OUR MESSAGE TO THE KANSAS CITY LACROSSE COMMUNITY
Dear Kansas City Lacrosse Players and Parents,
Due to everything going on with COVID-19 and the uncertainty of whether or not recruiting tournaments are going to happen this summer, we have decided to make a contingency plan for this summer’s Team KC program.
Over the past month, we have talked to several tournament directors, college coaches, club coaches, players, and parents. We've gathered as much information as we possibly could on how this virus affects club lacrosse tournaments this summer.
While we don't want to add to further speculation, what we can say for certain is that everyone is waiting for their local and national officials to make statements and decisions relating to COVID-19. Our fate as a lacrosse community, as far as this summer is concerned, hangs in the balance. This much we can say for certain – if tournaments choose to go forward with their operation and the dates don’t conflict, Team KC will be honoring our commitment to attend the tournaments.
However, if tournaments are cancelled or rescheduled to a date that conflicts with other events that our Team KC families have already committed to, then we as a program want to be as prepared as possible. Our mission is to do something Kansas City has never done before. We want to create a legit Summer League that will that would fulfill both a lost Spring season and a Summer of tournaments. This league would be full of the area’s top high school players. This league would focus on player development. This league would be a second to none experience for all involved.
FIRST, LET'S TELL YOU WHAT THIS LEAGUE IS:
Seven weeks with over 50 hours of lacrosse training and development in addition to games
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday practices from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Games Thursday nights under the lights
Four evenly drafted teams made up of the best high school players in Kansas City
Four Head Coaches: Kevin Kelley, Cam McCulley, and Brenden Surface (Rockhurst University) and Mark Blaise (Benedictine College)
Five Assistant Coaches: Wheaton Jackoboice (Notre Dame), Griffin Fries (Marquette) and Robbie Healy, Judge Greenberger and Sam Lindahl (Rockhurst University)
Three certified referees at each game
EACH GAME SCORED AND PLAYER STATISTICS KEPT
Each game filmed and emailed to each player following Thursday’s game
Game Highlights and player highlights from a professional videographer posted to social media on a weekly basis
Top-Notch Uniform Packages from Adrenaline
Risk-Free Payment Schedule: the only payment you make before the league begins is a refundable deposit*
$100 Deposit due at registration followed by four payments of $350 due on the following dates: June 15th, July 15th, August 15th, & September 15th
*Deposit is non-refundable unless league does not happen, in which case the deposit is refundable
Other payment plans are available if you need them. We are willing to work with you and be flexible!
Current Team KC Members will have the travel team/practice squad dues they have already paid applied to the summer league deposit and fees
HERE IS WHAT THE LEAGUE IS NOT:
We are NOT a league where you show up five minutes before a game, put your pinnie on, then play an unorganized scrimmage.
We are NOT a league where your son will come home feeling like his time was wasted.
We are NOT a league where you only play games with no additional instruction.
We are NOT a league where games will be lopsided. ***Teams will be balanced, games will be competitive, and interest will remain***
We are NOT a league where we just supply a jersey, balls, and a field to play on with no instruction and coaching.
We can't do that. We love this game too much and Kansas City deserves the best we have.
SO, WHO ARE WE?
We are full-time college coaches who love coaching lacrosse more than anything. Just like all of you, we had our season ripped away from us. As we sit at home and wait for things to return to normal, our hunger to do what we love grows every day.
Rockhurst University, led by head coach Kevin Kelley along with longtime assistants Cam McCulley and Brenden Surface, has been ranked in the NCAA Division II USILA Top 20 for three straight years. We travel all over the country to play the best teams in the country. We have coached against kids from all across the U.S. and Canada.
We’ve competed against the best programs in the country. In our short history, we’ve beaten nationally ranked programs and we’ve lost to National Champions. We’ve coached against rosters laden with talent from the “hotbed” areas. In 2018, we beat the 2011 National Champions (Mercyhurst University), who had a roster full of New York All-Americans and All-State players. In 2019, on three separate occasions, we lost to the #4 team in the country by one goal (Belmont Abbey in double-OT, UIndy in OT, and UIndy in regulation). And in our shortened 2020 season, we beat #20 Lynn University, who had an All-American from New York, a 2x Maryland Athlete of the Year, and a transfer from Rutgers, to name a few. We compete and win WITH A ROSTER FILLED WITH ONLY MIDWEST KIDS.
Here’s the gist, we KNOW we can help Kansas City lacrosse grow and improve. We know we can help each individual lacrosse player improve their game. If it’s your goal to move up from JV to Varsity, we can help you. If you want more playing time on Varsity, we can help you. If you want to make LAKC All-Metro, we can help you. If you want to play in college, we can help you. If you want to be a better version of yourself, we can help you. This is what we do.
In summary, whether we at Team KC (1) train and go to tournaments, or (2) train and play in summer league games, we promise that we will provide you with the best lacrosse experience possible. We pride ourselves on our passion and care to our coaching of lacrosse. And similar to our goal of building a nationally ranked program at Rockhurst University, it is our goal at Team KC to make Kansas City lacrosse better and we will continue to make that happen.
Team KC Lacrosse
Kevin Kelley, Cam McCulley, and Brenden Surface