[quote=Anonymous]The consistency of Yorktown being great will likely fall off going forward. While they still do a great job developing kids, other towns have kids being developed close to as well through various ways.
The growth of excellent town youth lacrosse programs and the proliferation of high quality club teams in the region (Express North, Primetime, Team 91, Predators, etc) has improved the quality of lacrosse overall. Rye, Bronxville, Larchmont and a few others have done a great job of growing their youth programs, bringing in excellent coaching and supporting the game in all ways. Yorktown has had a very long run of Section dominance without a great deal of resistance. We'll see if anyone can knock them off.
Great post. A good question to ask ourselves, what is Darien and New Canaan's secret? Very strong High School programs. What is setting their programs apart from the rest?
Agree and disagree ... the lower Westchester HS teams are getting better mainly because their youth programs have been solid with great coaching and dedicated families. The local clubs are also helping improve talent but so many of them are pretty new (recent 2-4 years) that you won't see that full effect for a little while. But what Yorktown, Bronxville and Darien have that Rye, Mamaroneck, Greenwich don't is a commitment from families to stay in the system and also for HS coaches and players to develop youth talent. How many Yorktown kids go to private school to play lax? Not many. How many Rye and Greenwich kids go to private school to play? A lot. The rich holdbacks in many towns bolt to private schools. You cannot fake the environment Yorktown and Darien coaches and players foster.
The likelihood of 'staying' versus going private is less about the strength of the local public program and ALL about the nature of the people that live in the communities. You might keep a player here or there that otherwise would have gone private, but generally a community that thrives on private school as the "thing to do" for all of the OTHER reasons is going to keep doing that.