FLG in 3d Fall Shootout Draws More Than 80 Teams Both Days at Appoquinimink High School
MIDDLETOWN, Del. — The FLG in 3d Fall Shootout, a large-scale youth and high school lacrosse tournament co-presented by FLG Lacrosse and 3d Lacrosse, drew more than 80 teams both Saturday and Sunday this past weekend to Appoquinimink High School.
Teams from as far away as California, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Florida and Canada traveled to Middletown, where on both days upward of 150 colleges were on hand to take in hundreds of games across four different age divisions.
A partnership now in its fourth year, FLG in 3d was started as a way to give lacrosse teams of any experience level and players of any talent level the chance to compete in front of college recruiters from the ranks of all levels of college play, from NCAA Division I, II and III schools to MCLA programs as well.
“It’s pretty incredible to see how much this has grown after it began just as the FLG in 3d Summer Shootout and grew into two events,” said Sara Munro, 3d Lacrosse’s Director of Events.
“We think the best part is the group of teams we get every year and the massive number of coaches who’ll check in either Saturday, Sunday or both days to see the unique, talented players from all over the continent.”
Schools on hand this fall came from far and wide as well, with many of the top Division I colleges in attendance, including programs like reigning champion North Carolina, Johns Hopkins University and numerous Ivy League programs. But dozens of Division II, Division III and MCLA schools were in attendance as well, which is what event organizers say makes the tournament so important to the lacrosse community.
“With a lot of the showcases going on, we really like that this still creates a festive, family setting for lacrosse, it unites teams from all over the map and brings an unbelievable mix of coaches to the sidelines,” said Mike Winkoff, CEO of FLG, which is a Long Island-based lacrosse organization fielding clubs, offering instruction and hosting events.
“It’s a great event for Division I coaches to discover up-and-coming talent, but it’s also where coaches from other levels can really hone in on a lot of good prospects. There are a lot of teams here with players who are developing and getting better each time they step on the field.”
Winkoff said bringing start-up programs from non-traditional areas continues the partnership’s goal of growing the game by giving exposure to more players. And that aspect – the diverse collection – is what he believes has kept so many college coaches coming back to the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout.
“Relationships with college coaches are extremely important to us,” Winkoff said. “We work hard to make sure the coaches know they can come here and see a great mix of teams, with players from all over the country. And we love working with Sara and her team because we know they do a great job on the back end with all aspects of operations.”
STX Lacrosse, 3d’s official equipment partner, was on site all weekend allowing players to test new products and participate in mini-stick games in the vendor area.
Munro thanked STX Lacrosse for providing a gift to each of the teams in attendance on Sunday, as well as Lax.com, the onsite retail provider, and official custom apparel supplier Stylax, for helping pull off an event that saw more than 1,200 players take the field. She also thanked Appoquinimink High School and the school’s staff for support all weekend long.
“Every year, we try to make this an enjoyable and welcoming experience for all the teams, the players and their families,” Munro said. “We have a great time working with Mike and his team, and we’re pretty excited to have such a good thing going with them. They’re great people who share the same values as 3d and they’re professional. They’ve made this a great experience on our end as well.”
For more information on the FLG in 3d event series, visit 3dLacrosse.com and FLGlacrosse.com. See all of the action from past, and future, FLG in 3d events on social media with the hashtag #FLGin3d.
About FLG Lacrosse FLG Lacrosse is a New York based lacrosse events, teams, and training company. FLG Lacrosse offers elite training, top-notch events, competitive travel teams, individual and team recruiting showcases, and local clinics for boys and girls 3 years old and up! Founded in 2006, FLG lacrosse has developed thousands of elite athletes, guiding players from youth to High School, and from High School to playing in College. FLG is committed to building well-rounded, studletes who excel on the field, in the classroom, and in their communities. To learn more about FLG, visit www.FLGlacrosse.com
About 3d Lacrosse 3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, recruiting showcases and leagues for boys and girls ages six through 18 at all levels of organized competition. Founded in 2009, the Company trains more than 35,000 athletes annually using its proprietary Box-Field Hybrid™ Development System that combines the tight stick-handling and ball control of box lacrosse with the team-based field strategies used in Division I college programs. In addition to lacrosse-specific training, professional coaches help players develop lifelong skills, including dedication, teamwork and critical thinking under pressure. Based in Denver, 3d Lacrosse also has offices in Annapolis, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Diego and San Francisco. Learn more at www.3dLacrosse.com.
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