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UPDATED - 2021 RLA Boys 5/6 Photo and Video Link
by posted 05/06/2021

2021 RLA Boys 5/6 Parents,

I have created a Google Drive Folder where all photos and videos from our season can be shared.  Please see the following link:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1boj00A21Aed03OtZltKMvPoErOcXqshC?usp=sharing

Feel free to upload any photos from our games to the folder.

Thank you all!

Never quit, never stop... LET'S GO RAVENS!

Coach Coyle


 
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DEFENDER HOMEWORK - Longstick Defender Positioning
by posted 05/05/2021

Parents,

Please share this with the boys if your boys play defense.  This is good for all of our players to understand the elements of what we're trying to accomplish when playing defense against an offensive player.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LmxlzJzKRKE

Never quit... never stop... LET'S GO RAVENS!

Coach Matt


 
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MIDFIELDER HOMEWORK - DODGING
by posted 05/05/2021

Parents,

Please share this with your sons.  This is geared towards midfielders but all players can benefit from knowing and working on these dodges.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pQa9j9MaEE

Never quit, never stop... LET'S GO RAVENS!

Coach Matt


 
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HOMEWORK - PLEASE SHARE WITH BOYS - DEFENSE OVERVIEW
by posted 04/23/2021

Parents, 

Please share this with the boys as well.  Here's the defensive information we've been working on and which we will continue to fine tune the rest of this season and the rest of their careers in the RLA.

 

RAVENS DEFENSE KEY POINTS:

- If you get lost or don't have someone to cover, RETREAT TO OUR HOLE and find someone.

- COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR FELLOW DEFENDERS - Call out WHO YOU ARE COVERING or WHAT AREA YOU ARE COVERING.  The loudest most talkative team who is commuicating is ALMOST ALWAYS the team that wins.

- WHEN SETTLED ON DEFENSE - WE STAY TIGHT.

- When ball is in OUR OFFENSIVE ZONE, our DEFENSE must stay within 6 feet of their attackmen and TAKE AWAY free clears to them.

- Once FAST BREAK occurs, our DEFENSE RETREATs to the HOLE and SETS UP TRIANGLE.  Point man STOPS BALL, other TWO ROTATE to take away next pass.

- On FAST BREAK, middies are to RUN TO THE HOLE FIRST then TALK AND FIND AN OPEN MAN TO COVER.

- Once FAST BREAK ends (we get the same # of guys back on defense that they have on offense), we will get into our SETTLED DEFENSE.

- OUR BASE OFFENSE IF NOTHING IS CALLED IS MIKE (MAN) DEFENSE.

 

MIKE DEFENSE  (MAN)

Our base defense is MIKE defense (MAN) when we have 6 defensive players (3 defense 3 midfield).

The boys know that and are doing a great job with it.  They cover a MAN, not an area. 

When they are no playing their man, they are TIGHT and ensuring they have a foot in OUR HOLE with their sticks up.  When the ball is AWAY from them, they are touching the HOLE and must SEE their MAN, and the OPPOSITION PLAYER WITH THE BALL.

 

ZULU DEFENSE (ZONE)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S2W80j0Mn0

WHEN EVEN, it is a 33 DEFENSIVE ZONE

This is a ZONE defense when we are EVEN.  

Here, you play YOUR AREA and PASS OFF A MAN RUNNING WITH THE BALL TO THE NEXT ZONE.  You must COMMUNICATE " I GOT BALL... I GOT BALL... YOU... SWITCH!" Next guy will communicate the same "I GOT BALL, I GOT BALL.." Etc.

 

MAN DOWN - BOX AND 1

When we have a man serving a PENALTY, we will have Defensemen and a middie (or mix) on the 4 corners of the BOX.  A short stick middie will play the CENTER (AND 1).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBIihvteNhg

 

Keep working hard.  Remain RELENTLESSLY POSITIVE!  BUILD EACH OTHER UP, don't tear each other down.

Never quit, never stop... 

LET'S GO RAVENS!

 

Coach Coyle

 


 
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RLA Boys 5/6 Practice #14 Plan
by posted 04/22/2021

COLD - WINDY

Speed Lax All Practice.

GREAT GAME WEDNESDAY!

Tonight's practice work on concepts througout of:

* HEADMANING the ball - When moving ball up the field, look to PASS it up field rather than run it

* When in offensive zone, look to Stay wide, but V CUT to make supporting passes easy.

* When man has the ball, men OPPOSITE should CUT to the Opponent's HOLE ( THE LAVA) with STICK UP ON EAR, CALLING FOR BALL.  If not open within 2 seconds.... GET OUT OF THE LAVA and RESET.  MEN KEEP CUTTING TO THE LAVA AND OUT IF THE PASS/SHOT IS NOT THERE.

* ONLY PASS TO THE MAN IN THE LAVA IF OPEN.  DON'T FORCE IT. 

* The men cutting to and through the lava are also a DISTRACTION to the defense and goalie which will open things up. Man with the ball may have a shot develop.

