Coach David Ho firstname.lastname@example.org 773-324-1020 312-953-6955 (Cell)
About Mount Carmel Lacrosse
2011 will be the second year for lacrosse at Mount Carmel. Lacrosse is increasing in popularity as east coast colleges look to the
Midwest for the next wave of talent. It’s a fast-paced and physical game, but requires a great deal of strategy, too. It’s also a great
conditioning sport for football and hockey players due to a number of similarities in the games.
The Coach’s mission is to develop student athletes of character and integrity, who will serve as positive members of Mount Carmel
and the greater society. The team’s mission will be value-based on principles such as pride, unity, confidence with the strong
emphasis on academic endeavors and the importance of intellectual growth. We always practice positive leadership and display
courage necessary to advocate just cause in the face of public and peer pressure. We always hold ourselves accountable for our
thoughts, feelings and actions as we are student athletes as we represent Mount Carmel and its families. To understand the immense
opportunity afforded to us by a diverse student body, we will demonstrate the virtues of compassion, sensitivity and respect, and
always be the best at everything we do.
This year will introduce more lacrosse knowledge and language. For example, we’ll keep a scorebook at each game to track statistics
like goals, assists, shots, etc. This also means we’ll track penalties, so keep it clean! These statistics are important to see where
practice effort should be focused, as well as helping you prepare for a college career in lacrosse (if that’s your choice!).
Our Coaches Registration Practices
Our Head Coach is Dave Ho. Dave is a Registration forms have been Practice makes perfect. You play like you
passionate advocate of lacrosse, and he has emailed to all current and practice. Whatever your choice of sayings, it
high school and college (Norwich University) prospective players. They have means the same thing: we learn and perfect
playing experience. Dave’s coaching also been posted on the lacrosse our play through practice. This is the time to
experience is at the youth level with the page of the school’s website. learn new plays, understand how your
Orland Park Chiefs, and the high school level attacker shoots, your midi passes or your
with Loyola Academy and St. Rita. Dave has A fee sheet has been emailed to defenders guard. This is where you become a
extensive experience in program development all current and prospective team. If you don’t show up, you don’t learn.
and conducting clinic/camps to promote the players. Returning players have This puts you a step behind other players in
sport. lower fees because they have terms of knowledge and playing time.
already purchased the majority of Showing up isn’t enough: you’ve got to
It looks like we’ve got enough players for a their equipment. participate and run through the practice like
freshman and junior varsity team! While that’s your season depends on it – because it does!
great news from a program standpoint, it A pasta dinner will take place on
highlights the need for more coaches. Coach Wednesday, February 9, from 6- We practice six days per week and normally
Ho is currently advertising for an experienced 7:30 pm. This dinner is a chance have Sundays off. Weekday practices
Assistant Coach. If you know of someone to kick off the season, introduce normally run from 2:45 until 5 or 5:30 pm.
with lacrosse experience, please send their parents and process registration Please remember our Coach has a full-time
info to Coach and he’ll take it from there. forms and payments. job. This means that early dismissal days
might still have practice, but it will be at the
Our roster must be finalized by regular time of 2:45 or 3 pm. Please plan
February 18! accordingly.
Equipment can either be ordered/purchased through Coach Ho or you may purchase equipment on your own. The only piece of
equipment that the player is required to purchase from the school is the helmet due to color specificity. If you choose to purchase
the other equipment on your own, Coach Ho will share his discount codes with you for local lacrosse businesses if you ask him.
Please pay attention to color requirements on the equipment list when you’re shopping (i.e. white gloves, not black).
All equipment must be NFHS certified. Players must have a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves and a stick. The stick type
might be short (attacker and midfielder) or long (defender), so talk with Coach before making this investment.
Schedule Caravan Committee
Coach Ho is in the midst of This year’s Caravan Committee members are:
coordinating our spring schedule. Seniors – Matt Anderson and Andy Zivat
It’s about 1/3 set and takes a lot of Juniors –Jon Ladowski and Zack Swanson
work because games are Sophomores – Justin Gallagher and Mike Griffin
individually coordinated with
participating schools. The The Caravan Committee has selected the 2011 uniforms, charity and participated in some
season will begin March 1 with leadership training over the winter break. While their role is to assist Coach Ho in leading
practices and our first games to the team, it is a core responsibility of all Mount Carmel players to positively and respectfully
occur by mid- to late March. represent their faith, families, school and sport. The group is led by Pete Ladowski.
We have a number of parents who have stepped forward to help within the planning and administrative needs of the program.
Should you have questions, please feel free to contact any of the parents listed below for information. These parents are also
good sources of information in trying to navigate your first year as a lacrosse family.
John and Donna Griffin email@example.com 773-298-9722
Jim and Deb Swanson firstname.lastname@example.org 708-990-1348
Pete and Cheryl Ladowski email@example.com 219-613-4095
Workouts Fundraising Field Location
If you’re a returning player, what It does not appear as though fundraising Our practices will continue to take
have you done throughout the will be necessary to sponsor a 2011 place at Mount Carmel. Players,
winter to keep your ball handling season. We may revisit this in the middle please remember: this is a privilege
skills fresh? Start those drills of the season to fund other 2012 initiatives, and not a right. Appropriate
now to get back in the habit! If but we’ll involve you as we continue these behavior is required at all times,
you’re a new player, start with discussions. especially no cleats in the hallway!
conditioning and strength. Last year’s games were held at
Coach Ho will communicate Thanks to John Gallagher (father of Gately Stadium. Because they are
workout information for those sophomore Justin) for the donation of an re-turfing the field, this isn’t an
players who wish to use the equipment box that can be placed outside option this year. Instead, we will
month of February to voluntarily the school. This will allow for a quicker set play at Eckersall Stadium, 2423
prepare for the season. up and breakdown of practices East 82nd Street, in Chicago. This
is roughly at 82 and Yates.
Bus transportation to all games is provided by Mount Carmel. This is the recommended method to ensure all players arrive
safely and on time. We had some problems with “detours” by drivers last year that made them miss warm-ups. Don’t risk
your playing time! Players may take the bus back to school after the game or go home with their parent who attends the
After practice during the week, Mount Carmel offers an activity bus that leaves the school at 5:55 pm. The buses are on a
strict schedule so players must ensure they are on time or they’ll be left behind. Any player wishing to take the activity bus
must register with Mr. McShane (773-324-1020 x240). If the player already has a monthly bus pass, no additional money is
required. If the player needs the activity bus for a ride home (he gets to school through other means), the cost is $75 per
month. Additionally, one-day passes are available from the Security Office. The activity bus routes reverse the actual
school bus routes; no new stops will be established.
Charity Work Volunteers
We have selected the Ronald It takes a lot of work to put together a lacrosse program. We have an enthusiastic coach in
McDonald House as our Coach Ho, supportive Athletic Director in Dan LaCount and engaged School Moderator in
charity for 2011. Mr. Ms. Gold. Are you missing from the equation? You don’t need lacrosse knowledge to
Ladowski will contact them to help with the program. Help is needed to:
understand the volunteer o Set up nets, water jugs and fields for home games
opportunities that exist so o Work the game clock and keep score at home games
that our players can give o Keep the score book to track stats during all games
back to the community and o Chaperone on the bus to/from games
positively represent the o Video tape games for “Chalk Talk” post-game talks with the team
Mount Carmel lacrosse o Take pictures during games for both PR and memories
program. o Coordinate social opportunities for the players and families
The list goes on and on – how can we count on your support and involvement as the year