6th Grade Skipjacks Program:
Level Director - TBD
Head Coaches - John Todd, Brad Matton, Greg Levings
Asst Coaches - Mike Fanning, TBD
Expected Number of Teams:
Coach Todd (JT) has been a south shore coaching legend going back 25+ years. His tenure as Varsity Coach at Hingham High school has been unparalleled in Massachusetts Lacrosse. Over the years he has coached at nearly every level, run leagues and summer programs, and continues to be an dedicated and influential protector or Massachusetts Lacrosse. He has coached with the Skipjacks for 2 years at the 6th and 7th grade level.
Brad Matton is a Hingham High and St Michael’s lax alum (2 state champs at Hingham in ’01 & ‘02!). He is now back in Hingham where he is the JV coach under JT, and a teacher at Hingham High School.
Coach Lev has been one of our top high school coaches and is coming back to the youth ranks to help this great group of 6th graders.
Summary of Objectives:
6th Grade is really a transition year for many… As kids get more athletic and more skilled as individuals, the challenge becomes teaching them how to actually play good lacrosse. The goal isn’t just to teach them how to make plays (most of them can do that now); it is to send them to 7th grade with an understanding of how to make the right plays. This is also a grade where, by summer, most kids will understand what position “fits” them (and the team) best.
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 Mon nights in Oct)
- TWO one-day tournaments in Nov (probably Columbus Day and Nov 15).
WINTER SEASON: Focus on skill development. And we'll try to have a little fun too!
- 12 Weekly Skills Sessions with Skipjacks Skills Coaches (probably Wednesdays)
- 6 Bi-weekly Team Practices – Friday Afternoons (Mixed Grades)
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