Maineiax Lacrosse Club
2019 BOYS TRAVEL TEAMS
Lacrosse is much more than a sport. Maineiax uses lacrosse to build friendships, teach life long lessons, create gateways to college, and provide an experience you cannot find anywhere else. Our travel teams are for elite players looking for more than just pick-up leagues. We practice and train to build fundamentals and game knowledge to become the best players and teammates as possible.
Our mission at Maineiax is to:
- Develop and improve individual players to help them reach their fullest potential.
- Emphasize team play and camaraderie to become better all-around lacrosse team players.
- Play at some of the best regional tournaments.
- Superior organization with consistent and efficient communication.
- High level instruction (college & elite HS coaches) under a model that meets the needs of all ages and ability levels.
- Season dates: Summer (June -July), Fall (September-November) and Winter (January-March)
- Help grow the game of boys lacrosse in Maine
- Have players become more competitive, improve their stick work, be pushed to their full potential and grow their confidence
- Become more competitive against regional and national club teams
- Keep players from the same town together while also exposing them to new teammates from other towns
- Meet the needs of every player in our program
- Encourage school sport and multi sport participation
- Play 100 days of lacrosse per year (includes school and rec programs)
- Participate in league pick up games as opportunity to play with less coaching and structure
- At the MS level, attend US Lacrosse sanctioned tournaments with the goal of qualifying for the US Lacrosse National Tournament (our girls 2023 team has qualified for Nationals this summer!)
TRAVEL DETAILS (2024-2028s*)
- We will offer travel teams for boys graduating in 2024-2028 (rising 4th-8th grades in the 2019-2020 school year). We do not plan on offering high school teams unless there is enough interest from players. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are a high school player interested in a travel team.
- The number of teams is based on the number of players participating. For middle school teams, we typically group teams by grades and skill level. Maineiax reserves the right to alter grade levels for each team based on the players who make it.
- Players participate at 3 regional tournaments during the season.
- 2-hour practices that include individual and team feedback. Summer package includes 12 mid-week practices (includes camp practices) and fall package includes 8 Sunday practices. Winter travel practices TBD.
- Each player fills out a goals sheet during the season and coaches will provide each player with specific feedback at the end of the season.
- All players receive game jerseys and shorts.
- Summer Overnight Training Camp is recommended for all summer travel players. Players will spend two days together at Bates College working together, getting to know each other and having fun! More information can be found here.
- We are constantly evaluating if a player is getting challenged enough or is in over their head. If a player needs to be moved up or down, we will discuss with coaches and parents and move them to a more appropriate age group to ensure their development – even if it’s mid program.
- All players must attend a tryout. Those not qualified to participate in tournaments, will be asked to be a practice player or participate in another Maineiax program as we have a place for every player and offer a variety of programs.
- Each team has team parents who help organize tailgates and hotel blocks at tournaments, weeks and months in advance.
- Maineiax assumes that all travel players will participate in most practices and most tournaments. Players receive even playing time at tournaments, however, a player will get no game minutes if they have not attended any practices.
- We do not prorate costs for missed tournaments or practices.
*We do not plan on offering high school teams unless there is enough interest from players. Please email email@example.com if you are a high school player interested in a travel team.
- Tryout dates (attend one or both):
February 14, 4:00-5:00pm at the MAC
April 7, 1:00-3:00 pm @ the MAC
- All players must tryout and pay the $25 tryout fee at door.
- All players must be registered to try out.
- Players should attend one tryout date but are welcome to attend both.
- Summer travel players have a spot on our fall roster but should try to attend one fall tryout.
We take pride in giving players the best coaching possible, while growing the game in Maine and having as much fun as possible. We take the time to communicate our goals and expectations to our staff while helping them develop into the best coaches and mentors they can be. Our coaching philosophy includes:
- Each travel team has two coaches (mix of college & elite HS coaches) who offer high level instruction under a model that meets the needs of all ages and ability levels.
- Coaches are supportive to players & families while fostering teamwork and player development.
- Coaches are energetic, positive, engaged and present.
- At tournaments, coaches meet their team 1 hour before the first game to set goals and warmup. In between games, coaches meet with their teams to discuss goals met and areas for improvement.
- Coaches send pre tournament emails about goals and also send a short tournament recap about the team’s experience within 48 hours of the weekend.
- Cell phones are only used during practice to keep time for stations, to take video analysis of players or to take photos for the the website and social media.
Practices are in Portland during the week from June through mid-July with tournaments on the weekends. Practice schedule is coming soon!
- All teams will attend 3 regional and/or national tournaments during each season.
- Travel expenses (transportation, meals, hotels, etc.) are NOT included in travel fee and players are responsible for arranging them and getting to tournaments on their own.
- Tournament schedule is below but subject to change.
FALL PRACTICES & TOURNAMENTS
Eight practices (in Portland) and three tournaments are all on Sundays in the fall between September 8th and November 17th.
More information coming soon!
Maineiax is committed to keeping the price of travel affordable to every Maine family. A study conducted in 2017 by TD Ameritrade found that the cost of competitive or elite teams was on average up to $500 per month, per child with over 20 percent of teams costing $1,000 per month. The cost for club soccer teams ranges from $2,500 to $5,000 per year.* We are below the national average for girls lacrosse clubs. The cost for girls lacrosse clubs in New England range from $975-$10,000. Examples of certain clubs in the following states include: NH clubs ($975-$1750), MA clubs ($1300-$10,000) and CT clubs ($1200-$1475) plus tournament fees up to $200 per tournament. *Source: USA Today
The cost of Maineiax travel covers the following: coaches salary, facility fees, tournament fees, training camp, travel gear, and administrative fees. We want all Maine players to have access to our travel teams so if you’d like to apply for a scholarship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Travel Cost:
$999 High School Summer Travel Player (we will only have a HS if there are enough players interested)
$799 Middle School Summer Travel Player
$50 for overnight Training Camp (discounted from non-travel cost $175) *We recommended camp for all summer travel players*
Fall Travel Cost:
$899 High School Fall Travel Player (we will only have a HS if there are enough players interested)
$699 Middle School Fall Travel Player
- A $250 deposit is due at registration and is refunded if the player doesn’t make the team. Full payment is due by June 15th for summer players and October 15 for fall players.
- We offer payment plans, sibling discount and scholarships. Email us at email@example.com to inquire.
- Deposits and partial payments can be paid here. Checks should be mailed to Maineiax Lacrosse Club, 36 Bruce Hill Rd, Cumberland, ME 04021.
- To check your balance and to pay in full click the registration button below.
- Maineiax travel teams are recommended for experienced players.
- We do not offer discounts for missed practices or tournaments.
- US Lacrosse membership is required for all players for insurance and liability purposes, no exceptions.
- Summer Training Camp is recommended for summer players.
- Absences must be communicated beforehand so we can plan accordingly.
The above program is played at the following locations (unless noted):
Deering High School – Leland Street, Portland (outdoor grass fields) for September and October practices
Memorial Stadium – Leland & Ludlow Street, Portland (outdoor Fieldturf) for summer/fall practices
Maine Athletic Complex or “The MAC” – 1173 Riverside St, Portland (indoor FieldTurf) for November practices
Portland Sports Complex or “The Dome” – 512 Warren Ave, Portland (indoor FieldTurf) for November practices