Bergen Catholic Lacrosse Program Guide 20082009 PURPOSE STATEMENT The Bergen Catholic Lacrosse Season Guide is a document that provides information about the Lacrosse program (and Booster Club.) This guide does not contain all that will occur in the Lacrosse program (some dates and times have not been established); however, it does provide a good basis for a great portion of the upcoming season plans. QUICK REFERENCE (WHO SHOULD I CALL?) HEAD COACH Joe Haemmerle (w) 201‐634‐4141 (c) 201‐790‐5484 (h) 201‐358‐0507 firstname.lastname@example.org ATHLETIC TRAINER Bill Walsh 201‐634‐4148 Training Room 201‐447‐8133 Valley Hospital ASSISTANT COACHES Frank Matarazzo Jorgé Mascaró Cal Switzer Rob Vizard CRUSADER LACROSSE CLUB OFFICERS 2008‐2009 Role Name Son, Grade President Dotty Girardi Michael, Senior Vice President Lee Miller Alex, Senior Off Season Player Development Frank Collins James, Sophomore Treasurer Beth Gobeille Zach, Senior Secretary Jane Certo Thomas, Junior CRUSADER LACROSSE CLUB PROGRAM COORDINATORS 2008‐2009 Role Name Son, Grade Spirit Wear Alaine Sickles Matthew, Sophomore Varsity Team Parent TBD JV Team Parent TBD Freshman Team Parent TBD Player Development Frank Collins James, Sophomore Home Game Concession Maria Bottinelli Michael, Senior Away Game Refreshments Beth Gobeille Zach, Senior Player Directory Jennie Caulfield PJ, Senior Booster Club Lee Miller Alex, Senior Open House/Orientations Maureen Ward Mark , Senior; Jamie, Sophomore Bergen Catholic Lacrosse Program Guide 20082009 CALENDAR Lacrosse Club: Meeting dates may be found on the school calendar. Date Event Chairperson 9/23/08 Lacrosse Social Coach Haemmerle, Dotty Girardi, Lee Miller TBD Booster Club Cocktail Party (Ridgewood Lee Miller Country Club) 3/3/09 Lacrosse Equipment Night Coach Haemmerle 3/6/09 First Day of Practice/Tryouts Coach Haemmerle 3/13‐17/09 Disney Trip TBD 3/31/09 Pasta Dinner Sue Walker 4/18/09 Senior Day Luncheon Gail Weigel 4/19, 26/09 Junior Lacrosse Tournament Jamie McGuire, Jody James, Alaine Sickles 6/2/09 Awards Banquet Dotty Girardi, Beth Gobeille, Alaine Sickles 6/14/09 Alumni Challenge Deidre and John Gilmore 5/21/09 Freshmen Recognition Pizza Party TBD 6/16‐19/09 ‐ TBA Garden State Lacrosse Challenge 6/9/09 ‐ TBA Garden State Lacrosse Challenge Tryouts RAINOUTS/POSTPONEMENTS/CHANGE OF VENUE As a general rule, it will be your son’s responsibility to let you know if there has been a change in schedule. This responsibility is important for him to learn as he continues through his high school years. Bergen Catholic does not always have control over venue changes or scheduling changes until late in the day. There are many variables which may include scheduling referees, transportation, injuries, detention that can prevent coaches from calling team parents every time there is a change in schedule. We do appreciate the Lacrosse Club’s support of the program. On game day, the coaches will not have the ability to support the Lacrosse Club. That said, our hope is to employ the Honeywell Instant Alert System if there is a last‐minute change in schedule. Please be sure your account is up‐to‐date with cell‐ phone or e‐mail if that is the best way to reach you on the day of a game. SPORTS MEDICINE The policy of the Bergen Catholic Lacrosse is based on the contracted services of the Valley Hospital Sports Institute, Ridgewood. A Certified Athletic Trainer provides on site athletic health care throughout the school year. The Athletic Trainer will be available during Lacrosse practices and games. He is the first to assess injuries and provides immediate treatment. If indicated, the Athletic Trainer may make a medical referral to the athlete's physician, team physician, or local emergency room. The athletic raining room is equipped with various therapeutic modalities to assist the Athletic Trainer with injury treatment and rehabilitation. In cooperation with the Head Lacrosse Coach and Team Physician, the Athletic Trainer will determine whether an injured player is able to return to some level of activity. The trainer will make every effort to keep the parents informed. The trainer can be reached either in the school training room at 201‐634‐4148 or in the Sports Institute office at 201‐447‐8133. Bergen Catholic Lacrosse Program Guide 20082009 All Bergen Catholic athletes must be covered by personal health insurance and the school insurance is supplemental to that as an excess policy. Therefore: if your basic health insurance does not cover the injury or illness completely, the school policy will kick in. It allows approximately up to $1,200 in addition to your regular health insurance for physical therapy. There are certain requirements before this policy is paid and these are enclosed within the school policy. LACROSSE POLICY The Lacrosse players at Bergen Catholic High School are representing faith, family, and school community. In order to be a part of the Bergen Lacrosse program, we expect that all members align their priorities with 1) God, 2) Family, 3) School and 4) Lacrosse. Our goal is for people to develop a set of priorities and make and keep commitments. GOD Players will have opportunity to develop their faith throughout the season. Practices and events held on Sundays (especially Sunday mornings) will be kept to a minimum. All practices and games will begin with a team prayer. As a program, each member will strive to live an exemplary Christian life (or a life consistent with one's religious beliefs.) FAMILY Again, Sundays will be designed to be family days. We hope to bring families together, attending our games, trips and events, but we also will make a conscious effort to enable players to keep their families a high priority in their lives. General family life should not interfere with lacrosse, however. Milestone birthdays, anniversaries and weddings will be the exception. SCHOOL Bergen Catholic exists to provide young men with an opportunity to receive the finest Catholic high school education. Therefore, academics have full priority over athletics. 