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  • Summer 2016 Travel Team Tournament Refund / Cancelation Policy

    1. Travel / Tournament team refunds will only be granted on the basis of medical emergencies / conditions and then only if we are able to find a replacement player.  IF WE CAN NOT FIND A REPLACEMENT PLAYER NO REFUND WILL BE GRANTED.
      1. Please understand that this is because lodging (Dorms, Hotels, etc.), transportation (Bus, Plane, etc.) and event (Camp, Tournament, etc.) fees are paid in advance and are not refunded to Burning River Lacrosse if you do not attend.
    2. If there is a valid medical emergency/condition and we can find a replacement player, we will provide a full refund less a $100 substitution / administrative fee.
    3. Refund requests (medical emergencies / conditions only) must be in writing and a letter / documentation from a medical professional (doctor or hospital of record) must accompany the written request verifying the medical emergency / condition.

    Playing Time Policy

    We do not take players to tournaments so that they can sit or help with our finances.  If you were selected for the team, you have talent and you need to showcase that talent.  To that end, all players who attend a tournament play in the games.  Game time is normally allocated in a fairly even manner with all players rotating in and out during the course of a game.  The exception to this is in the last quarter of close games / games with a tough opponent at recruiting tournaments when we have to win to move on.  Under those circumstances playing time will not be evenly distributed.

    Expected Behavior

    You are considered to be an ambassador for both Burning River Lacrosse (specifically) and Northern Ohio lacrosse (in general).  Therefore, all normal team travel rules are in effect concerning your behavior and actions and the resulting consequences (if you do not know what these rules are ask first). Please be aware of the following rules:

    • Players may not leave the dorm / hotel or tournament area without the permission of a BR STAFF DIRECTOR – even if you are with your parents.
    • Any player who violates this rule will be sent home immediately.
    • The coaches should not have to scramble to find you because you decided to leave with your parents/family.
    • Refunds are not granted in cases of player dismissal.


    2016 Summer Travel Team Overview - (See Invitation Letter)

    Our travel team players and their parents can depend on us to provide them with the best coaching, entrance to the best and most competitive tournaments, the most guidance / support during the entire college recruiting process.  Unlike some other Travel Team Club programs Burning River Lacrosse has a proven track record when it comes to helping players reach their college lacrosse goals.  This is because we:

    • attend the best and most competitive tournaments so you can best showcase your lacrosse ability in front of the top college coaches.
    • provide coaching from the area’s top college / high school coaches, & college players (BR Alumni) using practice plans designed by top D1, D2 & D3 programs.
    • have a proven record of success both locally and nationally.

      2014 & 2015 Local Achievements

      • 5 Ohio Position Player Of The Year - ( Attack, 2 Midfield, 2 Goalie) and 1 coach (Jim Scully)
      • 2 MVP State Championship Game - (2 Offensive and Defensive)
      • 35 All Ohio - in 2015 - 9 (1st Team), 4 (2nd Team), 7 players (HM)
      • 14 of 19 All Americans
      • 5 Academic All Americans
      • 2 Northern Ohio Player of the Year - Division 1 and Division 2
      • 95 All Region - in 2015 - 24 (1st Team), 15 (2nd Team), 13 (HM)27 (1st Team)
      • 48 Captains

        2015 National Achievements

      • Won Irondequiot Invitational (2020 Team).
      • Won Pipe City U15 division (2019 Team).
      • Won Bracket at MVP (2016 Team).
      • Went undefeated (5-0) at Niagara Lacrosse Classic (2019 team).
      • Finalist Irondequiot Invitational (2019 Team).
      • Finalist Syracuse Shootout (2017 Team).
      • Semifinalist King of the Hill (2017 Team).
      • Semifinalist Syracuse Shootout (2016 Team).
      • Semifinalist Syracuse Shootout (2018 Team).
      • 8 players selected for the King of the Hill All Star game.
      • 6 players selected for the MVP All Star game.
      • 2 Players Selected for the Midwest Under Armour Team.
      • Numerous individual camp All Star Awards.
      • 2019 Team went 14-3 on the summer with 2 championships and 1 runner up.
      • 2020 Team went 13-2 on the summer with a championship.

    • provide 1 on 1 guidance with the complicated recruiting process including GPA & ACT/SAT requirements, timelines, coaches preference, and college fit,

    • have personal relationships / access to college coaches at all levels that allow us to speak with coaches, who trust our judgment, about your son,

    • provide access to over 145 Burning River Alumni who have committed to or are playing for over 70+ different college programs at all competitive levels (D1, D2, D3, JUCO). See our PLAYER COMMITMENTS page for full details.


