Skipjacks at the 3rd/4th Grade Level
Level Director - Bill Daye
Head Coaches - Bill Daye, TBD (if we need a second team)
Asst Coaches - Greg Lally, TBD
Expected Number of Teams:
- One, possibly Two (would need to have over 45 kids come to tryouts to have a second team)
- If we get enough 3rd graders, and feel we could field a competitive 3rd grade team, we will split and design a 3rd grade program. If we don’t get enough 3rd graders to field 1 team, we will integrate a few of the strongest 3rd graders onto each 4th grade team.
This will be Bill Daye’s 3rd year at the helm of our 3rd/4th grade level. He is simply one of the best teachers our game has to offer and we are all lucky to have Bill leading our young Skipjacks. If we get enough kids to have a second team, we will assign a coach at a later date.
Summary of Objectives:
Our 3rd and 4th Grade coaches will tell you that, at this age, everything starts and ends with stick skills. There is definitely an introduction to offensive, defensive, and transition concepts, but the emphasis at this age is definitely skills. Nothing more exciting than seeing the little guys put the work in, gain confidence, and start to really play lax at speed.
Players who try out for and make one of our 3rd/4th grade teams will play together as a team throughout the fall, winter, and summer (no spring ball - that's for town lax!) and should be prepared to make the following commitment (laid out below).
Schedule and Commitment:
It is important to note that our Skipjacks teams are an All-Inclusive program... Not A La Cart. Meaning families do not pick and choose what events or seasons they will participate in and/or pay for. We stress player development, and core to that development is the player's commitment to his team, teammates, and coaches. We keep things as flexible as we can to accommodate other sports (and do want the kids playing other sports), but we do ask for 3-season commitment.
Focus on team-building/bonding, skill development and game strategy and concepts, and having a blast at the fall tournaments.
- 4 weekly practices in October - Sunday or Monday Afternoons/evenings in October.
- 2 one-day Tournaments. One on Columbus Day, One on Nov 15th
Focus on skill development. And we'll try to have a little fun too!
- 12 Weekly Skills Sessions with Skipjacks Skills Coaches
- 6 Bi-weekly Team Practices
Focus on putting all the pieces together and competing at the highest level we can throughout the summer tournament schedule.
- 6 team practices starting in early-June thru mid-July.
- 3 weekend tournaments