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Lacrosse now a fall sports option in Truckee

Special to the Sun

Courtesy photoAndrew Elder of the Truckee Tribe competes against North Tahoe. Due to the increasing popularity of the sport locally, the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District is now offering a fall lacrosse program.

If you were to ask 100 people what is the oldest, truly American sport, you would hear lively debates, most focusing on baseball, football, rodeo and possibly bare-knuckled boxing. Few, if any, respondents would provide the correct answer: Lacrosse. And more importantly, the sport is gaining popularity right here in Truckee, evidenced by the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park Districtandamp;#8217;s new fall league.Native American Indians developed the game as a celebration to the creator, a healing ritual, and to settle minor tribal disputes. Lacrosse also served as a training ground for young warriors, referred to as andamp;#8220;little brother of war.andamp;#8221;In todayandamp;#8217;s incarnation, lacrosse remains a fast, extremely physical contact sport with the players wearing modern protective equipment not dissimilar to football gear. It is much like soccer and hockey in the fact that the action is continuous, engaging multiple players simultaneously, who run long distances and are substituted frequently. It is very popular at the NCAA collegiate level and has a growing professional league. Coordinated by the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District (TDRPD), the number of players in the lacrosse program more than doubled last season, and as a result a fall program was created. Outreach is just beginning to recruit more players to join the Truckee Tribe.andamp;#8220;We are really excited about the response to our youth lacrosse program and the dramatic growth in players weandamp;#8217;ve seen in the last year,andamp;#8221; says Angelo Tenorio, youth sports coordinator at the TDRPD. andamp;#8220;We are supporting this enthusiasm by introducing a fall program which will provide three days a week of hands-on skill building, scrimmaging and fun.andamp;#8221; The TDRPD fall lacrosse program is designed to build skills in intermediate players while introducing basic skills to novices. The program is available to young boys and girls ages 8-15 of all skill levels. While lacrosse requires a blend of speed, strength, coordination and stamina, it is a team game that accommodates all skill levels and keeps numerous players involved at the same time. andamp;#8220;I love this game,andamp;#8221; says Tanner Halberstadt, a Truckee Tribe veteran. andamp;#8220;It is so much fun to play with a stick and handle the ball, dodging and shooting and passing to team members for the goal.andamp;#8221;To sign up for the fall program, contact the TDRPD at 530-582-7720 or at