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Posted By: BoardLord Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 10/26/10 11:37 PM
Discussion thread for community members interested in the Long Island Pride including club information, coaching, teams, tournaments, and game play.
Posted By: BoardLord Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 11/13/10 07:11 PM
As part of our program reviews, here are the costs for the 2011 Long Island Pride program.

FEES FOR SUMMER OF 2011

BOYS:
$950.00 FOR NEW PLAYERS (INCLUDES: HELMET, GLOVES, AND BAG)
$725.00 FOR RETURNING PLAYERS
INCLUDES 4 TOURNAMENTS.
VARSITY PLAYERS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND HOT BEDS
PLAYERS WILL ONLY BE REQUIRED TO PAY THE FEE SET BY HOT BEDS
(THE PRIDE DOES NOT CHARGE AN EXTRA FEE TO ATTEND)

GIRLS:
$950.00 FOR NEW PLAYERS (INCLUDES: SWEATSHIRT AND LOUNGE PANTS)
$725.00 FOR RETURNING PLAYERS
INCLUDES 4 TOURNAMENTS
Posted By: BoardLord Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 11/13/10 07:12 PM
Originally Posted by BoardLord
Discussion thread for community members interested in the Long Island Pride including club information, coaching, teams, tournaments, and game play.
For more information, you can check the Long Island Pride Lacrosse Web Site.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 11/14/10 06:52 PM
Originally Posted by BoardLord
Originally Posted by BoardLord
Discussion thread for community members interested in the Long Island Pride including club information, coaching, teams, tournaments, and game play.
For more information, you can check the Long Island Pride Lacrosse Web Site.
Does anyone know why the grade school boys tryouts were cancelled on Sunday?
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 03/17/11 05:57 PM
Repeated from another thread where this was posted.

Originally Posted by CageSage
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Does anyone have any feedback or experience with the Long Island Pride Girls Lacrosse league?
If you are talking about the Pride club team, you can find a thread dedicated to the program by clicking here for the BOTC Thread.
We can report that the Long Island Pride are advertising an additional round of tryouts for Sunday, March 20th.
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 03/17/11 06:00 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Does anyone know why the grade school boys tryouts were cancelled on Sunday?
Looks like there is a full round of re-tryouts scheduled this weekend - either low registration of lack of evaluators caused the initial cancellations.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 03/17/11 06:09 PM
How is the program for girls?
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/11/11 02:55 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
How is the program for girls?


This is what I was wondering.. Anyone with feedback?
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/11/11 03:53 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
How is the program for girls?
This is what I was wondering. Anyone with feedback?
The girls program is not as well developed as the boys side and certainly does not receive the same level of attention from their web site. That said, the Pride tournament roster included the Capital Cup, Lax for the Cure (this last weekend), Jersey Shore Beach Blast, and the Long Island Elite Girls Showcase. For a varsity player looking for a premier recruiting event, the Elite Showcase is one of the local pinnacles so that visibility is there.

From their coaches listing, Ken Alverson was involved with the girls programs on Long Island (LISGYLL, Friends Varsity Assistant) through 2005. Michele Schaefer handles the Girls Varsity program for the Pride (currently Varsity Coach at Plainview High School).

Your call beyond that. Hope that this information helps!
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 10/25/11 05:10 PM
Reprinting from another post in the Team 91 thread. Poster is seeking information about the Pride program.
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Do not know where to put this- but we are a 91 family and also hoping to hear some info on Pride. I know last year they had everyone play that wanted to. This year I heard they were making it more competitive and will not be having as many teams. My son played for 91 in the past but got cut and really only wanted to try out for a team where he knew others trying out- so he chose Pride, along with some friends. I have heard some good things about them- but not much else. Can someone fill me in... he is 2017 year and tried out with 2017-2018 both days.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 10/25/11 10:50 PM
Thanks... sorry did not see the initial thread.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/06/12 05:36 PM
I'm a LAX newbie parent and was wondering if I get some parent thoughts on the Pride program ? I'm looking to independent parent comments rather than the Prides own view. Do they have an "A" or "B" team.? Any comments about the fall/winter program would be helpful as well.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/06/12 07:59 PM
My son had played for a big well known club for a few years and eventually got cut this past year. We were not bitter- but sought to find a team that worked for our schedule and his abilities. He tried out for Pride as many of the other big names already had their try outs by the time he heard he was cut. We were sure it would be a one year thing and he would try out for some of the bigger names next year. I have to say, I am fairly impressed with the club. They are not one of the power houses- but not every kid needs a power house team. We have another son that still remains on a power house team.

My son is on the shy side and he has made some great friends and feels fairly happy with his team. As parents that have been involved with a bigger club, I can say we are just as happy with this club. Sometimes when a door shuts, a better one opens and in his case, this is exactly what happened.

He will play 4 tournaments this summer, they list their tournaments on the site. He played for their Spring league and if we had known he would going to be with Pride and the ins and outs- we would have registered him for the Fall Ball as well.

