Strengthening Lacrosse’s Biggest Network of Coaches and Student-Athletes: 3d Lacrosse Year in Review 2018
DENVER — Before hitting the ground at full speed in 2019, 3d Lacrosse looks back at another unforgettable year that was 2018, including major storylines that helped the Colorado-based company continue to pace the sport as the leader in training services, events and recruiting opportunities.
From major partnerships to the formation of new regions to serve the growing lacrosse population, 3d Lacrosse forged fresh relationships, introduced unique opportunities for development and exposure and made a positive impact on coaches and players from coast to coast with its lineup of Select teams, tournaments, camps, clinics and additional programming.
Here’s a look back at 3d Lacrosse’s biggest moments of 2018.
3d Spring Break Providing an Early-Season Boost to Scholastic Teams From Far and Wide
3d Spring Break, the annual spring training camp hosted by 3d Events on Florida’s Gulf Coast, had a successful 2018 as teams from both coasts traveled to the Sunshine State for what has become an annual tradition for some of the nation’s top programs.
3d Lacrosse, NextPro Announce Major Video Partnership
In the spring, 3d Lacrosse announced a major partnership with Next Pro Video, formerly known as Game Time Footage, to provide a new level of video services to 3d Lacrosse families nationwide, as well as coverage of the United Women’s Lacrosse League and video content from all 3d-operated tournaments and camps.
3d Partners with Brown Coaches to Form 3d Bears in Rhode Island
In May of 2018, 3d Lacrosse announced a partnership with Brown University men’s lacrosse coaches to form 3d Bears, a Select program serving student-athletes in Rhode Island. The 3d Bears program fielded six different squads in its first summer and fall seasons.
FLG in 3d Series Expands to Include New Mid-Summer Showdown Youth Event
FLG in 3d, 3d Lacrosse’s ongoing event partnership with Long Island-based FLG Lacrosse, expanded in 2018 with the addition of the FLG in 3d Mid-Summer Showdown, a youth boys and girls tournament held on Long Island and drawing more than 30 squads for a weekend of competition across five divisions.
UWLX Celebrates Most Exciting Season Yet Under Management of 3d Lacrosse in Season 3
The United Women’s Lacrosse League, in its first full year of operation under 3d Lacrosse, celebrated its third and most exciting season yet as many of the top professional female athletes took the field in cities throughout the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic. The Philadelphia Force capped an undefeated run, capturing the franchise’s first UWLX title with a 13-7 win over the Boston Storm on August 4.
3d Lacrosse Summer Events Draw Thousands, Teams and Coaches from Far and Wide
3d Lacrosse’s Events division capped another busy summer season in July, closing out a run that included hosting tournaments on both sides of the continent. More than 16,000 people, 500 teams and 340 college coaches traveled to 3d-operated events over the course of the summer, including the flagship Denver Shootout in Colorado, the Riptide Classic in Southern California and the FLG in 3d Summer Shootout in Maryland.
3d Lacrosse, Harlem Lacrosse Team Up For Another Successful Club Experience
3d Lacrosse and Harlem Lacrosse partnered in 2018—the fifth year of the relationship—to provide Harlem student-athletes with an unprecedented club lacrosse experience built on high-level training and valuable recruiting opportunities. The experience for student-athletes included stops at 3d’s National Team Camp and the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout.
UWLX Summer Draw Marks 3d’s First All-Girls Team Tournament
The UWLX Summer Draw, 3d Lacrosse’s first all girls team tournament, kicked off with a bang in July of 2018 as 30 teams traveled to Maryland for two days of competition that saw six squads crowned champions and two UWLX regular season games held on site before a large audience.
3d Tabs All-Time Hobart Great Phil McCarthy To Lead 3d Colorado
3d Lacrosse made another major hire in May when Phil McCarthy, a longtime industry leader and decorated veteran player, was named the new Director of Denver-based 3d Colorado. McCarthy, who had a legendary career in hockey and lacrosse at Hobart, relocated to Colorado years ago and has since become a highly respected youth coach and businessman.
3d Lacrosse Announces Formation of 3d Maryland, 3d Virginia
In an expansion of the Annapolis-based 3d Mid-Atlantic market, 3d Lacrosse introduced 3d Virginia and 3d Maryland in July. By joining forces with the Frederick-based Lax Factory program, 3d was able to expand its offering to boys and girls in the region and better serve them.
3d Lacrosse Hosts Two New Events in the Southeast: Sol Games, Tropical Thaw
Mapping the growth of the sport, 3d Lacrosse introduced two new events in the Southeast this year. The Sol Games, a youth girls team event, and the Tropical Thaw, a tournament for scholastic-age boys teams, were both held in Florida and kicked off with a bang with 24 teams and 22 teams, respectively.
3d Florida Forms to Serve Student-Athletes in the Tampa Bay Region and Beyond
In August, 3d Lacrosse continued its growth path into the Southeast with the announcement of 3d Florida, a Tampa-based division led by Mike Ryder, who was previously the Director of 3d Colorado and was a scholastic and collegiate coach in Florida before joining 3d. 3d Florida fielded its first team at the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout.
3d Lacrosse Holds Annual Methodology Olympics at Company Offsite Gathering
A growingly competitive gathering of 3d Lacrosse coaches from across the country, the annual 3d Methodology Olympics were held in early October coinciding with the company’s offsite gathering in Denver. A challenge meant to test coaches’ knowledge of the Methodology and help them bond together in a team setting, this year’s winning squad was led by MVP Pete Sessa, a Senior Manager with 3d New England.
Regy Thorpe Setting the Pace for 3d Lacrosse as One of the Game’s Most Dynamic Coaches and Thought Leaders
Regy Thorpe, brought on as 3d Lacrosse’s Chief Lacrosse Officer in 2017, is leading the charge as not only one of the game’s my dynamic coaches, but one of the brightest minds as well. Recently named the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Indoor Lacrosse Team, few people in the game have Thorpe’s vast experience across men’s and women’s field lacrosse and box lacrosse.
3d Lacrosse Completes Busy Fall Season Training Select Teams Nationwide, Hosting Several Major Events
3d Lacrosse finished up another busy fall stretch in December that saw its Select program field 153 teams—119 boys and 34 girls—across 16 different regions. 3d Lacrosse’s Events division also hosted a number of high-profile tournaments and camps, including the FLG in 3d Fall Shootout in Maryland, the Mayflower Invitational in Massachusetts and the Fall Freshman Training Combine girls program in Florida.
To learn more about 3d Lacrosse and its lineup of national and regional events, camps, showcases and select club teams, visit 3dLacrosse.com.
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, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego, San Francisco, Tampa and Westfield, N.J. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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