First- through 8th-grade: register for team play. Every kid is on a team and everybody plays throughout each and every game. That's the best way to improve and have fun.
Kindergarten or pre-school: register for MINIs on Saturday mornings. MINIsis a COED introduction to the sport of lacrosse, focusing on having fun while learning the basic skills. This 6-week program utilizes drills, small station work and activities to keep kids moving and engaged. Soft balls and smaller sticks are used. Lacrosse games are NOT played until players are able to catch, throw and move with the ball. Participants will only need a mouthguard and sneakers. Each will be given a stick, a ball, and a t-shirt.For more timid kids in the first grade: try MINIs this year. Timid covers: not sure about team play or not sure about lacrosse so hesitant to buy all that equipment. Your call.
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UNIFORMS: will be handed out on Saturday, March 17 from 9:30-noon at the Dover Senior Center in the McConnell Center on Locust Street. For each player, bring a $50 check, made payable to Cocheco Lacrosse.
-For each home game, two people need to man the scorer's table to keep time and track penalties. See your coach or team manager. TIME: 1-4 times during the season (home games), 90 minutes each time.
-Team Manager: see your coach for what your team needs. This is one of those jobs that takes an hour during the week, then you're done when the season is over.
-Field maintenance: there are big parts to this and little parts. Please contact Neal Stacy to discuss your interest level and time availability. For example, line whole fields or just use spray paint to touch up the crease and mid-lines on days when we have back-to-back home games.
-Board positions: current president and secretary will need to be replaced after the season. Please talk with Micheal Gallipo or Lisa Stacy regarding these jobs. Also, we have 3 open, at-large positions to fill. Monthly meetings and whatever ad hoc or committee assignments you wish. NHYLA Liaison: monthly meetings in Manchester, then report to the board. SAYLL Liaison: occasional meetings (lots done by email); report to the board.
-Uniform distribution and/or collection: 1-2 days in April and/or June; 3 hours each time.
CARPOOL: Players who carpool get to spend a few minutes with at least one other teammate before taking the field. This feels good, but it also contributes to an esprit de corps that could otherwise be lost. Remember that many teammates aren't schoolmates -- or travel in different circles at school. Bonus for parents: one less trip!
ALUMNI: Because we are a regional program, our players go on to any of 4 or 5 high schools. Thus, Cocheco Lacrosse is represented far and wide, even before our alumni spread their wings as adults. Our youngest child is now a senior at Dover High. Each spring, whether Dover plays Oyster River, Spaulding or St. Thomas, somebody grabs a camera and hollers, "Let's take a Cocheco picture!" Win or lose, those photos have the best grins. Occasionally, a picture doesn't happen. Then, you'll see home team alumni swarm the visiting team bus to shake hands before their former teammates depart. Come build lasting friendships -- and a love for all things lacrosse.
Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
PLAYER AWARDS: Cocheco is a development program; as such, we are not all that concerned with our teams' records. Rather, our emphasis is on ensuring players improve in measurable ways each and every season. As players and as people. MVP designations are traditionally bestowed according to data. Cocheco gives recognition for contributions that can't be so concretely measured. Our Nesman and Hitchcock awards recognize the player who works hardest at improving as a player, while Heyliger winners are recognized for being the quintessential teammate. As these character traits and habits are built over time, these acknowledgments start for players in 5th grade. The awards are given in honor of 3 men who worked so diligently to establish the Cocheco Lacrosse program: Don Heyliger, Greg Nesmann and Larry Hitchcock. Coaches will discuss these concepts with their teams. Feel free to start a conversation at home.
Finally, the Dover Recreation Department holds an annual Heyliger Awards dinner. As the season goes on, please watch out for those adults who go above and beyond in helping make Cocheco such a terrific program for your kids. We will have voting at the conclusion of the season. Our winner for 2017 was Jennifer Govoni. Please give her a high five when you see her around town.
