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Saturday, March 14, 2009

In Like a Lion...

Okay, so it's been more like a house cat with PMS, but at any rate this week has sucked. The weather has been consistently chilly, foggy, and wet.

Last Saturday's Toss Around ended up getting rained out despite my best efforts to keep it going. Monday's practice started off chilly, but the ground was damp, so my toes froze at the Southwoods practice field. That horrible wench (Mother Nature) decided that a consistent drizzle of icy mist would fix us right up for the second half of practice. My gear was soaked by the time I got back home.

Tuesday and Wednesday saw little improve weather wise, but I could not make it to practice. Practice runs from 4:00 to 6:00 but my wife does not get off until after 5:00 (5:15 on Tuesday) which makes it fairly impossible to get to Southwoods with enough time to do anything. Considering it was under 30 degrees on both nights, I'm counting my blessings...

The scrimmage was originally scheduled for Wednesday night but ended up being moved to Thursday because of the ultra low temperatures. We started later than the original plan (8:00 pm), but under the lights it was hard to tell. Of course most us us dressed in layers (had on shorts, soccer socks, nylon Adidas pants, an Under Armour long sleeve, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt initially) and put either Under Armour or latex surgical gloves (little trick I learned from watching the Maryland Terrapins) under our gloves. By second half most had removed their under gloves and sweatshirts.
We played two 30 minutes (continuous run time) halves. Only the Valley goalie (we have an adult goalie lined up too!) showed up so we had the shooting tarp at the other end. Coaches Zach (White Team) and Tyler (Orange Team) did a school yard pick with yours truly being chosen last (they said it was because I'm a coach, but I'm man enough to admit that I suck!) and the d-poles and attackmen being spread as evenly as possible. For the first half, we only had two d-poles so I found myself in the back with a shorty. I'll be completely honest here, I was all but lost back there. We played man coverage and I let my instincts take over. Aside from a few solid stick checks, I felt as useless as a Ford Festiva at Baja. At one point I distracted our goalie and the White Team grabbed an easy goal. Still, the Orange Team managed to take a 5-3 lead into the half.
We managed to gain a d-pole for the second half and the goalie switched teams. I moved to attack and we now had to deal with the tarp as our netminder. Not good. With the White Team having the easier target, our defense seemed to fall apart. Coverage broke down and clears couldn't be made. I'm not placing any blame on them though because God knows that the attackmen, especially me, failed to do their job as well. I had a couple of chances that ended with me eating Field Turf and getting a bruised shin. I don't think I even manged one shot on goal.
The White team came out on top winning 8-5. Oh well, the game was super fun and the team got some much needed game experience. It was definitely worth it!

On another positive note, the Tigers are really coming together. Over the course of the last month, they have gone from a team that could barely throw and catch to a team that is running complex drills. Working on the basics indoors seems to have translated into fairly developed skills outdoors. Hopefully they remember everything in time for the first game on March 21. Next week is Spring Break, but Valley will still have practice for everyone that is still in town.

One more thing to draw your attention to: The Tigers' home games will now be played at Waukee Stadium due to schedule conflicts with Valley Stadium. This has been updated on the schedule and the team website.

I also want to remind everyone that there will be an open Toss Around at Southwoods TODAY at 12:00 PM. Feel free to bring anyone that is interested in lacrosse. We will do our best to arrange extra sticks, but I cannot promise anything. There is no seating at the Southwoods practice field, so spectators need chairs.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Third Toss Around - Take Deux

Today may be a bit on the chilly side, but Saturday looks great. We are looking at a high near 50 and a sunny day (for once). I know I was excited to try and get the toss around going last week, but since I waited until the weekend drew near (and the forecast would be more accurate), I am declaring the Third CILA Toss Around will happen on March 14, 2009!

I realize that our numbers may be down because of Spring Break, but hopefully some new people will take advantage of the warm weather and come on out. We will do our best to get some extra sticks to accommodate new players (check out this offer if you want to get your own) and will most likely spend our time working on passing, catching, and maybe shooting. No doubt we will play some Ultimate Lacrosse, but it is unlikely we will play a full field game. Of course we will consider playing a field game if everyone has their pads and helmets and we have some sort of goal to shoot at. Valley players are especially encouraged to attend as this will give them more stick time which will only make them better players.

I'm itching to get out and play since this will be my last opportunity before the Valley games begin next week. Don't worry though; we still plan on trying to run Toss Arounds during away games and off weeks!

For the first time, the Central Iowa Lacrosse Association will play at the official practice fields of the Valley Tigers Lacrosse Club! That's right - we'll meet at Valley Southwoods at 12:00 PM. This gives us more room and access to the goals if we want them! The Toss Around will probably go for a couple of hours. Contact me to let me know that you are coming and if you need a stick. See you there!
Valley Southwoods Freshman High School
625 South 35th Street
West Des Moines, IA 50265-2053

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Scrimmage Moved!

Due to ungodly cold temps being predicted tomorrow night, the Orange vs. White scrimmage has been moved to Thursday at 8:00 pm. We are still playing at Valley Stadium. Be sure to arrive early enough to get your gear on and stretch.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Well, I Tried

Yesterday's weather was supposed to be great. Then it was supposed to be iffy. By midday Friday, it was supposed to be utter crap. I tentatively canceled the toss around. Then I woke up around 7:30 (the hazards of age) and it was decent. So I decided to say we were still on for the toss around and I took a shower.
When i got out of the shower, it was sprinkling a bit, but I had already made my decision and headed out to Valley. Like any dutiful officer, I waited for about 25 minutes. After that I gave up and headed home. Oh well...
The early forecast for next Saturday looks promising - 47 and sunny. I would like to say to plan on a 12:00 or 1:00 pm start on March 14, but it is a little early to make such a call. Should the weather hold out and the forecast remain good, then an official announcement/decision will be made on Thursday. Hopefully that will get us close enough to get an accurate prediction.
Tomorrow night will be my first outdoor practice with Valley (it will be the team's third). Looks like it will be sunny and warm. Tuesday is supposed to be rainy, but Wednesday is supposed to be downright cold. Great...
Everything looks prettycold (so far) for the big Orange vs White Scrimmage on Wednesday night at 7:30 pm. Hopefully the lights at Valley Stadium will warm us up a little. If you're interested, this will be the only chance to watch live lacrosse in the metro before the team's home stand on May 2!

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