The club is less expensive than some of the others. The coaches have been so professional and communicate with the players and the parents. My son loves his coaches- they are young and fun. They work him hard, but he is enjoying playing for them. They are not top name coaches, but they know their stuff and they respect the kids. I do not see any favoritism, but obviously some of the stronger players may get a bit of extra playing time.

They have three 7/8th grade teams. The A team is mostly all 8th graders. The two others are basically split evenly with a mix of 7th ( mostly and a few 8th graders. When they go to tournaments- they play B level and the 8th grade team plays in the A division.

Hope this helps.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/06/12 11:49 PM
Thank you very much, I appreciate the time you put in your response. You hit on a few items that I'm looking for. My son started late but enjoys the game very much. Is he going to get a scholarship for college based on laccrosse. No he is not. I'm a realistic parent. I'm looking for a B team for him to play on a 7th /8th grade level. Your comments are right on point. You have to consider not only each organizations but also and what I'm learning now that within the organization ( A team /B team) that fits a childs and parents needs. Thank you once again.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/11/12 03:45 PM
Coaches are well respected and connected. I think they make their money running their tournament so the team fees are lower than most other clubs. good luck
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/11/12 06:09 PM
I saw a pride team play at Lehigh and was very impressed. They were in the finals, not sure of the grade. I have spoken with one of the directors about a year ago, didnt know me from a hole in the wall and called me back and stayed on with me for close to 30 minutes. If and when my son decides to move teams I will definately give LI Pride a long hard look.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 08/07/12 01:36 AM
Does anyone have an idea on the cost of the 2013 summer program? This thread stsrted with summer 2011 costs. I'm looking for an update. They mention the cost of the tryouts 2013 tryouts on their website, but I dont see the cost of the 2013 summer program?. It would be nice to see the cost of the program before the tryout?
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 08/07/12 12:36 PM
2012 was around a thousand- maybe 975. That was for the summer. The Spring was another 125-150. That included the tournament fees and uniform- gloves, helmet.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 08/07/12 03:34 PM
Does anyone know the recruiting process for LI Pride? Have any players been recruited by schools, and if so, what schools? There is no recruiting tab showing kids who have been recruited and what schools they attended through Pride?
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/26/13 01:20 PM
Couldn't figure out where else to comment about this. Seems like the Pride tournament numbers are way down this year. Also noticed that they are not being covered by BOTC this year. Did something happen with this tournament? No one even knew it was taking place from my surrounding clubs. We thought it was cancelled and left this weekend open.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/26/13 01:42 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Couldn't figure out where else to comment about this. Seems like the Pride tournament numbers are way down this year. Also noticed that they are not being covered by BOTC this year. Did something happen with this tournament? No one even knew it was taking place from my surrounding clubs. We thought it was cancelled and left this weekend open.


The 5/6th grade division has a lot of New Jersey clubs. As a festival, not tournament maybe clubs are more interested in possible t-shirts than just a fun day of lacrosse.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/26/13 02:21 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Couldn't figure out where else to comment about this. Seems like the Pride tournament numbers are way down this year. Also noticed that they are not being covered by BOTC this year. Did something happen with this tournament? No one even knew it was taking place from my surrounding clubs. We thought it was cancelled and left this weekend open.


10 fields going from 8-7 isn't too terrible of a turnout. There are 28 teams in the 7/8 grade division which is pretty decent.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/26/13 03:30 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Couldn't figure out where else to comment about this. Seems like the Pride tournament numbers are way down this year. Also noticed that they are not being covered by BOTC this year. Did something happen with this tournament? No one even knew it was taking place from my surrounding clubs. We thought it was cancelled and left this weekend open.


The 5/6th grade division has a lot of New Jersey clubs. As a festival, not tournament maybe clubs are more interested in possible t-shirts than just a fun day of lacrosse.


I completely agree and see this becoming more of a trend in the future that teams will shy away from "tournaments" that aren't tournament style with playoffs and a champion. JDRF gets away with it because of the charity angle.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/26/13 04:15 PM
This is a great day of lacrosse, if your team is just interested in saying they won or lost then go somewhere else, you will cry no matter where your team plays.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/26/13 07:45 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Couldn't figure out where else to comment about this. Seems like the Pride tournament numbers are way down this year. Also noticed that they are not being covered by BOTC this year. Did something happen with this tournament? No one even knew it was taking place from my surrounding clubs. We thought it was cancelled and left this weekend open.


The 5/6th grade division has a lot of New Jersey clubs. As a festival, not tournament maybe clubs are more interested in possible t-shirts than just a fun day of lacrosse.



I completely agree and see this becoming more of a trend in the future that teams will shy away from "tournaments" that aren't tournament style with playoffs and a champion. JDRF gets away with it because of the charity angle.

JDRF raises money to help sick children. They don't get away with any angle you tool.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/26/13 07:58 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Couldn't figure out where else to comment about this. Seems like the Pride tournament numbers are way down this year. Also noticed that they are not being covered by BOTC this year. Did something happen with this tournament? No one even knew it was taking place from my surrounding clubs. We thought it was cancelled and left this weekend open.


