You have Questions and we have all the Answers in the FAQ LINK.
We strive for TRANSPARENCY in all we do as an Organization while Sharing and Introducing you to MORE of the Rich Tradition that is DUKE'S LACROSSE.
HOW DO I CHOOSE A LACROSSE CLUB?
As a player and Family you should review all of the Variables that are important to you and carefully Examine just what a Club Offers.
Some of those important variables to consider are : COST, LOCATION, COACHING, COMPETITIVE MAKEUP OF CLUB, USE OF DEPTH CHART, PLAYER NUMBERS, PHILOSOPHY AND MISSION OF CLUB, INTEGRITY OF CLUB, LONGEVITY OF CLUB, FOCUS ON COLLEGE PLACEMENT OF PLAYERS BY CLUB, RELATIONSHIP OF CLUB WITH COLLEGE COACHES, TOURNAMENTS, PRACTICES, FRIENDSHIPS, ALLIANCE AFFILIATION and so much more. As you start to gather answers to these Questions, you will decide what is most Important to you as a player and Family because ultimately, your Commitment of Time, Money and Energy effects the entire Family and not just the player.
WHY PLAY FOR THE DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB OVER OTHER CLUB PROGRAMS?
Duke's Lacrosse Club was started in 1998 and has a Rich HISTORY and TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE Unmatched by any other Club Team in America. Duke's players are Unique because they are apart of a Special FAMILY of Players and People that wear their Duke's PRIDE as a Badge of Honor both on and off the Field so that it translates to EXCELLENCE as a PLAYER on the Field and EXCELLENCE as a PERSON in the Classroom and in their School, Church, Community and most especially at Home with Family off the Field.
The Duke's Club Organization Bridges Generations of players and family's. No matter where a player or Duke's person goes, they will ALWAYS be recognized as a Duke's Player or Person. You see it on College Visits; You see it in the Coaching and Professional Ranks of lacrosse; You see it in all walks of Life and you recognize that it is a Shared, Unspoken Code that Bonds Duke's players and Duke's Family's TOGETHER for a Lifetime.
As a Philosophy, We believe that when ELITE players come together and are surrounded by other Elite players their overall play and Skill sets are Elevated Exponentially. Duke's Coaches are constantly monitoring and placing boys in the Best possible position to not only Compete but also Develop and take their game to a higher level. Duke's Club Teams Compete in Top Level Tournament Settings so they constantly draw the Notice of College Coaches and in turn Duke's Coaches are Active in communicating and having meaningful exchanges with these College Coaches that has translated into a College Matriculation Rate of OVER 94% with the Duke's ELITE High School Players since our Inception.
Duke's Lacrosse Club Stands alone in the Lacrosse Industry for not only the QUALITY of it's Player's but also for the RESPECT the Club receives from College Coaches. The Club's Knowledge, Experience and Direct/Honest Approach to Recruiting where a Boy and his family come FIRST is what sets us Apart. Just ask past Player's/Alumni like TUCKER DURKIN, JORDAN WOLF, NIKO AMATO or MATT RAMBO and Remember at the same time that Duke's Lacrosse Club is NON PROFIT AND NO FEE so there are No outside Interests to Influence the Club Experience.
HOW DO I JOIN DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB?
As a Player and Family, JOINING DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB is a Big Decision, a Big Commitment and an Important Life Decision. Your Choice of Duke's Lacrosse Club will not only Guide you now but it will Shape you're Future Path to a College Education and Define you Academically, Socially and as a Lacrosse player. Please Review the process below for Joining Duke's Lacrosse Club as you Embark on the Journey of a Lifetime.
To Join the Duke's Lacrosse Club, you must First review the FULL Duke's Website @ www.thedukeslacrosse.com . Next, Carefully Review who we are Link by Link paying Extra attention to the Duke's Mission Statement so you Understand not only who we are but what we stand for to Insure that Both you as a PLAYER, you as a PERSON and your FAMILY Understand the Importance and Structure of the Duke's Lacrosse Club.
We are not a FIT for Everyone so make sure you truly want to be apart of our Club/Organization. These Comprehensive Links Describing who we are will answer all your Questions and prepare you and your Family for the Incredible Experience that is DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB.
In Particular, the LINKS of WELCOME, HOME and ABOUT US are very Specific in Describing the Importance, Understanding and Expectations that Players, Parents and Family's alike need to Embrace as you Review what it means to be a Duke's PLAYER and a Duke's FAMILY. Please review these Links Thoroughly.
Now that you are Ready to Join the Duke's Lacrosse Club, please download, Complete and Mail the Duke's player Information sheet @ http://www.thedukeslacrosse.com/app/download/4655215/DUKES_Player_Information_ .
