We are officially less then one month away from pre-season! With over thirty players in PE class, record numbers at summer camp, and our inaugural summer and fall league Sailor Girl teams playing competitively, this season promises to be one of the best NHHS Girls’ Lacrosse has seen.
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
There will be a mandatory player meeting during the week of November 4, with time and place to be announced. Keep your ears open during announcements and check your email for Booster updates and teamer notifications. At this meeting, we will go over the pre-season schedule and answer any questions.
If you are unable to make this meeting, you must see Coach Armstrong individually.
Our first day on the field will be Tuesday, November 12. We will meet from 2:30-4:30 every weekday that school is in session. We will not have practice over Thanksgiving (11/26 to 12/1) or over Winter Recess (12/20 to 1/5).
The first two weeks of practice will be dedicated to fitness training. You will be working out for nearly two hours each day, and you must be prepared for core exercises, agility training, strength training, speed training and sprinting, distance running, plyometric exercise, and lower-body conditioning.
Our fitness expert, Chris Chinn, recommends that you prepare over the next month:
- Do regular distance running: Dynamic warm-up for 10-15 minutes, run with heart rate up for 30 minutes, cool down and stretch for 10-15 minutes.
- Strengthen your legs: Jumping, squatting, stadium steps, sprinting, and various weight/machine exercises can help with your lower body conditioning.
- Core training: There are a variety of core exercises and routines you can find online, and Coach Armstrong can provide you with a few if you would like. Alternatively, you can do Pilates.
- Flexibility training: You must stretch warm muscles every day—typically after your workout. Yoga works, too.
Start easy and build yourself up over the course of the next four weeks, and check with your doctor if you have any conditions that might lead to injury. If you feel pain, dizziness, or unusual discomfort, speak with your parents immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
If you are playing a fall sport, you are probably ready to go for boot camp. But be honest with yourself about your fitness level; if you need to do any extra work, get out and get it done.
We look forward to seeing you on the field!