Face off-specific training seems to be a growing trend in lacrosse, with organizations like Greg Gurenlian’s Faceoff Academy and FOGOLax teaching face off mechanics and drills. Adrenaline caught the face off bug over the summer with its first Faceoff Challenge in Orange County. Now, ADRLN and the Faceoff Factory are bringing the program to Los Angeles on Dec. 28 and San Diego on Dec. 29.
Here’s what the Faceoff Challenge events will look like, according to the ADRLN website:
Developed by Adrenaline and the Faceoff Factory, the Faceoff Challenge is a one-day event built around a highly intensive and detailed curriculum. Throughout the day, faceoff personnel with be given thorough instruction followed by a series of position specific drills scripted by former and current Division I players and coaches. The Faceoff Challenge will provide every participant with a fundamental foundation to take into their spring season.
The day will culminate into a bracketed, divisional faceoff competition. The top performers at the regional events will be awarded with Adrenaline prizes and an invitation to the 2014 Faceoff Factory National Competition.
The Faceoff Challenge by design operates at a high efficiency. To maintain quality and a high level of intensity, each division will be limited to approximately 20 players.
It seems the Faceoff Factory, a Newport Beach-based organization, plans to hold a national event similar to the national showcase recently held by the Faceoff Academy. Because having a good face off player can dramatically change the outcome of a game, it is no surprise these events are becoming more popular and that more face off specialists are being recruited to play in college.