“From players picking up a stick for the first time to those with years of experience, we saw incredible growth in the 25 young men who joined us this summer,” says Coach Joshua Schmidt. “I’m excited to see what the fall season brings.”
The Pelicans competed in two tournaments over the summer—the Tampa Jam and the Alabama Shootout, where they tested their lacrosse knowledge and experienced a different level of play than what they’re used to in their usual Florida Panhandle opponents.
“Since high school and college lacrosse are played around the same time, many colleges recruit at tournaments like the ones we attended this summer and the ones we plan on competing in this fall,” Coach Schmidt says. “These tournaments put players in the direct line of sight for these college recruiters.”
But he adds that it’s not all about college recruiting. He says the club’s goal is to build on each player’s confidence, teamwork and sportsmanship, ensuring the game’s integrity and growth across the Florida Panhandle.
“Without the support of our incredible sponsors and the dedicated parents, we wouldn’t be able to impact these young men’s lives and continue to do what we do,” Coach Schmidt says. “I can’t thank them enough.”
Practices are set for Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 PM, from Sept. 17 to Nov. 7, at the new sports complex located just off Highway 98 at 240 MC Davis Boulevard in Santa Rosa Beach.
The Pelicans plan to compete in the Fall Classic in Plant City, Florida, on Nov. 2 and 3, as well as the Turkey Shootout in Panama City Beach Nov. 16 and 17.
Registration for returning players is $150 and includes 14 to 16 practice sessions and admission for the two tournaments. For new players, registration is $200 and includes 14 to 16 practice sessions, one pair of shorts, one reversible pinnie, one shooter shirt and admission for the two tournaments.
Players are responsible for providing their own equipment and travel/lodging.
– Janie Schmidt