This Form can also be found on the Link of thedukeslacrosse.com - Players/Player Forms .
MAIL IT with an Introduction Note to:
Coach Ebe Helm
38 Ridley Ave.
Aldan, Pa. 19018.
In your Introduction Note that Accompanies your Player Info Sheet, Describe WHO you play for BOTH Club and High School if Appropriate,WHERE or from WHAT AREA you come from and Play and Provide a Basic Schedule of your Practices, Tournaments and Events so that if Possible, we can have a Coach come out to See you. The last item in your Note should Include a short Statement as to why you and your Family would be a GOOD FIT for the Duke's Lacrosse Club.
Now that you have the Completed the Administrative Processing Part of JOINING DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB, let's look at the Opportunities and Time frames where you can COMPETE and be seen/Evaluated. Your First Opportunity is at the beginning of the Summer in June when Duke's Elite High School conducts EVALS which are Evaluations of all current Duke's players as well as any New Player's like yourself who want to be seen and evaluated. This is the First Tryout Opportunity you will have to come out, meet coaches and Compete to Join Duke's. These Evals are Open not only to New Players like you but they also Include Duke's player's who are Rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade players. You can be an EARLY AUTOMATIC ADD to Duke's Elite High School Roster of player's from these EVALS.
The next opportunity to be seen and Evaluated by us is in the Fall when we conduct BOTH TRYOUTS and the RICKY WHELAN DEVELOPMENTAL CLINICS and TRAINING SESSIONS that Dukes Lacrosse Club sponsors. The First Tryout and Clinic sessions begin in the last week of August before Continuing thru September and into October. These Clinics are not only Teaching Tools thru the Multi Training Sessions provided but they also serve as Evaluations leading into Tryouts that are a Great Opportunity for players to be seen by the Duke's Coaching Staff. Information Specifics as to Dates, Times Location and Cost will be Posted on the Duke's website links and Publicized via Media and Social Media Outlets. College Coaches Like Dave Pietramala of Johns Hopkins, John Tillman of Maryland, Jim Berkman of Salisbury, Kevin Cassese of Lehigh and many other Notable Coaches Speak at the Clinics. In addition, Based upon Performance, these Clinics serve as a Valuable Function and Vehicle for Players to be Selected as AUTOMATIC ADDS in advance of Tryouts and the Tryout process so there is Significant Value on many Levels for Players and Family's to Attend. If you are Unable to attend the Developmental Clinic Sessions or the Tryout at the end of the Clinic Sessions then make sure you Communicate by emailing coach Ebe Helm so we have your Information on File and can Look for other potential opportunities to See You.
Please Review our link on the Ricky Whelan Clinics @ thedukeslacrosse.com - Ricky Whelan Clinics
Hopefully you now have a Full Understanding of how and what it means to JOIN DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB.
It is an EXCITING moment and Opportunity in a young man's Life.
Good Luck and Best Wishes as you start you're Journey with Duke's Lacrosse Club.
PLEASE DESCRIBE WHAT EVALS DO, WHO THEY ARE FOR, WHY THEY ARE IMPORTANT FOR ALL PLAYERS IN DUKE'S AND OUTSIDE OF DUKE'S ; AND HOW EVALS ARE SO IMPORTANT IN EVALUATING PLAYER'S AND THEIR LEVEL OF ABILITY?
EVALS are the First thing we do to start the Summer season as players come out of their Spring High School Season.
EVALS serve Multi Functions in:
--Seeing All of our Duke's Players and how they have Progressed and Improved.
--Selecting and Finalizing our Duke's 1 Team for the Summer.
--Seeing the next Incoming Class of Rising 9th graders and doing EARLY AUTOMATIC ADD PLAYERS for that New Incoming Class.
--Seeing New Players from ALL Age Groups who come out to be Evaluated so these Evals Act as Tryouts as well.
--Lastly, All of our Duke's Elite Coaches and many Regional Program Coaches are present to Evaluate plus we use these 2 Days of Evals as both Training Sessions and Teaching Sessions as we go into the very busy Summer Tournament Schedule.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB PROGRAM?
There is NO ANNUAL FEE OR COST to Participate in the Duke's Lacrosse Club Program. We are UNIQUE AND A ONE OF A KIND PROGRAM in the Club Lacrosse Industry and the Answer why is very Simple; WE DON'T USE OUR DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB TO MAKE A LIVING OR GENERATE INCOME.
We are a NON PROFIT CORP and that is Extremely Valuable to Player's and Family's because that means there is INTEGRITY and No Outside Interests can Influence our Decision Making. Boys and Family's ALWAYS come FIRST and We Never Require our Duke's Players to Purchase any New Gear, Helmets, bags or other equipment. Players and Family's are however Responsible for their Costs Associated with Transportation, Hotel and Meals etc.
