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New to LI travel lax Looking For Advice #268509
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Thanks in advance for any good advice.....

My 13 year has played lax for several years but never really took it that seriously. Now all of a sudden he wants to play travel lax. Looking for advice on which teams a new travel player might actually have a chance of making. So a program with B/C/really crappy A team. He is raw in lax but a great athlete in other sports. If he wasnt an athlete I wouldn’t waste my time or money.

Basically I realize the best lax players are on LI so I am looking to stay away from the top programs and couldn’t care less about tournaments. Looking for tryouts where the team isn’t already picked and there may actually be a chance for a new kid to make a roster. A club that will take a n athlete with lower level/mid level lax skills compared to most travel players and turn him to a lax player.

Not looking for team bashing, just honest advice.

PS We went to 1 tryout for a “new” team and the coaches seemed to already know a lot of the kids by name already. Safe to assume the roster is already picked?

Also, for these tryouts do they ever scrimmage full field? By doing everything in an area around 30% of a lax field it almost seems like picking a basketball team by playing 3on3. Or does it go back to what I have heard that most teams are already picked so the tryouts don’t really matter, they want money.

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F L G they have an all year round training program that will develop your sons skills, there tuition is high but very well worth it with what they offer. The team is a B+ team and all the players see the field.

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Thanks in advance for any good advice.....

My 13 year has played lax for several years but never really took it that seriously. Now all of a sudden he wants to play travel lax. Looking for advice on which teams a new travel player might actually have a chance of making. So a program with B/C/really crappy A team. He is raw in lax but a great athlete in other sports. If he wasnt an athlete I wouldn’t waste my time or money.

Basically I realize the best lax players are on LI so I am looking to stay away from the top programs and couldn’t care less about tournaments. Looking for tryouts where the team isn’t already picked and there may actually be a chance for a new kid to make a roster. A club that will take a n athlete with lower level/mid level lax skills compared to most travel players and turn him to a lax player.

Not looking for team bashing, just honest advice.

PS We went to 1 tryout for a “new” team and the coaches seemed to already know a lot of the kids by name already. Safe to assume the roster is already picked?

Also, for these tryouts do they ever scrimmage full field? By doing everything in an area around 30% of a lax field it almost seems like picking a basketball team by playing 3on3. Or does it go back to what I have heard that most teams are already picked so the tryouts don’t really matter, they want money.



There are so many travel lax teams out there at the B level. It really depends where you live.
When you go to tryouts for a team that existed the prior year of course the coach is going to know by name the kids on the team.
And coaches are not looking to change their roster over completely every year. There decisions will be based on how many kids they know may not be coming back, and the talent of the new kid trying out.

You are stating that your kid is interested in travel lax but is mid to low on skills. But expresses an interest in travel.
Low skills wont stand out at tryouts.
Honestly, im of the belief if your kid is not outside seeking by his own choice to consistantly play then your wasting your money on travel lax. Just let him enjoy PAL lax.
Or give it a year, and tell your kid he needs to earn the right to play travel by showing he is putting in that time practicing outside, and doing wall workouts so he improves enough and shows the dedication for you to spend significant money on travel.
That is just being honest.
There are lots of teams out there, because yes this is a side business for coaches. And will your kid make a team? If you keep trying out, he will make some team. You will even see after the season starts teams scrounging to find players for certain positions.
Will he play much, will depend on his ability and level of other kids on his team. At the B level, of course it depends on the coach, you should be seeing though a real attempt to give playing time to all the kids.
If you really want to still pursue it this year then stay close to where you live. Dont travel far when your just wetting your feet in this arena. You want to find out how much you and your kid really like it. You as well because it monopolizes a lot of time and weekends doing this.

You may want to consider looking at east coast lacrosse. Thats a team through Dynamic lacrosse management which is being formed because the Fighting Ducks coaches broke away and formed there own team. Most of those Ducks players will follow the coaches, so there will be plenty of slots to fill.
And the new organization is saying tournaments will all be on long island, so that may work better for you,
http://eastcoastelitelacrosse.com

Where are you located approximately on Long Island? Nassau, Suffolk? East, West, North, South?

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What teams do his friends play on? I've heard good thing about Empire's 2023 2nd team. Any team you choose will have it's strong points and weak points. Do you self a favor, maybe get him a couple of lessons, pay close attention to the drills during the lessons, then the both of you go to the park and practice together. You don't have to spend a ton of money to bring his skills up to speed, just practice. And don't get caught up in former players resumes, the person may have been a phenomenal H.S./collegiate player, but isn't mature enough to work with kids.

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Hey-

Been in this game for a few years. Here are my points

- Dont concentrate on teams so much. The coach and the practice locations are the most important things

- If a club doesn't respond to your questions, look for another club

- Another option to consider is to go on the B team of some of the bigger clubs. Just be ready for a very hefty price tag if you go that route.

- Be wary of any "promises" made. Most of the clubs don't keep them.

- There are so many clubs out there you will not have problem finding a team for your son (emphasizing Coach and practice locations)

- For me having a few of my sons friends on the team is very important. Many people will disagree with this. We each rotate who takes the kids to practice and its very helpful (I have 4 kids).

Best of luck

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Tough spot for your child.

As for tryouts, typically the last day of tryouts will be scrimmage format.

Right now, pick a inexpensive travel team with local tourneys.

