Toronto, ON – Rock Elite League tryouts are set to begin on Tuesday, September 17th at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) and the coaches have been announced for each age group for the opening season of play.
“It was very important to have some of the best players in the world coaching in the Rock Elite League,” said TRAC Owner Jamie Dawick. “The league provides an excellent opportunity for top level minor lacrosse players to learn from the best.”
The league is targeted towards “A” caliber lacrosse players who are committed to playing competitively throughout the fall and winter and bringing their game to a new level. Players on “B” and “C” level teams are also encouraged to tryout as all players will be selected based on their performance at the tryout.
Junior Coaches: Stephan Leblanc (Toronto Rock), Patrick Merrill (Toronto Rock), Pat Campbell (Toronto Rock Goalie Coach), Mike Lines (Former Minnesota Swarm Head Coach), Blaine McCauley (Halton Hills Jr B Head Coach) and John Ferchat (Mississauga Jr B Head Coach).
Midget Coaches: Jordan MacIntosh (Minnesota Swarm), Jason Noble (Projected 1st Round 2013 NLL Draft Pick), Ryan Benesch (Buffalo Bandits), Dhane Smith (Buffalo Bandits), Bob McMahon (Calgary Roughnecks Assistant Coach), Mark Baldini (Vancouver Stealth Eastern Scout) and Shawn Cardy (Burlington Jr A Assistant Coach).
Bantam Coaches: Garrett Billings (Toronto Rock), Scott Johnston (Toronto Rock), Shawn Williams (Buffalo Bandits), Ryan Dilks (Edmonton Rush), and Chris Corbeil (Edmonton Rush).
Peewee Coaches: Dan Dawson (Rochester Knighthawks), Andrew Suitor (Minnesota Swarm), Sean Holmes (Toronto Rock Strength & Conditioning Coach), Rob MacDougall (Former Burlington Jr A Assistant Coach).
Novice Coaches: Jonny Grimes (Mimico Midget “A” Head Coach), Cam Watts (Oakville Jr B Assistant Coach), Mike White (Former Oakville Jr B GM).
ROCK ELITE LEAGUE INFO
Players are asked to register in the age category they competed in during the 2013 Ontario Lacrosse Association playing season. The league will begin with a tryout in each age category September 17th through to the 19th. In order to participate in a tryout, all players will need to complete an online registration form by visiting www.rockeliteleague.com. The cost to tryout is $10 and will be held as follows:
Tuesday September 17th
PEEWEE (2001-2002) 7:00pm – 8:30pm
MIDGET (1997-1998) 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Wednesday September 18th
BANTAM (1999-2000) 7:00pm – 8:30pm
JUNIOR (1992-1996) 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Thursday September 19th
NOVICE (2003-2004)* 7:00pm – 8:30pm
*Players born in 2005 are welcome to tryout
Selected players in all divisions will then attend a combine, much like the NLL Combine, for a 90-minute session on Saturday, September 21st:
NOVICE 10:00am – 11:30am
PEEWEE 11:30am – 1:00pm
BANTAM 1:00pm – 2:30pm
MIDGET 2:30pm – 4:00pm
JUNIOR 4:00pm – 5:30pm
The league’s professional level coaching staff will assess the players and draft them to create evenly balanced teams prior to the opening week of play, Monday, September 23rd.
Rock Elite Leaguedivisions will play on a fixed schedule at the TRAC. Each team plays one game per week over a 20-week period, with an additional game on a Saturday added once every 4-5 weeks (24 games in total not including semi-finals and finals).
REGULAR DAYS OF PLAY
Novice – Saturday
Peewee – Tuesday
Bantam – Wednesday
Midget – Wednesday
Junior – Monday
The cost to register is $750 and fees may be paid in two installments. The first amount is due upon selection to a team and must be remitted prior to the first game. The balance is due by December 1, 2013.
For more information on the Rock Elite League, please visit www.rockeliteleague.com.
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