    Travel Team Testimonials (Read All Testimonials)

    “As a college coach, I have always been impressed with the sportsmanship and competitive spirit shown by the players and coaches in the Burning River Lacrosse program. The players play at a high level and are prepared for top level college lacrosse from the coaching they receive and the tournaments they participate in. Coach Calleri and his staff give the players year round guidance in the college selection process which goes above and beyond other club teams." Coach Pilat, Roanoke College

    "...One thing that really struck me is that Coach Calleri has a network of college coaches that look to him to deliver players.  Recruiting is hard for college coaches; its almost impossible for them to get around to see all the players so in addition to to doing their own evaluation coaches count getting the inside scoop from Woody and the Burning River team.  It's almost like having your own agent looking out for your son's best interest..... Heck, Charlie even got contacted after tryouts and making the Elite team.  He had not even played a minute during a summer tournament and was already getting requests for college visits.   The BR brand is that trusted by coaches..." Zimmerman Family - 2015 graduate

    "...There is no way he could have accomplished this without your guidance and support. Our family appreciates all that you have done and especially your high level of engagement over the past few months as Mario's goals were starting to become a reality. Your involvement clearly helped to build the road that Mario needed to take right to the front door of  Division One Lacrosse..." Caito Family - 2015 graduate

    "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

    "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

    "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



    When Are The Tryouts For the 2016 Summer Travel Team?

    Our tryout dates and locations are as follows:

    High School - See HS Flyer

    • Sunday September 27, 2015 9th to 11th graders (Grad Year 2017, 2018 and 2019).

      • 2019 Players - tryout from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

      • 2017 and 2018 Players - tryout from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (all players driving 1 hr. + should attend this time slot)

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

    • Sunday September 13, 2015 5th to 8th graders (Grad Year 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023).

      • 5th / 6th grade players (2022/2023 Team) - from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM

      • 7th grade players (2021 team) - from 10:15 AM to 11:30 AM

      • 8th grade players (2020 team) - from 11:30 AM to 12:45 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.

    For more information please visit the 2016 Summer Travel Team TRYOUT PAGE



    How Do I Register For The Tryouts? - (Click For A PDF Of How To Register)

    Registration is simply 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 and click on 2016 Summer Travel Team Tryouts (5th / 8th or 9th / 11th).

    If you do not have a account simply click on the create an account link on our website and follow the directions.

    Please note each player must have their own account (i.e. no family accounts).

    If you have any questions about the league or the registration process please contact us at 216.373.5684



    2016 Summer Travel Team Offerings

    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 2017, 2018 and 2019 team at the High School level. 

    2017 Team
    Our 2017 Team is composed of the top 22+ players who graduate in 2017.  The team competes on the national stage in the most competitive national recruiting tournaments with the greatest likelihood of college exposure. 

    2018 Team
    Our 2018 Team is composed of the top 22+ players who graduate in 2018. The team competes on the national stage in the most competitive national recruiting tournaments with the greatest likelihood of college exposure. 

    2019 Team
    Our 2019 Team is composed of the top 22+ players who graduate in 2019. The team competes on the national stage in the most competitive national recruiting tournaments with the greatest likelihood of college exposure. 

    2020 Team
    Our 2020 Team is composed of the top 22+ players who graduate in 2020.The team is designed to provide an opportunity to 8th graders to compete at both national and regional fundamental skills development tournaments with an eye towards individual and team skills improvement, competitive rivalry, and developing a love of the game. 

    2021 Team
    Our 2021 Team is composed of the top 22+ players who graduate in 2021. The team is designed to provide an opportunity to 7th graders to compete at both national and regional fundamental skills development tournaments with an eye towards individual and team skills improvement, competitive rivalry, and developing a love of the game. 

    2022/2023 Team
    Our 2022/2023 Team is composed of the top 22+ players who graduate in either 2022 or 2023. The team is designed to provide an opportunity to 5th and 6th graders to compete at both national and regional fundamental skills development tournaments with an eye towards individual and team skills improvement, competitive rivalry, and developing a love of the game. 

    Note: The composition of the teams is subject to change including but not limited to playing 2016s on the 2017 team and/or 2017s on the 2016 team as circumstances may require.



