Parent meeting to kick off the 2015 Youth Lacrosse Season. We would like at least one parent or guardian of each player to attend. Meet the coaches, ask questions and get more specific team information as we head into the 2015 season.
I wanted to send this message separately from the one that was sent earlier today outlining some of the details for the beginning of the 2015 season. As we begin the 2015 lacrosse season we are excited but certainly have some challenges ahead of us, not only for this season, but for future seasons. We have registered a record number of players on both the Boys and Girls sides of the association. This is a blessing and a curse. We are an association managed and coached by an all volunteer staff. In order to continue to grow the association and provide a safe and wonderful lacrosse experience for all of the players and families involved, we need to continue to ask for volunteers from the foundation of our association which is all of you! Please consider this our formal request, from the Coaches & the Board of Directors, for parent volunteers. Weather you are interested in helping on the field or off, we would welcome the opportunity to have a new group of parents step up and help. Specifically, we are looking for on the field assistant coaches for the Boys and Girls teams. (Especially on our Bantam and Lightning teams.) We are also looking to identify at least one team parent per team to help the coaching staff communicate with the individual teams and to help in other ways on practice and game days and to organize teams and families during Jamborees and tournaments. We will be discussing this a bit more at our Parent Meeting on Monday, March 30th but please feel free to reach out to any coach or Board member if you'd like to offer your help.
Welcome to the 2015 North Branford Youth Lacrosse Season!
Thank you for registering your son and/or daughter for the 2015 youth lacrosse season. Believe it or not spring will soon arrive, the snow will melt and the kids will be outside practicing and playing lacrosse. In preparation of the 2015 season, we are conducting a brief mandatory parent meeting to discuss the upcoming season, here are the details:
2015 NBYLAX Parent Meeting
Monday, March 30th
The NBYLAX Board of Directors have been meeting on a monthly basis, since the end of last season, in order to prepare for the 2015 season. This year’s NBYLAX Board includes the following volunteers:
2015 Board of Directors: (Effective July 1, 2014)
President: Neil LeBeau
Vice President: Kevin Toto
Treasurer: Keith Sorrentino
Secretary: Jennifer Gibilisco
Boys Coordinator: Cindy Taylor
Girls Coordinator: Kelly Sheehan
While we will review a number of topics at the Parent’s Meeting on Monday, March 30th, and that meeting will provide everyone an opportunity to meet the coaches, ask specific questions and give the Head Coach an opportunity to communicate team specific information, below are a few general details about the upcoming season.
Spring 2015 Details:
Boys – Outdoor Practice is scheduled to begin the week of March 30th on Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm and will be held at the Mill Road Field. (Depending on weather and field conditions) In general all practices for the boys will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, however practice days may change or be added at the discretion of the Head Coach. Rosters for the boys have been finalized and you should have begun receiving emails from the coaches and automatic game and practice reminders.
Girls – Outdoor Practice is scheduled for Saturday March 28th from 10:00 – 11:30 am at the Mill Road Field. (Depending on weather and field conditions) Girls’ practices will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 – 7:00 pm for the Lightening, Junior and Senior teams. Practice for the Girls Bantam team will be once a week on Thursdays from 5:30 – 7:00 pm on the Mill Road field.
Bantams - The emphasis for both the boys and girls bantam teams is on having fun, learning skills and learning to love the sport of lacrosse. Practice cancellations because of rain or miserably cold conditions are totally at the discretion of the Head Coach. We want the new players to love going to practice and not hate it because they're miserable. More information regarding the Boys & Girls Bantams practice and game schedules will be sent by each coach.
Practicing in Cold Weather – Layers! Please have your son or daughter wear the proper clothing to practice and always remember, they can take off a layer if they get to hot. They can't put on what they don't have if they get cold. Cold players are miserable players!!!!
Equipment - If your son or daughter is a new player and needs equipment, we recommend going to a store such as Whitie Bensen's in West Haven or Lacrosse Unlimited in Madison. It’s very important to buy the correct equipment that fits properly. I have seen many parents buy incorrect equipment, so I advise going to a store that specializes in lacrosse. If you have specific questions about equipment, please contact your players coach or e-mail the Boys or Girls Coordinator. (
) You can also visit the “Lax Equipment” tab on the left hand menu of our website. (https://leagueathletics.com/Page.asp?n=90224&org=nbylax.org)
Uniforms – The uniform order has been placed and we anticipate distributing uniforms to all teams during the first week of April.
Water Bottles - Coaches do not provide water, so please be sure your child has their own water bottle.
Mouth Guards – All players are required to wear molded mouth guards at all times, on the field, during practices and games. We recommend purchasing two mouth guards, players are always loosing or forgetting them and we cannot allow players on the field without one.
Please be patient with us as the start of this season will largely be dictated by the weather and field conditions. This year for the first time we’ve secured a few nights in the dome at the Sportsplex and we are looking into gym time at TVES and NBIS if the fields end up being off line for any significant time.
Be on the lookout, in the coming days, for more team specific information from your players coaching staff. You can see team specific information on our website by going to “2015 Spring Teams” and choosing the appropriate team for your son or daughter.
Please join me in congratulating two of our current youth lacrosse players for being selected, by their teachers and administrators, to receive a major award by the North Branford Public School district. Braeden LeBeau, 5th Grader at TVES and current Girls Junior player and Jessie Kilburn, 8th Grader at NBIS and current Girls Senior player were chosen to receive the 2015 SCASA Superintendent's Award.
Braeden and Jessie received their awards on Friday in Hamden, CT at the SCASA Superintendent/Student Awards Luncheon. The Superintendent's Award was awarded to Braeden & Jessie in recognition of their community service, academic achievement and leadership in the school community.
Braeden and Jessie were two of six award recipients in the North Branford School District. (Two each from TVES, NBIS & NB High) We congratulate all of the award winners and especially our own Braeden and Jessie for setting such a wonderful example on and more importantly off the field!
Congratulations we are all very proud of you both.