North Carolina & Triangle Youth Lacrosse Programs

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and many countries around the world. We are starting to see rumors of expansion teams for the NLL, an explosion of Lacrosse programs on the west coast and many people moving from the North East down to southern states like North Carolina. This blog post is a guide to help aggregate some of the North Carolina lacrosse programs in the Raleigh Durham and great Research Triangle area.

 

North Carolina Lacrosse Programs

The Raleigh Durham area consists of the major cities and towns of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Morrisville, Holly Springs and each of the cities and towns have Lacrosse programs nearby.

Lacrosse is popular in the triangle area there are many programs for both recreation and travel team players. It also has adult leagues for both outdoor and indoor lacrosse. Below are summaries of each of the areas travel programs (stay tuned for a post on the recreation and adult programs).

Travel Programs

These programs attract kids that have played recreation lacrosse for a number of seasons and who are ready to compete at the next level. The teams typically travel to North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland for lacrosse tournaments in both the Fall and Summer seasons. Many North Carolina travel teams compete very well at the national level and the regions players are becoming recognized throughout the US as an area to recruit for College teams.

Red Devil United

The Red Devils are located in Apex NC, which is one of the towns that consistently makes it to the state High School playoffs. Apex is a diverse community with a very well run Town Council and recognizes that it’s Lacrosse teams are important for the growth of the town. Apex and Red Devil have a great location for those in the neighboring towns of Cary, Raleigh, Morrisville and any location that is near the lower 540 and Route 1 or 64.

Website http://www.lacrossetrainer.org/
Practice Locations
  • Primary Location: Norris Park in Apex
    • 3 Fields and Shooting Areas
    • 10+ Lacrosse Goals
    • Dedicated to Lacrosse from Jan 1st to June 30th
  • Hunter St Park in Apex 
    • Lighted Turf Field with 4 goals
  • XL Sports in Apex
    • Indoor Facility
    • 2 Turf and 1 Sport Court Fields
    • Indoor Lacrosse Goals and 1 field lined for lacrosse
Nearest Towns Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Morrisville, towns west of Raleigh
Teams Red Devil fills between 10 and 12 teams per season. They offer Lacrosse for both Girls and Boys.

  • Boys: Travel teams from Kindergarten to Grade 12
  • Girls: Travel teams from 13U to 18U
Cost per Season The cost varies by the fall and summer season, gender, and age. The range is between $550 to $990
Number of Practices
  • Fall Season: 12-30 Total Practices (10-15 Official Practices and 10-20 Optional Practices depending on the team)
  • Summer Season: 15-30 Total Practices (15-20 Official Practices and 10-15 Optional Practices depending on the team)
  • All Practices are 2 hours long
What Makes Red Devil Great
  • Red Devil United pulls many coaches from the nearby indoor lacrosse men’s league and each team consistently has up to 2-4 coaches.
  • Many of the teams have 20-30 practices per season making the cost per practice very low.
  • A family environment where everyone gets along and encourages competitive play while having fun

919 Lacrosse

919 Lacrosse has merged with Team 91 and no longer exists.

Website  http://www.ylslacrosse.com/
Practice Locations  Primary Location: South Wake Lacrosse Park

  • 3 Fields located in off 55 in Holly Springs
Nearest Towns Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Apex, and towns south west of Raleigh
Teams
  • YLS consists of two organizations (YLS and 919 Lacrosse).
  • YLS has boys teams from K2 to 8th Grade. 919 Lacrosse has boys high school teams
  • 919 Lacrosse has High School Girls teams
Cost per Season The cost varies by season and gender the range is between $595 and $900
Number of Practices
  • Fall Season: 8-10 Practices
  • Summer Season:

Team 91 Carolina Cannons

Team 91 Carolina Cannons is located in Chapel Hill NC. It is the longest running travel program in the area and was recently acquired by Team 91 from New York. Fall 2017 was their first season as Team 91 Carolina Cannons.

Website  http://carolina.team91lacrosse.com/
Practice Locations  Primary Location: Cedar Falls Park

  • Two turf fields located in Chapel Hill
  • A nearby play structure and woods path for parents and siblings
Nearest Towns  Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, Carrboro
Teams  Boys K2 thru High School
Cost per Season
  •  The cost varies per age level but the range per season is $997 to $1,150
  • Tryouts cost $50
Number of Practices
  • Fall Season: 5-8 Official Practices
  • Summer Season: 10 Official Practices
  • Practices are 1.5 hours long
What Makes Team 91 Carolina Cannons Great
  • Its too early to tell if the Carolina Cannons will continue to be one of the area’s powerhouse team after being acquired by Team 91
  • Before the acquisition the Carolina Cannons were consistently one of the best team in the Raleigh area

Bucktown Lacrosse

Named after the founder Alex Buckley, they are located in Raleigh NC. Bucktown plays at Cardinal Gibbons High School and has between 8-12 teams every season.

Website  https://www.bucktownlax.com/
Practice Locations Primary Location: Cardinal Gibbons High School

  • Practice on Gibbons Turf Field
Nearest Towns Raleigh, Cary
Teams Boys U9 thru High School
Cost per Season Each season is approx $990 to $1100
Number of Practices
  • Fall Season: 9-11 Practices
  • Summer Season:
  • Practices are 1.5 hours long

Carolina Hilltoppers

The Hilltoppers are located in Durham and practice at North Carolina Central University.

Website  http://www.hilltopperlax.com
Practice Locations Primary Location: North Carolina Central University

  • Practice on Turf Field next to the football stadium
Nearest Towns Chapel Hill, Durham, Hillsborough, Carrboro
Teams Boys U11 thru High School
Cost per Season  Unknown
Number of Practices
  • Fall Season: 5 Practices
  • Summer Season:

With 5 great travel lacrosse programs, the Raleigh and triangle lacrosse scene is becoming one of the countries best.

Note: If you are affiliated with any of these teams, please contact us and give me some more information about your programs and we’d be happy to make edits.

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