GIRLS TRAVEL TEAMS


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Samantha Warner
Director of Girls Travel 
Samantha.Warner.BBL@gmail.com

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Jessica Krawiec
Youth Director - Girls Travel
Jkrawiec@buildingblockslacrosse.com

PHILOSOPHY

The Building Blocks Lacrosse Elite Girls Travel program consists of 13 teams that compete at the highest level. The club is directed by Samantha Warner, who has coached at both the high school and collegiate level as well as overseas and brings a vast knowledge of the game to BBL. This past summer she headed coach for a team at the prestigious Under Armour Lax tournament. Warner is also responsible for all girls BBL recruiting. Last year we added Jessica Krawiec to head our youth program (4-7 grades) so that we can further focus on the different developmental and training aspects of our travel progam. Krawiec also heads the year round BBL Training Academy.

We have just partnered with Stick2Stick Lacrosse to form BBL ELITE NORTH with teams at all ages. This program, operating out of the Bergen area, will embody the spirt and guiding principles of our BBL ELITE teams. Please see the BBL North page for details about the program.

There are two things that set us apart from other clubs in the area.The first is our training which is second to none. BBL was founded on the principle of improving the quality of lacrosse in New Jersey. Our travel program and year round training academy work together to provide our teams with the skills, drills and knowledge that all of our players need to perform at the highest level. During our year round team training, we not only work on team concepts and improving lacrosse IQ, but this year will also be evaluating our younger players on their stick skills, game IQ and athleticism.

The second key differentiator is our focus on empowering the girls both on and off the field. All of the coaches that we hire must reflect this philosophy when working with our players. Coaches are encouraged to give specific player feedback during games as well as during practices. At the end of the summer, each player receives a written evaluation that details her strengths and also where she needs improvement. We treat our teams as "family" and encourage our parents to do the same. Recently we created an Instagram account just for our girls teams. This gives them a venue to cheer each other on and share their accomplishments both on and off the field. (Visit: http://instagram.com/bbglax). Team Parent Leaders contribute by organizing team bonding events, dinners and tournament details.

TEAM STRUCTURE

For high school teams and 8th graders, we select a black team and a red team. These teams attend the same tournaments and are flighted accordingly in most cases.

For the fall 2016 and summer 2017 season, we have a new club policy for youth teams 4-7th grades. At tryouts we will select a black and a red team. However, based on efforts, attendance and personal development over the fall/winter and spring, we reserve the right to freely move players up and down in preparation for the summer season. Final rosters will be set by early May unless a particular grade is traveling to different tournaments and would need to know in advance for hotel reservations/family planning. In most cases teams at the same grade level play in the same tournament and are just flighted differently.

SEASONAL PRACTICES & TOURNAMENTS:

Our programming varies by grade
Fall: 5-6 practices and 2-3 tournaments (1 tourney for 4th grade)
Winter: 8-12 team practices
Spring: 6-8 team youth practices (no high school) .
Summer: Practices twice a week for six weeks and 3-4 tournaments (2-3 for 4th grade)

RECRUITING

Our first team that entered the recruiting arena was the class of 2014. Since that grade, more than 60 BBL players have been placed at top Division 1, 2 and 3 schools including Princeton, Dartmouth, U Penn, Columbia, Louisville, Vanderbilt, USC, Holy Cross, Michigan and many more. Each year we hold a formal recruiting meeting that includes distribution of an 80 page Recruiting Guide written specifically for girls lacrosse players. Sam spearheads our recruiting efforts due to her many college coach relationships and her knowledge of the types of players they are specifically seeking for their individual teams. Her in-depth command of the process and her ability to place a player in school that will work for academics, lacrosse and personal interests is second to none. This year we will be adding additional support for our players since so many are being recruited.

INFORMATION

BBL prides itself on providing parents with as much information as possible. We have a parent portal that can be accessed at any time to view practice schedules, tournament details and hotel information. We have an open door policy and invite parent feedback. During the summer tournament season we distribute a mid summer season survey to all parents so that we can get "real" time feedback. Grace Foca is our travel coordinator who ensures that all of the hotel, waiver and rosters are handled and information disseminated to our parents.
 
BBL Elite 2019's College Commitments
 
    Nicole   Ferrara   Louisville   Midfield   Morristown  
    Colleen   Graham   Marquette   Defense   Chatham  
    Sophia   Holt   Louisville   Defense   Mountain Lakes  
    Caitlin   McHale   Bucknell   Defense   Oak Knoll  
    Leah   Rutland   Bucknell   Midfield   Madison  
    Olivia   Shields   Bucknell   Midfield   Westfield  
    Camryn   Stoner   Marist   Midfield   Pope John  
    Jackie   Wolak   Notre Dame   Attack   Saddle River Day  
 
BBL Elite 2018's College Commitments
 
    Natalie   Bond   Stanford   Midfield   Westfield  
    Hope   Gallardo   Furman   Defense   Mountain Lakes  
    Emma   Genovese   High Point   Midfield   Warren  
    Tessa   Luzi   Lafayette   Defense   Chatham  
    Michaela   McMahon   University of Pennsylvania   Midfield   Saddle River Day  
    Eliza   McNamara   Millersville   Attack   Mahwah  
    Hailey   Mead   Michigan   Midfield   Sparta  
    Katelyn   Mead   Michigan   Midfield   Sparta  
    Catherine   Moriarty   Florida   Defense   Westfield  
    Sydney   Paoletti   Columbia   Attack   Westfield  
    Elisabeth   Ralph   Wofford   Midfield   Pascack Valley  
    Shea   Smith   Princeton   Midfield   Pingry  
    Haley   Tietjen   Holy Cross   Attack   Mountain Lakes  
    Paige   Wonsowicz   Stockton   Midfield   Waldwick  
    Ann   Wray   University of Mount Olive   Defense   Indian Hills  
 
