News and Announcements
After an awesome 2 weeks of hard work and effort physically, it’s time to take that same attitude and work ethic as we pick up the sticks tomorrow and transition our training to lacrosse on field. Friday was also a great day for our 9/10’s as they were down at Cordova Bay Elementary helping the younger students with their Terry Fox Run.
We will try lacrosse days at Claremont for the rest of Sept and most of Oct but weather and field conditions will determine when we begin use of the turf field. I’m anticipating that to be mid to late Oct and will make sure all have lots of warning.
Almost all gear is ready, available, and screened but still waiting on a few items – I’m hopeful that at some point this week it will be ‘Christmas at Claremont’ and the boys will receive this years clothing and equipment. I’ve been instructed that no gear/clothing is to distributed if deposits are not made so…please don’t shoot the messenger and if there is a problem please let myself or school principal (Peter Westhaver) know and we will work it out as I don’t want any of the guys to be excluded.
Until gear is handed out I’m asking that the boys wear their own for the start of the week.
We will have lacrosse Mon, Tues, and Thur this week. Wed is parent night and early closure so that day is a PE/training day and Fri will either be lacrosse or strength training.
Parent night/Meet the Teacher is this Wed (Sept 26) from 6-8:00. I haven’t seen the schedule for the evening yet but..traditionally the ‘block rotation’ does not leave us enough time to go thru all that is needed for the CSI lacrosse program so I am tentatively suggesting that we will have an entire CSI parent meeting/Meet the teacher from 5:30-6:00 to allow a little more time to review all that is needed. Will confirm the time and room tomorrow when at work and do hope that at least one parent can attend (despite the early time).
Dates to remember are:
Oct 6 – Bottle Drive (have the boys canvas and start collecting their own neighbourhoods)
Oct 7 – Victoria Marathon (approx 7:30 a.m. to noon)
As I said it has been a fantastic start and excellent two weeks – look forward that to continuing.
Welcome to the 2018-19 Season!
It has been an excellent start so far this week. Last week was a lot of forms and information, this week we have been able to get to our training and come together as a jr group and sr group and their effort over the first three days has been outstanding!! They have pushed each other and encouraged each other throughout the training and it is great to see and be a part of!!
Attached are a few documents I’ve already sent home but I know some came back which means you may never see them again despite me putting in your son’s hands. The calendar in particular will be something that you can refer to as needed.
Schedule/Calendar – Lots going on beyond blk’s 1 and 2 with your sons. Fairly clear as to the plan and intent for these travel opportunities but have your son or yourself see me (and Chris) if they have a question
Code of Conduct – the beige sheet sent home that we discussed as a group. We do try to hold ourselves as a program to the highest standard possible and the code of conduct gives the parameters and expectations that we want to see. Any questions on that please let me know
Lacrosse wear – this is for the parents. The boys will get their ‘swag’ soon enough and I know parents in the past have asked so I thought an order form would be appropriate if wanted. Trying to submit that order by Thur, Sept 13 this week so …if wanted please get back to me.
Team website – www.claremontlacrosse.com Information, news, schedules, pictures, and much more is posted here. I usually communicate through your sons and hope it gets home but knowing that system isn’t perfect and when necessary will most often use email and the Team Pages website to pass on information. Rauvy runs a great site and posts/sends info often. Please use. On the bottom of that form is some info Rauvy Dalep requires to input to our team website. If easier please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide him with:
- Parent name(s)
- Parent email(s)
- Player’s name and grade
Parent night – set for Wed, Sept 26. Will coordinate a time and room prior to the regular ‘Meet the Teacher’ component and we will spend 30-45 min speaking about the lacrosse program and the year ahead.
Fundraising – also some dates on our calendar attached and a few more emails to come. The program in general (as all are aware) has a lot of costs to i. In addition there is a fair amount of travel that if we can fundraise as a group and individually it can help offset registration fees, team transportation, or individual’s costs at hotels. There are few dates that I target and then many more parents help to arrange. Additionally, much is done by an alumni parent (Cheryl Brown) who will send out info via this email as well as can be reached at email@example.com. Options such as meat sales, cookie sales, Hillside night of lights, Beer n’ Burger night will often come via her and team Pages. With almost 90 students and close to 200 parents when all ‘chip in’ they work well. First 3 dates ans well as Red Barn/Thrifty cards below or to come
Oct 6 – bottle drive for whole program. Arranged by Kevin Reiberger. Last year a huge success and raised over $3,000. Start saving your bottles as well as your neighbours. Info to come soon but a whole program effort for this one!
Oct 7 – Victoria Marathon (an annual event but…TBA)
Nov 23/24 – Spartan Shootout and Friday Night Lights
Red Barn and Thrifty cards – an email about those to follow
Travel – we have extensive travel set for this year that will hopefully en capture all players at some point. As in the past much of our travel is for gr 11/12 students but…there are opportunities for all at times. As mentioned in a prior email this year’s sr group is the largest we have ever had (50) and quite possibly the deepest in talent and ability. It will be a challenge for Chris and I when selecting travel rosters and an opportunity for guys to challenge, compete, and push each other every day at practice. We will do our best to include as many as we can when we travel but ask that players have patience. If questions arise or a chat is required I ask that the athlete approach Chris and I as that is something that we should discuss on our own – please encourage your son to do so anytime as the door is always open.
