Trabuco Hills senior LSM Scotty Barger joined 63 of the top top high school lacrosse players from the United States learning the art of domination at the fourth annual Project 9. Founded by lacrosse greats Mark Millon and Paul Rabil, Project 9 work with recruiting experts to identify the best high school position lacrosse players in North America, and then extends personal invitations to those players who they think have the Right Stuff.
Barger played well enough against the top flight competition to be recognized as one of “10 who impressed” by Inside Lacrosse. IL’s Kyle Devitte says of Barger: “Really liked Barger’s game. Ran all over the place, attacked the ball on the wing and forced a few turnovers on the defense. Not big, but showcased excellent skill and tenacity. Nice pickup for the Tigers.”
Project 9 is an intense three day (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) training session designed to make the great high school players elite. The fundamental concept seems pretty simple. Spend three days competing against the best, learning from the best, and being pushed by the best. In addition to the on field training, the coaching staff packs video instruction, chalkboard sessions, one-on-one evaluations, weight room training, and even yoga into the three day session.
The program is not for the feint of heart or the casual lacrosse player. Although there is some scrimmaging, the emphasis is on fast-paced, intense drills in which players are not only pushing themselves to improve but also competing against one another. The coaches are constantly evaluating player performance and effort, and then posting player rankings every day. Players move up and down the rankings over the weekend based on their daily performance.