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2018 Hoover Lacrosse Auction

posted Jan 24, 2018, 9:09 AM by William Wittig   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 9:36 AM ]

ALL Hoover Lacrosse Parents are invited to 2018 Hoover Lacrosse Auction & Cocktail Party! 

This is our biggest fundraiser and we really need your support for this fun and exciting event! All will receive a bidding paddle and appetizers will be served. Everyone needs to bring your favorite drink (Alcohol is allowed) and a heavy appetizer to share!

Ok… here is how it works. Bring two auction items, just anything interesting that you think someone else would like. Last year some of the highest priced items were… furniture, lake house rentals, house decorations, spa treatments, tools, purses, sports items/tickets, series of books in a beach bag, hunting outings, & wine baskets-- but trust me we had everything! We had gift cards (if you can get them donated they make a great auction item!), each of you needs to think, think, think… because you have great stuff! Sports tickets that can be donated or beach condo stays (not kidding… our first year this was our biggest ticket item and SO much fun to bid on!) You could also donate a service ex: free will preparation or room painting, or a home cooked dinner delivery.

Remember— fun and great deals are to be had! This is great opportunity to meet the other parents and support our lacrosse team. If you absolutely can’t make it a monetary donation would be appreciated...we do need the money. Bring cash, cards, or your checkbooks!

P.S. This night is for parents only!

Date: 02/03/2018 (Sat.)
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm CST
Location: James Hill Clubhouse; 3718 James Hill Circle, Hoover, AL 35226

Use the form below to provide auction item info in advance. 
Paper forms will be available AT the auction if you need to wait until the day of the event.

Submit 2018 Auction Item Information



TRAFFIC ADVISORY - SICARD HOLLOW RD

posted Mar 15, 2017, 6:33 PM by William Wittig

ALLOW EXTRA TRAVEL TIME FOR MARCH 21, 2017 JV GAME AT SICARD HOLLOW ATHLETIC COMPLEX.

FROM @Jefferson County Roads and Transportation:

Weather permitting, beginning Monday, March 20th, Jefferson County Roads and Transportation will be mobilizing their contractor, MidSouth Paving, to initiate construction activities to repave Sicard Hollow Road between Blue Lake Drive and Grants Mill Road. This will be ongoing for approximately 60 working days, including most Saturdays, until approximately mid-May. Lane closures are not permitted prior to 8:30am on weekdays. Lane closures near the school entrance at Liberty Parkway are not permitted between 2:30 and 3:30 in the afternoons.

Construction signage, including message boards, are anticipated to be installed along the construction route by this Saturday, 18th to give advanced warning of the activity. During various construction stages, one lane closures will be required. A pilot truck will guide traffic through the active construction area. Please be prepared for delays.

2017 Sponsorship Program

posted Jan 21, 2017, 12:22 PM by William Wittig   [ updated Jan 21, 2017, 12:28 PM ]

by: Sponsorship Committee

Hoover Lacrosse as a club sport at Hoover does not receive any funding from the school for the lacrosse team. Bucs Lacrosse, Inc., is a 501(c)3 company (meaning contributions to it are tax deductible), who’s eight member Board helps raise money for the boys to play. Each year, we have three major ways to fund the program: 

  1) We receive a portion of the registration fee paid to GBYLA
  2) We have an auction (parent check your email soon for more info about the auction scheduled for 2/17)
  3) We get sponsorships from businesses and individuals in the community. 

All money raised goes straight to funding the program.  
 
This year, we have added an incentive program. Any player getting $1000 in sponsorships with automatically receive a $200 refund of a portion of his registration fee ($200 will pay for several nice dates). Second, the two players who raise the most in sponsorships will receive a Visa gift card (1st--$300 and 2nd $150). Rebate offer does not apply to players who have a parent on the Bucs Lacrosse Board. Below is a letter describing the incentive program. Also below are two sponsorship forms. One is for smaller businesses and individuals and the other is for businesses that you think can afford more. Please review this information and try your best. As indicated in the attached letter, parents’ employers, doctors, pediatricians, local restaurants, etc., are all good sources of sponsorships. Fundraising is never easy and is never fun; however, if everyone makes an effort, it relieves the burden on a few to find the necessary funding. Thanks again in advance. GO BUCS! 

Announcement: 2017 Strength Training Partnership

posted Nov 13, 2016, 7:55 AM by William Wittig   [ updated Nov 13, 2016, 8:05 AM ]

Lacrosse season is right around the corner, and I am pleased to announce a new partnership with Warehouse Performance Institute. As I am sure many are aware, our club status does not allow us access to the High School weight room facilities. And a proper strength training regimen is important to the success of any Lacrosse program. WPI has made themselves available to help us meet this need. 

