The Webster Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce...the “KING OF SPRING RETURNS”!!! LONG LIVE THE KING! Winter just does not want to let go. It has gone into a lock down zone defense.
We are not buying it. Webster Lacrosse is driving hard down the alley and ripping one high to the upper corner. Enough is enough. Spring is here and it is going to be spectacular!
The College season is almost half over and the High School season is well underway. The youth house programs have started and tournament teams are prepping for the season. It is time to buckle the chin straps and get after it.
On behalf of the Webster Lacrosse Club, Welcome to another year of Webster Lacrosse. To our new families, welcome. We hope you find our Club to be the right fit and spend some time with us. To our returning families welcome back to another year of being here. It is a great place to be. We have the right people, in place, at the right time, to make this another great year!
BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S REPORT
It is that time of year to send an important message. We are an all volunteer organization. We love the Game. So do you. As it should be.
We welcome two new board members. PJ Pagano and Jed Bernardoni serving at large and scholastic liaison positions.
We also have lives of our own. We have children of our own. We have jobs, marriages, and relationships to attend to. Our children’s lacrosse experience is just as important as your family’s experience. To that end, we call on all lacrosse families to collaborate and come together and support our “Core Values.” Buy in and have fun together.
Our Board of Directors have been meeting since last September, the start of the new “lacrosse year” planning for the Spring Season. It is finally here. From top to bottom, we are “Ferociously” committed to playing the “medicine game” in our own back yard. It has been a harsh ongoing winter and we need as much medicine as we can get.
But we need your help. We don’t care whether you played the game in the past or are a complete novice. As a Club, we measure success by involvement. The feast is always better when everybody brings a dish to pass. Our unit of measurement for success is about involvement, fun, and life lessons that transcend the game, not just through wins and losses or individual accolades. Those latter things are important, but they just seem to be more frequent when we focus on the former...involvement, fun, and life lessons. Simply put, they are a side effect, not the goal.
As we begin the Spring season we have a preliminary list of volunteer coaches and volunteers but it is just that..preliminary. Recruiting more people into the leadership positions is always a prime focus of our organization. There is always room for more. In addition to our coaching needs, the Club has a great need for volunteers for field set up and break down, team moms or dads for snacks, time keepers, and injury help with ice, cuts, etc. The list is endless.
At the Board level we are always in a state of transition as our little guys become bigger boys and eventually, grown men and move on to the next station in their lives. We have open opportunities at the Committee Chairmen positions in Registration, Scheduling, Publicity/Media/Website Maintenance, and Fundraising committees.
These are significant positions and we need to fill them. Anyone interested in serving in these positions should contact the Club President directly.
THE KING OF SPRING RETURNS - THE MAIN EFFORT
Our main effort is providing a positive lacrosse culture experience for our players. Getting after it right in our own back yard in the house league. We take great pride in the success of the kids in our club.
Preparing our boys for lacrosse at the next level is only part of it. We hope the positive experience with the Webster Lacrosse Club will give all boys a foundation of skills of being a good teammate, a good brother, a good son, a good student and much more. Youth sports are a powerful thing.
We are humbled by the knowledge that success is just a side effect of the simple pleasure and grace of promoting the love of the game and nothing else. Providing an environment where we teach the game, where we have fun, and where no one gets hurt is paramount of all, making sure that every boy wants to come back. That is our main effort.
We measure success by involvement. As aforementioned we are all volunteers. We continually look for ways to get our members and community more involved with our club. There is always something to do, string a net, help line fields, serve on a subcommittee to the board, and help volunteer with our Webster Classic in June.
We are pleased to report some of the success of our alumni who continued their college lacrosse careers. As best we know, here is a list of our alums that have made it to college rosters this year. We love those DI guys but are equally as proud of those student athlete DII,DIII/Community College grinders who are getting it done. Getting an education but still finding time to enjoy the game. Here are the boys who have roster spots for this 2018 College Season as far as we know. If there are others left out please let us know:
Kevin Hill - (Penn State)
Travis Ford - (Fairfield)
Blake Balcaen - (Pace)
Joe Carey (Tampa)
Nick Thompson (Tampa)
Matt Annechino (MCC)
Dan Blaessig (Keuka)
Ryan Canham (Potsdam)
Eugene Carvin (Potsdam)
Pierce Currie (Clarkson)
Jack Donnelly (Susquehanna)
Patrick Donnelly (Susquehanna)
Coz Fiore (Oneonta)
Jake Giudice (Brockport)
Cam Isaac (RIT)
Trevor Knoepfler (MCC)
David Laspina (Alfred)
Teddy McCabe ( SUNY Geneseo)
Matt Montgomery (Ithaca)
Matthew Palmer (Nazareth)
Shane Rickard (St. John Fisher)
Nick Schuman (Oneonta)
Garrett Stonewell (Keuka)
Matthew Streit (RIT)
Ben Thomas (Brockport)
Joe Vasile (MIT)
Ben Yonko (Alfred)
WEBSTER CLASSIC REPORT
The “House” youth program is our “main effort.” But the Webster Classic is our “Flagship” event. A day when we invite both old and new friends...quality Clubs who share our “values,” to come out and have a day of quality competitive lacrosse. For more information go to http://www.websterclassic.com/index.html .
We are one of the few Town Club Programs that still hold an old school “Classic” Style format, from K-12th grade. No champions, no all-stars, no showcase recruiting. Just competitive lacrosse, played to win, the way the game was meant to be played. An “uninfluenced” opportunity to teach/develop skills and get up and down the field...and get after it.
