Team Member Info
It is the mission of the UCSB Women's Lacrosse program that through team building, intense athletic competition, and participation in the management of the program, we can instill a sense of team ownership, foster life-long friendships, promote healthy living habits and build leadership skills that will carry well beyond each player's time here at UCSB.
UCSB Recreation Department
UCSB Women's Lacrosse is one of twenty-two sport clubs competing under the Department of Recreation at University of California, Santa Barbara. The program competes regionally in the Western Women's Lacrosse League (WWLL) and nationally in the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLA), of U.S. Lacrosse, the National Governing Body for the sport. This association governs regular season and national championship tournament play and enforces the use of student-athlete eligibility rules similar to those of the NCAA. UCSB is one of the lead programs in the WCLA and is also one of a select few programs nationwide to carry A, B & Novice teams based on interest in participating. Additional teams compete at UCSB in the Intercollegiate Athletic Department. These are the NCAA Division I scholarship programs. Women's lacrosse is non-scholarship at UCSB.
UCSB Fall Ball Squad Training (Effective Fall 2013)
UCSB Fall Ball Squad practices are MWF 2:00 to 3:50pm for six weeks. Beginner lessons start on the first Friday of Fall Quarter on UCSB RecCen Turf Field #4 from 2:00 to 3:50pm. Full squad practices start the first Monday of Fall Quarter instruction. The first team dues payment is $205 per person (covers clothing & gear players get to keep) due two weeks into practice. Everyone also pays the Rec Sports $35 participation fee. See "Team Dues & Fundraising" section, below.
Fall Team Skills Training Sessions
Fall Team Weight Training Sessions
The full practice calendar is available on this website. The only regular reason to miss practice is if you're in class so plan accordingly.***Please Read 'Joining The Team and 'Team Dues & Fundraising'Sections***
Attendance at practice is required to be on the team. See the Team Attendance Policy, below. Team training takes place Monday through Friday 1:55pm to 3:50pm. This time frame includes practice on the field and weight room workouts. That's it! It's less than two hours a day to be on the team.
Team Attendance Policy
It is important for everyone to be at the same practices at the same time. Being in class is the only reason a player should miss practice but everyone should schedule their classes around practice. In the event you need to take a class to graduate that you can't take another time communicate in advance of the quarter with the head coach.
Additionally, the team attendance policy allows for every player to have one personal day per academic quarter. No reason need be given, just provide advance notice, at least the day before, you will be missing practice. After the one personal day has been used a player should miss practice only in the event of an emergency. Advance communication is the key here. Without advance notice the miss is an unexcused absence. An unexcused absence results in sitting out the next game. The personal day is meant to be applied to practices but it could, perhaps, be used for a scrimmage or game provided the request is due to an unusual situation and communicated well in advance. Note, someone who is already missing practice or part of practice because of their class schedule should not use their personal day on top of all the other missed practice time.
A missed practice is not a day off from training. If a class you need to graduate conflicts with practice or you use a personal day you have a make-up workout to complete. The default make-up workout is a series of sprints of short to medium distance (not a jog or long slow run) and wall-ball for stick skills. Other workouts may be communicated based on the day of the week and whether it's close to a game day.
UCSB women's lacrosse is an open try-out program with A, B & Novice teams. Everyone is welcome and no experience is necessary. We'd like to have 12 beginners come out for the team every year. Experienced players are also, of course, welcome. Even if you weren't recruited we have a spot in the program for you. Beginner lessons start the first Friday of Fall Quarter. Try it to see if you like it.
Steps to Take to Join the UCSB Fall Ball Squad:
1. Contact head coach Paul Ramsey if you have questions.
2. Fill out the on-line Player Info Form on the team website and submit it to try it the first week and/or join the team.
3. Register as a Rec Sport / Sport Club athlete on the UCSB Recreation Department website (course #4198). The fee to register is $35 and this is a registration fee, a try-it fee and a try-out fee. (The default is 0 x $35 so select 1 x $35 when prompted). The fee is non-refundable. Please use your UCSB UMail e-mail address to log-in, it is your system ID. Your team dues will be collected later once you decide to stick with it. Click here for a PDF of detailed registration instructions if you need them. Please complete this before your first practice or beginner lesson.