This program is 100% optional to all players. However I highly recommend participation if possible. ​If players do attend these workouts, they will be excused from preseason conditioning. We had near 100% participation from our Seniors who completed a test run with WPI this past week. The feedback I received from them, and what I witnessed, was great and indicates WPI will be a great asset to our team. It will be challenging workouts, and the trainers intensity is what we need to accomplish our goal of a 2017 State Championship!

WPI Background: http://wpitraining.com/
  • Head Trainers:
       • Mike McCoy- Former Football player at the university of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and trainer at IMG Academy
       • Ryan Romano - Former D1 wrestler at West Virginia and Hoover Alumni 
  • Address: 
       • Off of Morgan road in Hoover.
       • 4010 Farr Rd (Rear Entrance) Birmingham, AL 35022 
Program:
  • Start date: Training for everyone next week, Nov 14th. We will find a makeup date for our Preseason meeting on 11/17
  • Length: November through the end of January. 
  • Sessions: Players have the option of attending 2x a week or 3x a week. I recommend 3x a week for this first 4 week period. Sessions last for one hour. Only workout clothes and gym shoes are required. 
  • Payment Plan: Money will be due at the first training session, and at every 4 weeks so can maintain flexibility in conjunction with our normal practices.  
  • Cost: $75 per ​player for 8 sessions. $100 per player for 10 sessions. Cash or checks are accepted. 
Time Slots and Groupings: 
  • We have the following evening options available:
       • Monday: 3:30 or 5:15
       • Tuesday: 3:30 or 5:15
       • Wednesday: 4:30
       • Thursday: 3:30 or 5:15
  • Feedback: If you wish to participate, please fill out the follow form so we can gather player availability. Sorry for the short notice but please have this to me by Sunday 11/13 at 6:00 pm
  • Groupings: Sunday night I will assign groups based on availability and ages of the players. I will do my best to accommodate any requests. 
Paperwork: If you plan on attending the program, please download and complete fill out the WPI form linked below. DO NOT worry about filling out the payment section on the first page.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. GO Bucs!

Thanks, 
Conor Conway
 

2017 Preseason Conditioning


Hoover Sun Article

posted Jun 15, 2016, 11:51 AM by William Wittig

For Wittig, game becomes a way of life
From Hoover Sun May 31, 2016

Bill Wittig’s introduction to lacrosse began by calling the number on a roadside sign advertising the sport in the spring of 2007. The first game he witnessed was soon after when his son played on the U11 team — the Shades Valley Lizards — advertised on the sign.

The unexpected introduction to the sport eventually turned into a way of life for the Wittig family. Not only have summers been filled with travel lacrosse, but they also took a family vacation to watch the Lacrosse World Championship in Denver in the summer of 2014.

 “I was just looking for something for the kids to do in the spring,” Wittig said. “They didn’t seem all that interested in soccer. They never really were into baseball or anything. We were just looking for something else to get involved in.”

Both his sons — Jake and John — played lacrosse at the youth level. John, his youngest son, just concluded his high school career for Hoover High School. Bill Wittig has been heavily involved throughout. 

He served as an assistant coach when Hoover formed a U13 team in 2008 and became a head coach the following season. His roles in the Hoover High lacrosse program have been varied and thorough. He served as a coach in the program, including serving as the junior varsity head coach, and is currently the president of the Hoover Lacrosse Board.

Wittig also played an instrumental role in helping the Bucs program take an important step. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary this year and has enjoyed success throughout. The Bucs won state titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and claimed another in 2013. But, it wasn’t until this year that the program has officially been recognized as a club at the school.

“It does give us a little more standing in the school,” Wittig said. “The guys get their (team) picture in the yearbook, we can meet together during school hours during club day and be included in (school) communication. And it has given us more access to the facilities.”

Just as exciting to everyone involved in the sport is the growth of lacrosse throughout the Birmingham metro in approximately the past 10 years. 

Wittig said that 175 kids were registered for the sport in 2005. The number of kids — boys and girls — participating in the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association grew to 1,100 participants in 2010, 1,500 in 2015 and more than 1,600 this spring.

State championships aren’t awarded for the youngest divisions. Those teams participate in a jamboree at the conclusion of the regular season. In all other divisions, playoffs are held. Spain Park High School won the state Division I title — beating Vestavia Hills in the championship game. Hoover teams won state titles in the Boys Middle School Division and Girls Grades 6-8 Division and lost in the U13 championship game. 

