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Webster Lacrosse Club Spring Newsletter

The Webster Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce...the “KING OF SPRING RETURNS!!!” LONG LIVE THE KING!  Most importantly we hope this note finds you all well.  The health and safety of our families’ players and coach’s is our highest priority.  We are humbled and fortunate that the webster lacrosse community has come together and provided programs from the youth through adult leagues throughout this past year. We have all persevered together.  Thank you to all players coach’s parents and directors that committed to the necessary protocols. Much of the protocol will be the same this season. We appreciate your patience and understanding as schedules and events will still be dynamic for the upcoming season.  The college season is underway, and the youth players have been getting some early season runs at the box. The high school season is set to kick off on April 19th.  Our youth directors are prepping for the spring season set to kick off the 1st and 2nd week of April depending on the program.  See registration tab for appropriate Warrior or Titan K-6 Spring registration and program vitals.  It is time to buckle the chin straps and get after it.  

Link to Spring Registration Tabs

http://www.websterlacrosseclub.org/Registration/Default.asp?org=websterlacrosseclub.org 

 

PRESIDENT'S REPORT

On behalf of the Webster Lacrosse Club, Welcome to another year of Webster Lacrosse.  To our new families, welcome.  We hope you find our Club to be the right fit and spend some time with us.  To our returning families welcome back to another year of being here. It is a great place to be. We have the right people, in place, at the right time, to make this another great year! 

There have been some changes in structure of youth programs since our last spring season in 2019.  For various reasons our board discussed and voted on running  youth programs as both “Little Warriors” and “Little Titans”. We are still “ONE” Webster Lacrosse Club with the same primary purpose to grow and promote the game of lacrosse in the town of Webster.  Involvement and participation are the key to our success.  Our goal is to generate participation to the level of having two modified lacrosse teams at both Spry and Willink Middle schools.

I look forward to another year of watching the boys grow and play such an amazing game and meeting all the new families out on the field.        

BOARD OF DIRECTOR’S REPORT

It is that time of year to send an important message.  We are an all-volunteer organization.  We love the Game.  So, do you.  As it should be.

We welcome new board members Krystal Zawodzinski, Sean Miller, Carl Provenzano, Joe Mayer, Mike Altieri and Autumn Trankler. We also want to thank our outgoing board members for their service. Dave Bovenzi, Jed Bernardoni, Chad Felton and Noah Dolittle for their hard work and contributions made to the Webster lacrosse community. Although some of these familiar names are not any longer sitting board members you will still see many of them on the lax fields engaged with our boys and giving back to the game.  

We also have lives of our own.  We have children of our own.  We have jobs, marriages, and relationships to attend to.  Our children’s lacrosse experience is just as important as your family’s experience.  To that end, we call on all lacrosse families to collaborate and come together and support our “Core Values.”  Buy in and have fun together.

Our Board of Directors have been meeting since last September, the start of the new “lacrosse year” planning for the Spring Season.  It is finally here.  From top to bottom, we are “Ferociously” committed to playing the “medicine game” in our own back yard.  Needless to say, it has been long year for all of us and we need as much medicine as we can get. 

But we need your help.  We do not care whether you played the game in the past or are a complete novice.  As a Club, we measure success by involvement.   The feast is always better when everybody brings a dish to pass.  Our unit of measurement for success is about involvement, fun, and life lessons that transcend the game, not just through wins and losses or individual accolades.  Those latter things are important, but they just seem to be more frequent when we focus on the former...involvement, fun, and life lessons.  Simply put, they are a side effect, not the goal.

As we begin the Spring season, we have a preliminary list of volunteer coaches and volunteers, but it is just that. Preliminary.  Recruiting more people into the leadership positions is always a prime focus of our organization.  There is always room for more.   In addition to our coaching needs, the Club has a great need for volunteers for field set up and break down, field lining, string goals, clean up at the Box, team moms or dads for snacks, timekeepers, and injury help with ice, cuts, etc.  The list is endless.

At the Board level we are always in a state of transition as our little guys become bigger boys and eventually, grown men and move on to the next station in their lives.  We have open opportunities at the Committee Chairmen positions in Publicity/Media/Website Maintenance Registration and Scheduling.

