Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/4/14
#WhosNXT to join the NXT family?
NXT Lacrosse Club will host tryouts for its NXT 2018 team Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, at Episcopal Academy. In addition, NXT LC will also host its NXT Youth tryouts Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20 and 21, at Episcopal Academy. NXT Youth will field one team in every grade from three through eight.
“We’ve been able to build a strong program at the high school level for the past four years,” Director of NXT Lacrosse Marty Kupprion said. “Trashcan 2014 was our first club team and eventually evolved into NXT 2014, which featured players that went on to win league, district and state championships and collect a significant amount of individual accolades, such as All-League, All-Area All-State and All-American. We owe those players a major debt of gratitude for their work, which has helped spread NXT’s reputation to significant levels. We’ve had people come from far and wide to play for NXT and last year, we had more than 150 players try out for our NXT 2017 team, which was great to see. Our fall tryouts for our oldest teams are always the most competitive ones, too.”
This fall marks the first time that all teams in the NXT organization will feature the NXT name after originally having its youth teams tabbed as “Trashcan Lacrosse Club”. The youth teams will feature a similar model to the one employed by the high school teams, albeit one that won’t be quite as intense. NXT Youth teams will have four fall practices, two fall events, four box lacrosse practices in the winter, a box lacrosse league in the winter and inclusion in NXTevents’ Holiday Indoor Tournament and Philadelphia Indoor Lacrosse Championship. The summer season will feature 10 practices and three or four events, culminating in the prestigious NXT Cup. Find out more about NXT LC, NXT Youth and NXT Bandits.
“We wanted to clear up the confusion that emanated from having the Trashcan Lacrosse Club and the game of Trashcan Lacrosse,” Kupprion said. “Our high school teams already rank among the nation’s elite, which is why we’re trying to take our youth teams to the next level and hope that we can have teams that will be highly competitive in the fall, winter and summer. We’re still pretty young, but we’re excited about the direction NXT Youth is headed to. Much like with our NXT Bandits program, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to develop in both box and field lacrosse and we’re excited to work with the next wave of great lacrosse players.
All teams are completely open heading into tryouts. No player that previously played for NXT is assured a spot, ensuring that only the best of the best players will be selected. NXT teams practice at Episcopal Academy’s picturesque campus, a scenic facility that offers more than enough room for every team to practice at the same time. EA boasts two turf fields and a top-of-the-line indoor facility that enables NXT to practice rain or shine. We believe having access to the best facilities enable us to seize every opportunity to make players better and rarely have to cancel practices due to weather. NXT’s box lacrosse league and Holiday Indoor Tournament are held at United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, a 127,000-square foot gem of an indoor facility.
NXT prides itself on its elite coaching staff. Every coach has extensive coaching and playing experience, including the highest collegiate level as well as the professional ranks. Several of our coaches continue to coach at the high school level and are committed to the development of NXT’s players. Every player in the program is offered the chance to meet with their coaches at the end of every season for player development feedback that clearly identifies and outlines every player’s strength and weaknesses. Faceoff and goalie specialists are also available year-round to work with players to make sure that they get just as much coaching and attention as everyone else.
Players interested in trying out must pre-register here. There is a $30 tryout fee for the NXT 2018 team. Every player who tries out for NXT 2018, NXT Youth and NXT Bandits will get a reversible jersey to keep. If you have any additional questions regarding NXT tryouts, email Marty Kupprion at firstname.lastname@example.org.