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Boys travel, programs in Suffolk Cty. #764
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Looking for options for my 4th grader for travel lax. Currently, he is playing for his town team, but we would like to begin considering travel for next season. What programs are available in Suffolk Cty (north shore) that would be appropriate?

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Originally Posted by Bbddll
Looking for options for my 4th grader for travel lax. Currently, he is playing for his town team, but we would like to begin considering travel for next season. What programs are available in Suffolk Cty (north shore) that would be appropriate?
See the Long Island Clubs listed on the right side of the display as a starting point - were there other options aside from our BOTC Listing that you had in mind?

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Re: Boys travel, programs in Suffolk Cty. [Re: bothkidsinlax] #775
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In my opinion the best place to start in an honest assesment of your sons current skill level. If he is an average to a bit better than average player you may want to consider a club such as the stampede or havoc or a similar club..if you think he is ready to play at a high level of competition maybe consider clubs like the express or team 91. Choose wisely for it is a big commitment both financially and time wise. These teams also vary greatly in price..but it has been my experience that you get what you pay for.
One more point worth mentioning...many travel clubs pull from specific towns or regions of the island..ask around at your town games.

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We are very familiar with the cost/commitment level necessary. Our daughter plays for an elite travel team here on Long Island. We are out of town many weekends....

We have heard of Havoc, Express, Team 91, Stampede etc...There are also two programs close to home, that we do not know much about. They are Team Long Island and Team Sinai, I guess Team Sinai is Mt Sinai?

Thanks for the input.




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Never heard of team sinai but team long island is legit

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Team Long Island is just as competitive and well coached as Express or 91 for a fraction of the cost. It is a non profit and the coaches don't get paid.

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The most important thing you need to remember is whether or not the coaches have a lacrosse backround. If there is a parent of one of the players as the haed coach and they have no lacrosse playing experience STAY AWAY!!!!!!!!!Just because something is the fraction of the cost of another should not be the main reason when choosing a program.

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Re: Boys travel, programs in Suffolk Cty. [Re: Anonymous] #874
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That is a real general statement! Are you saying that you can't be a good coach in a sport unless you played that particular sport? That is rediculous! It all depends on the individual and their skill set. Some of the best players make the WORST coaches! In fact I have found that the many of the paid coaches are less committed because they are not as invested in the team as a dad would be. The bottom line is that each team and situation is different. Every parent should research the teams at that age group and figure out which one is more suited for their son/daughter and their budget.Making broad statements like "stay away" from a team coached by someone who didn't play lax is ignorant!

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People can be good coaches without playing the sport. But to coach and TEACH the game at the higher level of travel lacrosse should be done by someone with experience. Any good coach can win games at the youth level, but teaching the intricacies should be left to qualified coaches.
You can usually spot the teams coached by non lacrosse people. While they might have good athletes, the kids usually have bad stick habits that the coaches do not even realize, and so, cannot correct.
Be careful. You get what you pay for!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Having been involved with the game for over 30 years I couldn't agree more. Comments obviously being made by people that are new to the game.

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30 years ago 90% of the kids who played lacrosse were cut from the baseball team! If you are a great coach and teacher you can coach anything! Do you think Mike Krzyzewski would have a tough time teaching and coaching Lax if he spent some time learning the game? I think not.

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If you are relying on your travel coach and the 8-10 practices that are included in your free to teach your kids stick skills you are in trouble. Yes a coach help point you in the right direction, but as a parent you need to educate yourself and help your player at home. The player should be working on his stick skills on the wall on his own time. That is where a great player is made! Don't rely on anyone else. Playing against better competition in the summer will help your child develop as a player as well but it is his/her work ethic and natural athletic ability that will determine how good of a player he/she will be!

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Where can we find the stats of the precentage of players that were cut from baseball 30 years ago? I guess you have a freind that plays baseball and they threw that quote at you once. A good coach can coach anything? Please. So how many of these parents that are great coaches actually "study" the game? I'm sure not many. Enjoy coaching in fantasyland!!!!!!

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Where can we find the stats of the precentage of players that were cut from baseball 30 years ago? I guess you have a freind that plays baseball and they threw that quote at you once. A good coach can coach anything? Please. So how many of these parents that are great coaches actually "study" the game? I'm sure not many. Enjoy coaching in fantasyland!!!!!!

More importantly! How many of these "great Players" study how to coach? Do you really think 20 year old college kid really knows how to teach or coach? I think not. In addition, What motivation do they have to add extra practices? none!!!I will admit that if you can find a committed lax proffessional with a kid on the team, that is the best scenario! If you are given a choice of a college kid or a dad who is a great coach? Go with the dad. He cares more! If not Enjoy wasting your money!!!

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Re: Boys travel, programs in Suffolk Cty. [Re: Anonymous] #941
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All of a sudden the experienced lax coach becomes a 20 year old college kid coaching a team. Interesting. I don't recall seeing that anywhere before on this topic. But if I may, who's to say this young man hasn't learned the proper way to coach during his playing time. Even though he's 20 I'm sure he has more knowledge of the game than the "dad coach".
May I ask what organization you coach for so I can avoid it at all costs.

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