Youth lacrosse is getting off to an enthusiastic third season in the Midcoast, with registration underway at Penobscot Bay YMCA in Rockport.

Penobscot Bay Lacrosse will be played at the Camden Snow Bowl field and this spring, the regular season will begin April 26 and run through June 18. Games will be scheduled for the older teams with other lacrosse teams throughout the state.

Penobscot Bay Lacrosse was seeded three years ago as a club sport with a regional middle school boys team. Last year, the club collaborated with Penobscot Bay YMCA and the program grew to include a girls team, as well as younger divisions beginning with second graders. Lacrosse is an fast-moving and strategic game in which children learn quick foot and hand coordination skills, and have a blast playing.

Players catch and throw a hard rubber ball using a “crosse” (a stick with a meshed pocket attached to the end) with the objective of scoring goals against the opposing team. A standard boys lacrosse game fields 10 players per team on an area about the size of a football field. Each team fields three midfielders, three attackmen, three defensemen and one goalie.

Like hockey or soccer there are goals at either end of the field. Midfielders cover the length of the field and do most of the running, alternating between offense and defense. Attackmen focus on offense, playing around or behind the opposing team’s goal working with the midfielders to try to score goals. The defensemen’s primary job is to stop the attackmen and “clear” the ball toward the opposing team’s goal.

Boys lacrosse is a full-contact sport. The protective gear includes helmets with mouthguard, shoulder pads, elbow pads and gloves. Players may borrow gear on a first-come, first-served basis; players are encouraged to purchase their own equipment.

Girls lacrosse rules and game play differ from the boys. There is little hitting or checking permitted and because of this they require less protective gear (eye protection and mouth guards are required). The girls stick is strung very tightly so that it’s more challenging for an individual to maintain control of the ball (and because there is no checking).

The practice schedule is as follows:

Second through fourth graders, co-ed; 5 to 6 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday and Friday; fee, $35; equipment, mouth guard required.

Fifth through eighth grade girls; 4 to 5:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday; fee, $50; equipment: mouth guard, stick, protective eye gear.

Fifth and sixth graders boys; 5 to 6 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday and Friday; fee, $50; equipment, mouth guard, stick, protective pads, helmet and gloves.

Seventh and eighth grade boys; 5 to 6 p.m.; Monday, Wednesday and Fridays; fee, $50; equipment, mouth guard, stick, protective pads, helmet and gloves.

Volunteer coaches who are able to commit to a full eight weeks of practice and some games are welcome.

To register, visit Penobscot Bay YMCA; 236-3375 or penbayymca.org. For more information, call Jen Curtis, 236-3375.