2023 Fall Program
All Practices Now at Norfolk Collegiate. Open Tryouts for High School & Youth Teams Begin Sunday, September 3.
The longest-running travel program in Hampton Roads, the Tidewater Patriots provide committed lacrosse players reasonably-priced, elite instruction from outstanding, veteran coaches. The mission is simple: help boys become the best that they can be by actually teaching them -- and the results are tangible: the Patriots are the most successful travel program in the area, with dozens of program graduates having gone on to successfully compete at the college level. Over twenty Patriots graduates are presently competing at the NCAA Division I, II and III or MCLA levels.
The Patriots primary focus is on player development and the perfection of skills and lacrosse IQ. Patriots teams typically conduct 8-12 two-hour practices over the course of each season with all sessions being overseen by program director Chris Swanenburg. A former Division I head coach, Swanenburg brings 20 years of NCAA coaching and recruiting experience to the Patriots and has developed future All-Americans and professional players alike. Many of the best players in the region (and the majority of Tidewater All-Americans) have come through the Patriots program and Coach Swanenburg's connections have opened doors at the college level for tens of players.
Two youth teams are planned for the fall of 2023 with tryouts for 2028/29 and 2030/31 teams to be held on September 3. Tryouts for two high school teams (Showcase & Tournament) will be held the same day. Whereas the Showcase Team consists of the most experienced and talented players in the the region, the Tournament Team caters more toward promising younger high school players. Both teams attend recruiting events.
As necessary, additional evaluations will be conducted on September 10.
Youth team practices will be held every Sunday morning, beginning on September 3 and running through October 22. The high school teams will also practice every Sunday morning, starting September 3 and concluding October 29.
All practices (regardless of team) will be held on artificial turf fields at Norfolk Collegiate in Norfolk.
The tournament schedule for the youth teams will be as follows:
The high school teams will participate in the following tournaments:
The cost of participation, which includes all practice sessions and tournament entry fees, is as follows:
Regardless of team, for insurance purposes, all boys interested in trying out for the Patriots must be members of USA Lacrosse. They must also submit both a registration form and a non-refundable tryout fee of $25 prior to being considered for the Patriots. Upon receipt of these items, a confirmation email with greater details will be sent.
For further information, or should you have any questions regarding the evaluation process, teams or program, please contact Coach Swanenburg at (443) 690-7683 or at email@example.com.
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