With the money saved, spend it on private/semi private lessons geared t his position. Also..... wall ball, wall ball, wall ball.

Good luck!

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There are a lot of lacrosse programs out there for 13 years olds. More so now than ever before. You say he is a good athletic ? Then keep the stick in his hand and search for a program that fits him now. Look on this site there there are plenty of options out there. Consider location of team practices, is you son comfortable with coaches and other kids and also cost. is you son at the level of this team. Don't listen to other team parents so much, go with what you are comfortable with. Good luck to you guys

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Originally Posted by ratherbefishing
Thanks in advance for any good advice.....

My 13 year has played lax for several years but never really took it that seriously. Now all of a sudden he wants to play travel lax. Looking for advice on which teams a new travel player might actually have a chance of making. So a program with B/C/really crappy A team. He is raw in lax but a great athlete in other sports. If he wasnt an athlete I wouldn’t waste my time or money.

Basically I realize the best lax players are on LI so I am looking to stay away from the top programs and couldn’t care less about tournaments. Looking for tryouts where the team isn’t already picked and there may actually be a chance for a new kid to make a roster. A club that will take a n athlete with lower level/mid level lax skills compared to most travel players and turn him to a lax player.

Not looking for team bashing, just honest advice.

PS We went to 1 tryout for a “new” team and the coaches seemed to already know a lot of the kids by name already. Safe to assume the roster is already picked?

Also, for these tryouts do they ever scrimmage full field? By doing everything in an area around 30% of a lax field it almost seems like picking a basketball team by playing 3on3. Or does it go back to what I have heard that most teams are already picked so the tryouts don’t really matter, they want money.



There are so many travel lax teams out there at the B level. It really depends where you live.
When you go to tryouts for a team that existed the prior year of course the coach is going to know by name the kids on the team.
And coaches are not looking to change their roster over completely every year. There decisions will be based on how many kids they know may not be coming back, and the talent of the new kid trying out.

You are stating that your kid is interested in travel lax but is mid to low on skills. But expresses an interest in travel.
Low skills wont stand out at tryouts.
Honestly, im of the belief if your kid is not outside seeking by his own choice to consistantly play then your wasting your money on travel lax. Just let him enjoy PAL lax.
Or give it a year, and tell your kid he needs to earn the right to play travel by showing he is putting in that time practicing outside, and doing wall workouts so he improves enough and shows the dedication for you to spend significant money on travel.
That is just being honest.
There are lots of teams out there, because yes this is a side business for coaches. And will your kid make a team? If you keep trying out, he will make some team. You will even see after the season starts teams scrounging to find players for certain positions.
Will he play much, will depend on his ability and level of other kids on his team. At the B level, of course it depends on the coach, you should be seeing though a real attempt to give playing time to all the kids.
If you really want to still pursue it this year then stay close to where you live. Dont travel far when your just wetting your feet in this arena. You want to find out how much you and your kid really like it. You as well because it monopolizes a lot of time and weekends doing this.



Where are you located approximately on Long Island? Nassau, Suffolk? East, West, North, South?



We are Western Suffolk so looking for teams that are near that area.

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Thanks everyone for the advice so far!!! We are in Western Suffolk so what are the "inexpensive" teams in that area?

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Originally Posted by ratherbefishing
Thanks everyone for the advice so far!!! We are in Western Suffolk so what are the "inexpensive" teams in that area?


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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by ratherbefishing
Thanks everyone for the advice so far!!! We are in Western Suffolk so what are the "inexpensive" teams in that area?


Rebels and Outlaws.


Rebels is $2600. But honestly will be a strong team. It has some really good talent that showed at pretryout. May find it hard to get a place on that team. Plus will be set in western suffolk for practices.

Outlaws last year tuition was $2400. Its a really good option. They will have plenty of open spots, since many will leave to try to go to Rebels. But also practicing in western suffolk.

Keep away from Express and 91 B teams. Those are money grabs. They dont invest in those teams at all.

You may want to look at True Blue out of Massapequa. Not sure of tuition. But I do think they have a stronger team then your son may be ready for.

fl$ would have been a good option. But they have a lawsuit pending, so not sure you want to be in the middle of that.

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If you'd "ratherbefishing" travel lax might not be for you. It typically requires full commitment from the whole family.

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Give Legacy a shot. Tryouts are tomorrow and Tuesday. The team has a solid core of kids, and made huge strides as a team this past year. They played a bit above their level at times this past summer, but in the long run you want your kids playing against the best for the most part. No one gets better beating up on inferior teams all summer.

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Avoid B Teams for the big organizations,as you’ll pay for an A team but not get A team experience. And you’ll be going to another tryout next year.

After that, the three things you’ll look for are:

1. The Head Coach
2. The Head Coach
3. The Head Coach

It doesn’t matter the organization. What matters is the guy who is running your team. If you don’t know who the coach will be.. Run!

Best of luck.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by ratherbefishing
Thanks everyone for the advice so far!!! We are in Western Suffolk so what are the "inexpensive" teams in that area?


LI Legacy Lacrosse

Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by ratherbefishing
Thanks everyone for the advice so far!!! We are in Western Suffolk so what are the "inexpensive" teams in that area?


LI Legacy Lacrosse



Legacy stinks low budget , get bare minimum gear , [ChillLaxin] tournment for example LI Lax fest biggest tournment around play somewhere else , they are 3k a year now. Bad product maybe 1 good team 2024 that’s about it .

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