    Burning River Travel Team Background

    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 2015 teams had players from over 50 Northern Ohio schools. 

    Since the inception of Burning River Lacrosse, our teams have consistently finished at or near the top of the tournaments they have entered.  In each of the last five years multiple Burning River Lacrosse teams have won or finished as a runner up at national tournaments. In 2015 our players achieved the following

      2014 & 2015 Local Achievements

      • 5 Ohio Position Player Of The Year - ( Attack, 2 Midfield, 2 Goalie) and 1 coach (Jim Scully)
      • 3 MVP State Championship Game - (2 Offensive and Defensive)
      • 35 All Ohio - in 2015 - 9 (1st Team), 4 (2nd Team), 7 players (HM)
      • 14 of 19 All Americans
      • 5 Academic All Americans
      • 2 Northern Ohio Player of the Year - Division 1 and Division 2
      • 95 All Region - in 2015 - 24 (1st Team), 15 (2nd Team), 13 (HM)27 (1st Team)
      • 25 Captains

        2015 National Achievements

      • Won Irondequiot Invitational (2020 Team).
      • Won Pipe City U15 division (2019 Team).
      • Won Bracket at MVP (2016 Team).
      • Went undefeated (5-0) at Niagara Lacrosse Classic (2019 team).
      • Finalist Irondequiot Invitational (2019 Team).
      • Finalist Syracuse Shootout (2017 Team).
      • Semifinalist King of the Hill (2017 Team).
      • Semifinalist Syracuse Shootout (2016 Team).
      • Semifinalist Syracuse Shootout (2018 Team).
      • 8 players selected for the King of the Hill All Star game.
      • 6 players selected for the MVP All Star game.
      • 2 Players Selected for the Midwest Under Armour Team.
      • Numerous individual camp All Star Awards.
      • 2019 Team went 14-3 on the summer with 2 championships and 1 runner up.
      • 2020 Team went 13-2 on the summer with a championship.

    Objective
    High School Teams (2017, 2018, 2019)
    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 (2020, 2021, 2022/23)
    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 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.

    Commitment
    All players and parents should be aware of the commitment required for this team.  Should you be selected for a team, it is expected that you will attend and participate in all tournaments.  In addition it is expected that you will do your best to attend all practices.  Note: we realize this is difficult / impossible for our out of town players but ask for a best effort.  If you are selected and you cannot make such a commitment, please do not accept a spot on the team.

    • 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 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.

    Practice
    Prior to the tournaments the teams will be holding multiple practices.  Full details will be provided to all selected players.

    Playing Time
    We do not take players to tournaments so that they can sit or help with our finances.  If you were selected for the team, you have talent and you need to showcase that talent.  To that end, all players who attend a tournament play in the games.  Game time is normally allocated in a fairly even manner with all players rotating in and out during the course of a game.  The exception to this is in the last quarter of close games / games with a tough opponent at recruiting tournaments when we have to win to move on.  Under those circumstances playing time will not be evenly distributed.

    Uniforms
    If selected, players must purchase
    1)      A pair of Burning River shorts
    2)      A Burning River sublimated pinnie

    Payments
    Burning River Lacrosse requires 100% of all tournament costs and 100% of your uniform cost to be paid before the start of the summer tournament season. A full timeline will be given to you if your son is selected.  If you have any questions or concerns about this policy you may contact us directly.

    Transportation - (High School Teams)
    To help insure the safety of all participants and limit the number of people driving separately, we normally arrange for charter bus transportation to and from the tournaments. You are welcome to drive your son separately if you so chose, but we would prefer that he does not drive himself to the tournaments. 

    Transportation - (5th to 8th grade Teams)
    We normally do not arrange for charter bus transportation to and from the tournaments.  At this age we highly encourage all parents to attend the tournaments and drive their children to the events.

    Tournament Format
    The format depends on the tournament we are at but most are similar to the following:
    1) 4, 5 or 6 games.
    2) Games are btw 20 and 25 minute running time halves. 
    3) 3 minute half-time and possibly one time out per team.

    Tournament Rules and Regulations
    The vast majority of the tournaments are officiated under high school HS rules
    1) Down, Set, Whistle on Face-offs
    2) 20 second count to clear
    3) 10 seconds to get it in

    Expected behavior
    You are considered to be an ambassador for both Burning River Lacrosse (specifically) and Northern Ohio lacrosse (in general).  Therefore, all normal team travel rules are in effect concerning your behavior and actions and the resulting consequences (if you do not know what these rules are ask first). 



