BOYS U12 AND U13 SELECT TEAMS –

WINTER/SPRING 2018-2019

Overview: The Select teams strive to compete at the highest levels of youth lacrosse in the tri-state area with the goal of advanced player development at the individual and team level. Led by experienced coaches, BLC Select prepares NYC boys for competitive high school lacrosse without the exorbitant commuting time and cost required to participate in suburban programs. The extended winter/spring season runs from November 30, 2018 to June 15, 2019. The winter/spring season is more intense than the fall season, with two indoor practices per week in the winter through February (on new indoor premium turf fields) and three or four practices/games per week outdoors in the spring. We encourage players to participate in additional sports, but we expect lacrosse to be their primary sport in the spring—players are expected to attend at least 90% of lacrosse practices and games from March to June and 75% of lacrosse practices from December to February. Program details are below.

Eligibility:

  • The Under 12 (U12) Select team is for boys born 8/31/06-8/30/08.

  • The Under 13 (U13) Select team is for boys born 8/31/05-8/30/06.

Evaluations: For consideration, all players must register with BLC and indicate interest in the Select teams on the registration form. All players must attend at least one (but preferably both) of the evaluations scheduled as follows:

  • Friday, November 30, 4:30p-6:00p U12, 5:30-7:00p U14, Socceroof (14b 53rd St., Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY 11232)

  • Sunday, December 2, 9:00a-10:30a U12, 10:30a-12:00p U14, Socceroof

  • Note that players on Fall 2018 BLC Select teams are not guaranteed a spot on the Winter/Spring teams; they will need to go through the evaluation process.

Registration and Fees: Fees are $700 per player for the combined winter/spring season. To support additional field time, games and tournaments (along with insurance, U.S. Lacrosse membership and uniforms), fees are higher than for other BLC teams but are still much lower than for most other club lacrosse programs. There is no direct registration for the Select teams. Instead, follow the BLC registration process here, indicate your interest in the Select teams on the registration form checkmark box, and pay the $200 regular winter season registration fee. If your player is selected after evaluations, you will receive an invitation to join the Select teams by December 5 and be required to pay the balance of $500 for the extended winter/spring season by February 1, 2019. Boys who do not get invited to the Select teams will remain registered for the regular winter season sessions (or may request a refund of the registration fee). Need-based scholarships may be available. 

Winter (11/30/18-3/1/19) Practice Schedule:

  • Fridays, November 30-March 1, 4:30p-6:00p U12, 5:30-7:00p U13, Socceroof

  • Sundays, December 2-February 24, 9:00a-10:30a U12, 10:30a-12:00p U13, Socceroof

Tentative Spring (3/2/19-6/15/19) Practice Schedule (pending field permits):

  • Tuesdays 5:15p-7:00p March 5-June 11, Harold Ickes Playground (Red Hook)

  • Wednesdays 5:15p-7:00p March 6-June 12, Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Saturday mornings, Pier 5 Brooklyn Bridge Park

  • Sunday mornings, Boys & Girls High School (Bed Stuy)

Games/Tournaments: Expect most games/tourneys to be on Saturdays or Sundays in NJ, LI, Westchester or NYC.

Scheduling Note: We recognize that it is difficult to schedule other activities for your children without definitive timing of practices. Unfortunately, we must wait for field permits before we can create a definitive spring schedule.  Please tentatively plan on the schedule outlined above and we will update it ASAP. If you anticipate conflicts that will prevent your son from committing to attend 90% of practices and games but are still interested in the Select teams, please contact Seth Basham, BLC Select Program Director (seth.basham@gmail.com).

Coaching: Experienced, dedicated coaches are key to the Select team experience. Tim Pratt will be the head coach of the U12 Select team. Tim is a native of Long Island and played college lacrosse at Adelphi University. He has coached for BLC for three years and led the Winter/Spring 2018 Spring U10 Select team to a very successful season. Seth Basham will be the head coach of the U13 Select team. Seth played college lacrosse at Colgate University. He has coached for BLC for five years and is also the director of the BLC Select program. Tim and Seth will be assisted by Ted Nusbaum and Kevin Kenny. Ted is a member of the Colorado College Hall of Fame for success in lacrosse and soccer, and has coached with BLC for five years. Kevin is a Level 2 U.S. Lacrosse Coach who is a omniscient student of the game and has coached with BLC for five years.

Select Program Format. The Select team program will continue to be modeled after the inaugural Spring 2017 U11 Select team, with the modification of a combined and extended winter/spring season to build skills and team chemistry. See a recap of Spring 2017 team’s game/tournament schedule, winning-record results and events here. See an article about the team in the Brooklyn Eagle here. See a message from a star supporter of the team here. A recap of the successful Spring 2018 U12 and U10 seasons, including both teams winning their divisions in the Shootout for Dreams Tournament in Massapequa, Long Island, is here and here.

Additional information: If you have any questions about the team, please contact U13 Select Team Head Coach and BLC Select Program Director Seth Basham (seth.basham@gmail.com), Team Manager Melina Mackall (melinamackall@mac.com) or BLC Co-Founder/Executive Director Khalid West (kwest@brooklynlacrosse.org).