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Team Jamaica Tryout Itinerary

Team Jamaica Tryouts August 19, 2017

Late registration is still available here

Location: Banko Field (Field Turf Surface), Goodman Athletic Campus, Lehigh University

Address for GPS: 151 Goodman Dr, Bethlehem, PA 18015

General Itinerary:
12:00, Check-In & Locker room facility opens, (An athletic trainer will be available)
12:30, Field is available for throw-around and goalie warm-ups.
1:00, Welcome from Coach Wilson & Staff 
1:15, Warm-Up, Stretch, Stickwork
1:45 – 3:30, Drills (1v1’s, 2v2’s, Unsettled situations, Face-Offs)
3:30 – 4:30, Break & light snack (Turkey sandwich, fruit and a drink will be provided, but you may bring your own if you have dietary restrictions or food allergies.)
4:30,  Coaching staff announces teams for the scrimmage and walks through some basic sets and instructions prior to scrimmaging.
5:00 – 7:00, Full Field Scrimmaging with officials
7:00, Closing Comments from the staff. Coach Wilson will discern the next steps for the selection process following the tryouts and will communicate them to the player pool the week after tryouts. The maximum FIL roster size is 24. 

 

Errol Wilson Heads Team Jamaica’s Staff for 2018 FIL World Championships

Talented coach sees his life come full circle through the game of lacrosse

Kingston, Jamaica – Team Jamaica took another step towards competing in their first ever Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship earlier today when Calbert Hutchinson, President of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA) named Errol Wilson (St. Mary’s, JA / Lehigh University) the head coach of the men’s national team for the 2018 FIL World Championships, set to take place next July in Netanya, Israel. Hutchinson also announced Wilson’s supporting staff which includes Associate Head Coach, Dale Walker (Spanishtown, JA / Wolmers School) and assistant coach, Kevin Martin (Nantucket, MA / Sweetlax).

“Coach Wilson’s success as a player and a coach at the NCAA Division 1 level speaks for itself,” said Hutchinson, “But what we were most impressed with is his desire to be a good father, and to serve as a strong role model to the young men of Jamaica.”

Being named head coach of the first even Jamaica men’s lacrosse national team is a special “full circle” moment for Wilson. His family story is one of humble beginnings with his mother’s Jamaican background rooted in the rural simplicity of St. Mary’s Parish. Wilson’s mother migrated in 1983, settling in Freeport, NY, where he grew up and learned to love the game of lacrosse. He went on to shine football, track, and lacrosse at Freeport HS . He went on to play goalie for Lars Tiffany at Stony Brook University. Shortly after graduation, Wilson started his coaching career at Brown University, where he helped lead the Bears to a 2008 Ivy League Championship. Wilson then spent a year at Rutgers before joining Kevin Cassese’s coaching staff at Lehigh, where he has served for the past six seasons, the past three as Associate Head Coach.

Coach Wilson is excited and honored to be named the first head coach in the history of Jamaica Lacrosse, but the word that probably best describes how he is feeling is, grateful. The talented young coach has a long list of people he would like to thank.

 “I would like to thank all my coaches along the way in every sport I ever played. I’ve been fortunate to be around some incredible coaches, teachers, support staff and administrators. I’m extremely grateful to all the head coaches I have worked for; Lars Tiffany, Jim Stagnitta and now Kevin Cassese; All of these men have been instrumental in my career and life,” said Wilson.  

His comments appropriately echo the spirit and sentiment of Jamaican cultural icon and reggae legend, Bob Marley, who quoted Marcus Garvey in the hit song, No Woman, No Cry, “In this great future, you can’t forget your past. Wilson continued;

“I also want to thank Calbert Hutchinson, Dwight Clarke and Jamaica Lacrosse Association for entrusting me with the great honor and opportunity to lead Team Jamaica.”

Coach Wilson becomes passionately emotional when he talks about his family, and particularly his mother and the sacrifices she made for his family;

‘My Mother is my daily inspiration; She was brave and determined when she migrated to the USA in 1983, her sacrifice, commitment and dedication to myself, my sister Tyisha and our entire family has been a blessing for us all. My mother’s, competitive and ambitious nature reflect our Jamaican roots; she has instilled that in me. Lastly, I would like to thank my wife, Pat and our 2 boys Roman (5) and Solomon (1). I could not make this commitment without their love and support.  I’m honored to represent my family and my roots and my heritage as the head coach of Team Jamaica.”