1) Students and parents must be aware of all school policies outlined in the Bergen Catholic Parent/Student Handbook. 2) In order to become eligible to participate in a Spring Sport (like lacrosse) students must successfully complete 12.5 credits in the fall semester. Therefore, if a student fails 2 major courses (Religion, Math, Science, Social Studies, English and World Language) he is ineligible to participate in lacrosse for that coming spring. 3) Maintain exemplary attendance at school. Avoid absenteeism and tardiness. 4) Ask for extra help when having problems in class. This is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it is a sign of maturity to accept you are struggling and to take measures to improve your status. Use your time wisely. Seek help before school and immediately following dismissal. Bergen Catholic Lacrosse Program Guide 20082009 5) All athletes must give each instructor at Bergen due respect at all times. Be a gentleman. Represent our team positively. 6) Each player will stand on his own merit as a student. Our coaches will not in any way attempt to influence a teacher concerning grades or discipline. 7) School Activities and Other Sports. We encourage our athletes to take an active part in all school activities as long as these activities do not interfere with studying or lacrosse during winter seasons if they so desire. Club teams should NEVER INTERFERE with your commitment to our team. LACROSSE In order to build the best lacrosse team, each individual must commit himself to the following: 1) Do the Right Thing: Be present and on time. If you cannot make it, notify your head coach of all absences or early dismissals. If you are home sick, please call and leave a message. A player th must be in school before 4 period in order to participate in practice or play in a game. Be in great shape...Stick Shape…Mental Shape...Physical Shape. Every player is responsible for being in the best condition so that he can make the team the best it can be. 2) Try your best. Have a positive attitude. This may be the single most important issue we have. With team‐centered, cooperative individuals who are motivated to help each other out joyfully, we will create a climate where everyone feels encouraged. 3) Treat Others As You Would Like To Be Treated. Our coaching staff will do its best to model these behaviors and we will expect it from our players as well. PLAYING FOR BERGEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL To wear the Scarlet and Gold for Bergen Catholic is a privilege. Those who do, represent over 10,000 alumni and tens of thousands of family members. Any action on the field or off the field that would in any way degrade the school and its tradition is not acceptable. CAPTAINCY The Head Coach will make the final determination of number of and selection of captains. Various methods will be used to solicit assistant coach and player input in the decision‐making process. VARSITY LETTER A player must participate in 20 quarters of varsity Lacrosse during the season in order to receive a letter. All seniors will receive a letter regardless of quarters played. A player who incurs a season‐ending injury, but is on track to receive a varsity letter, will receive one. Bergen Catholic Lacrosse Program Guide 20082009 GUIDANCE Our Lacrosse staffs goal is to help each and every Bergen Catholic High School Lacrosse player become a successful and productive member of the community. We are here to help your son in Lacrosse and everyday life. Please do not hesitate to call a member of the staff with any concern regarding your son. We expect all players, coaches and parents to be completely loyal to Bergen Catholic High School, to the team and to all other members of the community. All decisions in our Lacrosse program will be made with the best interest of helping the TEAM to win a championship. We support a "WE" attitude rather than an "I" attitude. From experience, teams and players who embrace the "we" attitude enjoy the most success. TEAM GOALS will always be placed before INDIVIDUAL GOALS. Therefore, when difficulties arise, when things do not work according to our expectations, when someone makes a mistake, we will not criticize, condemn or carry on in public. We will talk through our differences one‐on‐one at an appropriate time. Rules and Regulations Rules are set up in the best interest of the athlete and total program. It is the objective of this program to build character and values which will be carried throughout life and which will carry over into all aspects of life. With these thoughts in mind, strong guidelines must be observed so that these values can be taught. The following violations may be cause for suspension or dismissal from the team. Each case will be evaluated on an individual basis. i. Use of illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco. ii. Missing practice (unless excused by the coach). iii. Acting in an un‐sportsmanlike manner when representing the school. iv. Any