860 Announces Prospect Day at Loomis Chaffee School June 12th

HARTFORD COUNTY — After a successful inaugural season, 860 Lacrosse, Connecticut’s only competitive spring travel club, will hold a prospect day for boys’ lacrosse players in the 2028 high school grad class (rising 8th-graders), and younger, at Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT on June 12, 2023 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

Come out and throw the rock with the 28’s who founded our program this year, take the opportunity to show us your skills, meet the 860 Coaches, as well as the Head Coach of Loomis Chaffee Varsity Lacrosse, Bill Ball.

REGISTER HERE

FAQ’s

Why Spring Travel Lacrosse…I thought spring was “town season?”

The town Rec programs are great, but they are Rec programs. Which means, kids of varying skill-level play together, and everybody gets in the game. This modality is great for getting exercise and making memories with friends but leaves some kids without the competitive vehicle they deserve.

Is this situation unique to CT?

Other “lacrosse hotbeds,” like Long Island and greater Baltimore for example, went the way of travel taking the priority position, long ago. In those areas, the more competitive kids prioritize their travel clubs, and “get reps” with their friends at Rec when they can.

Do you ever ask an 860 player or family to choose 860 over any other activity?

No.

Is 860 the only spring travel club in CT?

There’s one other, Greenwich Warriors. But theirs is a more inclusive model, our goal is competition.

If I play for 860 can I also play for my town?
Yes. We do everything we can to coordinate with town directors, so kids can play both. Our schedule is published far in advance of the town Rec schedules. We encourage 860 families to ask their town coordinators to monitor our schedule, so as to avoid conflicts. We’re aware of the more “immovable” town lacrosse dates (certain tournaments, league playoffs, etc), and avoid scheduling on those dates.

What do the players do when there is a conflict?
That’s up to the player’s family.

What if I have further questions?
Text 206.931.6800

How to Properly Fit a Boys’ Lacrosse Helmet

There’s an alarming trend in lacrosse, trickling down from the upper levels, to the youth game. This week, a referee saw an improperly fitted helmet on one of my players and warned that the team would be assessed a one-minute, non-releasable penalty if we did not address it immediately.

I am not worried about the penalty, but I am concerned for player safety at the youth level.

Players are adjusting their chin straps so the chin cup covers the mouth, bringing the helmet forward, giving them “tilt,” which they think looks cool. There are countless videos online showing them how to achieve this look.

These videos should be taken down.

Additionally, they’re making the bottom straps too long, so they can lift the helmet without unbuckling it. Which means it is merely resting on the head- like a hat.

These are some of the telltale signs:

  1. Helmets popping off on the slightest contact
  2. Players reaching up during play, to pull the helmet back down
  3. Players lifting helmet to drink water WITHOUT unbuckling
  4. Helmets sitting atop heads WITH buckles fastened 
  5. Can’t see player’s mouth when the helmet is on

When Properly Fitted…

  • THE CHIN CUP SHOULD BE COVERING THE CHIN
  • EYES SHOULD BE LOOKING OUT THE TOP OPENING OF THE FACEMASK
  • YOU HAVE TO UNBUCKLE THE STRAPS IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE HELMET
  • THE STRAPS DO NOT HAVE VISIBLE SLACK “BUBBLES”

HANDY RESOURCES:

Cascade Helmet Safety Booklet

Helmet Fit Video from Lacrosse Unlimited

New Travel Lacrosse Team Launches in Connecticut

HARTFORD COUNTY – After winning both the CVYL and CONNY lacrosse leagues in 2022, a group of 7th-grade boys’ from Glastonbury, Connecticut, formed a travel team to play at the next level.

Ready to spread their wings and fly south for the spring, they reached out to some friends from the 860 area code, to fill out the roster. 

Contact Coach Leary for further comment.