Finals, Winter Break, and Christmas!

Hey readers!

A little update from Palm Beach Atlantic University's women;s lacrosse team. First, I wanted to thank you personally for following us on this journey. It has been an exciting one to see come to fruition and continue to flourish. We really love that you follow our posts and enjoy learning about our start-up Division II program. I just wanted to tell you personally how grateful we are as a program to have enthusiastic followers like y'all! 

Winter break is upon us at PBA! The tree has been lit in front of the library and classes are finished. Students are cramming in last minute studying for finals. Most of our girls have three to five final exams which they have been rigorously studying for in our study halls and in their personal time. Most of the girls are heading home for break with a few sticking around that are either local, have internships, or have jobs! The girls this past November, also, received winter conditioning practices. Though we cannot make these mandatory, they are highly encouraged so that they keep their cardiovascular endurance in shape. 

 This past friday, we had our first annual christmas party. This was definitely a hit with the girls! We had christmas songs playing, a glorious dinner spread, and baked goods prepared by each class. Additionally, we had a white elephant which each of the girls bough gag gifs, both good and funny, wrapped them, and exchanged! Lots of laughter and holiday cheer was present! The girls, also, got a special gear surprise: their rain jackets! If you want to see how our first annual christmas party night was, make sure to follow us on instagram at @sailfishwlax! 

A few updates from the lacrosse side: 

1) We are hoping to have our offers out to all the 2018 class by January! We are so excited to have the opportunity to recruit 15 girls into the sailfish family and could not be more thrilled about the possibilities of the future! We are desiring to have a full class as soon as possible!  If you are interested in our program as a 2018, please reach out to me via email to jenna_stover@pba.edu! 

2) We are, also, hoping to have most of our offers out to the 2019 as soon as we can! We desire to grow the program and are ecstatic about the potential this class has. We are hoping to have a class of 12 girls! If you are interested in our program as a 2019, please reach out to me via email to jenna_stover@pba.edu! 

3) We started study hall! Yes, study hall. I know this might sound like its another thing to do; however, the girls have found the structure helpful especially this time of year! Our study hall is designed to help girls who have a class average of C+ or lower. Our goal is to have each player with B- or above in all of their courses!

4) We have a few prospect days coming up! Make sure to visit www.pbalacrossecamps.com for more details. 

5) Lastly, our schedule and roster should be live very shortly on www.pbasailfish.com/index.aspx?path=wlax! Make sure to come check out a game or watch us via the live stream software that the athletic department offers!

Hope your holidays are very merry and filled with lots of friends, family, and fun! I will touch base with y'all come January! 

Sincerely,

Coach J

Fall Ball Ends!

Hey Guys! 

Coach J reporting in about where we are in our season! We just finished fall ball, our 45 day window were we can practice and compete. Crazy how time has flown by this fall, from our first practice until the last! We are now in the season of less hours and even less time together as a team. We are working diligently here to set our team up for success next fall, creating winter workout packets which include strength, conditioning, and wall ball. Also, we are planing coaches meetings with each girl and special one on one times to hammer out some skills! Just because fall ball is over doesn't mean we stop working, growing, and getting better as a team!

This past Saturday, we had our first day EVER of competition at the Rollins College, up in Orlando, facility called the SSC playday. We played most of the teams within our conference totaling five, 30-minute games. This tournament definitely shed to light our weaknesses, and definite areas of growth. Additionally, it enabled us to truly see how hard other teams are working and the skill level we need to seek to achieve. Though it was a long day, sailfish women's lacrosse stood excited for what is to come.

Lastly, in terms of updates, our team is working diligently in the classroom. From tutoring to academic meetings, our girls are putting the study time to the forefront and are desiring to be the best, most well-rounded student athletes at PBA. 

We are excited for this new season especially heading into the Holidays. 

Thanks for reading and following ups on this journey!

- Coach J

PS. Our staff will be heading to various recruiting events in the next upcoming weeks. We are excited to see prospective future sailfish women's lacrosse players! Email us your tournament schedules if you are interested in PBA women's lacrosse.

Fall Ball Starts!

Hey y'all! 

Coach Jenna here reporting about the progress that Sailfish Women's Lacrosse has made. My post had been delayed due to the devastating Hurricane Irma. Thankfully, Palm Beach Atlantic University and the athletic campus were spared her wrath and had little to no damage. Our prayers are still with the people of Southeast, Florida, specifically the Keys. 

Two weeks ago, we had a first fall ball practice. It was surreal to plan for practice and put it into action. We have carried out baseline testing for the girls to see where their fitness levels are. We firmly believe in the growth mindset mentality which meets each individual women's lacrosse player were they are at fitness level wise. Understanding where they are individually will help us push them to be the best student athlete they can be. We know that not all girls can run a 6-minute mile. That's okay! We want to help every girl get in the best shape they can so we, as a unit, can compete our very best on the lacrosse field.

