Parents: Thank you for bringing your sons to the game on Saturday. I hope you enjoyed the game, rain and all.
Our game vs Boca was a learning experience. We learned much of the capability of the team Saturday. The boys played with determination and improved steadily from the first quarter to the end of the game. I am confident that in the games to come you will see great improvement and consistent team play.
NEXT SATURDAY - we have TWO HOME games, one at 9:00 and another at Noon. The games will be on the Fusion Ffield in Davie. Please note this. As usual, if you cannot make one or both games, please let me know. This is also picture day so be sure your player brings his uniform.
PLAYING TIME: I trust all of you were satisfied with your son’s time on the field against Boca. We had 17 players and sadly, my lineup for the game turned to pulp due to the rain so substitutions may have been imperfect at best. I am still learning the players names and numbers and hope to be much smoother with substituting this weekend. If any of your sons thought they were overlooked in terms of playing time, let me know, so this will not be repeated.
TUESDAY PRACTICE: I would like each of your sons to write on a note card of piece of paper, what they think we need to work on as a team. I apologise for this pedantic approach but I need to have the players understand the weaknesses we currently have as a team. Just a simple line such as “passing” or “getting open”. This lets us know as a coaching staff the level of understanding we have today and what we need to work on, other than obvious issues.
This week we will begin working on field skills, such as dodging on offense. You probably noted the many takeaways that Boca had; those were due to our positioning close to our defenders. Dodging, getting open and making the pass (that is caught) will erase many, if not all of those takeaways. We will also work on cradling and protecting our stick when we have the ball, which will also reduce takeaways. Shooting will be another skill we will work on.
Lacrosse involves a myriad of small things, the improvement of which provides great dividends to us as individual players and as a team.
These little improvements will require focus and attention of the players, so please tell your sons to listen when we are explaining things, ask questions if they don’t understand.
Anyone that needs help working on one or more skills, please come to practice early. I will be working with our goalies early as well.
I promise any following notes will be less verbose. Ha!