These are significant positions, and we need to fill them.  Anyone interested in serving in these positions should contact the Club President directly. 

 

THE KING OF SPRING RETURNS - THE MAIN EFFORT

There will be two sets of youth spring registration based on high school attending. Our main effort is providing a positive lacrosse culture experience for our players. Getting after it right in our own back yard.  We take great pride in the success of the kids in our club. 

Preparing our boys for lacrosse at the next level is only part of it.  We hope the positive experience with the Webster Lacrosse Club will give all boys a foundation of skills of being a good teammate, a good brother, a good son, a good student and much more.  Youth sports are a powerful thing. 

We are humbled by the knowledge that success is just a side effect of the simple pleasure and grace of promoting the love of the game and nothing else.  Providing an environment where we teach the game, where we have fun, and where no one gets hurt is paramount of all, making sure that every boy wants to come back.  That is our main effort. 

We measure success by involvement.  As aforementioned we are all volunteers.  We continually look for ways to get our members and community more involved with our club.  There is always something to do, string a net, help line fields, serve on a subcommittee to the board, and help volunteer with our Webster Classic. 

 

SUMMER PLANNING

Webster Classic

At this time, the Webster Lacrosse Club board of directors is considering dates for the Webster Classic. 

Crandall/Diesenroth Scholarship

All graduating seniors are encouraged to review the Club’s criteria for eligibility and apply as soon as possible.  Applications will be distributed by May 1st.  

Titan & Warrior Summertime at the box, Crandall Cup, Summer Camps & Adult Summer Leagues

Please keep an eye on the Webster lacrosse club website for more information. 

 

ALUMNI REPORT

We are pleased to report some of the success of our alumni who continued their college lacrosse careers.  As best we know, here is a list of our alums that have made it to college rosters this year.  We love those DI guys but are equally as proud of those student athlete DII, DIII/Community College grinders who are getting it done.  Getting an education but still finding time to enjoy the game.  Here are the boys who have roster spots for this 2021 College Season as far as we know.  If there are others left out, please let us know:

Division I:

Jack Ferruzza – University of Buffalo

Matt Hill – University of Mass

Travis Ford – Fairfield University

Trever Ford – Fairfield University

CJ Battiagila – Penn State University 

Division II:

Blake Balcaen – PACE University (Captain)

Nick Mabe – Mercy Hurst University

Joey Carey – Tampa University

Jacob Allen – Maryville

Stevie Katz – Mercy Hurst University

Division III:

Conner Bollin – RIT

Cole Bollin – Suny Geneseo

Erik Jakobske – RIT

Steven Kay – Clarkson – University

Brennan Bitely – Elmira College

Evan Alfano– Suny Cortland

Josh Hauman – Alfred University

Noah Germano – Alfred University

Johnathan Kay – Alfred University

Joe Visconte – Alfred University

Hunter Olsen – Canton University

Pierce Currie – Clarkson University

Matt Yonko – Clarkson University

Joe Luconte – Suny Geneseo

Ryan Canham – Suny Potsdam

Brian Jantz – St John Fisher

Kyle Bullard – Wheaton University

NJCAA

David Gutman – MCC

 

CLOSING COMMENTS

So here we are once again, another year carrying on the traditions of the past...the medicine game.  Passing it on from one generation to the next.  The same conversations but with different names.  How do we make WLC better?  How can we improve on what we have?  Those are good, necessary conversations. Our measurement of success is involvement within our community. That is the difference between good and great programs.  Great Players, Families and even great coaches come and go...but it is the traditions that abide.  There is a good argument that things are just fine, and our Club will be that way for a long, long time if we stick to our Core Values.  As they should be and as they always will. 

Have fun folks; embrace our core values and our heritage as a Club of celebrating the simple but disciplined lessons of promoting lacrosse in our own back yard.  We will see you on the fields, see you at the Box and we will see you at the Classic.  It is going to be another great year of Webster Lacrosse! 

 

“Although we are in different boats you in your boat and we in our canoe we share the same river of life.”

— Oren Lyons

 

Go Webster!


by posted 03/18/2021
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