    2016 Summer Travel Team Tournament Schedule (Tentative)

    2016 Summer Tournaments (High School)

    Mercyhurst Showcase (Erie, PA) - Saturday
    This is a one day tournament to get ready for the Summer recruiting tournaments. It is attended by local college coaches who want to get an early look at our players.
    No all star games
    No Bus, No Lodging - 1 day tournament
    You must bring money for food as it is not included in the tournament package

    King of the Hill (Westminster, MD) - Friday / Sunday - June 17-19
    This is a three day tournament and includes:
    5 games and 80+ coaches
    All-Star games for 2017, 2018, 2019
    Bus Available For An Additional Fee

    Player Lodging Included
    Player Meals Included

    MVP tournament (Delaware University, DE) - Friday / Sunday - June 24-26
    This is a three day tournament and includes:
    5+ games and 80+ coaches
    All-Star games for 2017, 2018, 2019
    Bus Available For An Additional Fee
    Player Lodging Included
    Player Meals Included

    Trilogy 24 (Goucher College, MD) Thursday / Friday June 30 - July 1
    This will be a two day tournament and includes:
    5 games
    and 40+ coaches
    All-Star games for 2017, 2018, 2019

    Bus Available For An Additional Fee
    Player Lodging Included
    Player Meals Included

    Addtional All Star event for 22 players

    Inside Lacrosse Recruiting Invitational (Baltimore, MD) Monday / Wednesday July 11-13
    This is a three day tournament and includes:
    5+ games and 70+ coaches
    All-Star games for 2017, 2018, 2019
    • NO Bus,
    Player Lodging or Player Meals Included

    2016 Summer Tournaments (Middle School / Youth)

    Irondequoit Invitational (Rochester, NY) - Saturday / Sunday - June 18-19
    This is a two day tournament and includes:
    4+ games
    No Bus

    No Player Lodging Included
    No Player Meals Included

    Pipe City Tournament (Chicago, IL) - Saturday / Sunday - July 9-10
    This is a two day tournament and includes:
    4+ games
    No Bus

    No Player Lodging Included
    No Player Meals Included

    Lake Erie Showcase (Niagara Falls, NY)
    - Saturday / Sunday - July 16 - 17

    This is a two day tournament and includes:
    5 games
    No Bus

    No Player Lodging Included
    No Player Meals Included


    Please Note - Burning River Lacrosse requires 100% of all tournament costs and 100% of your uniform cost to be paid before the start of the summer tournament season. A full timeline will be given to you if your son is selected.  If you have any questions or concerns about this policy you may contact us directly.



    Fall Travel Team Tournament Schedule

    For 2015 our Fall Travel Teams have the following tentative tournament schedule. 

    2015 Fall Tournaments (High School)

    Mad Anthony Pumpkin Smash (Batavia, NY) - October 4
    This is a one day tournament. The cost includes tournament fees, coaching, coach’s transportation, admin. fees, etc.
    3 games
    No All-Star games
    No Bus, No Lodging - 1 day tournament

    You must bring money for food as it is not included in the tournament package


    Boo Bash (Oxford, MI) - All Teams - October 24 or 25
    This is a one day tournament. The cost includes tournament fees, coaching, coach’s transportation, admin. fees, etc.
    4 games
    No All-Star games
    No Bus, No Lodging - 1 day tournament
    You must bring money for food as it is not included in the tournament package


    UP Lax (Annapolis, MD) - 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
    - November 20, 21
    This is a two day tournament and includes:
    6 games and 50+ coaches
    No All-Star games
    Bus Available For An Additional Fee
    Player Lodging Included
    You must bring money for food as it is not included in the tournament package

    2015 Fall Tournaments (Middle School)

    Mad Anthony Pumpkin Smash (Batavia, NY) - October 4
    This is a one day tournament. The cost includes tournament fees, coaching, coach’s transportation, admin. fees, etc.
    3 games
    No All-Star games
    No Bus, No Lodging - 1 day tournament

    You must bring money for food as it is not included in the tournament package

    Boo Bash (Oxford, MI) - October 24 or 25
    This is a one day tournament. The cost includes tournament fees, coaching, coach’s transportation, admin. fees, etc.
    4 games
    No All-Star games
    No Bus, No Lodging - 1 day tournament

    You must bring money for food as it is not included in the tournament package



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