WHO WE ARE:
My name is Matt Coyle and I will be the Head Coach of the RLA Boys 5/6 team along with my assistants Ron Schreier and Steve Balling. While I do not have a player on this team, I have been fortunate enough to coach my sons Cameron (RHS Senior), and Brendan (RHS Freshman) as they came through the RLA Program. Cameron and Brendan will assist our team during the season when schoolwork and RHS lacrosse do not interfere.
This will be my 10th year coaching with the RLA. For the past 8 years, I have also served as the RLA President. For those of you who were on the Virtual Parent’s Meeting, that was me you heard talking (please don’t hold it against me… lol).
Michelle Bertone (Thank you Michelle!) will serve as our Team Coordinator and will definitely need some assistance during the season. “If everyone lifts a little, no one lifts a lot.”
Our practices will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 7:30pm at Blakely Park on Blakely 1 (closest to the parking lot).
Our Home games will almost all be on Blakely 1.
Away games will be listed on our website and on Team Snap.
The boys should arrive 15 minutes prior to practices and 30 minutes prior to games – fully dressed and ready to play.
HEALTH AND WELL BEING:
If this CRAZY past year taught us anything, it is to appreciate every single moment we have together and enjoy the season. However, we must do so safely and responsibly. In regard to COVID (or any illness for that matter), we need to state the obvious. If your child is SICK, or has been exposed via close contact to someone who is positive with COVID, they are to stay home to ensure that they do not potentially spread the virus among teammates, coaches, etc.
AED Machines are in each shed. As such, the sheds should be kept open to ensure the AED’s are accessible during games and practices.
TEAM SNAP COVID WAIVER:
The main function of Team Snap is for our players to complete a HEALTH SURVEY prior to EVERY RLA EVENT (games, practices, etc.). Players who do not have a completed heath survey, MAY NOT participate in that day’s activities. You should all have been invited to Team Snap. I recommend you download the app for Apple or Android, which will allow you to quickly fill out and submit your forms online. It will also allow our coaches, Team Coordinator, or others assisting to ensure that all our players have been cleared by their parents to participate.
NEVER QUIT, NEVER STOP!
We will be positive as coaches to ensure the boys are having fun and enjoying the game. Sportsmanship, accountability, competition, and perseverance will be emphasized.
We will challenge the boys to find their competitive spirit and to give all they have when they are in practices and games.
While it is impressive to see a player with good lacrosse skills, that is not the whole story. In my time here, I have seen good players who stopped putting the effort in because they thought they could get away with it. Unfortunately, that always catches up in the end.
As a result, we feel it is most important to have players that are relentlessly positive in their effort. When a bad play happens, it is what we do NEXT that matters MOST. We don’t point fingers, we work TOGETHER to get better.
We look forward to working with the boys to build the skills which are important on the lacrosse field, but even more important in their lives off the field. This will set them up for success in the future.
This is why you will hear our players yell out our RLA Chant (which we have been doing with the boys since my son Cameron was a 3rd Grader…) “Never quit, never stop!” Those simple words are a compass to guide them when things are looking down in a game. Or in life. Or in school. Or when things seem good and you want to rest on your laurels. Once again, it’s what you do next. Never quit, never stop!
Given the COVID precautions in place, the boys will be held accountable to ensure they have all their own equipment and a water bottle. Sharing is not allowed. It is THEIR responsibility to be prepared. Not yours.
The most successful teams we have had during my time here were the ones that communicated the best both on and off the field. To ensure we communicate efficiently off the field, we will utilize our RLA Website, Team Snap, and emails. Our Team Coordinator Michelle Bertone will assist with coordinating messages between the team and the coaching staff.
BOYS 5/6 TEAM PAGE ON THE WEBSITE
To facilitate our communications, we will utilize our Team Page on the RLA Website (https://www.leagueathletics.com/Bulletins.asp?MyTeam=940401&org=robbinsvillelax.com), which will allow us to post the message and also email it to the team.
This will be the way our parents will need to complete their health waivers for their players prior to each event.
We may also use this for additional notifications and to assign parents to work at the score tables for each home game or hosted home game.
As it stands today, we have 21 players. To accommodate this large team, we will be utilizing a squad format. The combination of squads on game days will rotate throughout the season. This will ensure the boys are taught a cohesive message and get to play with all their teammates throughout the season.
Squads will not be selected until we get closer to our first games.
For each home game, there will be a parent assigned to setup the scoring table and keep score among other minor tasks. The parent assigned to a first game of the day will be responsible for setting up the field. The parent assigned to the last game of the day on the field will be responsible for field cleanup and putting those items back in the shed. All of this is an easy lift and instructions will be provided. Everyone will have a turn and will be notified of their assignment via this site or via Team Snap. If you cannot make it the day you are assigned, it is your obligation to switch with another parent. We appreciate your support in this!
Our game schedule is being finalized. As soon as it is complete, it will added to this site and to Team Snap. Changes are likely throughout the season, so you are encouraged to check the news section of our website (www.robbinsvillelax.com), the team page on the website, and Team Snap often.
Uniforms and practice pinnies which were ordered during registration will be distributed at practice. Players who have their RLA uniform from a previous year may absolutely wear that. New uniforms are not a requirement.
Players are to have a reversible pinnie for each practice.
RLA Apparel (including additional practice pinnies) are available in our Online Team Store: https://blatantteamstore.com/collections/robbinsville-lacrosse-association-team-store
We appreciate your involvement and we are extremely excited for this season!
NEVER QUIT, NEVER STOP!
LET'S GO RAVENS!