This year’s Classic will be held on Saturday June 23, 2018. Please mark your calendars. Everyone is expected to help out. EVERYONE! It is just what we do. Part of our culture, our heritage.
We need volunteers to help with concessions, parking, clean up, set up, tear down, and everything in between. Participation is the norm. Be there to welcome our friends from other quality programs who share our love of the game.
Be there to celebrate the game. There is a reason we call it our “Flagship” event. It is just a lot of fun to see great Clubs coming to play the game in our own back yard, the way it was meant to be played and the way we play it.
CRANDALL/ DEISENROTH SCHOLARSHIP REPORT
Applications for the WLC Crandall Scholarship are now being accepted. The Scholarship is open to all graduating seniors from both high schools. All graduating seniors are encouraged to review the Club’s criteria for eligibility and apply as soon as possible.
We wish it was a full ride scholarship. It is not. If you have done the work, on and off the field you certainly deserve it. Unfortunately, if you are lucky, it will only pay for some books your first year of college. But it is a small token of our appreciation to those kids who went the distance, both academically and athletically despite all the opportunities to get sidetracked along the way.
All scholarships will be awarded at the Webster Classic on June 23, 2018.
SUMMER TIME AT THE BOX
“Summer Time at The Box” has grown to be quite the proposition. Each year it just keeps growing. There is nothing else like it in the area. It is a pure, uninfluenced, recreational summer program. A very rare thing.
Both High School Coaches will run the high school and middle school box lacrosse leagues starting after the conclusion of the Scholastic season. All kids from both High Schools and Middle Schools are eligible REGARDLESS of whether you played on your scholastic teams.
Eligibility is based on your grade level next year. So that means this year’s 6th graders are eligible to play in the summer middle school leagues starting this June. This year’s graduating seniors are not eligible. They will be eligible to play in the Summer Time at the Box College League that will be forming in June.
Registration will be online. Summertime at the box has become what we envisioned for years: just a great place to play the game, uninfluenced by anything else, other than the desire to flat out...“play fast and get after it” in our own back yard.
Thomas & Schroeder Scholastic:
Both High School Coaches will be running their own Warrior and Titan Camps this summer. Both camps are run right after the Scholastic season ends. So “rising” modified and JV kids get a good opportunity to meet their coaches next year, understand their coaching philosophy and show case what they learned from this past scholastic season.
At the youth levels, both coaches will be running joint camps, including the popular “Mighty Mite” camp for K-2 kids. Both High School Coaches have extensive experience as teachers at all levels from little tykes to the big boys. Coach Ruller and Mordaci know how to teach age appropriate games and keep it fun.
Summer Youth Lacrosse Camp for boys entering grades 1-5 will be June 25-28th,9am-3pm. This camp is run by Coach Ruller and Coach Mordaci along with the help of Coaches Jobson, Petz, Costanza, Spadoni, and Moore from our high school staffs as well as our current and former Varsity players.
Registration for camps will be online.
SUMMER ADULT/COLLEGE LEAGUE REPORT
The Club will run it’s very popular summer college box lacrosse league this summer. Games will be at night. Registration will be on a first come basis. We will have 4 teams. These games are highly competitive, show casing many kids coming from elite college programs. They are very entertaining and all are welcome to come out on a summer night to watch some free, really fun fast lacrosse. The Club may also run some informal pickup games on for the 30 and older crowd.
PAST PRESIDENT'S REPORT - WLC 20
The WEBLAX 50 celebration came and went and what a celebration it was. However, the time has come to also remember the story within the story. Webster as a Town has enjoyed many ebbs and flows of population and growth.
It was a consolidated school district and then split into two high schools in the 70's. In 1985 the district reconsolidated and were known as the Webster Warriors at Webster Thomas and then, several years later, moved to Webster Schroeder. In 2003 the District split again and Webster Thomas and Webster Schroeder once again became two separate High Schools.
Through it all, the back and forth, the Webster Lacrosse Club started in 1998. We built and Rebuilt the Box. We built the Webster Classic. There was a lot of pressure to field one team for both schools. Like the rest of the youth programs in the Town, we doubled down, we bought in and committed to the kids, to teaching the game and promoting participation.
It has paid dividends. While the WEBLAX 50 was quite the celebration, the WLC 20 will not go unnoticed in 2018. There are some folks who will be recognized if nothing else than having a game at the box in their honor. It’s what we do. Get out on the floor, toss the rock around, and get after it. It is what they would have wanted when they started this thing 20 some odd years ago.
So here we are once again, another year carrying on the traditions of the past...the medicine game. Passing it on from one generation to the next. The same conversations but with different names. How do we make WLC better? How can we improve on what we have? Those are good, necessary conversations.
But at the end of the day we must also ask, how do we fix something that is not broken? The answer is as always, it depends on your unit of measurement for success. That is the difference between good and great programs. Great Players, Families and even great coaches come and go...but it is the traditions that abide. There is a really good argument that things are just fine and our Club will be that way for a long, long time if we stick to our Core Values. As they should be and as they always will.
Have fun folks; embrace our core values and our heritage as a Club of celebrating the simple but disciplined lessons of promoting lacrosse in our own back yard. We will see you on the fields, see you at the Box and we will see you at the Classic. It is going to be another great year of Webster Lacrosse!
These are days you'll remember.
Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this.
And as you feel it, you'll know it's true that you are blessed and lucky.
It's true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you.