For everyone's collective experience, what is the ideal age to get involved with a National team (Duke's or others)?
This seems like a legit question. If you live in a hotbed area for lacrosse, you should not play on a National team. Find the best local club you can and stick with friends and good coaches. The national team will only cause conflict (scheduling) and lost time and money. You will need this later for prospect days, showcases. An all star showcase team like UA or the new PLL national team might make sense. The old Brine Lacrosse classic is/was a waste of time. However, if you live in an area that does not have a strong club team I would suggest looking at a national team like Dukes or Legends in 7th or 8th grade. Time invested in very important. Kids can burn out if they do too much too soon. I have seen it happen with the best of players. Think of it like a pitch count and invest the time in the things that provide the best ROI.