STX Rising Showcase Series Kicks Off With DI East, DI West Training Camps
DENVER — The STX Rising Showcase Series kicked off this month with two national training camps as 3d Lacrosse hosted STX Rising DI East in Central Florida and STX Rising DI West in Arizona.
More than 700 players in total traveled to the two training camps, which are an evolution of the former 3d Blue Chip series that saw more than 2,000 attendees over the course of five years.
At STX Rising DI East, held the weekend of Jan. 6 to 8 near Orlando, 23 states and Canadian provinces and more than 150 different lacrosse clubs or organizations were represented by the 400 attendees. The 300 student-athletes on hand Jan. 20 to 22 in Phoenix represented 17 different states and provinces and upward of 90 different club programs.
“We are pleased to kick off the STX Rising Showcase Series with two outstanding camps,” said Rocco Romero, the Director of the STX Rising Showcase Series.
“What we were able to accomplish over the course of each weekend will help put every one of these attendees on a better trajectory for success in lacrosse. We’ve strived to make the STX Rising Showcase Series a platform that uses the 3d Methodology to truly help players elevate their lacrosse skill and IQ.”
3d Director of Methodology Logan Bobzien was on the fields at each camp, leading an intense training regiment that has involved hundreds of coaches and is refined each year with the goal of delivering the best instruction in the game.
“For more than five years, we’ve been constantly looking for ways to improve and enhance the training rubric for these camps and this was without question the best product for the attendees so far,” Bobzien said. “This marks a new beginning and we are dedicated to continuing to enhance this platform to make a major impact on the development of the players.”
Coaches staffing the STX Rising camps were trained in the 3d Methodology and included the likes of college coaches, prep school coaches and coaches from various clubs throughout the country. More than 30 different coaches staffed each camp and more than 35 different colleges were represented over the course of two weekends.
In addition to a staff of respected coaches from all over the country, 3d Rising brought in a collection of experienced coaches to lead the player evaluation for forthcoming analysis and feedback.
“These two weekends brought together an incredible collection of coaches and lacrosse minds,” said Matt Rowley, 3d Lacrosse’s National Club Director and the founder of the 3d Rising platform.
“You look at the people we bring down here and you’ll understand that the players aren’t just being put through the motions, but are surrounded by and engaging with some of the best coaches around. The coaches all learn from one another and it becomes a culture of coaches sharing knowledge and building friendships. And this year in particular, the 3d Rising evaluators added a great deal of value for all the attendees.”
Each of the four fields at the STX Rising camps was overseen by a 3d Master Coach who was designated as a national evaluator for a particular class. Each 3d Master Coaches was paired with an additional 3d Rising-selected national evaluator, and together the two coaches worked side by side throughout the weekend to teach and evaluate the players.
At STX Rising DI East, the evaluation team included RIT head coach Jake Coon, Nazareth College head coach Rob Randall, St. Lawrence University assistant coach Tom Ryan and Syracuse University women’s associate head coach Regy Thorpe.
The evaluators at STX Rising DI West featured Iroquois Nationals Executive Director Ansley Jemison, Whittier head coach Brian Kelly, SUNY Plattsburgh head coach Joe May and again Tom Ryan from St. Lawrence.
“I like this model because it combines elements of both training and showcases and the 3d Rising evaluation process is guided by specific parameters to create analysis and feedback that will ultimately help the players,” said Ryan, a longtime veteran of the National Lacrosse League Hall and a former head coach of the U.S. Indoor Lacrosse Team.
“It’s great for players to learn skills and a system together so that when they play, they can play as a team. As a coach, I like to see how players respond to instruction. When it comes time to play, the preparation allows different types of players to showcase their skills, not just the alpha males.”
Some of the evaluators also participated in 3d Lacrosse’s College Prep Panels held each Saturday at the two STX Rising camps. Those panels, a staple at the 3d Blue Chip camps of the past, offered players and their families the chance to hear honest, helpful advice from Division I, II and III college coaches, as well as prep school coaches. Ryan, the reigning Division III Assistant Coach of the Year, sat in on both panels at the camps.
”Some of these guys and what they’ve done in the sport as players and coaches is nothing short of legendary,” Romero said.
“We have worked diligently to make the STX Rising Showcase Series the premiere national training and development offering,” Romero said. “And all of the extra features that our staff has so thoughtfully integrated helped make both of these weekends abuzz with excitement and fostered a learning environment. A lot of that simply has to do with good people and good partners.”
The series title sponsor, STX Lacrosse, was on hand in both Florida and Arizona to give attendees the opportunity to try new STX sticks and protective technology. All attendees at the STX Rising DI East and West camps received STX heads, such as the new STX Stallion 700. Each player got to use STX’s new Memory Mesh as well, many of them having it strung up on site.
Lax.com, 3d Lacrosse’s official retail partner, was on site in Florida and Arizona with a lineup of Nike apparel customized with the STX Rising Showcase Series logo, a full selection of STX gear and a crew of stick stringers to meet the needs of attendees.
An added element to the STX Rising DI West camp, 3d Lacrosse’s official apparel partner Nike was on site to give attendees a look at some of the projects on the way and collect feedback on the company’s lacrosse products.
“It’s thrilling to see the rejuvenation of what we believe will continue to be the most influential player development camp series in the game,” said 3d Lacrosse CEO Greg Waldbaum.
“Our staff has worked tirelessly to make STX Rising a premier offering that up-and-coming lacrosse players will be excited about, but also where they’ll receive an invaluable experience that they carry with them forever. On top of that, this has become a networking centerpiece for us that allows us to bring together unmatched collective coaching knowledge, which is a huge boost to the experience for attendees.”
For more information on the STX Rising Showcase Series, visit 3dLacrosse.com. Visit 3dRising.com for forthcoming analysis from this and other STX Rising Showcase Series camps and events.
Use the hashtag #STXRising to follow the experience on social media.
Photos from both STX Rising DI East and STX DI Rising West can be found on the 3d Lacrosse Facebook page: Facebook.com/3dlacrosse.
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, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Rochester, San Diego and San Francisco. Learn more at 3dLacrosse.com.
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About 3d Rising
Founded by Denver-based 3d Lacrosse, the sport’s leading instruction and events company in the, 3d Rising was established in 2012 by 3d Lacrosse’s Matt Rowley as a resource for college lacrosse coaches. Comprised of evaluators and writers located throughout the country, 3d Rising has since evolved into a leading source for high school lacrosse coverage, player analysis, event coverage and national player and team rankings. A partner of USA Today Sports, 3d Rising launched a number of new projects in the spring of 2015, including creating the first ever USA Today High School Sports Super 25 boys and girls lacrosse rankings and a weekly top ten ranking for more than 30 states across the country. Learn more at 3dRising.com.
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