The Bandits Lacrosse Club is dedicated to developing the skills that every lacrosse player needs to compete successfully.
With a dedicated coaching staff that believes in the teaching of these fundamentals, our year-round programming enhances the overall skill level of every Bandit along with improving their team play and lacrosse IQ.
The Bandits Lacrosse Club emphasizes coaching the game through curriculum-based training. We feel that the life lessons learned through practice and competition will develop young men of commitment, dedication and most importantly - character.
WHY BANDITS LACROSSE?
BANDITS LACROSSE 70/30 PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MODEL
Bandits Lacrosse Club prides itself on teaching the game through proper coaching. We exercise the Bandits Lacrosse 70/30 Player Development Model, where we focus 70% of a season on training and 30% of a season on performance in events.
Please reference the "Player Development Model" section of the website to learn more about our 70/30 philosophy.
Bandits Lacrosse Club understands that communication is a key component to a successful program. We emphasize communication in multiple ways:
- Weekly In-Season Program Emails - We send weekly emails to parents and players with updates and information pertaining to the club.
- Text Alert Systems - We ask that all parents sign up for our text alert system to be notified of any last-minute changes to a schedule.
- Open Door Policy - We maintain an open door policy with all coaches and Program Director, Peter Burns, and encourage our parents and players to communicate any comments, questions, or concerns with our leadership team.
The strength of Bandits Lacrosse is our coaching staff. Our coaches are dedicated and passionate about the game and utilize our curriculum-based training to maximize their impact on Bandits players.
Our coaches are interviewed and screened and serve as positive role models in our player's development.
All of our coaches have extensive experience coaching and/or playing the game.
The college recruiting process is important to our high school-aged Bandits players. The Bandits Lacrosse program offers support to this significant yet sometimes confusing process.
The Bandits Lacrosse Club participates in a wide variety of events. Some events offer opportunities for competitive development while others serve as showcase opportunities for our players to play in front of college coaches. Some events are a mix of both.
We feel that blending our schedule among these different types of events offers the greatest combined opportunity for our players to get better as lacrosse players while also being able to showcase their talent.
COACH AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
Our staff is comprised of individuals who have a wide variety of experience with the college recruiting process. We have coaches who were recruited by an played for NCAA D1 programs. Other coaches in our club went through the NCAA DII and DIII recruiting process. We also have coaches who were walk-ons at the collegiate level.
The experience that our coaches have at the various levels of the recruiting process allows our staff to mentor our players and help them find the right fit if they are interested in continuing their lacrosse careers at the next level.
WHAT IS OUR STANCE ON PLAYING TIME?
Our teams compete to win, but not at the expense of the player development of each team member. Our objective is to put every player in a position to succeed, so every player will be given an opportunity to play. However, this philosophy is dependent on a player's commitment to practice and balanced with certain game situations.
Additional playing time may be awarded to players who earn it through hard work, performance, attitude, etc.
Players may be asked to fill certain roles. In some cases, this will be a leadership position. In others, it will be more of a specialty role, such as wing play or defensive midfield. We expect our players to enthusiastically accept the roles our coaches design for them to fill since it is their responsibility as a teammate.
We believe in the importance of player development. Coaches are instructed to provide playing opportunities for all players. While it is impossible to achieve complete equality, our stance requires that the coaches give each player ample opportunity to compete in games while also trying to win the game.
HOW MANY PLAYERS ARE ON EACH TEAM?
In order to field teams with proper player-to-coach ratios and to maximize opportunities on the field, we try to limit our teams to the following general roster sizes:
Youth Level: 18-22 players
High School Level: 22-24 players
IS IT OKAY THAT MY SON PLAYS MULTIPLE SPORTS?
Yes! We not only approve of players participating in sports outside of lacrosse, but encourage it.
It is an unfortunate trend in today's youth sports environment where kids are pressured at younger and younger ages to focus on only one or two sports. Often times, this can have a negative effect on a player's development. A player may get "burnt out" by focusing on only one sport. Additionally, there is recent discussion in the sport management world where some experts believe that a player who focuses on only one sport may be more prone to injury since they only train a specific set of muscles and tendons rather than varying their workouts by playing additional sports.