IF THERE IS NO FEE OR COST TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB PROGRAM THEN WHAT COSTS ARE ACTUALLY ASSOCIATED WITH PLAYING ON THE CLUB BECAUSE IT CAN'T BE TOTALLY FREE?
Great Question. Player's and Family's are Responsible for Purchasing their Uniform Pieces when they Join Duke's Lacrosse but thereafter, they only PAY AS THEY PLAY for Tournaments, Clinics, Practices, Playdays and Events they Participate in.
We do however have REGIONAL Duke's programs that Feed into Duke's Elite High School and they are FOR PROFIT Developing, Practicing and Training players to Compete at the Elite and National Levels for all age Groups. Those Costs Vary by area and Team with Each program and Program Director Communicating Specifics of ALL Costs when you Join.
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE AND LEVEL OF TEAMS FOR DUKE'S LACROSSE; HOW DO I KNOW WHAT LEVEL TEAM I WILL BE ON AND PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT THE NATIONAL TEAMS ARE VS REGIONAL TEAMS?
Duke's Lacrosse Club's Structure is Defined by it's NATIONALS & REGIONAL Programs. These Programs compete at both the AA and A Levels of Competition and have Continued to GROW the Duke's Brand Both in the Ages of it's Players and in the EXPANSION of these NATIONAL & REGIONAL Programs that now number Over 14 States and Over 150 Middle Schools and High Schools.
The Duke's NATIONAL & REGIONAL Programs currently Include Duke's Elite HS, Duke's Nationals, Duke's Young Guns, Duke's Mainline, Duke's Virginia, Duke's Chester County and Duke's Florida. A New Start Up Duke's Program is expected to begin Shortly with Duke's Central Pennsylvania while Multi other venues are submitting Prospectus' for consideration.
Each NATIONAL & REGIONAL Program has it's Own Stand Alone Incorporation, Territory to Operate; and a Mandate to Develop Young Men Starting in 3rd Grade thru 12th Grade of High School except for Duke's Elite High School (9th grade-12th grade) & Duke's National's (3rd grade-8th grade).
DO I HAVE TO BE FROM A CERTAIN HIGH SCHOOL OR COME FROM A CERTAIN AREA/TERRITORY TO PLAY FOR DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB?
No. We are Talent Based and NOT Age Based or Area Based.
Our Teams do Feature many of the Best players from the Greater Del Val area of Southeastern and Central Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Jersey and Northern Maryland and beyond and in fact we have players from 14 States and Over 150 different Middle Schools & High Schools so we are very Diverse. In short, we don't care where you are from or if you go to a public or private high school. Politics are not a factor, only talent and character. We pride ourselves on how many high schools are represented on our roster.
DOES THE DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB HAVE A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR BOTH THEIR PLAYERS AND PARENTS?
Yes. Our Code of Conduct is described in Multi Links of this Website and it is Reviewed and discussed in Detail with player's and Family's alike on our Orientation Conference Calls and in our Orientation Meetings. The club reserves the right to part ways with players once it has been determined that they or their parents have disrupted the well being of the team and or the overall program. Habitual and demonstrated lack of commitment in the opinion of the club may impact playing time, future consideration for team membership and could result in discharge from the organization. All coaches, players and parents are expected to exhibit and promote the ideals of good sportsmanship. Failing to do so may result in discharge from Duke’s Lacrosse Club.
WHO ARE THE DUKE'S COACHES AND CAN WE VIEW THEIR COACHING BACKGROUND AND GENERAL QUALIFICATIONS?
We are committed to providing the best coaching possible. Our coaches have years of experience coaching at all levels of lacrosse. We do not use parents or recent college or pro players without significant coaching experience. See our coaches links for a list of coaches.
DO I GET TO CHOOSE TO PLAY IN CERTAIN TOURNAMENTS OR AM I EXPECTED TO PLAY IN ALL TOURNAMENTS?
If you make Duke’s, you are expected to play in every tournament that we ask you to play in. Communication is key. Because of our success, Duke’s players are frequently contacted by other club programs to participate in events. Should another program invite you to participate in an event, you must check with us first to make sure that there is no conflict. This is CRITICAL. You must ALWAYS COMMUNICATE BEFORE you ever
Commit to Participating with another Club . If you Fail to Communicate then it is Grounds for Dismissal from Duke's. Also, after you become COMMITTED to a College, you are still expected to Join your Teammates at every Level they are Participating in to Promote THEM & the Duke's Lacrosse Club.
I HEAR THAT DUKE'S PLAYERS DO NOT GET AN EVEN AMOUNT OF PLAYING TIME AT EVENTS, IS THAT TRUE?
