BBL
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NORTH

 
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The North (Bergen County) program is directed by Rosa Riccobono who joins BBL from Eastern Connecticut State University where she served as the Assistant Women’s Lacrosse Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. During her time at Eastern she was responsible for overseeing recruitment, practice planning, fundraising, alumni relations, outreach and social media. 

Prior to Eastern, Rosamaria enjoyed a successful two-year head women’s lacrosse coaching debut at Division III Elms College, where she led the Blazers to an overall record of 20-17, 11-2 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). In her rookie season, Riccobono directed the program to a perfect 7-0 record in the NECC, the program’s first NECC playoff championship, and a berth in the NCAA tournament. For her efforts, she was honored as the 2018 NECC Coach-of-the-Year.

 

Prior to her appointment at Elms, Riccobono served as assistant women’s lacrosse coach at SUNY Purchase College in the fall of 2017. Riccobono has proudly coached for several camps and clinics. She has coached for the For Girls by Girls Soccer & Lacrosse Leadership camps, a camp focused on developing strong self esteem for young girls through sports. In addition, she has directed camps with Trilogy Lacrosse and GameBreaker Lacrosse. She has coached for the elite club Team 91 Tri-State and Central Lacrosse located in Central, Massachusetts. She also has experience officiating youth and high school girl's lacrosse. 

Her lacrosse career began at Saint Francis Preparatory High School in her hometown of Queens, NY. Riccobono went on to continue her lacrosse career as a defender for the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors. At Eastern, Riccobono served two-year stints on the NCAA Division III National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and as president of the Eastern Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Riccobono earned a B.S. Degree in Sport and Leisure Management in May of 2017.

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

PHILOSOPHY

 

WE BUILD LACROSSE PLAYERS

We are using lacrosse as a catalyst to develop strong confident young women. Each of our Elite Travel Teams consists of players who not only bring out the best in each other, but also creates an environment where they can be successful individually on the field. It is our belief, to be the best you must compete against the best. We ensure that every year our players are seeing a wide range of the best programs in the country so they are continuously preparing to compete at the highest level.

We understand that every player grows and learns differently and have centered our program around this. We believe there are two distinct characteristics of our program that sets us apart from other programs. The first is the foundational training we provide to our players within the competitive team environment. We focus on developing each of our players as a whole player, including position specific training on both ends of the field. We encourage our players to train “outside the box” and have many opportunities for them to grow through non-traditional training.

One example of our out of the box training is our girls box program which we have slowly been integrating over the past two years. With the focus of fast pace execution and quick thinking, we have seen a dramatic increase in our players' individual stick skills and lacrosse IQ.

The second characteristic we believe sets us apart from other programs is our coaching staff and the individual feedback they give each player on the team. While we do boast a competitive team environment, it is important for the development of each of our players for them to have individual feedback and training. It is our philosophy that all of our players are given specific feedback about what and how they can improve their individual game. Along with feedback each time they are subbed out of a game, they are also given two written evaluations throughout the year, so they have a personalized training plan to help them reach their highest potential.

 

TEAM STRUCTURE

Currently we have teams rostered from third grade to freshmen in high school. We have a 2025, 2026, 2027, 2029 and 2030/31 combo team.

Our Youth Program is centered around creating a positive and successful environment for each of our players. Developing confidence, and leadership skills alongside the game is an important aspect of our youth program.

We are using lacrosse as a catalyst to develop strong confident young women. Each of our Elite Travel Teams consists of players who not only bring out the best in each other, but also creates an environment where they can be successful individually on the field. It is our belief, to be the best you must compete against the best. We ensure that every year our players are seeing a wide range of the best programs in the country so they are continuously preparing to compete at the highest level.

 

COMMUNICATION

We pride ourselves on communicating with our players as much as we can. We treat every member of BBL like they are our family. Because there is a lot of information that needs to be passed along throughout the year, each team will have a Team Parent Leader  (TPL) who will help facilitate getting that information to your team. They will also be the ones who help organize team dinners, tournament supplies and sightseeing trips during our tournaments weekends. Aside from competing in some of the top tournaments in the country, our teams have A LOT OF FUN throughout the summer.

SEASONAL PRACTICES & TOURNAMENTS

 

Our programming varies by grade
 

Fall: 5-6 practices and 3-5 tournaments (2 tourney for 4th grade)

Winter: 6-8 team practices​

Spring: 5-6 team youth practices + 1 Scrimmage (no high school) .​

Summer: 8-12 practices and 3-5 tournaments (June only for youth)
 

*In addition to practices and tournaments we also offer team bonding, team building, and a sports psychology program starting in 8th grade*

RECRUITING

 

Our philosophies on recruiting are inline with the philosophy of the IWLCA and NCAA. We understand this process is different for every prospective student athlete (PSA) and it is our goal to find the right fit for each individual player. As a club we strive to encourage our families to do their research. We provide many resources to help our families navigate this process. Each one of our PSA’s is given an individual recruiting plan, as well as access to our online college profile system that allows them to educate themselves on many different athletic programs, as well as help them gain exposure by providing on online profile that includes the athletes personal information, highlight reel as well as the ability to communicate directly with prospective programs. Our promise to our families is that if you want to play at the collegiate level, we will never stop helping you achieve that goal. We do not believe in the window of opportunity passing at a certain time and we are proud to say every year we have players commit to the school of their dreams as late as their senior year.

 

INFORMATION

We understand there is a lot of information that is sent to our families and therefore they may have a lot of questions. We always strive to be better, so if any of our families have questions, or concerns, we encourage them to contact Rosa, so that she can provide you with additional information or address your concerns.