Overcoming Unthinkable Challenges: A Look Back at 2020
DENVER—The year that was 2020 was unlike any we’ve experienced, and the impact on the lacrosse landscape was vast and will continue to have influence how sports are played moving forward. But even in the face of great challenges, 3d Lacrosse and its network of coaches from coast to coast persevered and ultimately helped create an impactful year of training, development and bonding among teams and athletes.
While the global pandemic limited the amount of in-person teaching and instruction 3d Lacrosse could provide from region to region, our coaches and corporate staff rallied together throughout the course of the year to find innovative ways of reaching our players and creating virtual learning environments that helped bring our teams closer together despite the distance between us.
That helped produce outstanding results on the field for the limited late-summer and fall seasons that our 3d Lacrosse clubs experienced and, as an event operator, we found ourselves in the fortunate position to continue providing world-class lacrosse experiences for thousands of players and their families.
Here’s a look at the most important accomplishments in a year when it might be easy to overlook them. You can learn more about 3d Lacrosse and its premiere lineup of Select teams, events, camps and showcases at 3dlacrosse.com.
3d Springs Into New Year with Second Annual Tropical Thaw
In the second year of the event, the Tropical Thaw tournament held in Central Florida served as the year-end celebration to 2019 but also a springboard for 2020. Nation United, Carolina Rising and 3d Georgia were among those crowned champs leading up to the celebration of the New Year, which is just how we will end 2020 next week with the third annual Tropical Thaw.
3d Alumni Well Represented in Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook 2020
The 2020 college season, though eventually cut short, saw 3d Lacrosse alumni well represented in the preseason content published by Inside Lacrosse. The annual Face-Off Yearbook heralded former 3d players as preseason All-Americans at the Division I and Division III levels, with additional student-athletes earning preseason conference recognitions. Heading into 2021, 3d Oregon alum Sam Handley has been named a preseason first-team All-American.
3d Lacrosse Box and Indoor Leagues Nationwide Wrap Up Busy Winter
In late winter of 2020, 3d Lacrosse Select programs around the country put the finishing touches on box leagues designed to help local scholastic players and programs raise their level of play heading into the spring season. 3d’s lineup includes the Winter Box Lacrosse League North and South hosted by 3d New England, the Connecticut Winter Box Lacrosse League hosted by 3d NE South and the Colorado Box Lacrosse League hosted by 3d Colorado.
3d Launches Train In The Now Digital Initiative
Faced with an unpredictable and rapidly-changing landscape as the global pandemic gripped the country and the entire planet, 3d Lacrosse’s coaches and thought leaders created Train In The Now—an industry-changing initiative to reach and teach our athletes using cutting-edge technology and leaning on the years of coaching knowledge built into the 3d Methodology. Train In The Now, which included instructional video content shared on social media and structured Zoom webinars lead by 3d’s best coaches, led to 3d’s highest ever levels of engagement as players of all ages participated in the social-based, at-home training.
STX Rising DIII Showcase Continues #4or40 Summer Tradition
The STX Rising DIII Showcase, the summer’s top opportunity for DIII prospects, was held in July in Bedford, New Hampshire, drawing about 100 student-athletes for what was an adjusted, two-day edition of the popular event. The event continued the tradition of letting attendees meet and learn directly from the Division III coaches staffing the camp, including a recruiting panel that was conducted this summer via Zoom webinar.
Denver Shootout Sees 19 Squads Crowned Champions at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
3d Lacrosse’s flagship summer event, the Denver Shootout was held at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in late July, with 19 teams being crowned champions. It was the seventeenth edition of the event, which typically draws well over 200 teams and upward of 150 college coaches.
STX Rising Showcase Series Shines Through Fall with DI, DIII Events
The STX Rising Showcase Series, one of the most powerful brands in recruiting, shined this fall as the STX Rising DI Fall Showcase was held for the first time, drawing 125 athletes to Troy Park outside of Baltimore to learn from a collection of current PLL/MLL professionals. A few weeks earlier, the STX Rising DIII Fall Showcase took place in at Rivier University in New Hampshire, where about 100 players spent a day learning from DIII coaches and competing in front of them.
Mayflower Invitational, FLG in 3d Events Roll On as 3d Lacrosse Enjoys Exciting Fall Season
3d Lacrosse enjoyed a busy fall season as we were able to host some of our most popular events and provide important opportunities for lacrosse players to train, compete and be recruited. The Mayflower Invitational and Mayflower Showcase, held in early November, drew many of the most notable teams and players from New England to the Boston area, and the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout brought more than 30 teams on back-to-back days to the DE Turf Spots Complex for a great weekend of action in Delaware.
Southern Retreat Grows in Year Two, Enjoys Extensive Coverage
In its second year, the Southern Retreat—an event co-hosted by 3d Lacrosse and Inside Lacrosse—drew 25 teams to Sanford, Florida, for two days of action with college coaches on the sidelines. Inside Lacrosse featured extensive coverage of the weekend, including standout players and teams.
3d Lacrosse Raises More Than $24K for Partner Harlem Lacrosse
A partnership now in its sixth year, 3d Lacrosse in 2020 showed its steadfast support for Harlem Lacrosse, a New York-based organization that has used the game of lacrosse to help make positive impacts on the academic and athletic pursuits of young people with disadvantages. Leading up to Harlem’s Virtual Benefit in early December, 3d Lacrosse—a Gold Sponsor of the event—ran a digital fundraiser that exceeded its $15,000 goal and raised more than $24,000.
About 3d Lacrosse
3d Lacrosse is the nation’s fastest-growing lacrosse services company, offering innovative training, premier events, select travel teams, 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, Portland, Rochester, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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