LEAGUE POLICY: no lax balls allowed inside any house, anywhere. Avoiding windows and vinyl siding is just plain smart. Backyard sheds are available at the discretion of the homeowner. Pre-season skill sessions/league play is recommended. If not possible, use free time to play catch, practice cradling, and get in some conditioning workouts. A half-hour show is a great time to jog in place or do toe touches. All pre-season opportunities are broadcast as they come across the desk. GO, COCHECO!
The on-line store is always OPEN! Cocheco gear makes a great gift.
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Berwick Academy will be closed tomorrow -- apparently a few snowflakes -- so no practices for Cocheco Tuesday. We will make a decision on Wednesday's schedule by 3:00 Wednesday. Trusting that Thursday's practices will happen!
Uniform Pickup will be:
Saturday, March 17
9:30-11:00 to allow folks to cheer on the DHS boys basketball team at noon at UNH
McConnell Center Cafeteria.
Bring a check for $50 for each uniform needed. Make it payable to: Cocheco Lacrosse
Shoveling counts as groundball practice: bend your knees and keep moving your feet! In all seriousness, be safe and keep warm ~
Bring a $50 check made payable to Cocheco Lacrosse. We hold onto the check while your player has a uniform. Return uniform at League Picnic and we'll return your check.
-Uniforms are handed out by size. Sorry, NO requests for lucky jersey numbers.
-Suggest that players come to ensure fit. There will be samples to try on before you get to the table.
-We are aware that this date conflicts with 5-6 players who will be away during Berwick Academy's spring break. If you haven't already, please shoot me an email with your player's name and expected size. Then, make arrangements to pick up from the committee the following week.
-Uniform return was a real hassle for the committee members. THANK YOU to all the families that made it easy. CAVEAT: Uniforms not returned by the cut off date will be considered sold and deposit checks will be cashed.
-This does not apply to MINIs.
TIME CHANGE: 9:30-11:00.
The DHS Boys Basketball Team has a playoff game at NOON, and we can't miss that. Let's fill UNH's Lundholm Gymnasium with Dover Green and cheer 'em on!
... would have traded her sword for a lax stick in a heartbeat.
Do you have a Xena in your world who needs to discover the joys and challenges of lacrosse? Cocheco girls 1/2 team is shy a couple of players. In order to field a team, I'm asking your help in recruiting first- or second-grade girls to complete our roster. Please send them to our registration page -- or to me if they have questions.
March 10 + 11 will be the 20% sale at Dick's Sporting Goods. The sale applies to virtually every item they sell, including special orders placed in the store that weekend. Store hours are 9:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00-7:00 on Sunday. Lacrosse program reps will be available both days between 11:00 and 3:00.
The sale is for all their locations, so if you're out of town the discount is still yours to enjoy. Please follow the link below for the full ad and the coupon. Print if you want, or pin to your phone. Caveat: if the only person saying that your player needs better equipment is your player, check with a coach! There's plenty of stuff that needs to be replaced, including their smelly, too-small cleats and the last round of mouthguards.
There are two deals on the NHYLA page: click top or right margin to get a sheet of coupons. Scroll down one story to the main LACROSSE APPRECIATION DAYS for the 20% coupon. Print or pin.
Finally, on our home page is the EXCHANGE page. Please use that either for items ready for a new home or if you're in search of something. Otherwise: see you at Dick's Sporting Goods!
Yes, there will be another weekend in April, but players' gear needs to be safe and legal for them to play in the meantime.
New Hampshire Youth Lacrosse Association (“NHYLA”) is pleased to announce it will be scheduling girls youth lacrosse officials for NHYLA League Games in 2018. If you are interested in being on the NHYLA scheduler's list of Girls Officials for 2018 NHYLA League Games (and/or scrimmages), please register with NHYLA: https://goo.gl/forms/UhVMHca3n8vy6AyP2.
The 2018 NHYLA League Games begin on Sunday April 8, 2018 (April 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, and June 3, 2018). In addition, the NHYLA Lacrosse Festival is June 9 & 10, 2018.
Please use the link above to register as a Girls Official for NHYLA League Games in 2018. There will also be a Youth Girls Officials list published for NHYLA scrimmages and non-NHYLA games.