Hopefully the numbers and success will continue to grow, perhaps for the same reasons that the Wittig family fell in love with the sport.

“It’s a great combination of lots of different sports,” Wittig said. “It’s got the physicality of football. It’s a contact sport but not a collision sport. In other words, the object of the game is not to hit the guy but you can hit him in the course of playing. It’s got some of the speed of basketball and hockey and some of the skills of a lot of other sports. They call it the fastest game on two feet.”

For the first time since 2007, Wittig won’t have a son playing the sport at on a GBYLA team. 

“Hopefully, I’ll retain a role on the Hoover Lacrosse Board,” Wittig said. “I don’t know if I’ll be president or not. I’m still kind of hopeful that my son [John] will end up playing on the Auburn club team so I can go watch him play. I’ll help out whenever I can [to] help keep lacrosse growing.”

Spring Break 2016

posted Mar 25, 2016, 8:11 AM by William Wittig

Repost of item from 2015...

Thoughts as we head into spring break…
 

When those outside the sport hear about lacrosse it’s almost always negative. The infamous episode at Duke in 2006; the brutal murder of Yeardley Love at Virginia in 2010; and the NCAA report that showed lacrosse with higher substance-use rates than any other sport. 
 

But forget the headlines. There are incidents, recent and past, major and minor, involving our own high school team’s players. Incidents whose impact goes beyond the individual circumstance. Incidents that cause our school and athletic administration to hesitate when lacrosse requests resources or support. Incidents that turn interested parents and players away from the sport, because they don’t want to be associated with “that crowd.” Incidents that make it that much harder for the majority of us that are trying to do the right things.  
 

Players, DON’T be selfish. DON’T put yourself in compromising situations. DON’T get arrested. DON’T drink alcohol or use drugs. DON’T do anything to put your teammates, coaches, parents and board members in a position where our only alternative is to turn you away. DON’T test our resolve to kick you off the team if you give us a reason, no matter who you are.
 

DO read and reread your Code of Conduct. DO follow the Code of Conduct. DO encourage each other to behave appropriately. DO be safe. DO have fun. DO enjoy yourself. DO so responsibly.  
 

The team has worked too hard. There is still so much in front of us in 2016. Whether it’s continuing the great progress we’ve made on JV, or winning a fifth championship in Varsity. Let’s not ruin it by doing something stupid.
 

Everyone have an awesome spring break. Safe travels. DO NOT let the next NINE DAYS go by without touching your stick and working out. 
 

See EVERYONE at practice after the break. Happy Easter and…
 

#gobucs

Senior Braden McCombs Signs with Birmingham-Southern

posted Feb 5, 2016, 6:24 AM by William Wittig   [ updated Feb 5, 2016, 6:47 AM ]

Braden McCombs (seated) with father Charles, mother Teresa and Head Coach Conor Conway

February 3, 2016 (Hoover, AL) – Hoover Boys Lacrosse is proud to announce that senior midfielder Braden McCombs has signed on to play lacrosse at Birmingham-Southern. In an on-field ceremony Wednesday evening, McCombs was surrounded by family, coaches and teammates as he officially agreed to become part of the Birmingham-Southern recruiting class for 2016. After the ceremony Hoover Head Coach Conor Conway has this to say, “The Hoover coaching staff is very proud of Braden. He has worked extremely hard these past 4 years, and has become an outstanding student athlete. You could not ask for a better leader and teammate. We are looking forward to watching Braden excel on and off the field at Birmingham-Southern.” 
 
McCombs is a 4-year Varsity player for Hoover, as well as a multi-season player for Bamalax, one of the premier travel lacrosse programs in Alabama. As a freshman player for Hoover, Braden was the recipient of the Coaches’ Hustle Award for his toughness and tenacity. As a sophomore Braden was again recognized, this time as the Bucs Most-Improved Player. Braden, or “B” as he’s known, then went on to lead the team in groundballs during his junior campaign, while also finishing in the top 3 on the team in points with a total of 31. B was also honored earlier this season when he was selected by his teammates as captain; a position he also earned last year.
 
While McCombs is no doubt looking forward to continuing his lacrosse career, his next head coach is equally enthusiastic about B heading to the Hilltop. BSC Head Men's Lacrosse Coach Casey Kear: 
“I am extremely excited to welcome Braden McCombs to the Birmingham-Southern College lacrosse family. I have no doubt that Braden's toughness and high lacrosse IQ will translate to both personal and team success here at BSC.  Most importantly Braden is a dedicated student athlete who will be a leader to his peers for 4 years”
 
McCombs' choice to join Coach Kear’s Panther squad appears to be a great one. Last season, Coach Kear was voted as the Southern Athletic Association conference Coach of the Year. And in just his second year at the helm, Kear has lead the Panthers to back-to-back winning seasons and trips to the semifinals of the SAA Championship.
 