Putting Coach Wilson’s supporting cast together was something that Hutchinson had to put a lot of thought into, as he wanted to ensure a balance of local leadership, world class coaching and candidates with Jamaican roots, which is what led him to identify Dale Walker as the associate head coach.   

“Coach Walker has played an integral role in the growth of our boys and girls high school lacrosse league, here in Kingston,” said Hutchinson. “He is going to be tasked with our ongoing efforts to groom and develop the top local talent here in Kingston on a year-round basis. Dale will be an invaluable part of Coach Wilson’s staff.”

Walker serves as the head coach of the boys and girls programs at Wolmers Schools in downtown Kingston. He was also the beneficiary of an FIL Leadership grant that enabled him to attend the 2017 US Lacrosse Convention. In the coming weeks, Walker is helping the JLA run their first ever Level 1 Coaches & Officials Certification to help build capacity for the ever-growing Jamaica High School Lacrosse League.

Kevin Martin, founded Sweetlax, one of the nation’s top high school programs with elite teams based in Florida and New York. Martin has established himself as one of the top high school club coaches in the country, and will play an integral role as a member of the Team Jamaica staff.  Coach Martin has already played a major role in growing the men’s player pool and soliciting corporate sponsorship for Team Jamaica.

“Kevin is an outstanding coach and has developed a reputation as one of the best evaluators of talent in the lacrosse world. Beyond that, his work with youth lacrosse in Nantucket, MA, opened the doors of opportunity to many young Jamaican-American boys, and his relationship as a mentor and guardian to Hakeem Lecky (Kingston, JA / Nantucket, MA / Syracuse University), makes his role with Team Jamaica even more meaningful,” said Hutchinson.  

Details regarding the try-out process for Team Jamaica will be announced in the coming days.

2017 Summer Camp Update & Reminders

We have over 200 Campers signed up for this year’s HS Lacrosse Camp. As you prepare for the start of camp next week, please review the following information. 

  • DATES: Camp will be held at STGC on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10 AM – 1 PM, every week starting Monday, July 3. The last day of camp is Thursday, August 3. There will be no camp on August 1. *CHECK IN ON MONDAY STARTS AT 9 AM, CAMP STARTS AT 10 AM. 
  • ID CARDS: Campers will be issued an ID Card on a lanyard on the first day of camp for a cost of $100 JA. They will need to bring this ID card to camp every day or security will not let you on campus. There will be a $500 JA charge to replace your ID Card and lanyard if you lose it.
  • CAMPER CODE OF CONDUCT & PARENT PERMISSION SLIP:   All campers must sign and the code of conduct and permission slip and turn that in at check-in. Here is a link to the document
  • CANTEEN: There will be a small canteen set-up with limited snacks & refreshments. Campers should bring a water bottle that they can refill from the camp igloos.
  • WHAT SHOULD YOU BRING TO CAMP: Lacrosse players that have lacrosse equipment MUST USE THEIR CURRENT EQUIPMENT. All campers should come to camp dressed prepared for athletic activity. We have a VERY limited amount of sticks & equipment that will be allocate to new lacrosse players. We are currently waiting on a shipment to arrive at the wharf that it is due by the second week of camp. As we move through the 5-week summer camp, experienced players will have the opportunity to earn new sticks or equipment through hard-work, good behaviour and improvement.
  • IF YOU LACK EQUIPMENT:
    • Girls: Do not stress over this, as the only equipment needed to play women’s lacrosse is a stick. We currently have some girls sticks ready to be issued, if we run out, you will be able to borrow sticks until the new shipment arrives.
    • Boys: We have a limited amount of equipment for new lacrosse players. If we do not have enough equipment for all the new boy’s lacrosse players, then do not stress, you should attend camp every day until the equipment arrives. In the meantime, our staff will work to teach you the skills of the game until you receive your own stick and equipment.
  • SAFETY & SECURITY: The JLA works hard to offer this summer camp free of charge and to issue free equipment to new lacrosse players. We are also working with STGC security and issuing camper’s ID cards to do our best to keep the camp organized and safe for all participants. However, each camper must take personal responsibility for anything they bring to camp, and everyone must realize that in any sport of physical activity there is the potential for injury.
  • CHAMPIONSHIP THURSDAYS: Every Thursday at camp we have special games for the top players in the boys & girls groups. These select players will play in our “GAME OF THE WEEK” and at times will get to represent Jamaica and play against the visiting coaches from the USA.
  • August 3rd, JAMAICA FRIENDSHIP GAMES: The final Thursday (August 3) of camp will feature the JAMAICA Friendship Games, where the top boys & girls will be selected to form a Jamaica U-19 team to play the USA. We will be inviting media and news outlets to be covering these featured matches.
  • FUTURE OF JAMAICA HS LACROSSE: We currently have 8 boys HS teams and 6 girls HS teams (Soon to be 7 with Immaculate adding lacrosse in the next school year). The outlook for the next school year is to have an off-season training period in November concluding with LAXFEST, a big one day HS Lacrosse competition. We will have our annual Holiday Camp at STGC weekdays December 27 – January 5. The official HS Season, the Taino Cup (Boys) and Maroon Cup (Girls) is held in January and February.
  • Team Jamaica & FIL World Championships / Olympics: Next summer (2018) the JLA will be sending a senior men’s team to the FIL World Championships. Every four years the FIL runs a World Championship. 2019 is the junior (U-19) girls, and 2020 is the junior (U-19) boys, 2021 is Senior Women. These teams will be highly selective and will be a mix of the top players in the Diaspora and the top local players based on International Olympic Committee & FIL eligibility rules. The final selection for local players will take place at the Holiday Camp in January. The FIL’s current targeted goal for lacrosse to be part of the summer Olympics is 2024 or 2028.

