Madlax All-Stars Academy is a Comprehensive Elite Lacrosse and Character Building Program for Boys.
Madlax offers a complete all-stars program for boys ages 8-18 in Virginia, Maryland, DC and Florida (usually 2nd-12th graders). Please visit those pages on this site and check out the appropriate seasonal page for information.
The Madlax All-Stars program progression starts with a Madlax Regional All-Stars team that offer 1-3 teams for each graduation year or youth age level. Generally, we offer teams for 3rd-12th graders. Once you make a regional program (Capital, Maryland, Virginia or Florida) the best players in each grade will be recommended and considered for the national teams for each graduation year. We also have partner programs from Texas, Oregon, Michigan and Canada. Then, finally, the pinnacle is achieved if you are recommended and invited to play for the Madlax NATIONALS Team which is comprised of only the best players in any grade from any Madlax regional or partner program.
Play With Passion - MADLAX
Madlax-Capital All-Stars Alumni at Loyola showing off their 2012 D1 National Championship hardware. (Left to Right) Derek Zook '10, Paul Hummer '11, Thomas Robinson '10
Madlax All-Stars Academy lacrosse teams are made up of elite level boys ages 8-18 (3rd-12th graders) from Virginia, Maryland, DC and Florida. Madlax All-Star teams attend national recruiting tournaments and elite level all-star tournaments in the spring, summer, fall and even winter. Madlax coaches and staff all emphasize our C.A.S.E. (Character, Attitude, Success, Effort) initiative in every aspect of our all-stars academy. Madlax is the only lacrosse all-star program in the world that has a dedicated character development segment. We cover college recruiting exposure, advanced skill development, and overall character growth from the 3rd-12th grade years. Madlax has placed over 400 of our student-athletes in excellent academic NCAA D1, D2 and D3 colleges with strong lacrosse programs.
You Should be Proud!
Your son just made a very, very strong lacrosse program and is going to get a lot better this spring and summer if he commits and works hard. He is a talented and athletic young man and has a very bright future. Now that he has made it I want to remind returning parents and inform new parents of how we see your roles ideally in Madlax All-Stars.
Stay Positive and Supportive!
It's an exciting time to watch your boys play on game day and it can be frustrating at times, trust me, we know. All coaches are trained, experienced and understand the game at a high level having played and/or coached at the collegiate level. We have specific training plan and goals within each team. We simply ask that you are always trusting and supportive of the coaches. If you have an issue with a coach please email the directors but never address a coach right after a game or directly.
By being supportive of Madlax and the coaches and understanding and trusting of our process you're helping the boys develop their passion for the game of lacrosse. You are also making it such a more fun environment for them to play in. Although Madlax plays the best players to win in league games and playing time is never guaranteed (read written playing time policy here), we are not a win at all cost club. In fact, it is more important that we are developing the boys skills and overall understanding of the lacrosse while acting in line with our C.A.S.E. initiative. Ideally we are enabling the boys to have fun while they work hard to improve. There is a greater chance of this happening for your sons if you stay positive and supportive!
Don't talk to your son or coach from the sideline.
When the parents scream 'SHOOT!' or 'PASS!' or "Just RUN!" it is distracting and confusing for them. Often times it is just plain wrong and frustrating for coaches. It's hard not to get caught up in it for players this young. It is VERY hard. We get that. We know we even have some parents who have played college lacrosse but even those parents must refrain from coaching and speaking to your sons. Talk with your sons all you want after the game or before but please...NOTHING during the game. Let him learn and enjoy the experience on his own. Also please never stand on the bench sideline or on the endline if possible. We would also strongly encourage you that when you do speak with your son about lacrosse that it is positive and about his effort and attitude more than about plays or mistakes he made on the field. You will burn him out if that is all he hears and he just wont want to play anymore for risk of being scolded in the car ride home. Try to celebrate assists more than goals, ground balls more than hits and being coachable and a good teammate more than anything else.
We understand you are making a sacrifice and taking a lot of time and spending a lot of money in having your sons play Madlax. We take this fact seriously and therefore try to maximize our time with them. The players who commit and attend the most will have the greatest experiences. Thank you for bringing them to every practice and game and taking on these simple roles as a Madlax parent. Please communicate early and often if you have to miss something or be late for academic or personal reasons. We look forward to a fun and very successful season coaching your boys!
ENJOY the Season!
Play with Passion,
All Madlax All-Stars Teams PLAY TO WIN in most games. Playing time is not guaranteed or promised for any player on any team. The coaches have the right to play the best players to help Madlax teams win any game. That said, in high school recruiting tournaments or showcases, Madlax coaches will make every effort to play every player evenly. Also in fall league games Madlax coaches will play everyone evenly in first half but if the game is close in final 10 minutes, the coach can play to win and shorten the rotation as needed. Also there will almost always be a set EMO and MDD team which alters playing time as well. Ideally, Madlax youth (u9-u15) coaches will play everyone in every game and still be able to win a game. Often that can't happen and parents are requested to stay supportive and encourage their sons to work harder in practice to earn playing time. Practices are where the most improvement is made and playing time is truly earned.
Boys can address playing time concerns directly with their coach on their own at any point, but again, never the parents. Boys might ask, "Coach, what can I do or what do I need to do better to earn more playing time?" If parents still want to discuss playing time they may email a regional director 24 hours after a game but should never address a coach on the field regarding playing time.
It is our wish that all parents try to remain positive and support the TEAM your son is on rather than focus solely on his playing minutes. That said, the Madlax directors and coaches understand it is hard to watch your son not play. Please trust that we are working hard in practices to help your son improve and we hope he is as well so eventually he is getting more minutes. We always try to preach that a player who has 1 shift in a game or 15 shifts can have equal impact if you treat every shift as a chance to prove yourself. Finally, practices are where players improve the most and earn playing time more so than in games so emphasize attendance there for your son.
Thanks for your support. Best of luck to your sons.
Play With Passion - Madlax Directors and Coaches
Madlax All-Stars teams are regularly invited to NLF events (National Lacrosse federation) and is an original member of the NSCLA (National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association) which is made up of the top 20 clubs from across the country. Madlax offers a true National Team and a national development program for boys from all regional club teams. Madlax players throughout the country have the opportunity to play on the National Teams in the best recruiting and all-star level tournaments each season, such as The Platinum Cup, Black Card Showcase, UA Shootout, NSCLA, CrabFeast, Crabs Young Guns and more. Madlax offers year round positional and speed workouts that are part of a comprehensive academy program unmatched in the country. Madlax has some of the best coaches in each region who teach the game clearly and with methods that make playing extremely fun, as well as learning the game of lacrosse at a high level. Many of our head coaches have impressive high school or college coaching experience.