Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/26/14
Eighty players in each of two classes will compete Friday through Sunday in the inaugural 3d Rising D1 Showcase at The Hill School in Pottstown (PA).
This is the first lacrosse showcase to take a holistic approach to player development as 160 boys in the classes of 2016 and 2017 receive training in skills, strength, conditioning and nutritional education as well as the recruiting process. Players will compete in box and field games Saturday night and Sunday as approximately 50 college coaches are expected.
“These three-day, three-part programs are intended to change the entire paradigm of showcase lacrosse,” said Ben Brenneman, Director of Camps for 3d Lacrosse, which also ran the 3d Rising Division III camp Monday through Wednesday this week at Loomis Chaffee (CT). “Our intensive, advanced training will ensure that players will be at their very best on Day three of this event. At the same time, participants will gain insights and learn methods to improve their recruitment candidacy and their role as leader among their peers.”
Sports psychology principles – The camp kicks off with methods from popular motivational speaker Keith Wilford (former standout at Widener University).
Training — The Showcase will begin with two days of intense training that will include drills and scrimmages incorporating 3d Lacrosse’s signature Box/Field Hybrid Methodology™. Each player will receive extensive training in the box with a box-specific coach. The coaches are headed by former National lacrosse league head coaches Darris Kilgour and Tom Ryan.
Education – Participants will leave with a new understanding of:
The college recruitment process – This will be headed by 3d founder/CEO Jamie Munro. Target schools of interest with advice from recruiting professionals and highly qualified academic counselors. Participants will learn about:
— What takes to become a DI Player
— GPA, course load, and SAT/ACT considerations
— How to get seen by NCAA coaches at the right place and time
— Recruiting cycle and timing based on age, ability, and ambition
Nutrition, strength and conditioning – Maximize performance with tips from industry experts.
Showcase — The players will compete all day Sunday in four games before college coaches.
Matt Rowley, Director of 3d Rising, said the Philly site was ideal for its location, facility and access to the East Coast regions. he added, though, that the invite-only event has drawn players from all over the West, Midwest and South regions as well as Canada.
“Part of it was just geographically it’s right in the middle of everything,” he said. “Philly has good access to the Mid-Atlantic sand Northeast.