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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:

    • 5th to 8th grade - Sunday Dec 15 at North Royalton Fieldhouse – From 9 am to 2:30 PM (see below for specific times)

    • 9th to 11th grade - Wednesday Dec 18 at CSU – From 5 pm to 9:30 PM (see below for specific times)

    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

    • NEW DATE - Wednesday December 18, 2013 9th to 11th graders (Grad Year 2015, 2016, and 2017).

      • 2017 Players - tryout from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

      • 2016 Players - tryout from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM (all players driving 1 hr + should attend this time slot)

      • 2015 Players - tryout from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    5th to 8th Grade - See 5th / 8th grade Flyer

    • NEW DATE - Sunday December 15, 2013 5th to 8th graders (Grad Year 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).

      • 5th / 6th grade players (2020/2021 Team) - from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

      • 7th grade players (2019 team) - from 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM

      • 8th grade players (2018 team) - from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
    The tryouts will consist of a series of basic drills that evaluate stickwork, fundamentals, dodging and defending. Players will be evaluated by all the coaches at the event. In prior years that has meant between 7 and 12 coaches.

    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.

    • If you have an account please login and then click on the 'REGISTRATIONS' button under the 'YOUR ACCOUNT' heading. Then click on the Tryout you would like to attend.

    • If you DO NOT have an account simply click on the create an account link above and follow the directions.

    What Do The Tryouts Cost?

    • Tryouts costs $20 in advance or $30 at the door.
    • This is the price for both the December 5 (9-11 grade) and December 6 (5-8th grade) tryouts

    How Is Eligibility Determined For the 2014 Travel Teams?

    High School
    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.

    • 2015 - Open to all 2015 graduates.

    • 2016 - Open to all 2016 graduates.

    • 2017 - Open to all 2017 graduates.

    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.

    • 2018 - Open to all 2018 graduates.

    • 2019 - Open to all 2019 graduates.

    • 2020/21 - Open to all 2020 or 2021 graduates.

    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:


    1. Give you an honest evaluation of your son’s ability
      Our top staff has over 70 years of combined experience coaching and helping players get recruited.  We use that knowledge and experience to help guide your son through the college recruiting process so that he finds a school at which he can succeed both academically and athletically.  For example, if your son is 5’6”, runs a 5.2 40 yard dash and carries a 2.6 GPA we will not set him and you up for failure by making unrealistic promises that we can get him into to Virginia (National D1 champions).  Instead we will work to get him into a D3 school where he can handle the academics and compete athletically.

    2. Use our extensive network of college coaches to find a place for your son to play in college.
      Unlike some of the other programs out there who know only a few college coaches or are only willing to email them, our coaching staff has an extensive list of college coaches that we actually call on your son’s behalf.  In fact, we are in contact with college programs on a daily basis about our players, program and events in our area.  As a result, Burning River players have committed to or are playing for over 60 different college programs at all competitive levels (D1, D2, D3, JUCO).  These college programs include: Adrian College, Air Force Academy, Babson College, Bates College, Bellarmine University, Belmont Abbey, Berry College, Bowdoin College, Canisius College, College of Wooster, Colorado College, Dartmouth College, Duke University , Emmanual College, Endicott College, Goucher College, Haverford College, College of the Holy Cross, Hood College, Jacksonville University, Lafayette College, Lake Erie College, LeMoyne College, Manhattan University, Marquette University, Mercyhurst University, Mercyhurst Northeast, Nazareth College, Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan, Queens College, Quinnipiac University, Roanoke College, Robert Morris College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rollins College, Seton Hill College, St. Leo College, St. Vincent College, Salisbury University, SUNY Cortland, Siena College, Swarthmore College, Syracuse University, The Ohio State University, Thiel College, Towson State, U of Albany, U of Denver, U of Michigan, U of Mt. Union, U of Tampa, U of Virginia, Walsh University, Washington & Jefferson, and Wittenberg University.

    3. Make calls on your son’s behalf to the college programs of his choice.
      We want to stress what was stated above.  In an effort to help your son get recruited by the schools he has a strong interest in attending our staff calls the coaches at those schools to impress upon them your son’s qualifications and desire to play for them.  College coaches have repeatedly told club coaches, parents and prospective players that this is the number #1 thing that programs can do for their players.  We have been doing this for years. 

      To quote one local high school coach “I have never seen anyone work as hard to get my players into college as Coach Calleri has.  He has called numerous college coaches, provided the players and their families with feedback, laid out a timeline of things the player needs to do and helped guide them through the process.  My kids would not be where they are today if Burning River Lacrosse wasn’t as proactive as they are.”

      To quote one local parent “Burning River’s staff has help us every step of the way.  They have called coaches to be our son’s advocate, guided our son’s lacrosse improvement and guided us through the admissions process.  I don’t know what we would have done without their help and advice.”

    4. Work to improve your son’s lacrosse ability so that he can succeed at the next level.
      Our coaches have worked with college coaches to develop and implement our fundamentals skills camp.  (All travel team players attend for free.) The camp gives our players the opportunity to improve their skills and lax IQ while receiving the detailed small group instruction that will allow them to be best prepared to showcase their talent in front of the college coaches.  In fact, players who have attended the skills camp in the past have called it the “best event I have ever attended.”

