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FREE Lacrosse Clinic at ’10 Lacrosse Night

Monday, December 7th, 2009

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e BlueClaws will host a free lacrosse clinic on 2010 Lacrosse Night (May 20th). T3 Lacrosse, which provides instruction and programs for boys and girls throughout New Jersey, will put on the clinic.

Basically, from 5 – 6 pm, we’ll have the clinic out in front of FirstEnergy Park. There will be three different levels (Minilaxers, Beginners, and Intermediate), and the clinic will emphasize catching, throwing, ground balls, stick skills, defense, and more.

To sign up, call Ryan at 732-901-7000 ext 162 or email him at You must have a ticket to the game to participate in the clinic.

Random lacrosse facts…

  • Youth participation in the sport has grown 500% since 1999
  • A relative of the modern game used to be played between sides of around 1,000 on fields as long as 15 miles as a preparation for war
  • Best lacrosse player of all time? Jim Brown. Here’s a great article from the AP.
  • “Lacrosse was his best sport,” said 92-year-old Ed Walsh, Brown’s football coach in high school. “He had all the skills, and his skills were better than all the opponents.

    “I had a college lacrosse coach who came to watch him play when he was a junior in the big game against Garden City,” Walsh said. “I took this coach to the sidelines and stayed with him so he could do anything he wanted to. All he did was write notes, and when the game was over, I said, ‘Any way you could sum up what you wrote and tell me?’

    “He said, ‘Jim Brown is better than anybody on our college team and better than anybody we coached against.”’

In Focus: Camp Days

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

campday09Next up In Focus, camp days…There are two camp days in 2010, June 30th and July 12th. Basically, as follows:

  • Camps can bring their kids out to a ballgame. A trip here is annually one of the most popular day trips for local camps.
  • Side note: it’s pretty cool to see the stands basically color-coded, with sections of kids with yellow shirts, green shirts, blue shirts, etc…
  • Discounted tickets, merchandise, food (Kids Eat Free on the Monday 7/12 game)
  • Photos from one of the 2009 camp days here

Call my good friend Mike Van Hise…732-901-7000, option 3. Tell him Greg sent you.

Previously In Focus: Scout Nights, Education Days, Adult Softball League, Martial Arts Night, Faith Night

In Focus: Martial Arts Night

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

martialartsnightContinuing our “In Focus” series on group theme nights for the 2010 season, Martial Arts Night.

When: Sunday, June 6th (Kids Eat Free) and Thursday, August 12th (Thirsty Thursday)

What: On Martial Arts Night, we bring out different Martial Arts Academies from across Ocean and Monmouth Counties. There is discounted seating for all groups plus:

  • Groups of 50 or more are given a table on the concourse to promote their academy
  • Groups of 100 or more are given a table plus the chance to perform on the field before the game (like this)

Call Ross, 732-901-7000 ext 110 with any questions or to reserve an outing.

Previously: Faith Night, Adult Softball League Night, Scout Night, Education Days

In Focus: Faith Night

Monday, November 16th, 2009

faithnightContinuing our “In Focus” segment here with Faith Night, when the BlueClaws welcome fans from all religious denominations for a pre-game faith discussion with members of the BlueClaws team.

This year’s two Faith Nights are:

  • Monday, June 7th
  • Tuesday, August 17th

Before the game, a BlueClaws player will come out for a discussion with the different religious groups about faith, what it means to him and how it’s a part of his life as a baseball player.

Also includes: Discounted seats for groups of 25 or more, group recognition on scoreboard, fundraising opportunities. Call Ross at 732-901-7000 ext 110 for more. Flyer here.

In Focus: Adult Softball League Night

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

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>We put another theme night in focus, one of the newer ones and one of the most unique ones: Adult Softball League Night (click here for flyer).

Basically, on two different nights this summer, we’ll host a qualifying Home Run Derby, on the field after the BlueClaws game (July 8th, July 29th, both Thirsty Thursdays). There’s a $20 per person entrance fee, and the top three from each night move on to the September 2nd finals (also a Thirsty Thursday).

Half the pot goes to the winner on 9/2, and the other half goes to BlueClaws Charities.

A great night out for any adult softball team. Contact Ryan at 732-901-7000 ext 162 or email him here.

Previously: Education Days, Scout Nights

Theme In Focus: Scout Nights

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

scoutnightWe’ve started to put theme nights under the microscope for the upcoming 2010 season, and here we’ll look at BlueClaws Scout Nights.

In past years, we’ve hosted four scout nights, but that number has been bumped up to five for the 2010 season:

  • Scout Nights: 4/23, 5/3, 6/7
  • Scout Sleepover Nights: 7/31, 8/30

All scout groups will get to take part in a pre-game parade on the field, and all scouts will receive a special BlueClaws Scout Night patch.

For information, or to reserve a spot, call Ryan at 732-901-7000 ext 162 or email him here.

Previously: Education Days

Group Theme in Focus: Education Days

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

We’re going to put one group theme night in focus every week leading up to the start of the 2010 baseball season, and today we start with Education Days (not just for students).

  • Basics: Choose from one of four types of education days at FirstEnergy Park, benefitting students and teachers both.
  • Contact: Tracy Davis at 732-901-7000 ext 106

The breakdown of each…

  • Education Days…May 5, May 26…these 11:05 am games are getaways for students and feature educational info at the ballpark. Tickets are just $7 for students and $9 for adults.
  • Teacher Appreciation Night…May 7th…Nominate your favorite teacher to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at this Friday night fireworks game.
  • Most Improved Student Program…April 19, April 20, April 21…Teachers nominate their most improved student, who gets a free ticket to one of these three games. The students then get to come on the field and announce their name and school in front of the crowd.
  • Buster’s Book Program…Students read five non-required books and receive a free ticket to either the May 10th or May 23rd game (kids will eat free at both games).

Flyer here