The 5/6th grade division has a lot of New Jersey clubs. As a festival, not tournament maybe clubs are more interested in possible t-shirts than just a fun day of lacrosse.


Went back and looked at the 2012 teams - well populated from Long Island. Have not seen this year's 5th/6th grade roster, but if you are right, many Long Island teams have opted out this year. Very concerned that BOTC was not covering this event particularly given the Long Island drop off.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/26/13 08:14 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous

The 5/6th grade division has a lot of New Jersey clubs. As a festival, not tournament maybe clubs are more interested in possible t-shirts than just a fun day of lacrosse.


Went back and looked at the 2012 teams - well populated from Long Island. Have not seen this year's 5th/6th grade roster, but if you are right, many Long Island teams have opted out this year. Very concerned that BOTC was not covering this event particularly given the Long Island drop off. [/quote]

This year the 5/6 division has 22 teams with 12 from Long Island and 5 from other parts of NY. So that leaves at most 5 Jersey teams.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/27/13 11:44 AM
The Pride Club may not have wanted this tournament advertised here this year? I know not all tournaments are discussed of on this forum. Either way- it was a fun day last year. There were a fair amount if 7/8th gr teams last year and it was run smoothly.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/29/13 01:05 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
The Pride Club may not have wanted this tournament advertised here this year? I know not all tournaments are discussed of on this forum. Either way- it was a fun day last year. There were a fair amount if 7/8th gr teams last year and it was run smoothly.
This should be another fun day. Team counts over the last two years (this year, last year) and looks way down this year. Advertise or not, that's a ton of missing revenue. Smaller clubs this year. Hope this year's version will be at much fun as last year - that is all my boys want.
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/29/13 01:20 AM
Long Island Pride LaxFest 2013 - Saturday Teams

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Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/29/13 01:22 AM
Long Island Pride LaxFest 2013 - Sunday Teams

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Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/29/13 09:14 PM
Originally Posted by CageSage
Long Island Pride LaxFest 2013 - Sunday Teams

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Fun time today at Pridefest. My sons 5th grade team played 6/7th grade team in the 5/6th grade bracket. Team was from New Jersey.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/30/13 12:48 AM
You only need 4 similar level teams to put together a bracket that gives teams 3 good games. To have teams play against kids who a year and/or two years older is just not acceptable. They worry about the stupid waver forms, and then have 10 year olds play 12 year olds which is an injury waiting to happen.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/30/13 03:38 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
You only need 4 similar level teams to put together a bracket that gives teams 3 good games. To have teams play against kids who a year and/or two years older is just not acceptable. They worry about the stupid waver forms, and then have 10 year olds play 12 year olds which is an injury waiting to happen.


I agree. We were rising six graders playing rising 8th graders. When every kid on one team is almost a full head taller than the other team it should be a signal that the matchup is off.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/30/13 04:08 AM
Kids get injured playing kids there own age. My sons small for his age so the other teams always look bigger and older. If u have a second grader playing up on a 3rd grade team playing in a 3/4 grade division you can't complain when u run into a 4 th grade team
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/30/13 05:14 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by CageSage
Long Island Pride LaxFest 2013 - Sunday Teams

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Fun time today at Pridefest. My sons 5th grade team played 6/7th grade team in the 5/6th grade bracket. Team was from New Jersey.
Bad enough when teams play down but when they play down in a B bracket and barely win
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 06/30/13 12:48 PM
Pride fest has become a joke and all about the $$$$$$ if it wasn't they would take there time and make age (grade) appropriate brackets . I can not believe people pay $950 for that . But it's a business so if people buy you sell. I saw some of the match ups and it was bad .
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/01/13 03:21 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Kids get injured playing kids there own age. My sons small for his age so the other teams always look bigger and older. If u have a second grader playing up on a 3rd grade team playing in a 3/4 grade division you can't complain when u run into a 4 th grade team
Yes you can't complain when playing up or age appropriate. But when you show up at a tournament in a 5/6 grade bracket and play a team whose own parents admit are incoming 8th graders you have a problem. Who do you blame the tournament, the coaches who put a 7th going into 8th grade team in a 5/6 grade bracket, the parents (especially after they knew they were older), who? Unfortunatly it will take a player getting hurt and someone getting sued until it stops. MAYBE
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/01/13 11:01 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Kids get injured playing kids there own age. My sons small for his age so the other teams always look bigger and older. If u have a second grader playing up on a 3rd grade team playing in a 3/4 grade division you can't complain when u run into a 4 th grade team
Yes you can't complain when playing up or age appropriate. But when you show up at a tournament in a 5/6 grade bracket and play a team whose own parents admit are incoming 8th graders you have a problem. Who do you blame the tournament, the coaches who put a 7th going into 8th grade team in a 5/6 grade bracket, the parents (especially after they knew they were older), who? Unfortunatly it will take a player getting hurt and someone getting sued until it stops. MAYBE
Which team(s) was in the wrong age group and played down? The argument to date has been that this event is a festival and not a tournament, but for $1000.00 per team, you expect a tournament-level performance for tournament-level prices. Proper age-group placement is something that the BOTC advertised tournaments have been working to police this year.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/01/13 11:22 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Yes you can't complain when playing up or age appropriate. But when you show up at a tournament in a 5/6 grade bracket and play a team whose own parents admit are incoming 8th graders you have a problem. Who do you blame the tournament, the coaches who put a 7th going into 8th grade team in a 5/6 grade bracket, the parents (especially after they knew they were older), who? Unfortunatly it will take a player getting hurt and someone getting sued until it stops. MAYBE


