9th Grade Skipjacks Program:
Level Director - Brian Fitzgibbons
Head Coaches - Brian Fitzgibbons, Ryan Tierney
Asst Coaches - Shawn Condon, Pat McCavanaugh, Bill Daye
Expected Number of Teams:
In addition to his Skipjacks coaching duties these past 2 years, Coach Fitz has been head coach of Pembroke High Varsity (2012-14) and Defensive Assistant at Mass Maritime (2014-present)... So fitting that staff-mates at this level for the upcoming yea are Ryan Tierney (the current Pembroke High Coach) and Shawn Condon (a fellow assistant at Mass Maritime).
Summary of Objectives:
The overriding philosophy is the continued development of our Skipjacks, but with the added emphasis on competitiveness and the showcasing of our athletes.
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 do ask for 3-season commitment.
FALL SEASON: Focus on team-building/bonding, skill development, and game strategy and concepts, and having a blast at the fall tournaments.
- 4 weekly practices (probably Sun mornings in Oct)
- TWO one-day tournaments (probably mid-November so they don't conflict with soccer/football)
WINTER SEASON: Focus on skill development.
- 24 Weekly Skills Sessions – Thursday Evenings and Sunday Mornings
- Optional (for added cost):
- LAX TOUR OF ENGLAND IN LATE JULY/EARLY AUGUST!!!!
SUMMER SEASON: Focus on putting all the pieces together and competing at the highest level we can throughout the summer tournament schedule.
- 5-6 Team Practices
- 3 Weekend Tournaments