Tomorrow is February 1st. You know what that means. Two short weeks until the most anticipated day of our year- the official start of the 2020 Bates Lacrosse season!
January 31st and February 1st will feature a bright green, clear Garcelon Field. Thank you, Grounds Crew! The Bobcats have enjoyed 4 or 5 full-field outside sessions since classes started. Bonus, outdoor practices in January are HUGE for our people.
Strength & Conditioning Coach Seltzer's "Advanced Conditioning" PE classes commenced at the end of the first week of classes. The later than normal academic calendar shrinks the number of these vital trainings. I am pleased to report that we have as many as a dozen Bates students that don't plan to tryout for Men's Lacrosse attending the class, men & women. Building community one long sprint at a time.
The season's impending start compels me to ask you to consider supporting our program. For those that have already contributed- Thank you! For those that have not and are in position to donate, please consider making a gift. Whatever amount works most comfortably with your reality, works perfectly for us.
We recently elected to upgrade our HUDL (tape exchange + video editing) package to the tune of $2,000 additional dollars. Our educational competency, our ability to efficiently cut, log, share data with our players now matches the most successful teams in our league. The funds for HUDL come directly from Annual Use Friends of Bates Lacrosse donations.Thank you!
With all of the necessities of an equipment-heavy sport; custom helmets, gloves, arm pads, balls, practice reversibles, we spend over $15,000 before 2019 turns to 2020. Our entire budget, exclusive of student travel, is spent before October.
In order to retain and support outstanding Assistant Coaches at a level even close to our NESCAC peers, we need your help. In order to recruit the nation, we need your help. In order to offer the highest quality student experience, to compete for NESCAC and NCAA championships requires spending significantly more than we are budgeted annually. The balance so imperative to our enduring success comes from you. If you are in a position to support our exciting, ambitious 2020 run, Thank you!
Few people outside of this group are worried about the Bobcats in 2020. With the returning powerhouse squads at Amherst, Williams, Tufts, Wesleyan and Middlebury, that may make good, rational sense. I can tell you that your Bobcats are attacking their preparation like a team on a mission.
You know me. I like our men to ease into the season. That's why we will again commence our campaign, after one week of practice, against a Top 4 or 5 RIT team and their ten "Player of the Year" nominees. I hope to see you at Garber Field at UMass on February 22nd. Let's see what we've got!
On the cusp of a new season, here are one man’s aspirations about the state of our game going in to 2020…
I hope that the University of Utah and Cleveland State will find a conference.
…That Roanoke’s John Pirro and Salisbury’s Jason Coffman get serious consideration for the Hall of Fame.
…That the participation trophies reserved for today’s youth are actually given to the guys who play competitive lacrosse games in the 65 and over division!
…That the coaches, institutions and stewards of our sport look for additional ways to support the efforts of organizations like Harlem Lacrosse, City Lax, Charm City, OWLS, Metro Lacrosse and others that have truly made significant investments in time and resources to grow the game in urban, underrepresented areas. The game is getting more diverse… slowly, but it is happening . . .
Penn Lacrosse Preseason All Americans Congrats to our trio of @Inside_Lacrosse Preseason All-Americans: soph M Sam Handley (1st team), senior FOGO Kyle Gallagher (2nd team), and senior D Mark Evanchick (3rd team). One of just two