Expectations – you will hear this often from myself and Chris and if the boys can maintain this level of effort they should be fine over their 4 years at Claremont – 1) Do their best (in all 4 blocks), 2) Attend their classes, and 3) Do what they are asked and hand in their assignments. Another good one said today at all assemblies was ‘Be Kind’
Driving/Transportation – we reply on both parent and student drivers often. The gr 12’s for when we travel to the turf, parents for when we travel. To do this I need the parents to complete the link below as well as do their abstracts via ICBC (I did mine and it took only a few minutes). The boys need to also do a form called 3040-D (student drivers) as well what parents do. Please do this asap if you are attending our trips and are wanting to assist with driving a many do. This info is also on our main page under ‘Welcome’ at the top
In addition to completing a Criminal Record Check, Volunteer Drivers are required to complete the following steps each school year:
1. Request a copy of your Driver’s Abstract. You can either:
a. Apply online: https://onlinebusiness.icbc.com/clio/ OR
b. Visit your local ICBC branch. Please bring your driver’s license and another form of ID.
c. Call ICBC on 250-978-8300. Please have your driver’s license number ready.
2. Complete a Volunteer Driver Application. (3040-C)
Criminal Record Checks (CRC’s) – In addition to the volunteer driving forms, CRC’s are required by any and all adults who may be in a ‘supervisory role’ – this is sometimes needed when we travel as a group either by air and then rental cars or when we go to Vancouver or Seattle. Please follow instructions below and complete the link/site if you have not had one done in the last year
Criminal Record Checks
Volunteers are required to complete a Criminal Record Check every three years.
Please apply online to the Ministry of Justice at https://justice.gov.bc.ca/eCRC/ and use Access Code UV53DWHBYX. Your Criminal Record Check will be sent to the School Board Office for review.
Applicants who have not been living in Canada for at least 2 years or do not have a credit history of at least 6 months are required to obtain a Criminal Record Check through their local police department. The school office can provide a letter to assist with this process.
Program Fees – deposits of $600 were required/requested at the end of school year in June 2018. Please get those in asap, if not already done as I’m instructed by admin to not hand out gear/clothing until done. The remainder is requested for Sept 30 and can be given throughout the year as it works for you and if easier please email Ms. Wendi Marshall who does school accounts and can help you arrange what is easiest. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
A lot to read and take in but hopefully helpful. Feel free to get a hold of me by email anytime – I may not get back to you immediately but will as soon as I can. As mentioned above, it has been a fantastic start to the year and we are excited to see it continue. Looking forward to a great year.
Camp Rocks is back for its 21st year!
Camp Rocks is British Columbia’s longest running and premier lacrosse camp run by former professional and national team players and current coaches Darren Reisig and Fred Jenner. Camp Rocks is for players wanting to learn and develop in the game of lacrosse as well as have fun!! This camp is for all ages and abilities.
Aug 7-10th, 2018
City Center Turf fields
9:00 AM TO 12:00 – Ages 5-16, Boys and Girls
Please see attached brochure for full details and registration form.
The document CAMP_ROCKS__2018_brochure.pdf was attached to this post.
As provided by Independent Sports News – http://www.independentsportsnews.com/2018/06/07/b-c-s-best-ncaa-lacrosse-showcase/
Nine years ago, Claremont coaches and former professional lacrosse players Darren Reisig and Chris McKay decided that it was time for B.C. to showcase the top lacrosse talent in the province. They created the B.C.’s Best NCAA Lacrosse Identification Camp. The inaugural year there were approximately twenty participants and a handful of coaches present. The camp has grown and become the top identification camp in Western Canada with one hundred and sixty athletes (grades nine-twelve) in attendance plus forty coaches representing schools including Ohio State, University of Denver, Michigan State and Penn State.
The goal for Coaches Reisig and McKay has always been to have players from Western Canada be given the opportunity to be awarded scholarships to play and study in the U.S. It was apparent at the end of the day yesterday that there was interest in many players on hand.
Several B.C. boys who are playing and studying in the U.S including Jackson Boyd and Max Wilson (NJIT), Brayden Brown (University of Bellarmine), Adam Fulton (University of Delaware), Brad McCulley (Robert Morris University) and Caleb Kueber (Mercyhurst) were actively coaching teams and running drills on the field yesterday as a way of giving back to the program and to the coaches who assisted them in obtaining opportunities to pursue an education while playing the sport they love south of the border.
The big story of the day however was the debut of the first B.C.’s Best Women’s Identification Camp. There were approximately forty participants, and nine coaches representing nine American Universities.
There was a lot of buzz around local legend, former Shamrock, professional player and head coach of the Syracuse Women’s program Gary Gait being in town in conjunction with representatives from the University of Michigan, Campbell, Tiffin, Concordia, Findlay, Kent State, Hartford and the University of Indiananapolis.
Former Shamrock and professional player Fredi Jenner and his wife former Shippensburg University graduate Linda Jenner who have three children who play lacrosse (two daughters -Maki and Sylvie and son Hudson) co-ordinated the women’s program for the day. Former Claremont graduate Elle Hamilton (dad is former Shamrock and professional player Grant Hamilton) ran the warm ups while Debbie Phillips who is attending Hartford and Marran Dodds who played at McGill this past season took care of the refereeing duties.
The day which included drills, and games ended in the girls changing gear and gears and demonstrating box lacrosse by playing two games for the U.S. coaches as box lacrosse is traditionally a Canadian sport.
I spoke with a group of girls at the end of the day and they said it was a phenomenal experience and they would definitely participate next year. The sport of women’s field lacrosse is growing and we can expect more and more greatness coming out of B.C.
Hi all – hope weekends were good.
Mon – jr have lacrosse at school and important that all are prepped and in gear as we are part of a promotional video being used by the district.
Sr guys will be teaching at Cordova Bay Elem.
Tues and Thur – lacrosse at school.
Wed – PE in main gym for both.
Fri – TBA.