foresight and his potential retirement, he’s seeing a need to transition away from Basin Recreation and establish a feeder system for PCLO’s older players teams," said newly named PCYLO secretary Dave Irwin.

Irwin says that the new program will take on more of a developmental club persona, somewhat like the Park City Extreme soccer program.

"It was crucial that the PCLO didn’t lose its feeder system," Irwin said.

It will retain all of the coaches and venues used by the recreation program but will teach a more competitive game, enter competitive tournaments, employ a board of directors and have a system that can grow and expand as the county’s youth population demands.

"We’re more developmentally focused teaching basic skill sets and fundamentals," Irwin said.

PCLO president Glen Shurtleff has also pledged his full support, acting as the president for the new youth program. The youth and high school sections will operate as two separate programs but share the same resources and organizational structure.

"We’re following the rules and regulations of the PCLO," Irwin said.

Like any developmental program, the main purpose of the PCYLO is to prepare players for high school teams. The PCYLO will also fall under jurisdiction of the larger statewide Utah Lacrosse Association organizing body.

Irwin is careful to point out that unlike some developmental programs, the PCYLO will not require exorbitant fees. The cost will actually be discounted for children ages 5-8 to attract new players and the older division ages 10-13, will only pay slightly higher costs than they did under the recreational structure. Irwin said that the PCYLO Board of Directors put together a budget based off of the one used by Basin Recreation and also received donated equipment from them to help defray costs.

"The fees are affordable so people with limited resources can participate," Irwin said.

The traditionally Native American sport is known for its high ideals, so providing a fair and cost-effective program was very important to the organizers of the new system.

The PCYLO will begin operation for the spring and fall youth lacrosse programs. Information regarding player registration, upcoming clinics, spring schedule, and other questions can be found on http://www.parkcitylax.org , click menu tab for "PCYLO."


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