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Re: Welcome Philadelphia & Vicinity
B_O_T_C #311942 10/13/20 07:07 AM
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Wheres the PA hotbeds of youth lacrosse ?

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B_O_T_C #311963 10/13/20 08:35 AM
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A solid group of players come from the West Chester, Downingtown, Paoli area. Delco has some pockets that have good teams. Youth lacrosse is not created equal as some programs are much larger than others.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
A solid group of players come from the West Chester, Downingtown, Paoli area. Delco has some pockets that have good teams. Youth lacrosse is not created equal as some programs are much larger than others.
West Chester is more populated so they tend to dominate the youth programs as they have more kids to choose from, but I think better overall talent in the Devon/paoli/mainline area as the top athletes are all playing lax there whereas west chester has a bunch of football/basketball only kids (and still a lot of baseball players for some odd reason).

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B_O_T_C #312148 10/15/20 02:06 PM
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The Avon Grove/Kennett area has boomed in the last 25 years....they have put out some good players.

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The Avon Grove/Kennett area has boomed in the last 25 years....they have put out some good players.
I agree there is talent there so why is there no club team in that area? Crazy Oxford/AG/Kennett kids have to go up to West Chester or down into MD to play club lax.

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The Avon Grove/Kennett area has boomed in the last 25 years....they have put out some good players.
I agree there is talent there so why is there no club team in that area? Crazy Oxford/AG/Kennett kids have to go up to West Chester or down into MD to play club lax.

yeah that 15-20 minute ride is a killer

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Anonymous #312738 10/21/20 06:23 AM
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Definitely not enough talent nor numbers to sustain a full scale program.

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B_O_T_C #313070 10/22/20 02:42 PM
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Avon Grove won the state championship a couple years ago and I think Kennett has a pretty solid team as well.

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Anonymous #313128 10/23/20 08:30 AM
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All true but the original point was why isn't there a club program in southern chester county. High School and youth are different conversations with different variables to consider. Avon Grove, Kennett, and Oxford don't have the numbers to support a full scale youth program. They couldn't sustain player movement because the top kids would leave to programs they perceive are better. And there would be enough kids to field competitive teams. If it were feasible certainly someone to this point would have launched something down there if they could profit from it.

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All true but the original point was why isn't there a club program in southern chester county. High School and youth are different conversations with different variables to consider. Avon Grove, Kennett, and Oxford don't have the numbers to support a full scale youth program. They couldn't sustain player movement because the top kids would leave to programs they perceive are better. And there would be enough kids to field competitive teams. If it were feasible certainly someone to this point would have launched something down there if they could profit from it.
I think there are more than enough kids in southern Chester county to build and sustain a club lax organization if they start with just the younger ages and build from there. You won't be able to form high school aged teams overnight, but no reason you couldn't have 2027-2029 squads and just annually add new ones at bottom age group as long as you get some solid coaches willing to teach. You don't need to be a national power to sustain a club, just find your niche. Look at Fusion. They tend to struggle on the field and go to less prominent tourneys, but they get lots of kids coming out each year as they have great coaching and kids who can't get playing time on clubs like Freedom, Mesa, Roughriders, Brotherly Love, etc. who still want to play club lax. No reason a SoChesCo Club couldn't exist.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
I think there are more than enough kids in southern Chester county to build and sustain a club lax organization if they start with just the younger ages and build from there. You won't be able to form high school aged teams overnight, but no reason you couldn't have 2027-2029 squads and just annually add new ones at bottom age group as long as you get some solid coaches willing to teach. You don't need to be a national power to sustain a club, just find your niche. Look at Fusion. They tend to struggle on the field and go to less prominent tourneys, but they get lots of kids coming out each year as they have great coaching and kids who can't get playing time on clubs like Freedom, Mesa, Roughriders, Brotherly Love, etc. who still want to play club lax. No reason a SoChesCo Club couldn't exist.
I agree a club could exist in Southern Chesco, but no need to call out struggles of any local clubs as an example. We should all work together to promote lax in this area. Fusion has a great box program called PennLax which is there focus and they do a great job teaching indoors and out.

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Anonymous #313610 10/26/20 06:04 PM
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Fusion has outstanding coaching. But the population in Chester County can only support so many programs and still be effective. If there was enough interest and money to be made there would have been a program in Southern Chesco years ago. No one is interested in promoting the game as much as profit and wins. What you need is an angry parent from Southern Chester County with time and means to organize and you'll have your program by June.

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If you live in southern chesco the club team to play for is team 302. They have many kids from oxford/avondale/kennett and compete in the Md tourney circuit (NOT PA) and do very very well playing at A level. This is why oxford/avon/kennett is able to hold their own (and win) against the likes of the super mega huge west chester and community center teams like loinville with cherry picked teams from a 50+ player pool. Its literally the smallest schools against teams formed from half of the county for rec ball. IMHO you dont see any of those chesco based club teams playing "A" ball down in maryland very often and winning.

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If you live in southern chesco the club team to play for is team 302. They have many kids from oxford/avondale/kennett and compete in the Md tourney circuit (NOT PA) and do very very well playing at A level. This is why oxford/avon/kennett is able to hold their own (and win) against the likes of the super mega huge west chester and community center teams like loinville with cherry picked teams from a 50+ player pool. Its literally the smallest schools against teams formed from half of the county for rec ball. IMHO you dont see any of those chesco based club teams playing "A" ball down in maryland very often and winning.

US Club Lax ranks them as best club in Delaware for all years.....side note...they are the only Boys lacrosse program that US Club lax tracks...and 302 posted this honor on their FB page...

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Anonymous #313718 10/27/20 12:53 PM
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Let's take it easy. Side note... Greene Turtle and Silverbacks and a handful of southern Delaware teams were also around until last year, when the FB posts happened. Greene Turtle's boys team merged with 302 (the 302 girls team merged with Greene Turtle), Silverbacks folded, and the southern Delaware teams folded due to Saltwater Lacrosse and True Eastern Shore (both based in Maryland) taking over the territory down by the beaches.

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