Vimy Summer Lacrosse Trip – Day 1

Posted: July 12, 2013 by Paul Rai in Field Lacrosse, Vimy Lacrosse

Two hours of sleep, maybe.  Picked up at 5 AM to head to the airport.  Arrive at the airport and our first lost passport of the trip occurs.  Luckily after a frantic 30 minutes the passport is located at security.  A Good Samaritan turned it in.  Tracking 31 players onto planes, through customs, through security (twice) and to baggage is like herding cats.  As much as we plan for the entire process there is a level of chaos that you need to fight through.

Why did I decide to do this trip?  Taking 31 players across the border to the Northeast US sounded like a great idea six months ago.  But the stress level over the past week has been higher than usual.  What do I need to do?  What did I forget?  All I know is that the bags are packed and we will have to figure it out on the go.

We took a similar trip 5 years ago when my oldest was 13 and my middle son was 12.  Three teams ventured down at that time and played as the Edmonton Razorbacks.  Russ Sheppard was the driving force that time and that trip in itself was a turning point in several young lacrosse players’ lives.  A few of the older players were able to take their lacrosse to the next level at the NCAA.  Matt Pick (Whittier), Erik Turner (Cornell), Kirby Zdrill (Yale) are the three that initially come to mind.  Some of the younger players we took on that  trip include Tyler Fleury (Hofstra next year) and Evan Clark (Wagner next year).  I would like to believe that trip had a part in their overall development and piqued their interest in the field lacrosse game.

We all arrived safe and sound and the excitement level at the hotel is high.  Kids are jacked up about being away from home, hanging out with their friends and playing some field lacrosse.  Chaperones are set up, vans are ready to roll and practice is just around the corner.  Thankfully we arrived to a pizza dinner for the kids.  Thank you to the all the organization that was in place before we left.  It is nice when things fall into place.  Stay tuned.



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