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4 Leaf NH - Fall Youth Academy Training Sessions

By 4 Leaf Lacrosse, 09/05/20, 9:45AM EDT

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4 Leaf Youth Academy Training Sessions

We're excited to launch our fall training sessions! Similar to how we ran them in the spring, the 4 Leaf Youth Academy is designed to allow for position-specific training from the area's best coaches, under the guidance of 4 Leaf leadership and our obsession with player development. 

This fall, we will run four separate academies:

  • Faceoffs
  • Shooting & Dodging
  • Defense
  • Goalie

All four sessions will run concurrently. Athletes looking to do the Faceoffs and Shooting/Dodging will need to choose during registration, but will be allowed to move between the groups during the sessions. 

Please click the registration link to the right to register!

What: 4 Leaf Youth Academy Sessions

Who: Boys ages 2025-2030

When: Wednesdays 6-7pm
September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21

Where: Trinity HS Turf, Circular Drive, Manchester NH

Cost: $150 for 6 sessions 

Faceoffs

Youth players of any age/faceoff skill level are all welcome! No experience necessary. Players will learn technique, quickness, and faceoff IQ.

The Academy will be taught by Blake Boudreau. Blake grew up seeing success in NH lacrosse at the faceoff X with Bishop Guertin. He played Division I at Marist before transferring to Merrimack College and winning a National Championship. Blake was drafted to the MLL and has played one season with the Dallas Rattlers. His knowledge and expertise on faceoffs will provide an excellent opportunity for players to learn and develop skill!

Shooting & Dodging

This Academy will serve to develop youth offensive skills and IQ! This is the best opportunity to develop existing skill as well as build up and learn new concepts, dodges, shooting technique, off ball movement, speed and agility, and overall IQ. This Academy will be taught by Bailey Walsh. Coach Walsh grew up playing lacrosse in NH. He played high school prep at Holderness School earning 1st team All New England honors before playing Division I at Sacred Heart University. After a year Bailey transferred to Merrimack College where he would play in 2 consecutive NCAA National Championships, scoring the game winner in his Senior year finals. Following his college career Bailey continued playing for Team Eire, which is part of Ireland Lacrosse. He attended the World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel playing international lacrosse vs many countries leading the team in points. Since playing, Bailey has been a full time coach and Director gaining experience in leadership and development. Join us at the Offense Academy to gain skill and knowledge

Defense

Players will learn technique, quickness, and defensive IQ.

The Academy will be taught by Chris Diantgikis. Chris Diantgikis enters his third year on the Merrimack College men's lacrosse coaching staff in 2019-20, serving as assistant coach. The former national champion at Dowling College has earned his second and third rings during his first two years on the Merrimack coaching staff, adding an instant impact to the team's defensive unit that finished the 2018 season ranked in the top-five nationally and then concluded 2019 in the top-20. He has helped produce 10 All-Americans in the last two seasons, including a trio of first team selections from his defense/transition midfield units that he worked with directly in 2018. He also coached nine all-region first team honorees three all-conference first team picks.

He was a four-year member of the Dowling men's lacrosse team, helping the team post a 42-13 record. The Lions captured the national championship in 2012. Diantgikis also still plays at the national level - he is a defenseman for the Greece National Lacrosse Team. His knowledge and expertise on defense will provide an excellent opportunity for players to learn and develop skill!

Goalies

Welcome to the 2020 4Leaf Lacrosse Youth Crease Kings Academy! Youth players of any age/goaltending skill level are all welcome. Players will learn technique, quickness, and IQ. The Academy will be ran and taught by Cam Hayward. Cam Hayward is a Derry, NH native. He earned 1st Team All State at Pinkerton Academy before playing at Mount Ida College where he was a four year starter 2014-2018. He also earned  the single season save record at Mount Ida, career save record, most wins, and was a 2x All Conference Goalie GNA. His Coaching career consists of Head Coach Hollis Brookline 2019, Goalie Coach Regis College 2019, and currently Assistant D coordinator / goalie coach Saint A’s. Cam’s knowledge of the goalie position is professional and his ability to translate his skill and knowledge to youth players is effective! Join us for the Crease Kings Academy and become the King of your Crease!

COVID Guidelines

All of our events are held under the guidance of our NH COVID-19 REENTRY GUIDELINES. Please read all of the guidelines on that page, including the specific points below:

Stage 2 Guidelines include: 

  • Players should not leave their cars and enter the turf area until 10 minutes before their scheduled session
  • Any athlete, parent, or coach who experiences illness, fever, or symptoms of COVID-19 should not attend our events. 
  • Athletes or staff who traveled via public transportation, who had contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or who traveled internationally should not attend our events for 14 days. 
  • Coaches and staff will keep a 6-foot distance from parents and athletes, and wear masks in situations where that is not possible. 
  • There will be no high-fives, handshakes, or huddles. 
  • Athletes should arrive at the field fully dressed, or get their equipment on at their vehicle. BAGS WILL NOT BE PERMITTED INSIDE THE COMPLEX. 
  • Athletes should not touch each other's equipment, sticks, water bottles, etc. 
  • Athletes should not pick up balls with bare hands. 
  • Athletes must bring their own water, and should not share water bottles. Water bottles MUST be reusable and water/sports drinks brought from home. DO NOT bring one-time-use water/sports drinks bottles to the field (Dasani, Gatorade, etc). 
  • Parents are asked to keep socially distant from each other, from the athletes, and from coaches while attending our activities. Watching from vehicles, if possible, is encouraged. We do not want large crowds of parents/spectators around the perimeter of the playing surface.