The Hoover Boys Lacrosse family is proud of Braden and look forward to watching him during his senior season and are we are all confident that B will succeed both on-the-field and off as a student-athlete at Birmingham-Southern.
 
About Hoover Boys Lacrosse
The 2016 season marks the 10th Anniversary of Hoover Lacrosse. The program was founded and first coached by Chris Cos in 2006. Under Cos’ leadership the team quickly rose to compete at a high level – winning three straight Alabama State Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, and then adding their state-record fourth title in 2013. Hoover Lacrosse has fielded 3 US Lacrosse All Americans, and had over 30 players go on to play in college (DI, DII, DIII & club). Hoover’s Varsity Head Coach now is the former Bucs defenseman Conor Conway. The Hoover Boys Lacrosse program is part of the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association – and also has a club at Hoover High School. The Bucs Lacrosse program can be found online at www.hooverboyslax.com or on twitter @hooverboyslax.   

A downloadable, printable version of this release is available at the bottom of the page

Hoover Lacrosse 10th Anniversary Invitation

posted Jan 26, 2016, 7:40 AM by William Wittig   [ updated Jan 26, 2016, 8:01 AM ]

Dear Hoover Lacrosse Alumni, Families, Fans & Friends:
 

Can you believe it’s been TEN YEARS?!
 

Spring 2016 is the 10th Anniversary season for Hoover Lacrosse. In celebration, we are hosting a 10th Anniversary jamboree all day Saturday, February 20th at Hoover High School, and we’d like all of you to come out for some great lacrosse.
 

The grand finale to the day’s events will be a Hoover Alumni game – featuring players and coaches from ALL TEN Hoover Lacrosse seasons. AND (drumroll…) we are extremely excited to announce that the original coaching staff: Chris Cos, Randy Nace and Greg Wingo – WILL BE PLAYING in our Alumni game!
 

So, we need and want ALL you former players to play too – and everyone else to come out and watch the game – and say hello to Cos and the gang!     
 

• Wanna play?
 
    - We need ALL ALUMNI GAME PLAYERS to register
     - Click
here, or see the form on the 10th Anniversary page 
     - It’s VERY important that you sign up if you want to play
 

• Just want to watch?
 
    - Come on out Saturday, the full day’s schedule is below
     - The jamboree features Girls High School, Youth and Boys High School lacrosse games
     - Teams representing Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky will be on hand
     - Alumni game is the last event, and is scheduled to start at 7:30p Saturday night
 

• Cannot make it, but want to help?
 
    - Bucs Lacrosse, Inc. recently registered as a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation in support of lacrosse at Hoover High School
     - If you’d like to make a donation to offset the cost of our 10th Anniversary celebration or just to support Hoover Lacrosse, please contact us for more information


10th Anniversary Celebration Schedule • SAT, FEB 20
 

Time

Division

Team (Home)

Team (Away)

9:30 AM

GHS

Hoover
Bucs

Trussville
Huskies

11:00 AM

BHS

Huntsville
Panthers

Cougar
Lacrosse (TN)

12:30 PM

BHS

Mountain Brook
Spartans

Ravenwood (TN)
Raptors

2:00 PM

Bu11

Hoover
White

Hoover
Black

2:30 PM

BHS

Homewood
Patriots

Cougar
Lacrosse (TN)

4:00 PM

BHS

Hoover
Bucs

Ravenwood (TN)
Raptors

5:30 PM

BHS

Vestavia
Rebels

Lexington Catholic (KY)
Knights

7:30 PM

BHS

Hoover
Bucs

Hoover Alumni/Coaches
Old Timers

9:30 PM

Post-Alumni-Game Dinner/Party (Place TBD)


 

The Hoover Boys Lacrosse Board and Bucs Varsity Head Coach Conor Conway are truly looking forward to hosting this historic event – and are honored that Coach Cos is traveling all the way back to Alabama to help us celebrate the program he founded. AND we hope ALL of you can make it out as well. Be sure to check back on our 10th Anniversary page for updated details on the Post-Alumni-game dinner/party.
 