The blame goes to the directors that register their teams into the wrong divisions!!! The guys that run these tournaments are just looking at a sheet of paper that the team directors filled out, they don't know the age of every team or kid.

IMO having divisions with 2 ages 5/6, 7/8 ect. creates more cheating by these directors.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/01/13 11:37 AM
People have legitimate complaints, but I thought I'd throw out a compliment ...

My son's 7/8 team played three games in the 7/8 age group, against all 7/8 teams. One LI team and two NJ teams. All three games were good, the officiating was good, and most of the fields were in good shape. Been to Pridefest three times with two different clubs, and it was well run from my perspective each time.

There really is only so much a tourney can do if teams are signing up with kids that are too old. Until lax starts requiring birth certificates this will continue to happen. All tournaments suffer from this, especially when the standard is different from one to the other (age based vs. grade based). In turn, the clubs (and we) suffer, as some teams are formed to cover U13 or U15 age groups and others by specific graduation year.

There were more teams in prior years, and I think Pridefest (like a lot of tournaments) will need to add a championship round or attendance will probably continue to fall off. The landscape of summer lax has changed and clubs want to advertise results. Some of the charity tournaments like the JDRF and Gallagher may be able to keep the festival format for a little longer, but I think even they will have to change eventually.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/01/13 01:33 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous

I think Pridefest (like a lot of tournaments) will need to add a championship round or attendance will probably continue to fall off. The landscape of summer lax has changed and clubs want to advertise results. Some of the charity tournaments like the JDRF and Gallagher may be able to keep the festival format for a little longer, but I think even they will have to change eventually.


I agree 100%
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/01/13 02:06 PM
Originally Posted by CageSage
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Kids get injured playing kids there own age. My sons small for his age so the other teams always look bigger and older. If u have a second grader playing up on a 3rd grade team playing in a 3/4 grade division you can't complain when u run into a 4 th grade team
Yes you can't complain when playing up or age appropriate. But when you show up at a tournament in a 5/6 grade bracket and play a team whose own parents admit are incoming 8th graders you have a problem. Who do you blame the tournament, the coaches who put a 7th going into 8th grade team in a 5/6 grade bracket, the parents (especially after they knew they were older), who? Unfortunatly it will take a player getting hurt and someone getting sued until it stops. MAYBE
Which team(s) was in the wrong age group and played down? The argument to date has been that this event is a festival and not a tournament, but for $1000.00 per team, you expect a tournament-level performance for tournament-level prices. Proper age-group placement is something that the BOTC advertised tournaments have been working to police this year.


Ridge Futures 6/7th grade team played 5th grade Tomahawks. When speaking with a Ridge parent about the age difference they said that because they had some 6th graders on the team they can play 5/6th grade division. Tomahawks are a straight 5th grade team. Also, somehow Viper 5th grade played Recon 2018. Also a two year difference. If the organizers stuck with US Lacrosse age guidelines the brackets would be 4/5th which is U11, 6/7th which is U13.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/01/13 10:43 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous

I think Pridefest (like a lot of tournaments) will need to add a championship round or attendance will probably continue to fall off. The landscape of summer lax has changed and clubs want to advertise results. Some of the charity tournaments like the JDRF and Gallagher may be able to keep the festival format for a little longer, but I think even they will have to change eventually.


I agree 100%

JDRF had over 160 teams this year and Gallagher had plenty. They are both run very well and have not seen a decline in teams. Pridefest was has been run poorly and has had a decline because of it.
I disagree 100%.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/01/13 11:41 PM
Recon u13 was asked on Friday to be an emergency fill in for a garden city team that pulled out at the last minute. They didn't know what age group they were put in until after they said ok. They also played with no body checks and told th e oposing coach before the game. Trying to do the best in a bad situation.
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/02/13 12:15 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Recon u13 was asked on Friday to be an emergency fill in for a garden city team that pulled out at the last minute. They didn't know what age group they were put in until after they said ok. They also played with no body checks and told th e oposing coach before the game. Trying to do the best in a bad situation.
BOTC has a great deal of respect for the Recon Lacrosse program both on and off the field.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/02/13 02:39 AM
Originally Posted by CageSage
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Recon u13 was asked on Friday to be an emergency fill in for a garden city team that pulled out at the last minute. They didn't know what age group they were put in until after they said ok. They also played with no body checks and told th e oposing coach before the game. Trying to do the best in a bad situation.
BOTC has a great deal of respect for the Recon Lacrosse program both on and off the field.


