Sean Knoles has been heavily involved in both field and box lacrosse as an association executive, a parent, a coach and in his opinion feels that youth sports are moving more and more towards an “A” centric environment.
As a result Sean has founded the 49th Parallel Lacrosse Program in order to give players who are talented but missing that one piece to take them to the next level, who are not interested in taking part in programs like Team B.C. where huge commitments are required, or that simply want to play for fun, to have the opportunity to play competitive lacrosse while experiencing some great tournaments in the U.S.
49th Parallel Lacrosse is currently a team made of bantam aged players from all over Vancouver Island. The coaching staff is made up of Rob Wicks, (former coach B.C. Summer Games and Saanich Minor box Lacrosse), Kelly Fines (Port Alberni), Ryan Highland (Current President of Juan de Fuca Minor Box Lacrosse and Bantam Level coach), and Sean Knoles who also coaches out of Juan de Fuca Minor Box Lacrosse. The team is managed by Kathy London.
In January of this year the team travelled to the Sandstorm Field Lacrosse Tournament in Palm Springs where they did not realize any wins on the field but none of the games were huge losses which shows that the program can be successful. The team is heading down to their first box lacrosse tournament this weekend to compete in the 2018 BOXLA National Championships in Huntington Beach California. They are sure to stand out in their white jerseys proudly displaying the red Canadian flag front and center as well as with their skills on the floor.
The program already has plans to expand with the addition of two new teams. They will head to Del Mar in San Diego in January 2019 with teams from the 2022, 2023 and 2024 graduation years.
In an age of declining numbers of youth athletes, the 49th Parallel Program is trying to make the game fun and to encourage young lacrosse players of all ages to participate in exciting and unique experiences.
For more information on the 49th Parallel Lacrosse Program email firstname.lastname@example.org