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March Newsletter

Posted Saturday, March 29, 2008 by NE
B-CC Field Hockey
March 2008

Spring Fitness Training * RLF Scholarships * Teaching Field Hockey * Upcoming Events

Fitness Training with Tony Russo Starts Wednesday
On Wednesday evenings for the next eight weeks, sports trainer Tony Russo will meet with B-CC field hockey players to work on core strengthening and injury prevention. The first session is this Wednesday, April 2, at 7 pm at Next Level Performance Center (5420 Butler Road, Bethesda, MD 20816). To get there head north on River Road. Immediately past Little Falls Parkway, turn left onto Butler Road. Visit www.nextlevelathletes.net

We realize this Wednesday is the start of lacrosse season. This first session is an assessment time, where Tony will introduce the girls to the program and devise individual training routines for each player. Those who can't make it this Wednesday can get their evaluation the following week.

Right now the cost is $20/session. The more players who routinely participate, the more likely the cost per session MIGHT go down. It's in your best interest--physically and financially--to participate regularly.

April 1 Deadline for Financial Assistance
The Raymond Locke Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to honor the memory of Raymond Locke (father of B-CC field hockey players Abby ’05 and Samantha ’08). The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the sport of field hockey in Raymond’s local community by encouraging girls to play at an earlier age and by reaching out to the underserved girls in our community.

With this in mind, the Foundation is now offering scholarships of up to $500 to girls who need financial assistance in order to participate in field hockey clinics, leagues, camps, or club teams. The application deadline is April 1. Details are on the team website.

Teaching Field Hockey at the Coffield Center
Thursday afternoons, 3:30-5, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1 and 8

Last spring the Raymond Locke Foundation (RLF) coordinated efforts with the after-school staff at the Coffield Center in Silver Spring and started a program to teach field hockey skills to elementary school children. Kate Finn was the head coach, and B-CC players (Samantha Locke, Kelsey Osterman, Annie Cohen, Julia Pernick, Claire Vieth, and others) served as assistant coaches, working with the kids one-on-one and as teams. RFL provided the mouth guards, tiny shin guards, and “inch-long” field hockey sticks to the little players in second through sixth grade--and three boys even played!

The program was such a success that it is again being offered at the Coffield Center in Silver Spring. High school players can receive community service credits for coaching in this informal yet rewarding program.

Improve Your Skills
Many area clubs and colleges offer plenty of opportunities to work on field hockey skills this spring and summer. Check university websites for information on summer camps. For example, Towson University offers a Hitting and Shooting Clinic on April 6 on its Unitas Stadium Astrograss Turf Field. Individual player clinic is $10 and runs 8-10 am, followed by a team play day.

Check out College Quest, a one-day event for those who might want to play in college. It's June 7 at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Visit www.cqsports.net for more info.

Tryouts for Jackals, the club team of Champions of Tomorrow, is May 4 from 1 to 4 at Discovery Sports Center in Germantown. Visit www.championsoftomorrow.com for more info and to register.

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