2017 will be our 10th year as the Bay Area's largest and most successful travel and lacrosse development program. Over 250 players participated in our 2016 program, which saw extraordinary success on the field at several important regional and national tournaments.
Team NorCal was started to help give more kids the opportunity to experience very competitive lacrosse, and to challenge themselves to develop as players and as people. We are very proud of what we have accomplished and continue to offer what we think is the best overall program in Northern California.
Our move to grade based teams has proven a success. With the pioneering addition of the 2023 Tides last year (the first U9 travel program in the Bay Area) we will offer 3rd-8th grade teams – 2024, 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, and 2019 teams. This enables players at each grade level to play together as a team consistently - improving team chemistry and performance, and also giving our program more flexibility to enter teams in skill-appropriate tournaments and brackets.
At the High School level, we will continue to sponsor the 9th Grade Platinum team, and our flagship High School Elite and Select teams (comprised primarily of 10th and 11th graders). We will also continue our 2015 team (mostly rising seniors and returning alumni for summer U19 tournaments).
We have standardized on 3 Fall/Winter Tournaments and 3 major Summer Tournaments per team, and are publishing these now well in advance so all families can plan their schedules with them in mind. We expect all players to attend the majority of our tournaments.
Though we have migrated heavily toward a referral model for player evaluation and selection, we also hold fall and spring tryout days.
Why Team NorCal?
Experienced – We created the lacrosse travel team concept in Northern California starting 8 years ago. We are now the largest travel team in Northern California with the broadest range of teams for boys. Many of our coaches have been with us since the beginning, and all are experienced coaches with many years of relevant youth, high school and in some cases college coaching experience. In the last 8 years, we have had over 2,000 players be a part of Team NorCal.
Unbiased – We remain unique in that we do not allow parents to coach or manage any of our travel teams. Our coaches are focused on the development of every player and making the team as effective as possible, not on promoting their son’s playing time and recruiting prospects.
Sustained Performance - The results on the field speak for themselves. We have won 14 major tournaments in the last three years in major regional and national tournaments. We had a 34-9-1 record against other Bay Area Travel teams for 2013. Our 2014 HS Elite team was 38-9 this year playing in 7 very competitive regional and national tournaments. Half of the players in Northern California named HS All American or Academic All American in 2013 and 2014 play for Team NorCal or started their travel team career with Team NorCal. We played in 13 Championship games this summer alone. Take a look at our Parent References. And our College Commitments from our graduating players. We have a strong track record of developing talent. 2013 Team NorCal graduates played on the D2, D3 and JuCo NCAA 2014 Championship teams as freshman in college.
The only year round travel team - Unlike most travel teams, we practice twice a month year round. Teams and players improve only through consistent practice.
Affordable - Our team and tournament fees are probably the most affordable of all Northern California travel teams. We are frankly shocked by the fee structure of some of the newcomers to the travel team market over the last two years. We help many families with the financial costs of travel lacrosse.
Local Commitment – We are here to invest in the development of the sport in the community. We coach the youth and the high school teams – we have 7 High School Varsity Coaches on staff. We built many of the high school programs in the area. We are not just a bunch of professionals travelling around the country giving clinics and teaching trick shots and signing autographs wanting to cash in on their fame. We have been here for many years, have relationships with our families and players, and are committed to the area and the sport.
Family Friendly - Given the investment in time and money made by most families in helping their sons pursue a sport they love, we do our best to make our program and our events family friendly. We make sure we have many family events at our tournaments, so families can get to know each other and enjoy the tournaments beyond just the time at the field. Tournaments can be great family vacations – and we pick great locations to visit. Our Hospitality Tent has a well deserved national reputation - everywhere we go, every wants to eat in our tent!