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GIRLS NORTH

About the Director

Rosamaria Riccobono

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The North (Bergen County) program is directed by Rosamaria Riccobono. Rosamaria Riccobono has been the Director of Girls North since February 2021. She joined 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, player development and more.

 

Prior to Eastern, Rosamaria enjoyed a successful two-year head coaching stint at Division III Elms College. She led the Blazers to an overall record of 20-17, 11-2 in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC). She 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, Rosamaria served as assistant women’s lacrosse coach at SUNY Purchase College. She has proudly coached for several camps, clinics and lacrosse clubs. She has coached for the For Girls by Girls Soccer & Lacrosse Leadership camps, and directed camps with Trilogy Lacrosse and GameBreaker Lacrosse. In addition, she has coached for the elite club Team 91 Tri-State and Central Lacrosse located in Central, Massachusetts. 

 

Rosamaria began her lacrosse career at Saint Francis Preparatory High School in her hometown of Queens, NY. She went on to continue her lacrosse career as a defender for the Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors where she earned a B.S. Degree in Sport and Leisure Management in May of 2017.

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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.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. 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

Our North region offers travel team opportunities ranging from youth to high school. We currently have a 2026, 2027, 2029 (2 teams), 2030, 2031, and a 2032 team.

We are using lacrosse as a catalyst to develop strong confident young women. Our goal is to develop the best lacrosse players and teammates. 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. 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. 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 specific feedback tailored to their individual and unique needs. It is our philosophy that we take the time to get to know each of our players' learning styles as well as how they are motivated so we can help them achieve their specific short term and long term goals. A big part of that feedback is ensuring each time a player is subbed out of a game, they are spoken to by one of their coaches. This gives them the ability to learn in real game time situations as well as develops their confidence to learn through the ups and downs of the game. Our players are also given two written evaluations throughout the year, so they have a personalized training agenda to help them reach their highest potential.

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Communication

We pride ourselves on communicating with our players and families. Each team has a TeamSnap account that allows for optimal organization and communication. TeamSnap allows for us to post schedules, send updates and for teams to communicate with each other. In addition, each team has a designated Team Parent Leader (TPL). TPL’s help the BBL staff facilitate information to each team. They also help organize team dinners, tournament tailgates, and team bonding events. We understand that there is a lot of information sent throughout the year, Coach Rosa and our BBL office is always available to answer any questions along the way!

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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.

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Bergen County, Passaic County, Northern Essex County, Rockland County, Orange County and Warwick

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