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Summer 2011 Elite/Select Team Tryout Information

Posted by Barry Marenberg on October 11, 2010

Most of you received the CHIEF’s email last week listing all the Summer Elite/Select Team Tryout information.  I have included it below as well (note that the date for the Morris Select tryout has changed – the correct date is below).  The below list is far from the complete list of NJ Summer teams — its simply a list of the more local ones.

For many of you, this might be your first exposure to Summer Elite Lacrosse.  Having gone through the tryouts and a Summer of tournaments last year with my son, Zander, I can say simply that if your son loves playing lacrosse, he will love playing tournament lacrosse over the summer.  The Summer Elite teams provide a unique opportunity for players to play with new teammates against many different skilled lacrosse teams from all over the eastern seaboard.  As a player on a Summer elite team, your son will learn a great deal and improve his skills as a lacrosse player.

You should know that joining a Summer Elite team is a huge commitment.  Your sons will tryout over the next couple of months and (hopefully) receive letters informing them that they have been selected for one or more teams.  Once you decide on a team you will then need to pay anywhere from about $850-$1,200 depending on the team.  Practices for the Summer teams typically start in June after our Spring games end.  Practices are 2-3 times per week and can sometimes be a bit of a trek from our local area.  For example, one of the Summer teams practice at Rutgers (hopefully you’ll be able to set up carpools).  Most Summer teams play 4-5 tournaments in consecutive weekends starting at the end of June and into July (some skip the 4th of July weekend/some don’t).  As a member of a select Summer team your son is expected to make all of the tournaments.  Of course the coaches and league directors realize that everyone has certain family obligations, etc. but the expectation is that if selected for the team the players will play in all tournaments.  Also important to note is that some of the tournaments require travel.  Some teams play tournament in Baltimore, in Boston, in Pennsylvania, etc.  As I said, it’s a commitment.

I am familiar with every program listed below and have spoken recently with coaches and/or the Directors of the programs below.  Making any of the below teams is an accomplishment and your son will end up a better player at the end of the Summer no matter which team he plays on.  You should note that many teams require that you register in advance for their tryouts and all teams charge a tryout fee (typically $40-$50).  Check the team websites for tryout registration information.

Lastly, I’ll also note that the tournaments are A LOT of fun for the parents as well.  If you have questions about any of the teams below, about the Tournaments, about anything, feel free to contact me.

– Barry

2 Knights
tryout 10/23/2010 at the Somerset Soccer Center
grades 5-6 @ 3-5 PM
grades 7-8 @ 6-8 PM

2-day tryouts (must be at both) at West Essex High School
grades 5-6 11/20/2010 2-3:30 PM and 11/21/2010 5-6:30 PM
grades 7-8 11/20/2010 3:30-5 PM and 11/21/2010 6:30-8 PM

Jersey Jets Lacrosse
tryouts at Power Time Sports Pavillion 12/14/2010
grades 5-8 begin at 7 PM

Leading Edge Lacrosse
tryouts at Rutgers University 11/7/2010
grades 4-6 3-4:30 PM
grades 7-8 4:30-6 PM

tryouts at FDU Turf Field in Madison
grades 6 and 8 – 11/2/10 – 7pm-9PM
grades 5 and 7 – 11/8/10  5-7PM

Team Turnpike Lacrosse –
tryouts at East Brunswick HS 11/21/2010
grades 5-8 4-6 PM

Patriot Lacrosse –
tryouts at Indoor Sports Pavillion Randolph
grades 5 and 7 11/2/2010 5-7 PM
grades 6 and 8 11/9/2010 5-7 PM

Building Blocks
tryouts at Building Blocks Gillette Complex (Formally Copper Springs)
grades 5-7 10/22/2010 6:30-8:30 PM
grade 8 10/24/2010 4:30-6:30 PM


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