From Press Releases – The National Lacrosse Federation announced today that the NLF Futures Showcase will take place January 16-18, 2016 at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The showcase will bring elite lacrosse players from the U.S. and Canada in the classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021 to train with coaches from the top lacrosse clubs, college programs and professional ranks.
Colleges in attendance are scheduled to include Duke, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Syracuse, Providence, Michigan, Penn State, Cornell, Princeton, Boston University, Brown, Hofstra, Loyola and Penn.
Players will also be coached by pros that include Kyle Hartzell, Mike Chanenchuk, Scott Ratliff, Jordan Wolf, John Galloway, Adam Ghitelman and Kip Turner. Further instruction will be provided by Matt Schomburg (Fogo Lax), Liam Banks (LB3 Lacrosse), Keith Wilford (Wilford Movement), Andy Towers (Former Pro/Ivy League Coach), Jamie Hanford (Eclipse) and Ric Beardsley (Upstate Lacrosse Club) as well as the coaching staffs from the NLF’s founding six members: Baltimore Crabs, Big 4 HHH, Laxachusetts, Leading Edge, Long Island Express and Ninety-One Lacrosse.
The classes of 2020 and 2021 will be invite-only (120 spots each) with the Class of 2019 being an open registration process for the best 200 players. At the NLF Futures event in January, the National Lacrosse Federation staff will select the best 120 players in the Class of 2019 to advance to play at a showcase at Boys’ Latin School (Md.) on June 28-30, 2016.
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce this landmark event to the lacrosse community,” said NLF Director Sean Morris. “Getting the best high school lacrosse players in the world together in Florida in January to train at IMG Academy’s facilities with the game’s best instructors brings together all the best parts of our sport. This will be the No. 1 training event in the country for players in the Classes of 2019, 2020 and 2021.”
Final rosters will be announced in December for the inaugural NLF Futures at IMG event, so stay tuned to NationalLacrosseFederation.com for more information.
“IMG is extremely excited to bring such elite lacrosse to the world’s best sports venue,” said IMG Lacrosse Director Bill Schatz. “The NLF has a proven track record of bringing in the nation’s top talent to their events and we can’t wait to make NLF Futures the best to date.”
If you are interested in attending the event for the 2020 and 2021 classes, please email a director with a highlight tape or personal recommendation from your club/town coach:
New England and West Coast: Sean Morris – firstname.lastname@example.org
New York and The South: George Breres – email@example.com
New York and Canada: Mike Chanenchuk – firstname.lastname@example.org
New Jersey and Rocky Mountains: Marc Moreau – Marc@Leadingedgelacrosse.com
Pennsylvania and Midwest: Billy McKinney – email@example.com
Maryland and Southeast: Ryan McClernan – firstname.lastname@example.org
About the National Lacrosse Federation
Founded in 2015, the National Lacrosse Federation brings together the six leading lacrosse clubs of the East Coast with the same values, professionalism and love for the game. Working with like-minded programs from around the U.S. and Canada, NLF is focused on running elite events for elite players and teams. Other NLF events include the 2017 Uncommitted Showcase at Tufts Oct. 18, Fall Frosh Tournament in Baltimore on Nov. 1, Fall Individual Showcase in Philadelphia on Nov. 7, NLF Super Summer Series June 11-12 and the Futures Elite Showcase July 12-14 in Boston.
For more information, check http://www.nationallacrossefederation.com/futuresimg or follow NLF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. In addition, here’s a recap from the inaugural NLF training event in July, taking place outside of Boston for dozens of the top middle school players.