5. Clear your schedule for practices 2 to 3:50pm.
6. Be ready to pay your First Installment/Clothing dues payment of $205 by BARC form or check payable to UCSB Women's Lacrosse by the end of the second week. These go toward personal gear you will keep like your team shorts, sideline bag, shirts, sweats, etc. Once you've paid the $205 fall dues then the winter quarter balance due is $795. If you come out late, in the winter, then the First Installment/Clothing dues are still due since the first payment of $205 goes toward gear you receive and keep. In-season dues go toward expenses for tournament entry fees, travel, home game officials, trainers, etc. All expenses come out of the budget funded by dues. There is no second hit for gas on a road trip or van rental later in the season or anything incidental. All dues and fees are non-refundable once paid.
7. Join our Facebook Group so you can network with other players and get word from us when we need to send it.
Schedule your classes around practice. If you have class during these times then log into GOLD and change to another section. Crash classes if necessary. If you are unable to free your schedule for full participation at practice then contact head coach Paul Ramsey at email@example.com or (805) 636-6772 for options. First years getting their class schedule at summer orientation be adamant about needing 2 to 4pm free. The counselors can do it for you if you stick to "needing it to be on the team."
All sport club athletes need to provide an annual physical. Here's the link to the documents you may take to your family physician.
Bring these with you to school and have them ready for when your team captains ask for them. If your initial physical exam was conducted at the Student Health Center and it's on file there you only need to submit an on-line update. Additional information is available on GauchosPlay.
Fall Ball is a fun time of preparation, training and bonding. Beginner lessons are the first Friday of fall quarter let anyone try it to see if they like it. Experienced players join in starting the second week of school. This is a low key and fun way to see if being on the team is right for you. The regular season is February through May. UCSB students get placed on either the A or B team. SBCC students have their own team made up entirely of full-time SBCC students jointly administrated through UCSB Recreational Sports and through the SBCC Office of Student Life. Additional information is posted on www.sbcclax.com.
The Team Attendance Policy allows for every player to have one personal day per academic quarter. No reason need be given, just provide advance notice you will be missing practice that day. Once you've used it, it is gone. Read more about it in the Team Attendance Policy section and please plan accordingly.
Q&A (First Wednesday of Fall Quarter at the Fun & Fitness Festival)
The women's lacrosse Q&A happens at the Recreation Department Fun & Fitness Festival. Players will be at a table waiting for you. This event is held the first Wednesday of Fall Quarter at the Recreation Center (RecCen). Attendance is not required to participate on the team. Prospects may also just fill out the Player Info Form here on the team website and show up to either the Beginner Lesson on the first Friday of Fall Quarter or the first day of Fall Ball on the following Tuesday. Both are 2pm to 3:50pm at RecCen Turf Field #4.
General Practice and Time Commitment Information
As team sports go being part of the UCSB women's lacrosse program is not a big time commitment. Practices last 2 hours or less and most games are one day a week on a weekend, with some exceptions for tournaments and road trips. Weekends with no games are scheduled whenever possible to minimize the weekend commitments. The competitive season is January through April but the program has about six weeks of fall practice, called Fall Ball, for three days a week. Fall Ball is typically MWF. During the competitive season practices are Monday through Friday.
The team attendance policy allows for every player to have one personal day per academic quarter. No reason need be given, just provide advance notice at least the day beofre you will be missing practice the next day. The more notice you provide the better in this situaton but at least communicate the day before you need it. Once you've used it, it is gone. Read more in the team attendance policy section and please plan accordingly.
Players should schedule classes around practice. If you currently have class during practice then log into GOLD and look to change to another section. If you are unable to free your schedule for full participation at practice then contact head coach Paul Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (805) 636-6772 for options.
1) Numerous players over the years have been able to set up their class schedule so they never miss practice their entire career. We don't receive priority registration from the University so it takes commitment, diligence and effort.
2) Being in class is the only reason to miss practice, personal days available in our Team Attendance Policy excepted, but this does not mean it's okay to schedule class during practice.
3) Minimizing/eliminating missed practice is in your best interest and the best interest of your team.
4) If you have a choice and you have to miss anything at all it is better to miss the first hour of practice than the second hour. Team concepts (plays, scrimmage situations, etc.) are taught and drilled in the second half of practice. This does not mean missing the first hour is okay.
5) Winter Quarter is the quarter to go all in for being at all of each practice if it's at all possible.
6) Fall and Spring quarters, in that order, are the ones where if you have to schedule a class that conflicts with practice they are the time to do it. Fall first because we're not in season for games that count toward standings and national rankings. Our league and national championships are in the spring. However, if you're choosing between Fall Ball and Winter/Spring for when to take a course make sure it's offered and you will be able to get into it (early enough pass time, etc.).
