Is your child interested in playing lacrosse this spring? We have the program for you, whether they are learning lacrosse for the first time or just want to expand their skills!


What is Orange County Recreational Lacrosse?

Now in our fourth year running this program, Orange County Recreational Lacrosse, or Orcas, teaches the fundamentals of lacrosse to interested young athletes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, and the surrounding areas, including Alamance, Durham, and Chatham counties. Since lacrosse is not a school-sponsored sport in the Orange County area until 6th grade, many young athletes can’t play outside of select or travel lacrosse. Our program fills this gap by offering the opportunity for younger athletes to get their first experiences in lacrosse. By focusing on being recreational, players will have the opportunity to learn in a fun yet educational environment. 

Our goal is to teach the sport of lacrosse through play. Every night when we get together, players will practice the fundamentals of the sport before finishing the night with playing. This is a great way for new players to pick up the sport.

This year, we plan to practice on Tuesdays and Sundays while playing games on Saturday mornings.

Who will be teaching my children?

The Orange County Orcas program is sponsored by the Carolina Hilltopper club lacrosse program. Members of our coaching staff include Chandler Zirkle, head coach of Orange High School, and Jacob Eller, a local high school coach and four-year college lacrosse player at Lycoming University. In addition to these veteran coaches, players will have access to other local high school and college lacrosse players.

Who is eligible?

Our program is open to interested lacrosse players in grades third through fifth. Lacrosse experience is not required to play. We are open to training anyone who is interested in playing lacrosse. We teach and train boys lacrosse; however, girls are welcome to play as well. 

What is the time frame for the season?

Our season will run from Sunday, March 3rd, through Sunday, April 21st. Players who can only make it one night a week are still encouraged to join us. 


All sessions will take place in Chapel Hill at Homestead Park. Tuesday nights will run from 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, and Sunday nights will run from 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. Saturday game locations are still TBD as we work on the schedule. 

What is required to play? 

To participate in our team players will need a lacrosse stick, helmet, gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, and a mouthpiece. Cleats are also highly encouraged. Players who do not own their equipment can contact us to find the best places to purchase gear. We recommend entry-level equipment; you don’t need expensive sticks or other equipment, which some vendors love to sell to new families. We highly recommend the local Play-It-Again Sports locations and Dick’s Sporting Goods as places to buy first-time player equipment. Participants should bring their water bottles to practice as well.

How do I register? 

To sign up your child to participate in our Orange County Recreational Lacrosse Program, please use the below link. The cost to participate is $225 for the spring season; however, families who need financial assistance can contact us to apply for scholarship assistance. We want everyone who would like to play to have the ability to participate in youth lacrosse.


* The Orange County Recreational Lacrosse Program is sponsored by the Carolina Hilltopper Select Lacrosse Program. However, no club affiliation is required to participate.

If you have questions, please feel free to reach out via email to or