* GROUND BALLS - 2 Ravens in pile.  ONCE YOU PICK UP, GB move ball within 3 seconds.  Men around ball should be in position (like BOX DRILL) to support ball and CALL 'HERE'S YOUR HELP' once it is picked up. TWO PASSES FROM Ground ball pickup will have a SHOT opportunity or a DODGE opportunity. 

* HAVE FUN.  BE CREATIVE!

 


 
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BOYS 5/6 PRACTICE #13 PLAN
by posted 04/20/2021

BOYS 5/6 PRACTICE #13 PLAN

* Ensure HEALTH CHECK is completed for each player prior to drop off.  THANK YOU!

Tuesday 4/20/21 – **NOTE PRACTICE TIME CHANGE MOVING FORWARD** 7:00pm to 8:30pm

**EXPECTATION IS 50 TOUCHES OFF WALL PRIOR TO PRACTICE.  IF UNABLE TO ARRIVE ON TIME TO DO SO, COMPLETE 50 TOUCHES OFF WALL AFTER PRACTICE**

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** SEPARATE INTO TWO TEAMS BLACK AND WHITE PRIOR TO PRACTICE **

7:00 to 7:23 – SPEED LAX

4 CAPTAINS – QUICKLY PICK 4 EVEN TEAMS. 2 TEAMS IN BLACK/2 TEAMS IN WHITE

GAMES 5 MINUTES LONG.  AT WHISTLE TEAMS ROTATE PLAY NEW OPPOSITE COLOR OPPONENT.

7:23 TO 7:30 – WATER BREAK AND CHALK TALK IN THE BLEACHERS – DISCUSS SUNDAY’S GAMES

  • “EVERYONE’S GOT A PLAN UNTIL THEY ARE PUNCHED IN THE MOUTH.” – Michael Tyson
  • OFFENSE POSITIONING
  • DEFENSE POSITIONING
  • CLEARING OVER RIDING TEAM, NOT RUNNING THROUGH THEM ALL.
  • ONLY 2 RAVENS IN A GROUND BALL SCRUM. ON DEFENSIVE END AT LEAST 1 DEFENDER SHOULD BE IN THE HOLE.  OTHERS OUTSIDE THE SCRUM ANTICIPATING THE BALL COMING OUT.
  • WHEN WE PICK UP GROUND BALL, LOOK TO **SUPPORT THE BALL IMMEDIATELY** AND PASS THE BALL.

STATIONS 20 MINUTES

7:30 TO 7:50 – STATION 1

7:50 TO 7:53 – WATER BREAK

7:53 TO 8:13 – STATION 2

STATION 1 –– OFFENSE POSITIONING AND “SENECA” PLAY BUILDUP.

  • START WITH MIDFIELD TRIANGLE – FIRST TIME THROUGH, WING CLEARS THROUGH THEN SPLIT DODGE TO SHOT.
  • THEN SPLIT DODGE TO FEED TO X ATTACKMAN
  • THEN SPLIT DODGE TO ROLL BACK, TWO PASSES TO SHOT ON BACK SIDE

STATION 2 – DEFENSE POSITIONING AND DEFENSIVE DRILLS

  • WALK AND TALK THROUGH DEFENSE.  SKELETON OFFENSE AND WHEN BALL IS PASSED HAVE PLAYERS GET IN POSITION AND STOP AND CORRECT.
  • DO MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS BETWEEN EVOLUTIONS TO RAISE BLOOD PRESSURE TO HELP LEARN THE CONCEPT UNDER STRESS.

 

  • “MIKE” DEFENSE – MAN DEFENSE POSITIONING
    • IF YOU PLAY TOO FAR OUT YOU ARE HURTING OUR TEAM.
    • IF YOU STAY ON YOUR MAN ONLY, YOU ARE HURTING OUR TEAM.
    • IF YOU DO NOT SINK INTO THE HOLE WHEN THE BALL IS TWO PASSES AWAY YOU ARE HURTING OUR TEAM.

 

  • “ZULU” DEFENSE – ZONE DEFENSE POSITIONING
    • IF EVEN, IT IS A BOX AND 2 (LOOKS LIKE PIZZA)
    • **AGAIN** WE STAY COMPRESSED.  WE DON’T PLAY TOO FAR OUT.
    • BACKER ZONE.  CENTER MIDDIE BACKS UP THE OTHER TWO MIDDIE IN THEIR AREAS AND WATCHES FOR CUTTERS.
    • CENTER DEFENDER BACKS UP HIS OTHER DEFENSEMAN AND WATCHES FOR CUTTERS IN THE MIDDLE.

8:13 to 8:15 – Water Break

8:15 to 8:30 – Continuous action fast break to clearing drill.


 
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Welcome to the 2021 RLA Boys 5/6 Season!
by posted 03/09/2021


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.” 

LOCATIONS:

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. 

COMMUNICATIONS:

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.

TEAM SNAP

https://go.teamsnap.com/7271210/home

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.

SQUADS:

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!

Coach Matt

 


 
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