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Registration opens for Duke’s Lacrosse Club’s Ricky Whelan Developmental Program

Wednesday, 22nd August 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Clinics, Club, Events, Posted 8/22/12

Registration is open for the 6th Annual Ricky Whelan Dukes Developmental Program, an instructional series that leads to the tryouts for the Duke’s Lacrosse Club.

The program – featuring five sessions – is tentatively scheduled to begin on Sept. 8th and continue for five Saturdays. The times are tentatively schedule for 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Coach Mark Duncan and the Shipley School Farm Fields will be hosting the clinics.

Walkup registration will start at 1:30 p.m. The Dukes tryouts are tentatively slated for Oct. 14th at Huntingdon Road Fields in Abington, PA.

Ricky Whelan was a Dukes alum who died suddenly in his sleep seven years ago. He exemplifies the quality of player and person the Dukes wish to create and associate with.

The Dukes believe in a program that provides each player with fundamentals instruction, especially in the off-season – with schemes and philosophies that encourage players to “read and react” to what is in front of them and create tempo or play at different speeds.

This program is for intermediate to advanced high school players. Advanced 8th grade or 7th graders who wish to attend need to contact Coach Jason Christmas (

The clinics will be emphasizing high intensity drills and skill sets to improve players’ reaction time and decision making in unsettled/settled transition pressure situations. Up tempo pace will be encouraged defensively and offensively from 1v1 situations to 2v1 and mandown/manup scenarios all the way up to 6v6 settled sets.

These sessions will give players preparation for the Dukes tryouts while improving lacrosse IQ and field sense.

To receive a discount, it is encouraged to preregister for the clinics and avoid massive walkup lines at walkup registration.

Preregistration fees ($375 for all 5 sessions or $80 a session for individual session ) can be mailed and must be received before September 7th.
First 100 players will receive either a performance reversible or short provided by ENCOREBRAND. (

Please send Dukes Waiver and Dukes Player Info sheets (

Walkup registration is $85 per Saturday.

GPS Address:
Shipley Farm Fields
1319 Waverly Rd
Gladwyne, PA 19035

Special guest coaches:

Charlotte Hounds & UNC All American Billy Bitter
Cheaspeake Bayhawk & Penn State All American Matt Mackrides
Boston Cannons, Team USA Gold Medal Winner, and Georgetown ALL American Kyle Sweeney
Former MLL & LXM Pro, Philly Wings and UVA All American Johnny Christmas
LXM Pro and UVA All American Shamel Bratton
& many more current NCAA players.

Dukes coaching staff & Shipley School’s Head Coach Mark Duncan, Travis McDonnell, Dave Stilley.

Please click on link for more details and forms,

Link to Brown Daily Herald Article on Ricky Whelan.


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