Earlier we highlighted Adrenaline’s fall tryouts and training for its Orange County clubs. Here’s a look at what Adrenaline is doing further north, with tryouts for the L.A. Lazers and a handful of other local Starz affiliates.
First, the important stuff:
• Who: Boys in grades 3-12.
• When: Sept. 22 & 24; Oct. 1, 6 & 27 (check with Adrenaline for times).
• Where: Two locations — Westlake HS and Westchester Park.
• How: Register here. Cost for the five sessions is $220, and the deadline to register is Sept. 20.
It’s great to see Adrenaline making this bigger commitment to the evaluation process, which the Lazers started two years ago. As they say on their website, “The single session tryout is flawed and we expect that through five sessions the top players will be more easily identified.” I couldn’t agree more.
It’s also great to see a bigger commitment to the Conejo Valley, with a full five sessions at Westlake HS. With that area producing some of the best lacrosse players and teams in the area, why make them drive 45 minutes or more each way to try out?
The one thing that isn’t clear is how they plan to merge the best players from the Valley training/tryouts with the best from the L.A. sessions onto one roster. If kids are not trying out alongside one another, how do you really know which one is better? I guess that’s something for the coaches — guys like Scott Hochstadt, Jimmy Borell, Tarik Ergin, Mario Waibel, Sean Lindsay and a who’s-who of other local coaches and LXM players — to figure out.
The other interesting thing about this year’s tryout process is that apparently once the Lazers rosters have been selected, it’s not necessarily the end of the line for players not picked:
Other Starz/Lazers affiliates and feeder teams will be formed from these tryouts: LA Maveriks (Valley), Factory Select (Palos Verdes/L.A.), Santa Monica Dragons (L.A.), Goons Lacrosse (Valley) or South Bay LC/L.A. Grind (South Bay). These Lazers affiliate teams will be attending various tournaments that won’t conflict with the Lazers.
Photo: LA Lazers High School Black team, the Adrln Division Champions at the Adrln High School Shootout last July.