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2016 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 2015 teams had players from over 50 Northern Ohio schools.
More information on our program can be found by Clicking Here
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 - WAIVERS & Concussion Form
All participants are requierd to have the following waivers
In addition, the State Of Ohio past Ohio law (ORC 3707.511) which requires all youth sports organization to provide a concussion information document to the parent / guardian of all individuals who participate in any of their athletic activities. Click Here to recieve that document.
2016 Summer Travel Team Objectives
High School Teams (2017, 2018, and 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, 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)
“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 tryouts are held at the Broadview Heights Recreation Center (9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights) on the following dates:
High School - See HS Flyer
5th to 8th Grade - See 5th / 8th grade Flyer
For more information on our teams please visit our 2016 Summer Travel Team OVERVIEW page
What Do The Tryouts Cost?
How Is Eligibility Determined For the 2016 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 2017, 2018 and 2019 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 2020, 2021 and 2022/23 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 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, we are 100% committed to giving every player a fair evaluation & selecting only those that earn a spot! As a result, 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. To ensure that everyone will get a fair evaluation we do the following: 1) everyone has tryouts out on the same day, no returning player can wear their travel pinnie at tryouts, and all players are referred to in evaluation and drills by the number on their bib, not their name.
We are committed to giving every player a fair evaluation & selecting only those that earn a spot!
2016 Travel Team Commitment
High School (2017, 2018, 2019)
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 HS 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 (2020, 2021, 2022/23)
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 Monday, 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
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 - Broadview Heights Recreation Center
The tryouts are being held at the Broadview Heights Recreation Center. Directions are below.
Broadview Heights Recreation Center
9543 Broadview Road, Broadview Heights Royalton, Ohio 44117
Directions from the North (I-77)
Directions from the South (I-77)
Directions from the South (I - 71)