Dear Parents and Players;
Good evening to all of you, hope this e-mail finds you and your family well. I wanted to send out some updates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the delays and closures we have, and what we should expect moving forward. As more cases in Maryland are reported, we will see how well our self quarantined precautions have helped the overall outlook in our region. Again, everyone is being cautious, which is what we need to do for our families.
As of today, this is what we know. Many schools and parks have closed their fields, trying to keep gatherings of sports teams to a minimum. Also, from what we have been told so far, there is a solid chance these field restrictions could last through the middle of April. Right now, it looks like April 6th is the day the parks, fields, and schools will open up again. So, right now, we are unable to practice at St. Paul's until Tuesday, April 7th. This date could change, but if everything goes well, this could be the start up date.
Last, I know some boys and teams have gathered to practice. I love the idea, but these gatherings are optional. These are the precautions we need to take if the boys are getting together.
1) Make sure every player brings their own water, NO SHARING!!!!!
2) If a player is sick, or has a household member sick or compromised, please stay away from practice. Family safety is of the utmost importance during these times.
3) No practice snacks should be offered or present.
4) No team huddles before or after a gathering.
Just trying to be smart, and just thinking about everyones health. Please take caution with every group practice and game we have moving forward until we have gotten through this crisis. Thank you all for your understanding, and please keep an eye out for schedule updates, and practice starts shortly.
Congrats to the 2024 team for making the Beach Lax Championship
and CHAMPS of NXT Cup!
A HUGE congrats to freshman, Dominic Pietramala (Kooper’s 2021 Black) for being named Fox 45 Prep Player of the week. Dom scored 7 goals and 2 assists last week in the Boys’ Latin Varsity win over Loyola Blakefield 15-8. Stellar performance, Dom!
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Waseda University is in Japan, and is one of their very top schools of advanced learning. Admission to this University is quite selective, and tuition is quite expensive...over 1 million Japanese yen per semester...over $10,000 USA. Only the most talented students need applyand barely one-out-of seven of those applicants are accepted. Included in their varied fields of study, they have a “ Sports Science “ program which recruits and accepts the most talented athletes in Japan, with the aim of fielding internationally competitive teams in a variety of sports.
Amongst their endeavors...They have the top-ranked college Lacrosse team in Japan...and much of the Japanese world cup lacrosse team is made up of Waseda players. Japan is currently ranked between #8 and #10 internationally, based on which ranking one accepts.
Koopers Coaches Gregg Furshman, Brett Yoder, and Ron Klausner met Tuesday morning at the National Hall of Fame Lacrosse field and spent a couple of hours putting the 45-man Waseda University team through it’s paces. GREAT JOB...Koopers coaches.
The entire affair was great fun...the lads were very good athletes....good lacrosse players...and they were eager to learn and to perform to the best of their abilities....which were considerable. Very few of the players were proficient in English, and each coach was assigned an interpreter. All of our instructions went through the translators....and who knows how much was lost in translations.