A: Patriot Lacrosse and NJLA have formed Patriot STARS to deliver top-notch instruction, recruiting education and competitive gameplay to thoroughly prepare lacrosse players across the tristate area to play at the next level and for the college ranks.
Patriot STARS will run clinics, camps, training, leagues and travel teams out of their training facility in Ramsey, NJ. With this partnership, NJ Lacrosse Academy and NJLA SELECT are now Patriot STARS.
Patriot Lacrosse will continue to operate its programming and premier club teams, Patriot ELITE, anchored in Morristown, NJ.
Q: Does Patriot STARS offer a travel club team?
A: Yes, Patriot STARS Travel Team, operating out of Bergen County.
Q: What is the difference between the Patriot Lacrosse travel club teams, Patriot STARS and Patriot ELITE?
A:Patriot ELITE is the premier program and is anchored in Morris County. Established in 1998, Patriot ELITE is one of the most established and recognized club lacrosse programs in the country. Patriot’s hallmarks are exceptional coaching, a focus on player development, competitive play, and college placement. Recent graduates include MLL drafted & All American’s Conor Mackie, Yale ‘18, and Jordan Dowiak, Cornell ‘18,
Patriot STARS will answer the need for a highly competitive program - also focused on player development, competitive play, and college placement - based in the Bergen and Rockland County areas.
The combined resources of the Patriot STARS and Patriot ELITE programs will result in a greater benefit to the needs of all lacrosse players and their families who are interested in taking their game to a high competitive level through off-season training and tournament participation.
Q: Who are the Patriot Lacrosse Travel Team Directors?
A: Chuck Ruebling, former Delbarton and Team USA Coach is the director of the Patriot ELITE program. Dale Weingarten, St. Joseph’s Regional of Montvale Head Coach and Rutgers Lacrosse alumnus is the director of the Patriot STARS program. Coach Ruebling and Coach Weingarten have over 50 years of collective coaching experience, overseeing and mentoring high school and collegiate All-Americans, DI, DII and DIII collegians, as well as decorated club players.
Q: How does Patriot differ from other summer travel teams?
A: Patriot Lacrosse travel teams will offer off-season training, empowering our players with not only skill and lacrosse IQ development, but time to train with their travel club teammates.
Patriot STARS and Patriot ELITE will field teams based on:
· Players that possess advanced skills and lacrosse IQ, and exhibit a high level of athleticism.
· Players looking to compete at the highest level.
· Players looking to improve each time they take the practice field.
· Players that display a level of commitment, dedication, passion and desire to become the best all-around lacrosse player.
· Players and families that understand and appreciate the concept of TEAM in an increasingly self-centered society.
Q: Why Patriot Lacrosse versus other travel team programs?
A: Reputation. The Patriot Lacrosse programs are built on our reputations and relationships in the lacrosse community through years of consistently providing a well-respected program for parents and players.
A: Patriot STARS and Patriot ELITE will field one team per grade, attracting a diverse group of great players.
A: Patriot stresses the importance of academics, as well as the importance of a well-rounded athlete that demonstrate character, coachability, sportsmanship, and leadership.
A: Teams are coached by outstanding and reputable coaches who know the game of lacrosse.
A: Teams are challenged by playing against the other top programs in the country.
A: High level recruiting for our high school players. The Patriot Directors will assist players and parents in navigating the college recruiting process, with direct access to college coaches.
A: Alumni consisting of high school and collegiate All-Americans, DI, DII, DIII, and decorated club players.
Q: Where are training sessions and practices held?
A: Patriot STARS Summer and Fall training will take place at St. Joe’s Regional HS in Montvale, with winter training taking place at NJ Home Field Advantage in Ramsey, NJ. Patriot ELITE Summer and Fall training will take place at the Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ, with winter training taking place at a location in Morris County TBD.
Q: What is the tryout structure?
A:There will be an open tryout for all players trying out for Patriot STARS and Patriot ELITE the week of July 9, 2018. The top players will be invited to a second evaluation. Final team selections will be decided following the second evaluation.
Q: How do I try out for the Patriot travel teams?
A:Patriot STARS and Patriot ELITE will have joint tryouts in Bergen and Morris County. Both programs are looking for serious players who work hard, play hard, and possess the qualities to be part of a highly competitive team. They are passionate about lacrosse and are committed to attending every practice and every tournament. To guarantee a tryout spot, players must register at www.patriotlax.com. Walk-in registrations are on a first come first serve basis and cannot be guaranteed a tryout as we limit the number of players per grade trying out.
A:One team for grades 4th-11th for Patriot STARS and one team for Patriot ELITE, each consisting of approximately 22 players per team (2 attack lines, 3 middie lines, 2 defense lines, and 2 goalies). Older teams may have additional specialty players (ie face-off, LSM).
Q: How will my son know if he made the callback tryout? How will he know if he made the team?
A:All players registered will receive an email listing callbacks and players selected.
Q: What if my son does not make the team?
A:The reality is everyone cannot make the team. If you do not make one of our teams in a particular season, you are still eligible and encouraged to try out in following years. In addition, Patriot Lacrosse provides clinics, small group and private lessons throughout Northern New Jersey and the tri-state areas. If your son is serious about developing his skill level, we encourage him to enroll in clinics or lessons and to try out for next year's team.
Q: If I am a Patriot ELITE player or current NJLA player do I have a spot next year?
A:No. Open tryouts occur every year.
Q: What is the travel team fee?
A:The player fee includes off-season training sessions, and everything needed to participate in the season – uniform package, coaching staff, field rentals, practice supplies, insurance, tournament fees, helmet decals, bumper stickers, and College Recruiting Services. (We do not require players to purchase any new gear, helmets, or bags.) Not included in the fee is transportation, lodging, food, and camp tuition if applicable.
Q: How much is the College Recruiting Program?
A:For high school players, we include our recruiting services at no additional cost. We include SportsRecruits Account, Hudl Account, a discount to AthletePrep, and most importantly an open door to consultations with our staff who have helped countless lacrosse players fulfill their dream of playing college lacrosse.
Q: What is the refund policy?
A:All fees are non-refundable. When you accept an invitation to a Patriot team you also accept the financial responsibility of the team fee. The team fees are established on the number of players we accept each season. Every player’s team fee goes toward the club expenses. Sadly, even in the event of an injury we still have relied on that player’s team fee in the budget. We have partnered with mycampprotector who will protect your investment for a small premium.
Q: How many tournaments will Patriot attend?
A:Both Patriot STARS and Patriot ELITE will attend four tournaments. The high school teams may attend one team camp where an additional fee is incurred.
Q: What commitment is required to play for the Patriot STARS or Patriot ELITE travel club team?
A:Recommended off-season training focusing on core skill and lacrosse IQ development, and mandatory June-July practices and tournaments.
Q: My son plays for a town/rec team; does Patriot Lacrosse interfere with his season or other fall/winter sports?
A:The best athletes are multi-sport athletes. Patriot Lacrosse encourages players to participate in multiple sports; lacrosse training dates are scheduled to allow players to train off-season while avoiding conflicts with other sports and rec/town team participation.
Q: Can I play for more than one club program?
A:Absolutely not, all players committed to Patriot Lacrosse are required to attend all practices and tournaments; participation in other programs can result in conflicts.
For additional information, or if you have questions on the Patriot Lacrosse travel teams, please email: