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Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 2.36.04 AM After witnessing the game changing impacts of dominant faceoff specialists like Ryan Harnisch (St. Margaret’s) and Austin Babb (Foothill) n 2013, Orange County has been putting a growing emphasis on the importance of winning the draw.

What has been known to top level college coaches for years is now coming to the forefront of lacrosse in Orange County; a good face off middie is critical for winning at the highest levels lacrosse. One of of the oldest sayings in the sport is that ground balls win games. In this case, ground balls are possessions and a great face off middie can not only earn an offense more possessions, but keep the ball away from an anxious opposing squad.

2014 saw an explosion in quality face off middies compared to any year prior thanks to proper training and technique. This year, face off battles became a topic of conversation right behind the final score. All-County performers Jason Simaan (Corona Del Mar), Harnisch, and Babb and Sea View Player of the Year Michael Marino (Aliso Niguel) led their teams to a combined record of 60-14 in 2014 with their faceoff abilities.

Home grown specialty clinic Face-Off Factory is now working to continue the face off trend and create a national name for Orange County face-off middies that will rival that of the Northeast. As college coaches begin to make their way west, it is important that a player receives the quality training in order to make a lasting impression on the coach of the school of their dreams.

Next week Face-Off Factory will be holding their fourth and fifth Orange County events. The first session, a hybrid camp, will be split into a 3-hour AM session that focuses on the different stances, grips, and moves, along with the pros and cons of each and a 3-hour PM session focuses on controlling the ground ball, communication with the wing players, and how to shoot on the run. This full day camp will end with a best of seven, knockout-style tournament where players will go head to head and see where they stand. The winners will receive an Adrenaline Prize Pack (worth $150) and have their names submitted to the Adrenaline Recruitment Director for primetime recruiting events and team selection.

The following day, a more advanced clinic that will be will be held. These players need to have a strong knowledge of the basics and previously completed FO 101 or submit a coaches recommendation for approval. Players will be filmed and evaluated at the beginning of the day and put into groups based on skill level. These groups will work together through stations to ensure the right level of instruction and supervision. The day will focus on building the complete quarterback at the “X” – shooting, fast breaks, early offense, defense, and substitutions.

Hybrid – Saturday, May 31st, 2014 – 10am-5pm
FO 201 – Sunday, June 1st, 2014 – 9am-4pm
*Players will have a one-hour lunch break from 12pm-1pm. Players are responsible to bring their own lunch.

Trabuco Hills High School
27501 Mustang Run
Mission Viejo, CA 92691

Hybrid – Rising 4th through 12th grade – $195 (includes custom FOF reversible jersey)
This program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level players that have experience at the face off “X.” Players will be taught the four main stances, hand grips, moves and counters, and the pros and cons of each. We will also discuss communication with the wing players, shooting on the run, and winning the ground ball battle. The day will end with competitions to declare a FOF winner.

FO 201 – Rising 7th through 12th grade – $250 (includes custom FOF reversible jersey)
(Prerequisite: FO 101 or coaches recommendation)

If you are interested in attending both events consecutively, please email for more information!

Registration Closes May 24th, 2014 (20% Late Fee Will Apply After Closing Date)

PHONE: (888) 768 – 8479 x 1000