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2014 Summer Travel Team Tryout Overview
Burning River Lacrosse’s travel teams were founded in 2006 to showcase Northern Ohio lacrosse players who are highly skilled but also of high character. Unlike other travel teams that only accept coaches' recommendations, Burning River Lacrosse holds tryouts so that every player with an interest can showcase his talent and make a case for making the team. As a result, our players are not primarily from 1 or 2 teams but are from numerous programs. In fact, our 2013 teams had players from over 50 Northern Ohio schools.
2014 Summer Travel Team - NEW TRYOUT DATES
Cleveland State University ran into problems getting their Dome Facility up on time. As a result, we have to move the date for our travel team tryouts. The new tryout dates are as follows:
2014 Summer Travel Team - WAIVERS
All participants are requierd to have the following waivers
2014 Summer Travel Team Objectives
High School Teams (2015, 2016, 2017)
The goal of our high school teams is college recruitment.
We do this through our‘‘Burning River Way’™ instruction system which is designed to teach players the fundamental skills, advanced strategy of a higher-level lacrosse program and accelerate our players' development.
Our ‘‘Burning River Way’™ is a unique training and development system unavailable at any other club program. It is composed of our practice plans, skills focus and developmental offerings designed in conjunction with college coaches and exclusive to Burning River Lacrosse. This allows us to develop our players to their full potential. To learn more about our ‘‘Burning River Way’™ please click here.
Middle School / Youth Teams (2018, 2019, 2020/21)
The goal of our Middle School and Youth teams is player development.
At the middle school / youth level our program is designed to teach players the fundamental skills and strategies so that they can play higher-level lacrosse. While we believe the competitive nature of our program accelerates our players' development; the competitive element can become destructive if our participants lose sight of the basic goal of our program which is to improve fundamental skills.
It is our belief that by participating in our program, our players will develop the physical and mental skills to play at a higher-level program (college or high school) and develop the fundamental skills of the game.
While we believe that winning is important, it is not the primary goal of our program, especially at the younger levels. At the younger levels our belief is that it is more important to teach than to win. This should not be interpreted as any less of a commitment to winning; however, we are much more concerned about our players’ skill development than the number of tournaments we win. We will focus on skill development, and the importance of consistently putting forth a complete effort rather than the results from that effort. In turn, we will coach and teach at a higher level, allow the players to grow to young adults and treat your son with respect and without the verbal berating that frequently occurs in youth sports.
Travel Team Testimonials (Read All Testimonials)
"For anyone in northern Ohio who wants to develop into a high level lacrosse player this program is a must. If not for Burning River Steven would not have had the opportunity to play Division I lacrosse at the collegiate level..." Coss Family - 2014 Graduate
"There is nothing that can prepare your son for High School or College level lacrosse more effectively than Burning River Lacrosse..." Hartong Family - 2014 Graduate
"With Hogan we chased the “best” opportunities for college exposure through 'a Columbus based program' and 'a Cleveland based program'. Although 'good' programs, neither of these organizations provided the honest feedback, college recruiting guidance or the attention to our son in developing his game..." Harris Family - 2012 Graduate
"There is only one organization we have to thank for James being recruited by UVA and that is Burning River. Without Woody and the team behind him it would not have been possible.." Dahlheimer Family - 2012 Graduate
"Burning River Lax has made all the difference in our son’s lacrosse experience. I can’t speak highly enough of what Coach Calleri and his program has done for the success of our son...” Brady Family - 2012 Graduate
"The personal attention and individual coaching that you and your assistant coaches provide to ALL your players is truly a witness to your commitment to share your LAX knowledge with others. Josh has played for other club/tournament teams in the past but none have provided the same level of competition or the exposure that Burning River provides..." Kuehn Family - 2013 Graduate
"I have nothing but great things to say about Coach Woody Calleri, his staff and the Burning River Lacrosse Program. Woody and his staff do so many great things for these boys.... When he tells you he will go out of his way for your son. He means it..." Galosi Family - 2013 Graduate
When are Tryouts For 2014 Summer Travel Team Held?
Cleveland State University ran into problems getting their Dome Facility up on time. As a result, we have to move the dates and location for our 2014 summer travel team tryouts.
The new tryout dates and locations are as follows:
High School - See HS Flyer
5th to 8th Grade - See 5th / 8th grade Flyer
How Do I Register For The Tryouts? - (Click For A PDF Of How To Register)
Registration is simple and easy once you have a Burning River Lacrosse account.
What Do The Tryouts Cost?
How Is Eligibility Determined For the 2014 Travel Teams?
The college coaches have asked that going forward we select our team based on graduation year wherever possible. They indicated that this makes their job easier as it allows them to see players compete against other players in a recruiting class. Their thought is that it is better to dominate against like year players then be good against the best players.
Therefore we will have a 2015, 2016 and 2017 team.
We may also have a Select team of Jr/So who play at recruiting tournaments. This will depend on the quantity and quality of the players at tryouts.
5th to 8th Grade
At the high school level college coaches have asked us to select our teams based on graduation year. They indicated that this makes their job easier as it allows them to see players compete against other players in a recruiting class. Their thought is that it is better to dominate against like year players then be good against the best players. Therefore we will continue to do the same at the middle school and youth letters and select 2018, 2019 and 2020/21 teams. We may also have an additional team of 7/8th graders depending on the quantity and quality of the players at tryouts.