If you have any questions about the 10th Anniversary event, the Alumni game or anything else, please let us know hooverboyslax@gmail.com

Conor Conway Selected as Hoover Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach

posted Aug 21, 2015, 2:08 PM by William Wittig   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 2:09 PM ]

August 18, 2015 (Hoover, AL) – Hoover Boys Lacrosse is proud to announce that former player and assistant coach Conor Conway has been selected as the new Hoover Bucs head coach. In 2006, Conway was an inaugural member of the Hoover Lacrosse and Bamalax teams. Conway captained the Hoover teams of 2007 and 2008, and in the 2008 season helped lead the Bucs to its first Alabama State Championship. Conway then went on to become a 4-year starter and two-time captain at The University of Alabama MCLA club team, wrapping up his Bama playing career as the 2012 SELC Western division champs. Conway then graduated with a BS degree in Business Management and Marketing, and is currently a Buyer Associate at Ram-Tool and Supply's corporate office in Birmingham. Conway’s coaching resume includes his 2 seasons as assistant coach at Hoover in 2013 and 2014, and he was Varsity Head Coach of Homewood High School this past spring.
 

From Hoover Lacrosse founder and Coach Chris Cos:

I felt it was important to have a legacy player take over as the head coach.  Although there were many qualified candidates, in the end, Conor's experience of being an original Hoover player combined with his leadership at Alabama and his head coaching experience at Homewood made him the perfect candidate to be Hoover's 3rd head coach. I'm proud of all of our former players and nothing makes me prouder than knowing a part of my passion for the game stuck with a few players that now want to lead young players like I did when we started the Hoover program through our string of 3 state championships

 

Coach Conor Conway takes over for Patrick Johnson who led the Bucs for the previous 3 seasons and had been involved with the program since 2011. After taking the coaching reins from Chris Cos, Coach Johnson compiled an impressive win total, and in 2013 guided the varsity team to its state-record fourth Alabama Lacrosse Championship. Coach Johnson was married over the summer and has relocated to his hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
 

Next season is right around the corner, and Conway is ready to get started, “First I would like to thank the Homewood community for giving me my first head coaching position.”  The new Hoover coach continued, “I am honored the Hoover Lacrosse Board has given me the opportunity to coach the high school program next spring. I am excited to return to the Hoover program as head coach during its 10th anniversary. My staff and I are looking forward to building upon the success that founder Coach Chris Cos and Coach Patrick Johnson have established.”  
 

About Hoover Boys Lacrosse

Hoover Boys Lacrosse was founded and first coached by Chris Cos in 2006. Under Cos’ leadership the team quickly rose to compete at a high level – winning three straight Alabama State Championships in 2008, 2009, 2010, and then adding their fourth in 2013. Hoover Lacrosse has fielded 3 US Lacrosse All Americans, and had over 30 players go on to play in college (DI, DII, DIII & club). Hoover Boys Lacrosse is part of the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse Association can be found online at www.hooverboyslax.com or on twitter @hooverboyslax.   

Spring Break!

posted Mar 26, 2015, 5:33 PM by William Wittig   [ updated Mar 28, 2015, 11:25 AM ]

Thoughts as we head into spring break…
 

When those outside the sport hear about lacrosse it’s almost always negative. The infamous episode at Duke in 2006; the brutal murder of Yeardley Love at Virginia in 2010; and last summer’s NCAA report that showed lacrosse with higher substance-use rates than any other sport.
 

But forget the headlines. There are incidents, recent and past, major and minor, involving our own high school team’s players. Incidents whose impact goes beyond the individual circumstance. Incidents that cause our school and athletic administration to hesitate when lacrosse requests resources or support. Incidents that turn interested parents and players away from the sport, because they don’t want to be associated with “that crowd.” Incidents that make it that much harder for the majority of us that are trying to do the right things.  
 

Players, DON’T be selfish. DON’T put yourself in compromising situations. DON’T get arrested. DON’T drink alcohol or use drugs. DON’T do anything to put your teammates, coaches, parents and board members in a position where our only alternative is to turn you away. DON’T test our resolve to kick you off the team if you give us a reason, no matter who you are.
 

DO read and reread your Code of Conduct. DO follow the Code of Conduct. DO encourage each other to behave appropriately. DO be safe. DO have fun. DO enjoy yourself. DO so responsibly. 
 

The team has worked too hard. There is still so much in front of us in 2015. Whether it’s continuing the great progress we’ve made on JV, or winning a fifth championship in Varsity. Let’s not ruin it by doing something stupid.
 

Everyone have an awesome spring break. Safe travels. DO NOT let the next NINE DAYS go by without touching your stick and working out.
 

See EVERYONE at practice on Monday, April 6th. Happy Easter and…
 

#gobucs

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