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Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: Anonymous] #289440
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
If my son rides the bench on an elite team, which AAA teams should we be considering to get a better chance to see the field. He is a very consistent and solid player, but plays behind bigger kids and coaches kids. Will there be movement of teams between elite and AAA? Tryouts start soon and I am trying to get some honest feedback through all of the we are better than you chatter.



My son is in the same situation but I will say hes got better and grown from practicing at a higher level with better kids. This isnt high school showcase years so my question to him is what do you need to do to get better and get more playing time?

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Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: Anonymous] #289449
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
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If my son rides the bench on an elite team, which AAA teams should we be considering to get a better chance to see the field. He is a very consistent and solid player, but plays behind bigger kids and coaches kids. Will there be movement of teams between elite and AAA? Tryouts start soon and I am trying to get some honest feedback through all of the we are better than you chatter.



My son is in the same situation but I will say hes got better and grown from practicing at a higher level with better kids. This isnt high school showcase years so my question to him is what do you need to do to get better and get more playing time?

I still think both posts may be missing the point of club lacrosse. Is he having FUN. At this age that is all the counts. The second post is correct that the skill level is more important at the HS showcase level. Several kids will swap teams between now and then. Try out for several teams and pick the one that you will have the most fun playing on. Watching other kids is not always fun.

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: Anonymous] #289472
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
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If my son rides the bench on an elite team, which AAA teams should we be considering to get a better chance to see the field. He is a very consistent and solid player, but plays behind bigger kids and coaches kids. Will there be movement of teams between elite and AAA? Tryouts start soon and I am trying to get some honest feedback through all of the we are better than you chatter.



My son is in the same situation but I will say hes got better and grown from practicing at a higher level with better kids. This isnt high school showcase years so my question to him is what do you need to do to get better and get more playing time?

I still think both posts may be missing the point of club lacrosse. Is he having FUN. At this age that is all the counts. The second post is correct that the skill level is more important at the HS showcase level. Several kids will swap teams between now and then. Try out for several teams and pick the one that you will have the most fun playing on. Watching other kids is not always fun.


I am the original poster. While my son likes his team mates and his team, no he isn’t having fun because he isn’t playing and he wants to be playing. I know this isn’t high school. I am asking about better AAA teams because maybe there is a chance for my son to see the field more without sacrificing level of instruction too much. I just want him happy so that he continues to enjoy the sport. I don’t need top dog at this age. There are plenty of great teams at the AAA level, I am just asking for some direction as to which you think will stick around the AAA, head to elite, etc. At this point for my son I think AAA might be a better fit.

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: TheBackOfTheCage] #289494
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There are a lot of AAA teams out there. See the HoCo standings. Where do you live?

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: Anonymous] #289550
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
There are a lot of AAA teams out there. See the HoCo standings. Where do you live?

There are currently 8 teams. Top 4 are AYLC, VLC, Next Level, and Roughriders. AYLC is Annapolis and surrounding areas and believe they belong in the elite bracket, VLC is Virginia based, Next Level is DC area, and Roughriders is local Howard County where the league plays. AYLC and VLC were standout leaders. Next Level and Roughriders have solid talent but can’t finish games.

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Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: Anonymous] #289562
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This is a good overview of the top 4. It really just depends on where you live to decide which would be a good fit.

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: Anonymous] #289576
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
There are a lot of AAA teams out there. See the HoCo standings. Where do you live?

There are currently 8 teams. Top 4 are AYLC, VLC, Next Level, and Roughriders. AYLC is Annapolis and surrounding areas and believe they belong in the elite bracket, VLC is Virginia based, Next Level is DC area, and Roughriders is local Howard County where the league plays. AYLC and VLC were standout leaders. Next Level and Roughriders have solid talent but can’t finish games.



This is pretty accurate

Good luck in your search

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: Anonymous] #289580
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
There are a lot of AAA teams out there. See the HoCo standings. Where do you live?

There are currently 8 teams. Top 4 are AYLC, VLC, Next Level, and Roughriders. AYLC is Annapolis and surrounding areas and believe they belong in the elite bracket, VLC is Virginia based, Next Level is DC area, and Roughriders is local Howard County where the league plays. AYLC and VLC were standout leaders. Next Level and Roughriders have solid talent but can’t finish games.


I live in the DC area and see Next Level quite a bit. My kid plays for a different team but I've been impressed with what they are doing. I don't personally know the 2026 coaches but I do think the camps and clinics they run are well done. If feels like a rising program.

My kid isn't in the market for a new team but, if he was, I'd definitely consider them.

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The Mitchell brothers at Next Level are great guys.

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: TheBackOfTheCage] #289653
07/24/19 08:04 AM
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There are lots of good programs. I would consider programs that are established and steer away from of these new clubs that have opened in the last 2-3 years. Watered down talent is popping up. Anyone who has a vision and a few dollars can open a club.

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Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: TheBackOfTheCage] #289801
07/25/19 02:35 PM
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What happened with the mid Atlantic team at Warrior?

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: TheBackOfTheCage] #289829
07/25/19 11:42 PM
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With there being 8 teams in AA county and True Annapolis starting, I’m wanting to see what the over/under is if they can actually field a team. Vegas has a strong negative!!!

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: Anonymous] #289833
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With there being 8 teams in AA county and True Annapolis starting, I’m wanting to see what the over/under is if they can actually field a team. Vegas has a strong negative!!!


All you need these days to start a team is a group of unhappy parents, and a coach on the wrong sideline who is bent out of shape his kid isn’t playing. Bam, you got yourself a new team, just like half of the current 8.

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What happened with the mid Atlantic team at Warrior?

The smart ones saved their money and are waiting a couple of years.

Re: Boys 2026 (Mid-Atlantic Region) [Re: TheBackOfTheCage] #289930
07/29/19 08:55 AM
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Ive seen the roster for Warrior the last two years and if you call you kid an All American - you are a joke!!!!!

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