No one is blaming Recon for the snafu in the schedule
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/02/13 05:16 PM
Anybody know what happend with the Bethpage Vipers JV level . I heard there was a bench clearing brawl and parents were out of control?
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/02/13 06:00 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Anybody know what happend with the Bethpage Vipers JV level . I heard there was a bench clearing brawl and parents were out of control?


The solo cup crew?
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/02/13 06:01 PM
Yes, there was a brawl and things did get heated with the parents. It is sad cause no matter who "started it" people need to start showing a little class. Unfortunately, it seems like a certain programs name keeps popping up lately and not for the better.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/02/13 08:09 PM
So what if some grown ups want to have a beverage or two at their kids game, what's the big deal.............another impressive showing by The Vipers.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/02/13 08:56 PM
I'am from Bethpage and appalled from what I'am hearing. We are not like this. Bethpage is a great neighborhood and close knit community. I apologize on behalf of these people. From what I hear they are a very arrogant group of parents. So I guess that's where the kids get it.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/02/13 09:31 PM
The other teams and ages seem to do fine with no issues.

Not sure what the story is at the JV level. I know they have a great player who eventually starts getting cheap shots from the D in an effort to slow him down. That much I've seen. And I've heard parents yelling to their kids to "take him out" and "light him up" etc. I have not witnessed brawls or the other things mentioned, but it isnlt hard to imagine that the nonsense starts boiling over.

On the other hand, there are one or two people on here with an axe to grind, and will take every opportunity to invent issues and revisit problems they alone raised. Even to the point Cage had to step in. I guess this is the next installment.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 03:53 AM
Cage stepped in due to the fact that there was no way to prove what was in the red solo cups, guess the world will never learn the answer to that one. Nonetheless, there is still no excuse for the behavior exhibited by some in that organization. It is amazing how these issues keep popping up with every team they play. They should sue every tournament director for always scheduling them to play against teams with dirty players and obnoxious parents that are always starting trouble.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 11:19 AM
The issues with the Vipers are pretty much isolated to the JV team. That is one of the only Viper teams that is entirely made up of Bethpage players. The parents on that team are just as bad as the Express parents.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 12:08 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Cage stepped in due to the fact that there was no way to prove what was in the red solo cups, guess the world will never learn the answer to that one.


... said the guy who has now ignored that warning twice on this thread.
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 12:17 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Cage stepped in due to the fact that there was no way to prove what was in the red solo cups, guess the world will never learn the answer to that one.

... said the guy who has now ignored that warning twice on this thread.

What remains in this thread is the material AFTER we removed postings that never made it to the board due to unsubstantiated claims. Those posters have been permanently banned from participating in the forums going forward. As stated in the BOTC Board Rules, posting is a privilege, not a right.
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 12:26 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
The other teams and ages seem to do fine with no issues.

Not sure what the story is at the JV level. I know they have a great player who eventually starts getting cheap shots from the D in an effort to slow him down. That much I've seen. And I've heard parents yelling to their kids to "take him out" and "light him up" etc. I have not witnessed brawls or the other things mentioned, but it isnlt hard to imagine that the nonsense starts boiling over.

On the other hand, there are one or two people on here with an axe to grind, and will take every opportunity to invent issues and revisit problems they alone raised. Even to the point Cage had to step in. I guess this is the next installment.
BOTC has a call into a representative from the Viper Lacrosse program for commentary on the litany of issues that have been brought up this Spring/Summer season regarding the entire program.

There does not seem to be any denying the fact that there was some type of altercation including players from the Viper JV program.

Our question will be which players have been suspended for the remainder of the season and/or next several games. Further, if the team has an insufficient number of players as a result, will the team withdraw?

BOTC believes that the situation should be treated as seriously as if this were a High School Varsity violation.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 01:42 PM
Cage I have played against other aged (not JV) Vipers. They are not like this, just the opposite, very humble and appreciative of players who can play (who play against them).


Not sure what the story is at the JV level. I know they have a great player who eventually starts getting cheap shots from the D in an effort to slow him down. That much I've seen. And I've heard parents yelling to their kids to "take him out" and "light him up" etc. I have not witnessed brawls or the other things mentioned, but it isnlt hard to imagine that the nonsense starts boiling over.

On the other hand, there are one or two people on here with an axe to grind, and will take every opportunity to invent issues and revisit problems they alone raised. Even to the point Cage had to step in. I guess this is the next installment. [/quote]
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 01:43 PM
Dear Readers : A highly trusted friend of BOTC who is NOT associated with either the Bethpage Vipers or their opponent this weekend happened to be at the field for the Long Island Pride tournament this weekend. We have received the following report regarding the incident at the field. In summary, it was not one of the finer moments for either program.

