Editor’s note: For those who missed our 2016 Youth Excellence publication, we will be publishing each of the 25 features of our local youth in the coming months in our newspaper, and online, as well. This is the seventh on lacrosse player Jared Yuill, sponsored by Subway. The publication is still available at the Tribune for those who would like a magazine.
A player who loves the speed and roughness of lacrosse, Jared Yuill has received several e-mails from universities asking if he would like to check them out to play lacrosse.
“They are all on the East Coast or the United States,” the Grade 12 French Immersion student said.
He began playing lacrosse six years ago, getting his start with the Williams Lake Bighorns.
“I had been playing hockey already for a couple of years when we walked into the complex one day and lacrosse registration was going on,” the 17 year old recalled. “My dad said I should give it a try and I figured why not? It turned out to be pretty fun and I just stuck with it.”
After playing with the Bighorns for three years, Jared began playing for the Prince George Posse.
He plays defence in lacrosse, whereas in hockey he’s a forward. This past summer the team garnered second place at provincials in July.
Jared also played in Burnaby the past two fall seasons for a field lacrosse program out of Simon Fraser University.
“That took me to Philadelphia and Toronto for scouting tournaments by universities.”
He said he loves the quickness and hitting in lacrosse.
“We are allowed to cross check and slash between the hips and the shoulders,” Jared said.
Padding and helmets are similar to hockey, although in lacrosse the players wear shorts and running shoes and a kidney pad.
Jared prefers indoor lacrosse because it is faster than the field version and there is more contact with the ball.
The indoor season normally runs from April to July and field lacrosse outdoor runs September to February.
In Grade 11 Jared played both hockey and lacrosse, but this year he has chosen to play midget rep hockey until the summer when he will return to lacrosse.
“I might be playing for Richmond or Victoria,” he said of the summer of 2017 lacrosse season, adding he hopes to go to college or university and play lacrosse.”
Lacrosse is a fun game to play for everyone with lots of opportunities, he adds.