Summit Lacrosse Families,
Welcome to 2021 Summit Grade 5 Boys Lacrosse Team!
I hope you and your loved ones are doing well. Most of you know me, but for those who don't, my name is Paul Vasady-Kovacs and I am the head coach for the Grade 5 boys lacrosse team. In addition to having a passion for lacrosse and teaching the sport to Summit's youth, I also have a passion for teaching some important life-skills through the sport of lacrosse. Positivity, teamwork, good sportsmanship, respect, winning and losing, hard work, focusing and listening, intensity, and HAVING A TON OF FUN are just a few things that come to mind when I think about our program. I am dedicated to all these things and more, as our the outstanding coaches who volunteer their time with me. This is our 5th year together as coaches and a team, and I can tell you that we are fortunate to have such a great group of coaches, players, and families come together each year. We always look forward to welcoming new families as well.
A special shout out to our team's Manager, Stephanie Spinner. Stephanie is a tremendous resource for our players, families, coaches, and the entire Summit Lacrosse Club. Most communication around scheduling, etc. will be coming from Stephanie, and she can field most questions. If you have questions about lacrosse or your son, you should direct those to me or one of our coaches. Big thanks to Stephanie!
Three important things to note as we approach the start of our season:
1) Grade 5 is one team that will always practice together as one team. As we get a few weeks into the season and have a look at our players, we will divide into two EQUAL STRENGTH sub-teams for purposes of playing games against other towns, and scrimmaging internally against each other at practice. This ensures plenty of playing time for all of our players. There are no A and B teams based on skill. Our two sub-teams will be known as Maroon and Gold and players will be assigned to a team in late March.
2) Players of all abilities are welcome and encouraged to join our team - we will have a diverse mix of experience and ability, from year-around club players to first-timers and everything in between. Practices will be designed in such a way that players of all abilities will work on skills that are appropriate for their level of play, and our overarching goal is EVERY PLAYER IMPROVES from week to week. No player will be left out or left behind. This program and the Summit Lacrosse Club are designed to include as many players as possible in an effort to uphold the great tradition of Summit Lacrosse. Players with more experience will be expected to help and lift up players with less experience. As our players get older, they will all benefit from having as many players as possible participating and playing their best lacrosse, and it takes time and a team effort to build up to this. What we all do today as coaches and players will determine our future success as a team.
3) As of today we have over 30 players on our roster, and I would like to see that number get closer to 40. Please SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT 5TH GRADE BOYS LACROSSE, as well as the Summit Lacrosse Club in general. This is an outstanding community based program that truly benefits all players, and the volunteers who coach and manage our teams are dedicated to player success on and off the field.
March schedule (this is highly sensitive to field conditions so pay attention to announcements and changes):
Saturday 3/6 = Upper Tatlock = 2-3:30pm
Sunday 3/7 = Upper Tatlock = 3-4:30pm
Wednesday 3/10 = Glenside Large = 6:30-8pm
Friday 3/12 = Investors = 6-7:30pm
Saturday 3/13 = Investors = 2-3:30pm
Sunday 3/14 = Upper Tatlock = 12:30-2pm
Wednesday 3/17 = Glenside Large = 6:30-8pm
Friday 3/19 = Investors = 6-7:30pm
Saturday 3/20 = Investors = 2-3:15pm
Sunday 3/21 = Upper Tatlock = 12:30-2pm
Wednesday 3/24 = Glenside Large = 6:30-8pm
Friday 3/26 = Investors = 6-7:30pm
March 27 = SPRING BREAK
Our schedule will eventually be loaded into a system that you can log into and view, and notifications will be sent to you regularly via text and email. We will make an effort not to send unnecessary notices.
That is all for now, and please stay tuned for updates on the start of our season.