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 Important Items 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 DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB OVER OTHER CLUB TEAMS?
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.
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 is Unmatched in the Club 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. Remember, Duke's Lacrosse Club is NON PROFIT AND NO FEE so there are No outside Interests to Influence the process.
HOW DO I JOIN DUKE'S LACROSSE CLUB?
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 HOME/WELCOME 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 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.
In the Fall, Duke's Lacrosse Sponsors a series of Clinics called the Ricky Whelan Duke's Developmental Clinics. 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
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PLAY ON DUKES LACROSSE CLUB?
We are a Non Profit. We do not run the Club For Profit. When you Join the Duke's Lacrosse Club, You Only Pay for your 7 pieces of Uniform. Thereafter, you pay for your share of tournament fees for events that you participate in. There is no annual charge or fee. We do not require Duke’s players to purchase any new gear, helmets, or bags. Players are responsible for costs associated with transportation, lodging, food, etc.
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 REGIONAL TEAMS ARE VS NATIONAL TEAMS?
DO I HAVE TO BE FROM A CERTAIN HIGH SCHOOL OR COME FROM A CERTAIN AREA/TERRITORY TO PLAY FOR DUKES 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 11 States and Over 100 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 DUKES LACROSSE CLUB HAVE A CODE OF CONDUCT FOR BOTH THEIR PLAYERS AND PARENTS?
Yes. This is discussed in detail with new Duke’s players and their parents at the orientation meeting. The club reserves the right to part ways with players because it is determined that they or their parents disrupt 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 and good behavior. Poor sportsmanship and behavior may result in discharge from Duke’s Lacrosse Club.
WHO ARE THE DUKES 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.
I HEAR THAT DUKES 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.
DO THE DUKES PRACTICE?
Aside from the Ricky Whelan Duke’s Developmental Clinics in the fall, we do not have a regular practice schedule. That being said, we recognize the importance of continued play and are developing a practice schedule for current high school freshmen. We do not anticipate regular practices for high school sophomores, juniors or seniors.
DO THE DUKES 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 DUKES 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 DUKES 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) & Dave Page (Goalies). Coaches’ contact information can be found on the coaches links.
WHAT AGE DOES DUKES LACROSSE CLUB START?
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.