Girls learn lacrosse the right way with Bach's teams and clinics

Neighbors

January 28, 1998|By Pat Brodowski | Pat Brodowski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GIRLS PLAY LACROSSE in North Carroll, thanks to Joe Bach, whose enthusiasm for the sport has attracted players from age 4 through adult to pick up a stick and run with it.

"Some kids are petrified. It may take 10 minutes to get them on the field and then they'll never come in, it's that contagious," says Bach.

"Come out and see what we do. Most parents think it's a full body contact sport, but the girls [game] is nothing like that."

In addition to organizing intramural teams for the second year, Bach started a lacrosse clinic two weeks ago. It meets Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the East Gym of North Carroll Middle School. Anyone of any age can join in.

Registration for intramural and travel lacrosse teams continues on Saturday and Feb. 7 and Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to noon or during the clinic hours. The clinic, intramural, and travel girls lacrosse programs are part of the North Carroll Recreation Council.

The lacrosse clinic introduces sports skills imbued with Bach's sense of humor. There's the stick-handling drill of scooping up a snack suspended on a string. Bach's snacks include marshmallows -- or pickles, sardines and herring.

Sometimes, clinic players play as teams using the rules from the board game Stratego. The very youngest players sometimes chase a beach ball through the gym.

"I want to encourage the younger players," says Bach. "It's amazing what comes from children when they're taught the right way, that winning's not the only thing."

At Easter, they've traditionally held an outdoor egg hunt using lacrosse sticks to net the eggs.

Lacrosse, at least in North Carroll, has a limited history. Mothers can share field hockey stories with daughters, but typically haven't played lacrosse.

So Bach makes it accessible. He provides the lacrosse sticks, thanks to the generous support he received from STX manufacturers, and keeps the cost of the program at $12 per girl. Donations from an anonymous dairy farmer, the $500 from Genstar, and the support from the former Dawn Pelzter, all have served to motivate Bach.

"There are a lot of nice people out there," he says. "This gives young women an opportunity."

He enlists the help of high school girls lacrosse players to guide the youngsters. Last year, the recreation council laxers were invited into the high school girls locker room for a birthday pizza ,, party. For the youngsters, it was the first time in such a setting.

Bach discovered several years ago that his four girls didn't have the opportunity to play sports that he'd had as a boy growing up here. Boys sports have traditionally been fielded and funded. Team sponsors hang sports team pictures for public view, and Bach says there are very few women's teams on display.

"I woke up one day and realized how unfair it was for girls," he says, and he started coaching baseball. Now he coaches four sports for girls -- basketball, softball, lacrosse and field hockey. This year's lacrosse program is scheduled before softball, so girls can play both.

"Girls try just as hard. They just haven't been given as much time," says Bach.

Information: 410-239-3078.

Soiree for volunteers

Those scores of volunteers who helped programs and projects in the Town of Manchester are invited by the Community, Communication and Creativity committee for a few hours of fellowship from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Town Council chambers.

It's hard to list the many dedicated organizations and talented individuals who have contributed to programs and events in Manchester.

There is the steady participation by members of the Historical Center, the Planning and Zoning Board, the Board of Appeals, the Tree Commission and the board of the Manchester Parks Foundation. There are members of the War Memorial Committee, and organizers of Manchester Day.

There are those who sold tickets, and those who performed at concerts in the park. Some volunteered hours helping kids catch the big ones during the Fishing Derby.

Children and leaders of the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and 4-H are invited. It is hoped that children and adults who exhibited artwork in the council chambers will come.

Church groups, student volunteers, and helpers from the Wine Festival are invited, as are the many participants in the town celebration upon the retirement of Dr. William Foard and Henry ++ Glaeser.

There are probably others who contributed talents and hours of help who aren't listed here. They're invited, too.

In keeping with the all-volunteer nature of the

celebration, those who come are asked to bring a finger food to share. The town will provide beverages.

If you volunteered last year, and plan to attend the party, please respond by calling 410- 239-3200.

Singing the anthem

If you missed the beautiful rendition of the national anthem as sung by the fifth grade of Spring Garden Elementary at Camden dTC Yards in September, plan to attend the basketball game at Western Maryland College on Saturday in Westminster.

The game, Western Maryland vs. Johns Hopkins, begins with the 147-student chorus singing "The Star Spangled Banner" at 7: 30 p.m.

Pat Brodowski's North neighborhood column appears Wednesdays in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 1/28/98

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