Ayers, Hess to hold girls’ lax clinics through IRSD


Coastal Point • File Photo: Ohio State grad Kelsea Ayers will join up with Virginia Tech grad Maddie Hess to lead the IRSD Adult and Community Education girls' youth lacrosse leagues this winter.Coastal Point • File Photo: Ohio State grad Kelsea Ayers will join up with Virginia Tech grad Maddie Hess to lead the IRSD Adult and Community Education girls' youth lacrosse leagues this winter.With the “fastest game on two feet” making its way through Sussex County, the Indian River School District Community Education program is offering local players a way to get involved early, with its upcoming lacrosse clinics.

While sessions for both boys and girls of all ages and skill levels will be offered by the Community Education program throughout the winter, things will get under way with the first clinic, starting Nov. 28.

Held at the G.W. Carver Academy in Frankford on Monday nights from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19, the initial clinic will be offered to girls at both the middle school and high school levels.

Former NCAA Division I standouts Kelsea Ayers and Maddy Hess will be teaming up to run the camp, helping players with passing, catching and cradling basics, stick work and advanced instruction in shooting, cutting and dodging.

Ayers is a former attacker for Ohio State and Hess a defender at Virginia Tech. Both of them graduated in 2015 and have since been part of the sport’s growth in the local area.

“Lacrosse is a sport that opened up a lot of doors for Maddy and myself. We wanted to start up a clinic for the area, to not only grow the game but also give these kids some of the opportunities that we received,” Ayers explained.

“Lacrosse is so new to the area, and we felt a clinic open to everyone at any level would be a perfect way to touch up on skills for those who are experienced and teach kids who have never played.”

Other focuses of the camp will be offensive and defensive positioning, specialized instruction on draw control and 8m shooting, and scrimmaging and competition.

Registration for the first session is open through Monday, Nov. 21, and costs $40.

The second session will be held at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View, also on Monday nights, starting Jan. 9. With two additional nights, the Lord Baltimore clinic will cost $60 and run through Feb. 27.

Drop-in passes will be available for $15 per session, and boys’ camps are set to get under way on Jan. 4.

For more information, or to register, contact the Adult Education Office at (302) 732-1343.