Team Jamaica Competing in International Lacrosse Showdown

KINGSTON, JAMAICA – JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson, is excited to announce that a Jamaican team of over 40 athletes has formed to compete in the 2017 International Lacrosse Showdown this coming weekend at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, USA. The event has been coordinated by the Israel Lacrosse Association, who earlier this week held a press conference in Tel Aviv to announce the details of their plans to host the 2018 FIL Men’s World Championships. (Click here for coverage of this announcement.)

“Participation in this event is an important next step in our engagement of Jamaican lacrosse players in the Diaspora,” said Hutchinson. “While local, home-grown development here is Jamaica has and always will be our top priority, we are really excited to engage with Jamaicans living abroad in the USA, Canada and the UK to give them an opportunity to support and connect with their roots.” 

The roster for this weekend’s event is comprised largely of Jamaican-American heritage players, all of whom are eligible to compete for a spot on Jamaica’s 24 man roster for the the 2018 FIL World Championships. 

Hutchinson continued, “Ultimately this weekend is not about the 2018 team, it is about fostering a sense of fellowship and family among Jamaican lacrosse players living abroad. The roster for the 2018 Championships is going to be a balance of top local talent here in Jamaica with the most talented players in the diaspora, but we really want to encourage the Diaspora to keep participating in events like these throughout the year.” 

Donald Wilson of Bridgeport, CT, who hails for Westmoreland will be coaching the team alongside Skip Darden (Hobart). Former NCAA All-American, Evan Redwood (Amherst), led the charge in forming the team for this weekend’s event. Evan’s parents hail from Kingston, and now reside outside Baltimore, MD. 

The schedule for this weekend’s event is: 

FRIDAY, May 26
6pm – Israel vs Portugal
7pm – Israel vs Greece
8pm – Greece vs Portugal

SATURDAY, May 27
7am – Hungary vs Puerto Rico
7am – Greece vs Jamaica
8am – Philippines vs Jamaica
8am – Hungary vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Portugal
9am – Greece vs Puerto Rico

SUNDAY, May 28
7am – Israel vs Jamaica
7am – Greece vs Philippines
8am – Israel vs Hungary
8am – Puerto Rico vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Puerto Rico
9am – Hungary vs Jamaica

MONDAY, May 29
7am – Israel vs Puerto Rico
7am – Hungary vs Greece
8am – Hungary vs Philippines
8am – Jamaica vs Portugal
9am – Israel vs Philippines
9am – Puerto Rico vs Jamaica

Team Jamaica’s roster for this weekend is: 