Originally Posted by Trusted BOTC Source's Letter
You want an eye witness to the altercation at the Pride Tournament? I was there taking pictures of our <<Team Name Deleted>> younger team and walked right into the melee. Helped break it up and calm things down with Joe Baccerella. It was crazy. The Vipers played the Turf Island Oilers. Both very, very good teams. Some real talent on both teams.

From the time I walked up to the game around 11:15 am you could tell it was a rough one. Both teams play very aggressive and hard. In my opinion it was very good lacrosse. When teams play like that emotions run high with young players. <...> Coaches are young on the Vipers but nice guys. Now back to Sunday.

On a face off the Vipers player took a very, very cheap shot at the Oiler face off guy. Flag was thrown by the ref. The Oiler player went nuts and went at the Vipers player. To be honest.....the way he was hit it was almost understandable why he did.....however there is no place for it in the game and two wrongs do not make a right! Once that happened the benches cleared and all [lacrosse] broke out. The refs, Coaches tried to break it up but it was out of control at that point.

That was when the parents ran onto the field.........I heard things in the pile like, "get your hands off my kid" "you don't ever put your hand on a kid" ....and then parents started shoving each other and throwing punches. Down right WRONG and unacceptable!

At this point other level headed people came in and pulled the parents apart and we moved the parents off the field while the teams were separated.

At this point tempers from players and Coaches were high but everyone was calming down. The game was declared OVER with no winner and the two players thrown out of the tournament.

I do not know who the parents were who fought or even care. However they were from both sides. So for anyone to state an opinion it was the Vipers parents needs to look in the mirror. Takes two to Tango.

As a part of the US Lacrosse Chapter I was appalled by the players and more so by the parents. This is not how we "Honor" the game and it has no place in lacrosse.

Felt bad for the Directors of the tournament this had to happen. Everyone needs to relax and HONOR THE GAME! And as for red solo cups....who knows as it was 11:15 in the morning. But as you said we will never know what was in them or who had them.

Just calling it like I witnessed it. That will teach me to tell my wife I'm going down for just one game!
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 04:37 PM
this photographer has it pretty accurate however: all I can say is that as a parent watching the game,word of mouth has a way of making the story much bigger than it was. soon they will be saying viper lax hires pros to play for them. flat out silly!!! yes a bad penalty resulted in retaliation which resulted in a brawl & some parents rushing the field in an attempt to break it up. what was not said is the majority of parents stayed on the sideline hoping order would be restored which it was. only some parents went on the field to help.to point out fact the event escalated when one non viper parent in camouflage shorts chose to fight kids instead of break up the brawl. this made matters worse. a parent should never rush the field and certainly never assault a child. what has not been said is that most (80%) stayed on the sideline & those on the field tried to break things up because nobody wants their kid hurt.viper lacrosse is a great program and the jv kids will be a group of kids playing quality lax for years to come. when we played 3/4 & 5/6 and so on we had to deal with teams that seemed bigger than us at times but you learn to suck it up and just play to get better. these kids should not be labeled with these negative remarks for the choice few that did not act in a responsible way. we are not the red cup crew and we do not bring in kids form other districts to cheat & win meaningless tournaments. we are a not for profit organization organized for kids to play quality competitive lax . its for the kids. the viper kids are playing together for 5 years now and it shows in their quality lacrosse. they win some and loose some and from this parents perspective its usually the parents of some of these for profit boutique clubs paying $1800 for their child to play that get upset when a lesser known team like viper comes in and schools them. parents need to grow up and shut up and let the kids play.the kids should not get labeled unfairly
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 04:59 PM
Thank you for that, parents hitting kids is un acceptable and discusting, it was a viper player who was punched by a parent on the other team and a viper parent pulled this ADULT off of the player
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 06:09 PM
Dear Readers : After an internal review and discussion within the Bethpage Viper program, below you will find their formal statement.

Originally Posted by Statement from Bethpage Viper Representative
I am the volunteer business director for Viper Lacrosse. We appreciate the prior post (verified by Cagesage) of an independent observer who stated that some parents on both sides may have gotten out of control.

Here is our only stance- Viper encourages proper behavior both on and off the field-period.

All of the volunteer directors and all of the coaches try very, very hard to relay this message to all parents and players. At times, in heated play, it is sometimes hard for individuals, on both sides of play, to stay in control. Our rapidly growing program now has over 120 players with over 200 parents and guardians…as with all teams..out of the 300 plus outstanding individuals participating with Viper Lacrosse, sometimes we need to remind 1 -3 parents or players that this is a game....and it is simply unacceptable to get out of control. I assure all that we do not let any situation go forward unaddressed.

In very difficult economic times we give all families access to a low cost, high-quality program…in addition, we are a true non-profit with 100% volunteer directors and many of our senior coaches volunteer their time.…. we know that we are honoring this game.

I responded to this since Cagesage identified a reliable, independent witness …. I cannot and will not respond to any anonymous posts or anonymous slurs.

Finally, to families on both sides of play on all teams, please continue to encourage proper behavior at all times.