    5. Attend tournaments that allow your son to showcase his talent in front of the college coaches.
      Our coaches work with the college coaches and tournament directors to ensure that we are attending the top tournaments and competing against the correct teams so that our players will get recruited.  It does your son no good, and actually harms his chances, to attend a tournament before he is ready to compete effectively at that level. 

      Every year we see this play out with other players and teams attending tournaments they are not ready for and getting very negative reviews.  This happens when 1) teams get blown out 15-1 because other programs take them to tournaments they are not ready for.  When this happens college coaches quickly stop watching the game and go watch a different game, 2) teams do not win at tournaments (coaches attend the winning teams’ games the second day), or 3) players get called out by their opponent in front of the college coaches (e.g. “Take the kid in the red helmet because he can’t play defense / has no left”)  All these things happen every year especially to newer programs and they all negatively impact your son’s ability to be seen in a positive way by the college coaches.

    Information Concerning The Day Of Tryouts / Check In

    Check - In

    • Please arrive 20-30 minutes before your tryout to facilitate check in.
    • Please bring your Liability waivers (CSU and BR lax) if you still need to turn them in.
    • Please bring final payment if you have not done so already.

    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.

    • Do not trade numbers. (The wrong player will be evaluated if you do this)

    • Do not try to see how many times the bib can be taken off and re-stuck. 

    Uniforms - * current BR players are NOT to wear their BR travel team pinnie.

    • If you have a BR lax pinnie (league not travel team) feel free to wear it. However, you do not need to have a BR Lax pinnie.

    • If you do not, you are allowed to wear any pinnie you want as long as it is not one of our competitors.

    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.

    • Each player must bring a full set of equipment (helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, and stick) to the tryouts.
    • Players will not be allowed to participate without a full set of equipment.
    • All sticks must be field lacrosse legal.  Players may not use pinched heads.

    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.

    Royalton Fieldhouse
    10701 Royalton Rd. Back Unit, North Royalton, Ohio 44133

    Directions from the North/Northeast (I-77)

    • Take 480 W to I-77 South
    • Take I-77 south (Akron) to exit 149 OH 82  (West/East Royalton road).
    • Turn right/west on West Royalton road towards Broadview Heights.  (6.3 miles)
    • Turn left into the facility. 
    • The Facility is in the very back.

    Directions from the West (Lakewood, Rocky River, Westlake, Bay Village, Etc.) (I-71)

    • Take I-71 South past the Airport.
    • Take Exit 231 A (Royalton road/ OH-82 E).
    • Follow Royalton road / OH-82 E (approximately 2.8 miles)
    • Turn right into the facility. 
    • The Facility is in the very back.

    Directions from the South/Southeast (I-77)

    • Follow I-77 North (Cleveland to exit 149 OH 82  (West/East Royalton road).
    • Turn left/west on West Royalton road towards Broadview Heights.  (6.3 miles)
    • Turn left into the facility. 
    • The Facility is in the very back.

    Directions from the Southwest (Medina, Wooster, Etc.) (I-71)

    • Take I-71 North
    • Take Exit 231 (Royalton road/ OH-82 E).
    • Follow Royalton road / OH-82 E (approximately 2.8 miles)
    • Turn right into the facility. 
    • The Facility is in the very back.

    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)

    • Follow I-77 north to the East 22nd/East 14th Street exit (#162B) to East 22nd Street.
    • Turn left onto East 22nd Street; drive several blocks to Euclid Avenue.
    • Visitor parking is located in Lots A, EG, and UC (see map for lot locations).

    Directions From The South (I-71)

    • Follow I-71 north to the East 22nd Street exit (#172B).
    • Turn left onto East 22nd Street; drive several blocks to Euclid Avenue.
    • Visitor parking is located in Lots A, EG, and UC (see map for lot locations).

     Directions From The East

    • Follow I-90 west to the Chester Avenue/CSU exit (#173B).
    • Turn left onto East 24th Street; drive a half block to Chester Avenue.
    • Visitor parking is located in Lots A, EG, and UC (see map for lot locations).

     Directions From The West (I-90)

    • Follow I-90 east to the East 22nd Street exit (#172B).
    • Turn left onto East 22nd Street; drive several blocks to Euclid Avenue.
      Visitor parking is located in Lots A, EG, and UC (see map for lot locations). 

    The police love to ticket you

    Cleveland State has made the following recommendations.

    • Park in the open lot at the corner of Chester and 18th.  It is on the left as you approach 18th from Chester.

    • Park in the parking garage on Chester right before 18th.  It is located down a side street marked "no outlet."

    • Park on the street.  Note:  you must feed the meter until 6:30.  Given that the police station is right around the corner do not tempt fate.

    • DO NOT PARK in the lot at the dome off of Payne.  That lot is reserved for coaches, officials and CSU staff. 
      • You may however drop off in that lot.

    • DO NOT PARK in the police lot on Payne and 18th.  I have been assured that you will be towed immediately should you park in the police lot.

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