No. First Name Last Name Position Current or Most Recent School or Team
0 Nashwan Hoffman Midfield Adelphi College
1 Rob Kelly Defense University of Richmond
2 Peter Fell Midfield Bates College
3 Anthony Little LSM Rutgers / Charlotte LC
4 Aston King SSDM Frostburg State
5 Zavier Luddington LSM Newmarket Redbirds
6 Deshaunte longley Midfield Johnson & Wales
7 Shakir Saunders Midfield East Coast Dyes
8 Jalen Paul Midfield Franklin Pierce
9 Chris Wong Attack  
10 Donneal Green Midfield Howard CC
11 Brendan Murphy Midfield Rochester River Monsters
14 Joshua Duperly Midfield Coral Reef HS
15 Josiah Wilson Attack Denison University
16 Shakeim Golden Midfield Georgian Court
17 Tyrrell Halliman Goalie Onondaga
18 Courtney Morgan LSM Connecticut College
20 Khary Dennis Midfield Williams College
21 Hakim Thompson Midfield Princeton
22 Shawndel Evans II Midfield Thiel College
23 Jordan Bogle Attack Anderson Broaddus
25 Mark Dwyer Midfield Stevenson
27 Tim Saunders FO Midfield Brunswick School
28 Justin Ashman Defense Suffolk CC
35 Mike Hicks FO Midfield Bergen Catholic
37 Brian Bristol SSDM Bowdoin College
38 Manzu-Lyn Cain SSDM Staffordshire University
39 Jamar Hall SSDM Stockton University
40 Wayne Johnson Attack Suffolk CC
43 Colin Shea Attack Stockton University
47 Nes Geffrard Midfield University at Albany
48 Brian Mahadeo Midfield University of the Cumberlands
50 Justin Ashman SSDM Suffolk CC
52 Jordan Williams Attack Brooklyn Dodgers LC
54 Alex Kelly SSDM Monmouth University
60 Joel Brown Midfield Florida Southern
TBD Mark Darden Midfield Hobart
TBD Elijah Darden Midfield Mt. St. Mary’s
TBD Timothy Swaby    
TBD Raymind Swaby    
TBD Doug Clemmon Midfield Western Connecticut

Team Jamaica Heritage Squad forming for Intl Tournament

The Jamaica Lacrosse Association in excited to announce that Jamaica will be represented at the 2017
International Men’s Lax Showdown, scheduled to take place in New England on Memorial Weekend (May 26-29) alongside the NCAA Lacrosse Championships.

“This is the biggest and most exciting weekend of the year for lacrosse fans around the world,” said JLA President, Calbert Hutchinson. “It is an ideal opportunity for the extended Jamaica Lacrosse family to get together and represent Jamaica, while still being able to catch all the excitement of NCAA Championship Weekend.”

Hutchinson and his team have seen lacrosse grow by leaps and bounds on the local front, as their Kingston based HS Lacrosse league exploded to fourteen teams this past year. Now is the time to see if the many talented Jamaican-American lacrosse players living abroad can rally together and form a heritage team of players eligible to represent Jamaica under FIL rules for this important event.

Heading up the effort to form the team for the 2017 International Lax Showdown is Evan Redwood,a Manhattan based heritage player, whose parents hail from Kingston, Jamaica. Redwood grew up in Baltimore where he attended lacrosse powerhouse Gilman. He went on to prolific career at Amherst College, where he starred as an All-American attackman. Redwood now works as a Business Development Coordinator at ZEFR.

Eligible players can CLICK HERE to join the team and can send questions to jamaicalacrosse@gmail.com 

The tentative game schedule for 2017 International Lax Showdown is below. *Note that the games are scheduled in the morning so players can attend the NCAA Championship games that take place later in the day. 