7) None of these guidelines are meant to indicate it's okay to schedule a class during practice. See #1 & #3, above.
Team Dues & Fundraising
The amounts required to meet the budget are set annually by the leadership. For 2012-13 the Rec Sports student-athlete registration fee is $35 and the First Dues installment of $205 is typically paid Fall Quarter, but is due when you join the program even if that's Winter Quarter. The Second Dues installment of $795 covers both Winter & Spring quarters and is due annually at the end of January. The total for team dues is $1,000 per player regardless of whether a player participates in Fall Ball or joins late. This is because dues paid include team gear like practice gear, shorts, shirts and sweats or warm-ups that players keep. Remaining on the team is a requirement for receiving team gear. A player forfeits her rights to team gear if she quits the program.
Important to note is there's no second hit for travel costs. Everything comes from the budget funded by the dues & fundraising. Dues are paid by check payable to UCSB Women's Lacrosse. In addition to team dues every player has a $250 fundraising minimum amount to raise with personal effort. Funds raised beyond $250 during the Fall Quarter may be applied to Winter/Spring dues. All dues and fees are non-refundable once paid.
Team Funding Sources
The program has four primary sources of income for its budget. These sources combine to cover expenses for team travel, clothing, coaching, entry fees, hotel nights, officiating and other game day expenses. Annual expenses exceed $165,000 combined for the A, B & C teams in the program. With this budget players do not pay out-of-pocket for travel, clothing, hotels, etc. during the season.
Based on 2011-12 team budget figures 16% comes from a UCSB Rec Sports allocation, 26% comes from player dues, 49% comes from player fundraising and 9% comes from donations.
1) Allocation From UCSB Recreational Sports (16% of Total Budget) - This is funded by a student fee referendum through Associated Students. It is an assessment all students at UCSB pay to support various Recreational Department programs such as Adventure Programs, Intramurals and Sport Clubs. It is not funding from the University or the State of California. It comes from the student body through Associated Students to the Recreational Sports Department to distribute to Sport Club teams.
As a sport club program, the UCSB Women's Lacrosse team is largely self-managed. For this reason, a number of off-the-field duties are expected of each player. While all members are expected to play a part in the management of the program, a number of specific leadership positions organize the structure of our team:
Team President, Vice-President: These positions are usually held by the A Team Captains. They oversee all other officers and ensure that their duties are completed correctly and on time. They assist all officers and team coaches whenever needed. They ensure communication concerning team responsibilities to be constant among all members.
Chief Financial Officer: Works with team coaches and captains to manage the program budget. Responsible for coordinating team purchases and travel expenses, filing food reimbursements, and handling league dues, coaches salaries, and referee payments.
Fundraising Coordinator: Facilitates all fundraisers for the team. Works with other officers to organize I.V. Clean-up, 3 v. 3 Tournament, sales, winter-break camp, and the Santa Barbara Shootout.
Team Performance, Nutrition & Stickwork Packet
The performance packet includes information about sports sports fitness and nutrition. It can be applied to all aspects of your training. This includes team training and individual workouts over breaks. Rest and recovery days are an important part of training so pay attention to them.
Players going home to snowy climates with icy roads are expected to adapt the workout as necessary if they feel they must work out indoors.
The performance packet includes information about sports fitness and nutrition. The winter break workout starts after final exams with running, weight training and stickwork via wall ball. It can be applied to all aspects of your training. This includes team training and individual workouts over break. Rest and recovery days are an important part of training so pay attention to them.
Spring Break Workouts
We have an every other day workout to complete during Spring Break. These are a run workout every other day and a strength workout every other day. Double up and do them both the same day and then take the next day off or alternate them, doing something each day of the break. The running workouts utilize interval training methods, they're pretty intense and they're a change-up on what we've been doing. You will not be bored.
The interval training will help us prepare to perform at altitude. Each workout should take about an hour from start to finish. That's all you need to do. Use your recovery days but be sure to go all out on your workout days. Some players have overdone it during these workouts in the past and may not have taken all the rest days that were prescribed. Conversely some other players didn't do much of anything. It would be great if everyone was right in the middle of these two extremes.
Fun & Fitness Festival (First Wednesday of Fall Quarter 1:00pm to 4:00pm in RecCen Grass Area)
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