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Posted by Barry Marenberg on June 28, 2011


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Weekend at Summer Slam in West Chester, PA (6/25 – 6/26 2011)

Posted by Barry Marenberg on June 28, 2011

This past weekend, Zander’s BBL Elite 2017 team played in the Summer Slam at the West Town School in West Chester, PA.  First off, I’ll say that the campus on which this tournament was played was beautiful.  What a great venue for weekend tournament!

Z’s team had 2 big wins on Saturday over Conshy Dogs and Team 380.  A loss to the Philadelphia Fever was sandwiched between the wins.  Most of the team stayed in the same hotel for this tournament so the boys were able to hang out after the games on Saturday and do some swimming, etc.  Unfortunately we lost our first game on Sunday afternoon to the Buffalo Wild Wings from Maryland.  They boys put up a good fight against a team that was heavy on 7th graders.   I think the players are learning more and more how to read each other and the chemistry is getting stronger and stronger.

We have the 4th of July weekend off and then we head to Princeton for the 3 day Tri-State Tournament.

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This Weekend – Tournament Number 2 for BBL Elite 2017

Posted by Barry Marenberg on June 23, 2011

West Chester, PA

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Weekend at Summer Exposure in Gambrills, MD (6/18 – 6/19 2011)

Posted by Barry Marenberg on June 22, 2011

This past weekend  Zander’s Building Blocks Lacrosse (BBL) Elite 2017 team played in the Hogan Lax Summer Exposure Tournament.  This was my first time at a Maryland tournament.  It was a fantastic experience.  Z’s team – playing together competitively for the first time – was fantastic.  Sure, they had their ups and their downs but there were MANY more ups than down.

They played 3 games on Saturday and went 2-1 with two big wins (over NoVa West Venom and  Morristown Elite) and one very close loss against one of the best teams in the tournament (Virginia Lacrosse Club Mohicans).  On Sunday we were the third seed and won our first game (vs. Big Dog Lax) by the score of 12-4 but then lost in the semi-final game to the Baltimore Breakers.  Sure we were all upset but overall it was an incredibly successful weekend.  All the players bonded in a big way and had a great deal of fun.  Our final game on Saturday was a 8pm in the increasing darkness of the evening.  As we ended the game, the players could barely see the ball anymore.  The parents also got along great and we all participated in some great tailgating on Saturday and Sunday.

Unlike the Spring lacrosse season when the teams are comprised of players having a wide disparity of skill levels, the summer elite teams are typically all “A” level players.  The ball stays in the air much more than it does in the Spring season games and the ball and players move constantly and play much more aggressively.  As a Coach, its extremely enjoyable to be on the “other side” of the field as a spectator.  I really enjoy watching my son and all his teammates being coached by others and excelling on the field.  Z’s BBL Elite 2017 team is solid from top to bottom.  There are no weak spots on the roster.

To my new players who started playing lax this Spring, if you are serious about the sport, I highly encourage you to try out for a Summer team for next Summer.  It’s an amazing experience (for parents too!) and you come away a vastly improved player.

Zander and his BBL Elite 2017 team is off to the Summer Slam Tournament in West Chester, PA is this weekend.  Look for a report after the weekend.

See you on the field!
– Coach B

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Summer Elite Travel Lacrosse

Posted by Barry Marenberg on June 17, 2011

First Tournament of Summer:

Annapolis, Maryland

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Posted by Barry Marenberg on June 14, 2011

I’ve gone a little over a week now with no team to coach and I do admit that while its nice to relax, I often find myself wishing I had a roster to set up for an upcoming game, etc. Fortunately my son is now well into practices for his summer travel team – we head to Annapolis this weekend for his first tournament of the summer – The Summer Exposure.   This will be my first time at a Maryland lax tourney so I’ll report on that next week.

In my searching around on the internet for all things lacrosse, I found this fantastic video of 2011 NCAA Division I lax highlights. Great stuff! Gives me chills!

See you on the field (over the summer!)

– Coach B

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Winding down…

Posted by Barry Marenberg on June 4, 2011

Last night was the final official game of my team’s Spring 2011 season.  Seems like it was just yesterday when the team met outside on a cold March 1 evening for its first practice.  I think my players learned a great deal this season about lacrosse and about life.

I know I learned a great deal this year.  I do with every passing season.  This was the first season in which I platooned 3 squads. For each game I rotated 2 of the 3 squads with the remaining squad being inactive for that particular game.  The squads were selected rather blindly one night by me and my assistant coaches over some drinks.  We knew a bunch of the returning players but we had a large number of new players and we really didn’t have all that much time to evaluate them in 3 short weeks of practices so we pretty much blindly split the team in thirds and hoped for the best.  As we end our season, I think it worked out quite well and we really did a pretty good job creating 3 balanced squads.  One of these days I will take a look at the results of all the games and see which squads really were the most successful.  But who cares?  We had a great core and we were very successful in teaching most of the new players the fundamentals which they needed to compete.  A large part of the reason for our success as a team is that we spent equal amounts of time with returning players and new players and worked very hard to bring all players to a common place of development no matter what level they started at.    My veteran players pitched in a great deal to help the newer players along.  Always nice to see!

Did the platooning of 3 squads please everyone?  Heck no, but it was the best option we had.  I think some players may actually have enjoyed every third game off.  Platooning does create some headaches for the coach though.  Every game day afternoon at about 3:30 (right when the boys get home from school), the calls and emails would start rolling in informing me that this player and that player could not make the game that night, was sick, etc.  I was then forced to start scouring the roster of the non-playing squad to find replacements.  Not a major issue but one that could not be ignored.

My team will play in 2 festivals this weekend.  These games will be purely for fun (are there any that aren’t?!).  Just one final weekend of Spring games before we move into the summer……………………….. and then summer travel lacrosse starts!!  However, this coach will be happily relaxing on the other side of the field as a spectator enjoying watching his son and teammates play and leaving the coaching to others!

For many, lacrosse is now a year-round endeavor.  If you are serious about it, keep a stick in your hands and keep working to improve!

Honor the game!

– Coach B


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