Note - birthdays have nothing to due with the teams. Please do not call us about birthday questions.
The Selection Process
How are teams selected?
At the tryouts we have numerous (10+) college coaches and high school coaches evaluate your son during the drills and small group play. The coaches are looking for stick skills, dodging/defending, small group work and game sense. After the evaluation the coaches meet to discuss every player who is being evaluated. Each coach gets 1 vote on each player. The players with the most votes are placed on the teams.
How many players are selected?
Each team is composed of approximately 22 players. The exact composition varies by team but in general is
3/4 dodging attackmen, 1/2 crease attackman, 4/5 close defensemen, 1/2 LSM, 8/9 midfielders, 1 FOGO and 1/2 goalies.
How competitive are the tryouts?
The tryouts are fairly competitive with over 300 players trying out across all levels. The older the players the more competitive. At the high school Elite team level you have to be very, very good with years of experience. We wish we could provide more guidance but we cannot.
Are the teams pre-determined? Do all the prior year players make the team?
Absolutely not. Every year there are new players that make the teams and players who are on the current teams that do not. We also have kids that make the team who were cut the year before.
For example, last year we had five (5) 2013 graduates who were new to our program make one of our travel teams.
We are committed to giving every player a fair evaluation & selecting only those that earn a spot!
2014 Travel Team Commitment
High School (2015, 2016, 2017)
Burning River strives to provide both players and their families with the best experience possible during our summer travel season. We also strive to provide players with the best opportunity to be seen and recruited by college coaches. This is why we require a firm commitment (barring injury, death in the family, etc) to attend and participate in all practices, scrimmages, and tournaments from all players at the time they accept a roster spot. This commitment will have a direct impact on both our team chemistry and our ability to compete at and win the top level tournaments we attend. This as you know has a direct impact on you and your teammates’ ability to get seen (coaches come to watch the winning teams) and recruited by college coaches (the goal of the Elite Team).
Please understand that by accepting and registering for the team, you are agreeing to this commitment. In return, your teammates and coaching staff are committing to be there to help you achieve your college goals.
Thank you for your understanding as to why your commitment is so important.
Important: If you make the team but can not make all the summer tournaments we will attempt to find a replacement. Should that replacement be able to attend all the tournaments we will give him your starting spot and you will be moved to an alternate position for the tournament(s) you can attend. This policy is in place because it is extremely difficult to find replacements and we need to have the broadest latitude in searching for them.
Middle School School (2018, 2019, 2020/21)
If your son makes the team he is expected to make the practices and tournaments. At the younger age groups this means 2 or 3 tournaments and 8-10 practices (On Tuesday or Thursday morning). There is no other commitment. We are well aware of the requirements of other travel sports with practices everyday for the summer and tournaments every weekend. We believe that you and your son should have a summer to travel, relax, visit and be kids. As a result, we limit the travel team time constraints/requirements on your son and your family.
Burning River’s Commitment To You
Unlike programs that 1) make unrealistic promises (“All our players get into Division 1 programs”), 2) just look to churn and burn players (“We take anyone as long as they can pay”) or 3) don’t care if they help your son by putting him in the best position to excel (e.g. take players to tournaments they go 0-5 at) Burning River’s staff strives to do everything possible to improve your son’s fundamental skills (stick and lax IQ) and help him achieve his future goals whether it is to play in college or to be the best high school player he can be. To that end our staff does the following:
PLEASE UNDERSTAND WE DO NONE OF THE FOLLOWING FOR THOSE NOT FULLY COMMITTED TO OUR TRAVEL TEAMS.
Information Concerning The Day Of Tryouts / Check In
Check - In
CSU Waivers (Click For A PDF Of The Waiver)
You must have a signed CSU waiver to participate in the tryouts.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS - Do not show up without one.
How Do I Get A Tryout Number
At registration you will be given an adhesive numbered bib (9" by 7"). Please attach it to your back as we will be evaluating you under this number.
Uniforms - * current BR players are NOT to wear their BR travel team pinnie.
The facility has sports turf (black pelts). You can wear either sneakers or cleats - no metal spikes.
Bring your own water/drinks. The facility has limited access to water fountains.
Mouthpieces / Equipment - Players will not be allowed to participate without a mouthpiece.
Directions To The Tryouts / Parking - North Royalton Fieldhouse
The 5th to 8th grade tryouts are being held at the North Royalton Fieldhouse. Directions are below.
10701 Royalton Rd. Back Unit, North Royalton, Ohio 44133
Directions from the North/Northeast (I-77)
Directions from the West (Lakewood, Rocky River, Westlake, Bay Village, Etc.) (I-71)
Directions from the South/Southeast (I-77)
Directions from the Southwest (Medina, Wooster, Etc.) (I-71)
Directions To The Tryouts / Parking - CSU Dome
The 9th - 11th grade tryouts are being held at Cleveland State's Krenzler Dome (Soccer Field). The entrance to the facility is on Payne by 18th, behind the locker room/restroom building. If you park on Chester walk down the side of the Dome (use the lighted side by the stands) to the Payne side and turn left into the building.
Cleveland State's Krenzler Dome (Soccer Field)
1900 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44128
Directions From The South (I-77)
Directions From The South (I-71)
Directions From The East
Directions From The West (I-90)
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