Thank you, GM-Volunteer Business Director-Viper Lacrosse
Posted By: JP54LAX Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 06:40 PM
What happened at the Pride Fest between the Viper Team and the Turf Island team was unfortunate. Its also unfortunate how parents react on the sidelines also. And you know the kids hear it on the field. My son who is a member of the 7/8 team played on Sat and against one team I heared parents yelling lay him out. Why would a parent say that? Is that what they teach kids these days. One of our kids took a cross check to the neck area and the parent was yelling nice hit while the kid was on the floor. Someone said are you serious and he was like he was going for the ball. It ws a legal hit. Someone else asked what if that was your kid and he went silent.Its crazy. I like physical play but thats uncalled for.
I heard about the story from several people about the cheap shot. I know I'm from Viper but I'm not in any way choosing sides. I wasn't there. I might be a little off. Correct me if I'm wrong. It was because the Viper kid won the face off and the Turf Island kid grabbed his stick then grabbed his legs. Their was no call at that point so the Viper kid slashed his head(That's uncalled for in any case) then the Turf Island wing ran across and jumped on the kids back and that's when the fighting and all [lacrosse] broke out. During the fighting I heard that a Turf Island parent was punching a 15 year old in the back of the head. At that point the parents started to fight.
I'm not sure what is happening to the kid that started the fight but I know that's not what we preach from our organization. Viper is an Non Profit organization that give kids who can't afford some of the other organization fees a place to play travel ball. I've had nothing but good experiences from my sons 3 years playing for them. So please don't bad mouth an organization if you don't know anything about them.
And the red solo cups are everywhere at Lacrosse Tournaments. Wake up and look around and you will realize its not just the Viper parents.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 09:33 PM
Is this the same Viper team that got caught with older kids at the Forsberg tournament last month?
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 10:30 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Is this the same Viper team that got caught with older kids at the Forsberg tournament last month?


Actually the team that won the JV at Forsberg with 8th graders playing up.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 10:39 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Is this the same Viper team that got caught with older kids at the Forsberg tournament last month?

Yes!
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 10:51 PM
Is Turf Island going to be asked to post an explanation? Any cheap shot aside, it appears their boys started the fight and their parent(s) were the ones getting physical with the kids and other parents. What are the Turf Island directors doing about this? What are the repercussions for the one parent (and his son) who seems to have crossed well over the line?
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/03/13 11:41 PM
It's the same team that was moved up by the Forseberg staff to the A bracket that knew the team had 2 10th graders and 2 8th graders. Yes that's the same team.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 12:51 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
It's the same team that was moved up by the Forseberg staff to the A bracket that knew the team had 2 10th graders and 2 8th graders. Yes that's the same team.


Your son's HS team lost in a final to 8th graders? That's got to be embarrassing.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 01:30 AM
Who cares the 8th graders played up... It goes by your oldest player... And if they qualify for that bracket...

Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Is this the same Viper team that got caught with older kids at the Forsberg tournament last month?


Actually the team that won the JV at Forsberg with 8th graders playing up.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 02:17 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Who cares the 8th graders played up... It goes by your oldest player... And if they qualify for that bracket...

Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Is this the same Viper team that got caught with older kids at the Forsberg tournament last month?


Actually the team that won the JV at Forsberg with 8th graders playing up.


That's funny. If you're still ranting a month later, you must have been a true lunatic on that car ride home! So, your kid's HS A team lost in an A bracket to a B level team playing up a bracket with 8th graders? And you actually feel the need to draw attention to this? What "great" JV squad managed to lose that game, so we know what tryouts to avoid in the coming months.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 05:11 PM
no skin in the game.. just sick of people saying my 8th graders played up... yeah with older boys... your supposed to if you choose to play with older boys.
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Who cares the 8th graders played up... It goes by your oldest player... And if they qualify for that bracket...

Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
Is this the same Viper team that got caught with older kids at the Forsberg tournament last month?


Actually the team that won the JV at Forsberg with 8th graders playing up.


That's funny. If you're still ranting a month later, you must have been a true lunatic on that car ride home! So, your kid's HS A team lost in an A bracket to a B level team playing up a bracket with 8th graders? And you actually feel the need to draw attention to this? What "great" JV squad managed to lose that game, so we know what tryouts to avoid in the coming months.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 05:55 PM
It's good to know that Viper has good intentions, but that isn't always enough. Viper was asked what are they going to do to remedy the bad behavior that has taken place over the last few weeks but as per the official statement it looks like a discussion is all that will take place. Is it possible that one of the problems could be one of the volunteer directors?Also, there are more than 1-3 bad apples in the organization, if that were the case it would be easy to remedy the situation via some type of suspension or by removing them from the organization completely. It should also be noted that almost every post by a Viper, no matter how even handed they try to be, ultimately ends up blaming the other guy. In my opinion It is quite obvious that there is a problem accepting responsibility for their own actions. The only thing that Viper can control is themselves. Needless to say I'm sure that there are many good people within the organization that are being lumped in with the bad eggs and it is unfortunate.
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 06:07 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
It's good to know that Viper has good intentions, but that isn't always enough. Viper was asked what are they going to do to remedy the bad behavior that has taken place over the last few weeks but as per the official statement it looks like a discussion is all that will take place.
The Bethpage Viper program representatives have spoken with BOTC in detail on this subject. What makes you think that you are entitled to any further explanation? If you want to know the details, e-mail us at cagesage@backofthecage.com with your phone number and we will call you and explain the entire remediation procedure in place.