Playing time is based on competition and on field performance. No one is entitled to specific playing time because of who they are or where they play high school ball. You will receive invitations to various recruiting tournaments hand-picked by our highly qualified coaching staff. These tournaments are selected for their competitiveness and college exposure.
In short, No one receives a "Participation Trophy" . We are Competition
Based, Talent Based over Age Based; and we have a Depth Chart that decides how playing time is Determined.
DO THE DUKE'S PRACTICE?
Duke's Elite High School Teams do not have Regular Practice sessions. They Practice minimally but do Utilize their Ricky Whelan
Developmental Clinic Sessions in the Fall as a Primary means for Training and Implementing/Inputting Defensive and Offensive Schemes. A DUKE'S Day has also been added to
better coordinate basic schemes and it has now become an Important Training Tool in Fall Sessions leading into the Fall Recruiting Season. The Duke's National's Program
Incorporates a System of Monthly Mini Camps held on College Campus' up and down the East Coast to Evaluate, Train and Practice.
Their Training and Efforts at Developing players at the Youth Level is 2nd to NONE.
Mean while, all of our Duke's Regional Programs Including Young Guns, Mainline, Virginia, Chester County & Florida can be lost in the Shuffle of Duke's programs just
a little bit not receiving the Recognition they are due but they all have INCREDIBLE COACHING and Significant Training with Regular Practice Sessions that do both Individual Position
Specific Training and Team Training Sessions.
These Regional Duke's programs are the "Heartbeat" of our Duke's Organization sending Youth Players to Duke's National's and putting in the hard work at the Youth Levels that
creates the Opportunity for players to Excel when they reach High School/College Age that in turn may Allow them to one day reach the ULTIMATE in Lacrosse which for our Duke's
Lacrosse program translates into having the BEST PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY in MATT RAMBO WIN the Tewaarton Trophy.
Our Duke's National's Program and our Duke's Regional Programs are hard at work to make it happen AGAIN !!!!
DO THE DUKE'S REALLY HAVE A DEPTH CHART?
Yes. We are completely transparent about where you stand, in many ways like a college program. Unlike many other club programs, you do not only play with players in your graduating year. Our rising sophomores do play together in events in the summer before their sophomore year. After that, our players all compete for spots on Duke’s 1 and Duke’s 2 and are selected solely based on ability. We also participate in events for those rising juniors and rising seniors who do not make Duke’s 1 or Duke’s 2. The top Duke’s rising sophomores will also be considered for Duke’s 1 or Duke’s 2.
IF I MAKE DUKE'S, DO I HAVE TO PLAY FOR YOU THROUGHOUT HIGH SCHOOL?
You do not have to, but we expect that you will. Once you make the Duke’s high school program, you do not need to try out each year. With open tryouts and a transparent depth chart, every player faces the possibility that an improving or new player passes them. You have to get better every year.
HOW DOES DUKE'S HELP GET ME RECRUITED?
We have an annual recruiting session open to the public where we instruct you how to effectively communicate with coaches. College coaches work very hard to find the players that fit what they need in their respective programs. If you are a good player, they will find you. If you have specific schools you want to check out, let those coaches know about your interest. They will investigate you as a player and as a person and let you know if you are a fit for their school and their program. We have built our reputation and relationships in the lacrosse community through years of consistently providing a well respected program with honest communication with college recruiters.
DOES THE DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB OFFER INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION?
There are members of the Duke’s coaching staff that offer individual instruction. Individual lessons are set up by the individual coaches and are not run through the Duke’s organization. Individual lessons are not an avenue to the Duke’s; they are an avenue to improving a player's game. The members of the staff that offer individual instruction are: Coach Rob Forster, Coach Jack Forster, Coach Tucker Durkin (Defensemen), Coach Mike Dolente (Faceoffs), Coach Matt Mackrides, Coach Lou Gonzales, Coach Desi Gonzales, Coach Niko Amato (Goalies), Coach Joe Proud (Defensemen), Chris Mandarino (Defensemen), Evan Bohner (Defensemen). Coaches’ contact information can be found on the coaches links.
WHAT AGE DOES DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB START?
Duke's Lacrosse Club is made up of Both Regional and National Age Boys Programs that all begin in 3rd Grade and go up to 12th grade. Exceptions are the Duke's National's and the Duke's Elite High School.
National's are 3rd Grade to 8th Grade only and Duke's Elite High School is 9th grade to 12th Grade Age Boys only.
ACADEMICS & RECRUITING...
You will find several links regarding NCAA Academics, Rules & Regulations and the college recruiting process in our links section of the web site.
HOW DOES A PLAYER & FAMILY DECIDE TO RE-CLASS OR DO A POST GRAD (PG) YEAR?