In the CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS LINK we are striving to provide Basic Communication Updates on Duke's Lacrosse. These Updates will Supplement our Multi Social Media Outlets of Communication and Act as an Add'l Source of Information for Player's, Parents, Family's, Coaches and Friend's Offering easy Access to Current Information on the happenings of Duke's Lacrosse.
Q & A with Duke's Lacrosse President, Ebe Helm
Covering Multi Topics Including New Player Orientation Conference Call, Duke's Programs, Duke's National's, & New Duke's Programs.
Q: Coach Ebe, when will the New player Orientation Conference Call take place?
A: February 9th @ 8 pm.
We Apologize for the delay but this Conference Call is now set and the Specifics and Agenda are Posted herein on the CURRENT ANNOUNCEMENTS LINK & the SCHEDULE LINK.
Q : Is there a New Duke's Regional Program starting in New Jersey ?
A : Yes. Initial Tryouts for a Duke's New Jersey Start up Regional Program will begin with a Clinic Tryout on March 7th, in Marlton, NJ. for Youth players starting with Ages of 2024's thru 2027's.
See Posted Specifics for this Tryout on the SCHEDULE LINK.
Please also understand that every year there are Multi Club Programs from all over the Country who Solicit Duke's Lacrosse Club to become a Duke's Regional Program so New Jersey is next up and we think it will be an Exciting Addition.
Q : Understanding that the Duke's Lacrosse Club has Multi Regional Programs , can you advise just what happened with the Duke's National's Program that operated under the Duke's Lacrosse Club?
A: Duke's National's Program was actually a Duke's Regional Program but they Named themselves Duke's National's because they Recruited with No Territorial Boundaries at the Middle School Age while all our other Duke's Regional Programs operate within Specific Territories.
The Duke's National's Program as it Previously Existed under the Duke's Lacrosse Club was Terminated, Removed and Discontinued under the prior Leadership because it Failed to Deliver on it's Primary Mandate and because there were Multi other Issues that Compromised the Values and Integrity of Duke's Lacrosse Club.
Q : If this Duke's National's Regional Program was Terminated, can you be more Specific about why and what the Problems were that you Encountered to force this Termination?
A : Where do I start. Let me be brief and just respond to the specifics of so many of your phone calls, emails, Blogs and the many Complaints from Events, Tournaments, Hotels, Many, many Vendors; Facility's, College Coaches, Other Club Coaches and Programs; Duke's Coaches and most Importantly Player's and Parents.
It frankly just became to Difficult to Explain and Navigate thru these Inconsistencies and Complaints that demanded Responsible Replies and Answers to all these Entities.
Additionally, with the Failure to Respond to a Primary Mandate; the lack of Respect for the History of who Duke's Lacrosse Club is and what it Represents just could No longer be Overlooked, Ignored or Compromised .
Bottom line, Our Integrity as a Program was at stake and having to Continuously Field all of these Complaints about a Total lack of Transparency; a Total Lack of Effective Communications; Ongoing Money Issues and so much more that so many of you Commented on simply didnt allow us to Continue with this Duke's National's Program under the Duke's Lacrosse Club's Name.
Q : How can the Previous Duke's National's People Continue to Use your Name?
A : We will defer to our Attorney's who have Filed a "Cease and Desist" Order on that Issue.
We expect this to be resolved amicably but if not then expect the next step will be an Injunction and Multi Court Filings seeking Damages and a Formal Remedy.
But again, that will be something our Attorney's handle.
Q : Can Players and Family's contact you or the Duke's Lacrosse Club Program to see where they may Fit within your Duke's Programs?
A : Definitely YES.
Feel free to Email me @ email@example.com or call me on my cell phone number of 610-247-5253 and we will review options for you to remain in or join one of our Duke's Lacrosse Club Programs.
Q : Do you plan on Replacing what was the Duke's National's Program?
A : Great question. We are Excited to tell you that DEFINITELY YES we are Replacing the previous Dukes National's Entity .
We are Interviewing Multiple Entities who will Remake this Program and Develop it into the Respectable, Responsible Program Entity that starts with a Foundation of Integrity, Honesty, Trust and Reliability.
Because of NCAA Rules, we can't Name add'l People we are having discussions with but suffice it to say, they are Duke's Alums and they are "household" names in the Lacrosse World.
Very Exciting !!!
On Sunday February 9th, 2020, 8pm, we will hold our "BIG" New Player Orientation Conference Call In.
That Conference Call Phone Number is 1-605-475-4875 with Passcode of 451253#.
The call will last Approx. 70 minutes and all New players who Joined Duke's on or after June 1st, 2019 are asked to be on the Call with a Parent.
All Current Duke's Player's and Parents are Welcome to jump on the Call if they choose as Recruiting will be a Topic Included in the Orientation Itinerary and Discussion.
That General Itinerary for this Orientation Conference Call is :
-- Website Review.
-- Important Bullet Points.
-- Schedule Review and Scrolling to Review Detail.
-- Creating Player Bio with Photo, Adding Player Game Film and how to Add/Change/Correct Player Bio Updates.
-- Review Multi Recruiting Basics Including Recruiting Packet, Communications and Emails to College Coaches; Assessing College Start up Process, Using High School Guidance Counselor; Making/Evaluating College Decision; Making a College Check List; Completing and Registering for NCAA Eligibility; College Campus Visits Starting with Admissions Tour; Prospect days, Showcases and Showcase Recommendations.
-- Changing Duke's Structure, Depth Chart and Player Emphasis.
-- Q & A.
-- Wrap up.
Duke's Lacrosse Club Announces they have Discontinued their Relationship with Mr. Lou Gonzalez and Eliminated the Duke's National's Program as it Currently Exists Under the Duke's Umbrella of Programs.
Said Duke's President, Ebe Helm ; " Duke's Lacrosse Club is Appreciative of the Efforts of Mr. Gonzalez and wishes him well in his Future Endeavors as a Non Duke's
Helm Continued, "Duke's LC will Continue it's Primary Mission Statement of Developing Young Men and having them Use Lacrosse as a Vehicle to a College Education.
Helm added, "Look for an Exciting Special Announcement about Additions/Changes to the Duke's Lacrosse Club's Structure and Programs in the near Future ".
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