Originally Posted by Anonymous
Is it possible that one of the problems could be one of the volunteer directors?
Give us your name and who you are challenging here.

Originally Posted by Anonymous
Also, there are more than 1-3 bad apples in the organization, if that were the case it would be easy to remedy the situation via some type of suspension or by removing them from the organization completely. It should also be noted that almost every post by a Viper, no matter how even handed they try to be, ultimately ends up blaming the other guy.
There has been no blame of the "other guy" and if that is how you interpretted the reports and accounts posted, you are clearly mistaken.

Originally Posted by Anonymous
In my opinion It is quite obvious that there is a problem accepting responsibility for their own actions.
Your anonymous opinion means absolutely ZERO.

Originally Posted by Anonymous
The only thing that Viper can control is themselves. Needless to say I'm sure that there are many good people within the organization that are being lumped in with the bad eggs and it is unfortunate.
Yes, there are many standup individuals in the Viper organization.
Posted By: JP54LAX Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 08:50 PM
It's amazing how everybody keeps posting Anonymous. When you post something tell everybody who you are and who your child plays for. Then everybody can make their own decision based on who it's coming from. The issue has been handled internally and the public ANNONYMOUS posters really don't need to know. Let the kids play and all the crap end. Enjoy your next tournament.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 11:15 PM
I have a daughter, so i have no allegiance in this fight. All I read is how bad Viper J.V. is, but I can't help but think Turf Island also must step up and take some responsibility, seems both teams are at fault, or am I wrong? If either teem seems to be pointing a finger, and trying to escape blame its Turf Island, No statement from the director or coach.
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/04/13 11:27 PM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
I have a daughter, so i have no allegiance in this fight. All I read is how bad Viper J.V. is, but I can't help but think Turf Island also must step up and take some responsibility, seems both teams are at fault, or am I wrong?
Have you read this thread?

Originally Posted by Anonymous
If either teem seems to be pointing a finger ...
Clearly, you have not read this thread with the reports and statements.

Originally Posted by Anonymous
... and trying to escape blame its Turf Island, No statement from the director or coach.
Why do you feel you are owed a statement from anyone? Once again, write us at cagesage@backofthecage.com if you want more details.
Posted By: Anonymous Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/05/13 01:19 AM
Originally Posted by CageSage
Originally Posted by Anonymous
I have a daughter, so i have no allegiance in this fight. All I read is how bad Viper J.V. is, but I can't help but think Turf Island also must step up and take some responsibility, seems both teams are at fault, or am I wrong?
Have you read this thread?

Originally Posted by Anonymous
If either teem seems to be pointing a finger ...
Clearly, you have not read this thread with the reports and statements.

Originally Posted by Anonymous
... and trying to escape blame its Turf Island, No statement from the director or coach.
Why do you feel you are owed a statement from anyone? Once again, write us at cagesage@backofthecage.com if you want more details.
I have now read through all the posts on this topic twice. What I am reading is how bad Viper J.V. is which seems to be coming from non Viper people/ how other viper age groups are ok, from viper ,and other clubs/ a first hand account from a neutral source/ a statement from Viper/ and how Viper cheats and are cheep shot artists / To me, The statement from Viper says they are taking responsibility for the actions of there players in what was obviously an ugly scene. Nothing from Turf Island, and from what has been posted, it was one of there parents that through a punch at a child. Seeing as this site now has readers from all over the lacrosse community, not just long Island, and this ugly incident is being read by all of them, I have to say that Yes as a Long Island lacrosse parent that travels to other states and have to listen to other parents lump us all together I think we are all owed an explanation from Turf Island's director. Thats just my opinion, I'm sure you will box this into your little blurbs and tear it up.
Posted By: CageSage Re: Long Island Pride Lacrosse - 07/05/13 04:30 AM
Originally Posted by Anonymous
... I have to say that Yes as a Long Island lacrosse parent that travels to other states and have to listen to other parents lump us all together I think we are all owed an explanation from Turf Island's director. Thats just my opinion, I'm sure you will box this into your little blurbs and tear it up.
BOTC has no intention of chasing this issue further. We have contacted parties, received their public statements, private actions being taken, and have shared the relevant points with our lacrosse community.

BOTC is passing the torch to you, dear poster. Call Turf Island, ask for their director, and tell him that you are owed an explanation for what took place at this tournament. (After all, you have every right to demand action from the Turf Island Oilers for a game in which you did not have an interest.)
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