SATURDAY, May 27
7am – Hungary vs Puerto Rico
7am – Greece vs Jamaica
8am – Philippines vs Jamaica
8am – Hungary vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Portugal
9am – Greece vs Puerto Rico

SUNDAY, May 28
7am – Israel vs Jamaica
7am – Greece vs Philippines
8am – Israel vs Hungary
8am – Puerto Rico vs Portugal
9am – Philippines vs Puerto Rico
9am – Hungary vs Jamaica

MONDAY, May 29
7am – Israel vs Puerto Rico
7am – Hungary vs Greece
8am – Hungary vs Philippines
8am – Jamaica vs Portugal
9am – Israel vs Philippines
9am – Puerto Rico vs Jamaica

KC & St. Hugh’s Shine in Exciting Opening Day of HS Lax Champs at Hillel

Kingston, Jamaica – The atmosphere was electric as fourteen different teams marched on to the sports grounds of Hillel Academy for the start of the 2017 Jamaica High School Lax Champs competition earlier today. When the dust settled on over five hours of intense lacrosse competition, two teams went undefeated to claim the top rankings heading into next week’s play-offs at St. George’s College. Kingston College claimed the top spot for the boys, topping Jamaica College and Wolmer’s, while defending Maroon Cup Champions, St. Hugh’s cruised past Alpha and Wolmer’s to keep hold of their top ranking.

“The sport of lacrosse won today,” stated Calbert Hutchinson, President of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association (JLA). “These young men and women are falling in love with the game and starting to compete at a high level, but most importantly, they are having fun.”

One thing is for sure, it was certainly a fun, high energy atmosphere on the beautiful grounds of Hillel Academy. The day was very well organized and the energy levels stayed high from start to finish as all the teams in attendance put on a show, entertaining the spectators with the fast paced sport of lacrosse (dubbed around the world as the “fastest game on two feet”). If you were observing the sport for the first time here in Jamaica, it would be hard not to think that this sport could be “The next big thing” here in Jamaica.

Boy’s match results:
Hillel over Campion, 5-1
St. George’s over Wolmers, 8-5
KC over JC, 6-2
Excelsior over Calabar, 4-3
St. George’s over Hillel, 5-1
Excelsior over Campion, 6-2
KC over Wolmers, 6-5
Calabar over JC, 4-3
 

Girl’s match results:
St. Hugh’s over Alpha, 9-3
Excelsior over Wolmers, 4-3
Hillel over Campion, 2-0
St. Hugh’s over Wolmers, 9-5
Alpha over Campion, 4-2
Excelsior over Hillle, 4-2
 
These results served to dictate the rankings for the start of the Jamaica HS Lax Champs play-offs next week at Emmet Park on the campus of St. George’s College. The game schedule is as follows:

Week 2: Saturday, Feb 18. Play-Off Round at St. George’s College, Emmet Park
*All teams play two games, except the top two girls seeds (They advance directly to the semifinals).
12:00 Arrival and warm up Field & Game Number
1:00  Boys #1 KC v #8 Campion Field 1. Boys Game 1 (Quartfinal Round)
1:00 Boys #2 STGC v #7 JC Field 2. Boys Game 2 (Quartferfinal Round)
1:00 Girls #3 Alpha v #6 Campion Field 3. Girls Game 1 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Boys #3 Wolmers v #6 Calabar Field 1. Boys Game 3 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Boys #4 Excelsior v #5 Hillel Field 2. Boys Game 4 (Quarterfinal Round)
2:00 Girls #4 Wolmers v #5 Hillel Field 3. Girls Game 2 (Quarterfinal Round)
3:00 Boys loser of game 1 v loser of game 4 Field 1. Boys Game 5 (Consolation Game for rankings 4-8)
3:00 Boys loser of game 2 v loser of game 3 Field 2. Boys Game 6 (Consolation Game for rankings 4-8)
3:00 Girls #1 St. Hugh’s v Winner of Girls Game 1 Field 3. Girls Game 3 (Semifinal Round)
4:00 Boys Winner of Game 1 v Winner of Game 4 Field 1. Boys Game 7 (Semifinal Round)
4:00 Boys Winner of Game 2 v Winner of Game 3 Field 2. Boys Game 8 (Seminfinal Round)
4:00 Girls #2 Excelsior v winner of Girls Game 2 Field 3. Girls Game 4 (Semifinal Round)

 

More about lacrosse in Jamaica:

Lacrosse is a new sport here in Jamaica, but is the fastest growing team sport in the USA and Canada. Jamaica is a member of the Federation of International Lacrosse and hopes to participate in World Championship events in the future.  For more information on the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, you can visit www.jamaicalacrosse.org. For more information on the Federation of International Lacrosse you can visit www.filacrosse.com