Dear Players and Parents,
Welcome to Team Smithtown 2029!
Just so everyone is on the same page all information for our team can be found on our website. www.smithtownyouthlacrosse.com Here you will find the roster, tournament dates (TBD) as well as our welcome/expectations email on our teams main page. I have also copied it to this email below. I will be coaching this year with Dave Morosky, Chris Harned and Lou Gerlach. Marcus Wertheim, current Smithtown HS player and Ivy League commit will be assisting and we are excited to have him join us. There will be times we will rotate in other HS players as well. We will use TeamSnap for schedule/communication. Check your email for an invite if you are not on it yet. Please set your sons availability for each event. This helps us plan ahead. We will practice once per week in the Fall at the Armory on Mondays from 5:45-7:00pm. First practice will be Monday 9/27.
For the winter we will be practicing on Tuesday nights at Sports Arena from 8-9pm starting 11/16. Then as we get into Spring, usually end of March, weather permitting, we will start practicing twice per week. We are a Spring season sport and expect the commitment then as we will have our PAL games and Tournaments. During Fall and Winter we understand most of the kids play other Fall/Winter season sports and we encourage them to do so as it makes them well rounded and better athletes. However please make every effort to attend what you can. The success of our team depends on it.
Please take a minute to read below. We will see everyone on 9/27! Reach out with any questions.
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER AS WE START OUR SEASON
We may get crushed- At some point we may face a team of kids that practice year round and is just plain better than us. They might have a kid that is a face-off genius or a middie that shoots 70 mph. It will be difficult to watch… but it may happen. Just encourage our team to do the best they can and work hard. The fact that the boys don’t give up is the most important thing.. Stay positive
We will dominate another team-there will be games that we are significantly in the lead and this is when we can show our boys how to act respectfully and to pass the ball around. It will be fun to move positions around and be patient.
There will be games that refs completely get it wrong and mess up a call. We can show our boys how to deal with bad breaks in life and continue to work….Be calm
Multi-Sport Team- We, as coaches love that our team is made up of kids that play multiple sports. It prevents injuries and burnout and quite frankly makes well rounded kids. The fact that our team has kids that play soccer, football, basketball, baseball, hockey, wrestling, snowboarding, dodgeball, or anything else is AWESOME!!! We, as coaches all have multiple kids and completely understand the busy schedules that you, as parents have. What we ask is that you make this team a priority and commit to what you can, always keeping us in the loop. We will use TeamSnap so that everyone has up to date information on the team’s schedule. Please, always respond and set the availability whether or not your son will be attending the practices and games as it helps us plan ahead.
All of our coaches have played lacrosse at a high college level and love the game. We are all certified, have taken courses, and are volunteering our time to keep the cost down, while providing a positive learning experience for the kids. If there is ever a specific issue that comes up, the door is always open and encouraged. We believe in this league and want the best for the boys.
As stated earlier, we as coaches are in the same crazy race as you. There will be decisions that are made that you may disagree with. With 20 boys on a team, inevitably there will be a move or play that may not make sense, or seem wrong. We appreciate the patience and understanding as we all want the same thing… these boys to grow as lacrosse players and young men. Kids feed off the confidence parents have with the coaching and conversely shrink with the negativity that can potentially be present. We ask that sideline comments be kept positive (there may be a specific reason for an unusual move like creating confidence in a player) and that you trust our judgement. Sometimes there are plays or schemes that the boys haven’t fully grasped yet and it is counterproductive for us to just yell at them. As a group, the parents have the most influence on the culture of the team. Let’s make it a good one!
All we ask is that every player show up ready to play. Ready to learn. There will be good days and bad days, and we as coaches are ready to deal with both. In the age of 8th grade college commitments, there is sometimes an unusual and unrealistic expectation of performance – much different than our childhood. We believe in fostering a positive environment that, over time, will bring about results. Hard Work trumps all, which you will see as everyone on the team progresses.
Thank you for taking the time to read the email. The culture and legacy of this team is structured by us, the parents. Let’s have a positive, memorable year with these awesome kids!