By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/22/12
The Marple Newtown boys’ lacrosse team held its yearly Fall Youth Lacrosse Clinic Saturday for 80 boys from the area in Grades 1 through 8.
The day featured two 3-hour clinics, organized by first-year coach Mike Miller and run by team coaches, 20 players and several youth coaches. The event was free, but through donations $600 was raised for Philabundance The team will be going down to Philabundance in February to help package food for needy people.
At each clinic the instruction focused on fundamentals. The coaches emphasized proper technique in passing/catching drills, shooting, groundballs and playing in unsettled situations.
“We have been doing it for a while and it’s a great way to get the high school kids involved with younger kids,” said Marple Newtown senior attackman R.J. Kline. “They kind of look up to us and we try to be a good influence.
“Hopefully, when they get to our age, they will do the same. We feel this makes us better by starting from the bottom and working our way up.”
Kline said the day helps bond the team.
“It definitely helps us,” he said. “We’re a close knit team; we have pretty much all been together since 3rd or 4th grade.
“We have a lot of younger guys and others that have been on varsity now for the third or fourth year. We have some really good freshmen and some players with a lot of experience. We’re looking forward to playing for coach miller and the rest of the coaches.”
Fellow senior midfielder Aaron Bryant said the players enjoyed working with younger players.
“It’s a great thing for our lacrosse program,” he said. “Any good lacrosse program grooms its younger kids and gets them started early in loving the game.
“With coach Miller here, it’s really great to work with the kids instilling good techniques and tips. That’s really helpful; they really are our future.
“We taught them the basics of how to shoot. Coach Miller showed them how to do things like getting their arms back when shooting and using better form when throwing and picking up groundballs.”
Bryant said the event was a win-win proposition.
“We thought it would be good to have the money go to Philabundance,” he said. “It was great getting the guys out there to work hard and to make money and help everyone out while we are doing it.”
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