3D Lacrosse recently announced tryouts for their 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Southern California select teams. All tryouts will be held at Pacific Ridge School, 6269 El Fuerte Street, Carlsbad. Class of 2017 select team tryouts will be held Sunday March 10 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Class of 2018 select team tryouts will be held Sunday March 10 from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Class of 2019 select team tryouts will be held Sunday March 24 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Class of 2020 select team tryouts will be held Sunday March 24 from 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm.
MaxLaxOC.com met with Zack Burke, Director of Lacrosse at 3D, to learn more about the 3D select teams and how OC players can benefit from Coach Burke’s programs.
MaxLaxOC.com: Will the teams be playing in a league, tournaments, or both?
ZB: Our teams will be playing in tournaments and our players will play in the 3d box lacrosse league this summer
MaxLaxOC.com: When does the season begin and end?
ZB: Our field season stars June 1st and ends July 15th. Then all players will play in our box league that goes until August 1st.
MaxLaxOC.com: What geographic region are you targeting for these teams? OC and SD?
ZB: We are focussing our recruiting on the the San Diego and Orange county areas.
MaxLaxOC.com: Which events will the teams be participating in?
ZB: The high school teams will go to the the Denver Shootout and 3d FLG Summer Shootout (Baltimore MD).
MaxLaxOC.com: Where will practices be held and how often?
ZB: We will practice at Pacific Ridge High School. We will practice around 20 hours using our training camp method that is so popular at 3d Nike Blue Chip tryouts.
MaxLaxOC.com: Do you know who coaches will be yet?
ZB: We have most of our coaches selected for this summer. They have gone through training by our 3d Lacrosse national trainer, Logan Bobzien. We are fortunate to have a coach like Logan that focusses strictly on our national training system, our hybrid methodology and our universal vocabulary. 3d is set up so all of our teams use the same vocabulary, same drills, same teaching methods. So anyone of our coaches can coach any one of our teams anywhere in the country.
MaxLaxOC.com: I know that 3D pushes the benefits of the hybrid training model. If that comes into play for these teams in any away, please discuss that a bit.
ZB: After playing D1 lacrosse at UMBC, I had a great opportunity to play for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League. During my time with the Wings, I learned so much about the game of lacrosse. The spacing, stick handling, pick and rolls, off ball movement and finishing the ball on a small goal changed how I viewed the game of lacrosse and ultimately how I would coach the game of lacrosse. Many of the things that I teach offensively and defensively have some elements of box lacrosse. When I met with 3d and learned about their philosophies and their methodology I saw a lot of what I had already been doing but with a structure and refinement. Now that I am working with 3d we have a field lacrosse system that players can skills learned from playing box lacrosse and ultimately become better field lacrosse players. I have heard a few times while living in Southern California from a few different coaches that “box lacrosse creates bad habits”. If taught incorrectly, box lacrosse can create bad habits. If taught correctly, box lacrosse teaches skills that cannot be learned by playing the field game. The proof of that is the Canadian players dominating our field lacrosse game at the NCAA level. By using both field and box lacrosse techniques, we feel that we are preparing our players to not just get accepted to play college lacrosse but be ready to actually play when they get there.
Interested players can register at the 3d Lacrosse website.