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Coach Morrison on the 2018 Season

posted Jan 24, 2018, 1:53 PM by Friends of CC Girls Lacrosse   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 4:12 PM ]
CCHS Girls Lacrosse Players,


Thanks for signing up for the 2018 girls high school lacrosse season. In 2017 CCHS was a top ten ranked program in Massachusetts, and exceeded preseason expectations by making the MIAA Division 1 East Sectional Championship Game. Our challenge is to build a program that can make it to the next level. Our signup/information meeting kicks off the lacrosse preseason. Congratulations to those of you who concluded a tremendous fall sports campaign at CCHS. The coaches want to recognize our student athletes who made honor roll during the first term. We wish the best of luck to those of you who start winter sports this week, and wish you all continued success in the classroom during the second academic term.


Recapping our November 21, 2017 preseason meeting. Fifty-six student athletes signed up to play girls lacrosse (see attached list). If you know of any of your classmates that would like to play lacrosse this spring, and are not on the sign up list, please forward them this email and have them contact me ASAP. 


Concord Carlisle Patriots
2018 Girls Lacrosse
“We Can. We Must. We Will.”
2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 DCL Small Champs
2015 DCL Large Champions
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 MIAA Tournament Participants
2009, 2011 MIAA Division 1 North Section Semifinalist
2014, 2017 MIAA Division 1 East Section Finalist
2015 MIAA Division 1 East Section Champions/Division 1 Final Four Participant


Program Philosophy: To be an elite high school lacrosse team with athletic ability and a strong desire to compete at the highest level. CCHS players will display raw athletic ability with a constant effort to improve their lacrosse skills. Coaches will work to improve all players at all levels. A continued commitment to excellence by coaches and players alike will motivate us to improve daily, and make our program strong enough to compete with the best teams in the state every year. Nine CCHS alums that bought into our philosophy during their high school lacrosse careers will be playing college lacrosse in 2018. 


In the past seven years this philosophy has been the foundation for our program to produce six High School All Americans, twenty-five High School Academic All Americans, five DCL Division Championships, seven MIAA Tournament appearances, and one MIAA Sectional Championship.


Varsity Team Goals:
- Immediately bound as a close-knit group. Create a family atmosphere where teammates lift each other up.
- Be the team that respects our competition and officials.
- Be the best conditioned team on the field for every game. We cannot be outworked or outrun!
- Bring game focus, attitude and speed from the outset to duration of every practice.
- Qualify for the MIAA Tournament
- Win DCL Large for first time since 2015
- Go unbeaten in DCL games
- Be a top two seed in the MIAA D1 East Tournament.
- Win a Sectional Championship 


Every goal listed is achievable when we come to every practice and game with a “team first” attitude.


Tryouts will start on Monday March 19, 2018. All CCHS lacrosse players will receive an equal chance to earn a spot within the program. Every Student athlete will receive at least a three-day tryout period. 


Varsity candidates must be complete players. Characteristics of the complete player include being athletic, tough, ambidextrous, coachable, eager to learn, fearless, conditioned, humble, vocal, confident, responsive to criticism, have the ability to play both offense and defense, and make their teammates better players.


There will be one timed distance run during varsity tryouts. A one and a half mile run with a target time under 13 minutes. In addition there will be multiple 100-yard sprints. Players selected to the varsity roster will be expected to run a lot! In any given practice we will run multiple sprints and/or distance runs over three miles.


Projected final cut date is March 21, 2018. If an extenuating circumstance arises and a player is not able to tryout during the allotted time, a coach reserves the right to extend a tryout to the player.


CCHS lacrosse players must show constant effort to improve their game, the team, and be good teammates and citizens of the CCHS community. You are students first, so you must remain in good academic standing at CCHS. Your coaches expect you will graduate as the best lacrosse player, student, and person you can be.


Commitment Level:
Patriot Lacrosse players must attend every game, practice, team meeting, film session, and strength & conditioning session as scheduled (unless listed as optional). Every player must be in school on time everyday. A player must never miss school, arrive tardy to school, miss practice or arrive to practice late unless excused by a member of the coaching staff ahead of time. Varsity players know this is a six-day a week commitment. As a member of the CCHS Girls Lacrosse Program you’re accepting the responsibility to give your time, effort, and commitment to your respective team as we pursue the goal of becoming a perennial state championship contending program.


April Vacation:
Students who choose to participate on the Varsity and JV-A CCHS teams will be expected to attend all games and practices over vacation. Missed games or practices (unless excused by a coach) will result in an equivalent game suspension upon return. The JV-B Team does not have lacrosse scheduled during break.


During April break we will be off Saturday and Sunday of Patriots Day Weekend (April 14-15). Varsity and JV-A will have games and practices throughout the rest of the vacation week with the exception of Friday and Saturday (April 20 and 21).


Bonafide Team Rule and MIAA Chemical Health:
All interscholastic athletic participants in Massachusetts must abide by these rules. You will sign a contract agreeing to do so in the spring. If you violate these rules the penalties are harsh. This contract is your word. Do not sign the contract and do not play lacrosse if you have no intention of abiding by these rules!


Students who have transferred into CCHS during this school year should make sure they have filled out a clearance form with AD Barry Haley or you will not be eligible to play.


You must have a current physical on file with the school nurse by the first day of tryouts in order to participate.  A current physical is one that is dated within thirteen months of your last physical.


During this preseason you have three and a half months to get in lacrosse playing shape to put your best foot forward at tryouts. Use this time to condition your body and improve your stick skills. Seek out lacrosse clinics and conditioning opportunities throughout the winter. Sign up for them ASAP as they fill up fast. 


FOCCGL will be sponsoring two preseason programs. They will run a skills session at The Edge in Bedford starting in early January, and sponsor conditioning program for all CCHS spring athletes starting on Monday February 26, 2018 in the Maroon Practice Gym. The training sessions run from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and are followed by an hour of Captains Stick Practice. The dates for the training are 2/26/18, 2/28/18, 3/5/18, 3/7/18, 3/12/18, and 3/14/18. This training is optional but all lacrosse candidates are strongly encouraged to attend.


Work on conditioning and stick skills at home or with friends. We are so fortunate for our Lax Wall courtesy of CC at Play. A copy of a wall ball routine is attached to this document. Get used to this wall ball routine, and do it a lot! Remember if you work at lacrosse starting now you will put yourself in the best opportunity to succeed in March and throughout the season.


Varsity Head Coach Paul Morrison                                                                        


Assistant Varsity Coach Janice Kinney