Nearly 500 Players, Top East Coast Club Teams Partake in 3d Lacrosse’s Fall National Team Camp Weekend
MIDDLETOWN, Del. — Upward of 500 players and nearly a dozen East Coast club organizations joined 3d Lacrosse for its Fall National Team Camp this past weekend at Appoquinimink High School, which included the 3d NTC Play Day and the new 3d Fall Showcase.
Kicking off the National Team Camp (NTC) weekend, 3d Select players from more than a dozen regions gathered for two separate training sessions Friday evening, which were led by 3d Master Coaches who traveled from as far away as San Francisco, Denver and Boston. The first session was position focused with drills culled from the 3d Methodology, while the late evening session focused on team offense and defense to give the players a chance to get comfortable as teammates.
Following Friday’s training sessions, 3d Lacrosse hosted its first ever 3d Fall Showcase, an individual-based event featuring upward of 500 players randomly mixed onto teams across the 2018/2019, 2020 and 2021 class groups.
Sunday brought what has become known as the 3d National Team Camp “Play Date,” which brings together an assortment of some of the best club organizations from the east to compete against 3d National Teams in front of college coaches.
An extension of 3d Lacrosse’s successful summer National Team Camp series, the fall edition of NTC was created to give 3d Select players the opportunity to fully prepare to perform – over the course of a full weekend – in front of college recruiters and alongside other talented prospects.
The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (Maryland), Carolina Cannons (North Carolina), Long Island Express (Long Island & Connecticut), Building Blocks Lacrosse (New Jersey), Mesa Fresh (Pennsylvania), Legacy Lacrosse (Long Island), Palm Beach Revolution (Florida), Rock Lacrosse (Maryland), Igloo Lacrosse (Long Island) and Team 11 Lacrosse (Philadelphia) each fielded at least one team for the NTC Play Day.
Colleges on hand for Saturday and Sunday included the likes of North Carolina, Syracuse, Cornell, Princeton, Albany and more.
“This is an example of 3d Lacrosse pushing to create a better fall experience for our own players and players from any club organization who simply want to guarantee better competition than you find at a typical weekend on the recruiting circuit,” said Ben Brenneman, 3d Lacrosse’s Director of Camps.
Matt Rowley, 3d Lacrosse’s National Club Director, said the Fall edition of NTC was an important next step in refining the offering, getting more 3d coaches involved, bringing more club organizations in to participate and growing awareness among college coaches.
“Our National Team Camp model has proven to be a great way for us to bring in our 3d Select players and get them all on the same page, create synergy between them and ensure that they play their best on the field,” Rowley said. “We want the players in 3d jerseys playing 3d’s brand of high-IQ lacrosse, and an intense Friday night of grinding and bonding together on the field helps make that happen.”
The National Team Camp model has been one of 3d’s most popular offerings with college coaches, Rowley pointed out, referencing the high attendance numbers in the summer and then this fall. 3d’s goal is to keep evolving the NTC platform with enhancements and additional value for participants and attending coaches.
“We are excited for next summer to build on the momentum we’re gaining and we’ve already got ideas we’re implementing now to make it better than ever and really show the best of our 3d players and our 3d coaches, while also creating an opportunity for our friends with other organizations to compete with us and get exposure at the same time.”
To learn more about the 3d National Team Camp to be held next summer, visit the NTC information page at 3dLacrosse.com.