The mission of North River Lacrosse is to allow boys and girls with enthusiasm for lacrosse to play lacrosse and develop their skills throughout the summer, fall and winter.
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5th Grade Skipjacks Program:

Level Director -        Derek Weckbacher

Head Coaches -        Derek Weckbacher, Will Contento

Asst Coaches -         Brian Connerty, TBD


Expected Number of Teams:

  • TWO


Coaching Summary:

Coach Weck has been with us for over 3 years at the 5th grade level.  He is also currently the Asst Varsity Coach at Hingham High School, and he was voted Assistant Coach of the Year for The Patriot League in 2014 for his work at Silver Lake Varsity Team. They simply don't come any better than Coach Weck.

Will Contento will be jumping in as a head coach this year. Will has been an all-star summer coach with us the past couple summers as he was finishing up his playing days as starting goalie at Assumption College.  He is a great coach and he is ready to step up and lead a team for the year alongside Weck.


Summary of Objectives:

Skills are paramount, but we do begin to teach and implement team offensive and defensive tactics.  5th Grade is a year when you will see many of the kid’s skills really start to develop, but the game IQ piece will lag behind.  So, while skill development is the priority, we will devote a lot of energy to getting the kids to understand what they should be doing in all areas of the field.



It is important to note that our Skipjacks teams are an All-Inclusive program...  Not A La Cart.  Meaning families do not pick and choose what events or seasons they will participate in and/or pay for.  We stress player development, and core to that development is the player's commitment to his team, teammates, and coaches.  We keep things as flexible as we can to accommodate other sports (and do want the kids playing other sports), but do ask for 3-season commitment.


FALL SEASON:  Focus on team-building/bonding, skill development, game strategy and concepts, and having a blast at the fall tournaments.

  • 4 weekly practices (probably Sun/Mon nights in Oct)

  • TWO one-day tournaments (probably Columbus Day and  Nov 15)

WINTER SEASON:  Focus on skill development.  And we'll try to have a little fun too!

  • 12 Weekly Skills Sessions with Skipjacks Skills Coaches

  • 6 Bi-weekly Team Practices

SUMMER SEASON:  Focus on putting all the pieces together and competing at the highest level we can throughout the summer tournament schedule.

  • 5-6 Team Practices

  • 3 Weekend Tournament