act at school or away from school that, in the opinion of the coaches and administration, reflects in a negative manner on Bergen Catholic and the athletic program. STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM: Days for conditioning include: MONDAY – TUESDAY – THURSDAY. The Strength and Conditioning Program goals are threefold: (1) Injury Prevention ‐ The National Association of Physical Therapists (NAPT) determined that of the 50 million children that participate in youth sports, 25 million are not in good enough physical condition to play their sport safely. At Bergen our conditioning program is designed to insure that every boy that participates regularly will step onto the practice field in top physical condition. Our ultimate goal is to reduce injury. (2) Strength ‐ The increased strength that is realized through a comprehensive strength and conditioning program will be a major factor in our players' and team's success. (3) Speed ‐ The final goal or result will be the increased speed our players gain by participating in our running and lifting programs. Bergen Catholic Lacrosse Program Guide 20082009 Freshman will perform weight training during Physical Education Classes. JV players are encouraged to take advantage of weight training during activity periods. Those interested in performing at the varsity level should participate in the after school program: September through February; Mon. Wed, Fri from 2:15 pm ‐ 3:45 pm. Afternoon weight training will be reserved for only those interested in working exceptionally hard. Senior captains will participate in selection for this program. MAKING THE TEAM (ANY LEVEL) Tryouts will begin on the first day of practice. Players should report in top physical and mental condition. We will keep up to 50 players for the Varsity/JV levels combined and up to 30 freshmen. Students who do not make the varsity team will be considered for the JV and Freshman teams. Only freshmen will play on the Freshman Team. Lacrosse fees for those cut will be refunded $300. Final cuts will be made on or before March 12. Players who quit during the team following March 12 will not be entitled to a refund. REQUIREMENTS TO TRY OUT 1. Registration Form 2. Medical Form 3. Bergen Catholic Application/Permission Form 4. Health History Update – (to be turned in after January 1.) 5. NJSIAA Steroid Testing Form 6. Lacrosse Fee (if there is financial difficulty, families should speak with Coach Haemmerle) 7. US Lacrosse Membership These forms can be found on line at the lacrosse home page... http://www.bergencatholic.org/athlet/lax/index.html Anyone who does not have them turned in will not participate until he does so. PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS Medical forms were mailed out by the school and are posted on the Lacrosse website. Physicals for all st Lacrosse players must be performed by a licensed physician and dated after July 1 . Please fill out all of the emergency medical information, consent, and medication permission portions of the form and st return to Coach Haemmerle by the September Social and Sign Up. Physicals completed after July 1 are good for all sports played through the current school year. The Emergency Information Card must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian and returned to the school athletic trainer the day after it is distributed. LACROSSE FEE The Crusader Lacrosse Club collects an annual lacrosse fee to defray the costs of running a first class Lacrosse Program in the NJILL Gibbs Division and the NNJIL, two of the most competitive conferences in Bergen Catholic Lacrosse Program Guide 20082009 the state of New Jersey. Please make your check payable to Bergen Catholic HS for $625.00. The Lacrosse Fee is used to pay for: Personal Equipment Events Lax Club Equipment/Programs · Practice uniform · Pasta Dinner · Video equipment · Game shorts · Senior Day Luncheon · Weight training · Practice reversibles and · Alumni Challenge · Balls shorts · Awards Banquet · Game uniforms · Team and individual · Sandwiches and drinks · Goals/netting pictures following away games · Highlight video · Sweat shirt and pants · Uniforms · Freshmen helmets and gloves · Helmets & gloves for first time varsity players The Spring Trip Fee is separate and apart from the club fee. SPRING TRIP: Goals: · To prepare the team for the season in the best environment possible. · To build relationships on the team. · To provide an experience for players to learn to live away from home with a roommate for a short period of time. Expectations: · Students will represent Bergen Catholic High School appropriately throughout the trip. · All players will participate in every practice. · All players will commit to being a part of the team for the duration of the season. · This trip is not the focal point of the season, but rather a step in the process toward competing for a championship. Who Will Attend: To be determined by the Head Lacrosse Coach and coaching staff. That list will be approved by the Administration of the school. All decisions will be consistent with the expectations outlined in the school handbook. TRANSPORTATION TO/FROM GAMES All team members are expected to travel to and from all home and away games with the team. The program will provide transportations for all events. The school will remain responsible for the safety of its students throughout the events. Closing meetings and dismissal from BC should be expected after each game.
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