BBL Elite 2017's College Commitments
 
    Samantha   Alfano   Gettysburg   Defense   Westfield  
    Schuyler   Bixby   Dartmouth   Attack   Chatham  
    Dierdra   Daly   Vanderbilt   Attack   Oak Knoll  
    Elizabeth   Doherty   Notre Dame   Midfield   Oak Knoll  
    Lila   Hutchins   Bates   Attack   Westfield  
    Kimmy   Jenkins   High Point   Midfield   Mountain Lakes  
    Diana   Kelly   Notre Dame   Midfield   Oak Knoll  
    Eliza   Kielty   Boston University   Defense   Pingry  
    Hannah   Liddy   Denver   Attack   Westfield  
    Juliana   McGuire   Babson   Midfield   Sparta  
    Abby   Morgan   Vanderbilt   Attack   Chatham  
    Parker   Yarusi   Denver   Midfield   Westfield  
    Sarah   Zeto   High Point   Goalie   New Providence  
 
BBL Elite 2016's College Commitments
 
    Bridget   Ballard   Loyola University   Midfield   Chatham  
    Sarah   Bedard   Delaware   Attack   Mountain Lakes  
    Lindsey   Caroll   Radford   Attack   Warren  
    Claire   Cassie   Penn State University   Defense   Westfield  
    Rebecca   De Rosa   Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute   Midfield   Fairlawn  
    Gwyn   Devin   Vanderbilt   Midfield   Westfield  
    Stephanie   Dowling   Susquehanna University   Attack   Gov. Livingston  
    Emily   Fernandez   Elon   Midfield   Boonton  
    Julia   Gretsky   Wesleyan University   Midfield   Westfield  
    Chloe   Harris   University of Louisville   Midfield   Williston Northampton  
    Holly   Lloyd   Loyola   Attack   Glen Ridge  
    Daniella   McMahon   Stanford   Midfield   Saddle River Day  
    Julia   Nelson   Franklin & Marshall   Goalie   New Providence  
    Marie   Nemeth   Gettysburg   Midfield   Westfield  
    Hallie   Rosenburgh   Virginia Tech   Attack   Westfield  
    Hannah   Ross   Denver   Defense   Cranford  
    Sarah   Ross   Dartmouth   Attack   Cranford  
    Emily   Shields   University of Southern California   Defense   Westfield  
    Shelby   Taylor   Dartmouth   Defense   Westfield  
    Kiera   Vrindten   Dartmouth   Goalie   Watchung Hills  
 
BBL Elite 2015's College Commitments
 
    Alyssa   Cox   Virginia Tech   Defender   Westfield  
    Lindsey   Ewertsen   Columbia   Attack/Midfield   Montclair  
    Allison   Ferrara   Louisville   Midfield   Morristown  
    Kathryn   Giroux   Dartmouth   Midfield   Kent Place  
    Antonia   Kaz   Wesleyan University     Montclair  
    Natalie   LeBeau   Skidmore   Attack/Midfield   Mountain Lakes  
    Casey   O'Brien   Florida Southern   Midfeld   Morristown  
    Samantha   Paoletti   Boston College   Midfield   Westfield  
    Dakota   Pastore   Rutgers   Midfield   Somerville  
    Talia   Price   Manhattan   Attack   Kinnelon  
    Mckenzie   Rambush   Dickinson College   Attack   Madison  
    Allie   Rogers   Princeton   Attack   Kent Place  
    Amanda   Romano   Elon   Attack   Montclair  
    Morgan   Ryan   Georgetown   Midfield   Oak Knoll  
    Meghan   Siverson   Louisville   Midfield   Morristown  
 
BBL Elite 2014's College Commitments
 
    Anna   Baumeister   Cornell   Midfield   Summit  
    Maddy   Bowles   Lafayette   Attack   Chatham  
    Lara   Brachman-Goldstein   Haverford   Attack   Kent Place  
    Gianna   Falcone   Salisbury   Goalie   St. Elizabeth's  
    Molly   Fishter   University of Michigan   Midfield   Madison  
    Nicole   Kalamaras   Columbia   Attack   Mountain Lakes  
    Victoria   Kalamaras   Columbia   Midfield   Mountain Lakes  
    Alexis   Kardias   University of Southern California   Midfield   Westfield  
    Becca   Kraus   Union   Defense   Westfield  
    Kennedy   Krauss   Princeton   Midfield   Chatham  
    Emilia   Lopez-Ona   University of Pennsylvania   Midfield   Princeton High  
    Casey   Madura   Louisville   Defender   Chatham  
    Kathleen   O'Connor   Villanova   Attack/Midfield   Oak Knoll  
    Olivia   O'Loughlin   Vassar   Defender   Oak Knoll  
    Mary   Randazzo   University of Massachusetts   Midfield   Westfield  
    Lexi   Smith   Vanderbilt   Midfield   Oak Knoll  
    Anna   Tanji   Holy Cross   Attack/Midfield   Westfield