It has been encouraging the last two weeks to see how hard the girls work and willingness to learn. Starting a program involves a large learning curve. We have girls from PBA's club program, some transfers, and some recruits that make up our roster of 24 girls. Knowing this, we have designed our practices to teach everyone the fundamentals while pushing girls where they are in skill level. Practices have been filled with sweat, hustle, and heart. As a coaching staff, we love to see that determination and enthusiasm that each one of our girls exudes. 

For us coaches, life has been busy! Having practices three days a week, preparing for clinics, recruiting, and making the playbook has been no easy feat. With our deep desire to see this program to success, the time seems to fly by! We love what we do and love watching our girls grow as players, students, and young women. That is the greatest motivation any coach needs to put in the long hours. 

Our theme this week for practice is enthusiasm. Though it is hard to stay enthusiastic while in conditioning, having this as our theme this week is necessary because we have our FIRST FALL BALL TOURNAMENT! Wow! Crazy how time flies. This weekend our team will be at Emery-Riddle located in Daytona Beach, Florida. We have games at 3, 5, and 6pm. The whole is ecstatic to get after it on the fields for our first ever varsity competition. Come check us out!!

In wake of yesterday, our prayers are, also, with the victims and families in the Las Vegas tragedy.

If you have any questions about sailfish women's lacrosse, feel free to email me at jenna_stover@pba.edu! Also, make sure to check out PBA's athletic website at www.sailfishathletics.com!

Check in for the next blog most. There is much more to come!

- Coach J 

Update: School Begins!

Hey Guys, Coach J here!

My real name is Jenna Stover, and I am one of the new assistant coaches for PBA's new Division II program. Welcome to the sailfish women’s lacrosse website! All you need to know about the program is here. This is the second post in the Building the Program blog. Throughout these posts, our goal is to give you the behind the scenes virtual tour of what it’s like to build a Division II Women’s Lacrosse Program. 

In recent news, Palm Beach Atlantic University Athletics was officially accepted into the Sunshine State Conference on August 10th, 2017. Before this point, PBA athletics competed independently from any conference, which made it hard to chase down NCAA tournament wins. Being within this new conference opens up the door to National Championships! The following teams are in the SSC with us: Barry University (Miami Shores), Eckerd College (St. Petersburg), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach), Florida Institute of Technology (Melbourne), Florida Southern College (Lakeland), Lynn University (Boca Raton), Nova Southeastern University (Ft, Lauderdale), Rollins College (Winter Park), Saint Leo University (Saint Leo), and The University of Tampa (Tampa). 

This past wednesday was the first day of class for the 2017-2018 school year. It’s crazy to believe that just nine months ago the program was just brought to fruition! Now, we are starting lifting programs, study halls, and pick-up practices. We are very excited to begin this journey which has been waiting for the first day of school for a long nine months. Coach Schmidt wrote in his first post, “I’m reminded that we are roughly nine months from the moment when our initial recruiting classes arrive in sunny South Florida for Welcome Week 2017.” Well, that time has passed! Make sure to check our Instagram at sailfishwlax if you want some pictures from the first day of class!

A little bit about me: I am one of two assistant coaches for the sailfish women’s lacrosse. I went and played lacrosse at McDonogh School (Owings Mills, MD), which has a consecutive 177 wins as of this year. Then, I preceded to commit to Furman University (Greenville, SC) to play in their new Division I program. Though the school was beautiful, I ended up transferring to Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, PA) playing midfield, center, and attack during my time there. I achieved All-Conference and All-Region honors my junior and senior year. I, also, received All-American honors my senior year for Attack. I am very excited to be on part of staff. Though I am sad my collegiate playing days are over, I am grateful to have this opportunity to be apart of Coach Schmidt’s staff. I believe in the new program we are creating and am ecstatic about building a program from the ground up.

If you want more information about Palm Beach Atlantic University, the athletics, or anything else, the following resources you can use to learn more about us. Also, prospective athletes, below is the link to the recruit questionnaire! Fill that out for us. We would love to get to know you!

Website for University: www.pba.edu 
Website for Athletics: www.pbasailfish.com
App Store: Palm Beach Atlantic University app (i-Phone and Android) 
Instagram: sailfishwlax
Twitter: @SailfishWLax
Facebook: Palm Beach Atlantic Women's Lacrosse
Recruit Questionnaire: www.pbasailfish.com/sports/2017/6/29/lacrosse-recruit-questionnaire.aspx

Stay tuned next week for another post which will give you a little insight into our team vision and culture!

The Beginning

Hey everyone, Coach Schmidt here.

I'm the Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Palm Beach Atlantic and this is the first post on our Building The Program blog. Our goal is to give you an inside look at what it's like building a program at the NCAA Division 2 level. We'll certainly have our work cut out for us, as our men's and women's lacrosse programs join the Sunshine State Conference.

It's been a wild ride thus far, with Coach Tempone getting hired to lead the men in August and myself on the women's side in September. As we approach the Christmas season, I'm reminded that we are roughly nine months from the moment when our initial recruiting classes arrive in sunny South Florida for Welcome Week 2017.

Whoa.

It's pretty exhilarating to see your vision begin to come to fruition, even in small doses.