Concept/Philosophy:

The Madlax Rippers Team combines clinics with weekend outdoor modified lacrosse games. The clinics act as the practice and are a fun, instructional, intermediate clinic where emphasis is placed on improving individual skills and basic team concepts. Games are cross field and 9v9 which is ideal for more touches of the ball and rapid skill development! 

Clinic/Practice Format:

Mondays are 60 minute sessions that typically include 30-40 minutes of individual or small team skill drills followed by 20-30 minute games or fun team competitions. 

Our fun clinic skill stations followed by games format has proven to engage the players even though they are quite young. It is the goal of Madlax coaches to instill a love for sports through this lacrosse league. We want every player to leave RIPPERS loving lacrosse and wanting more! We will provide the best instruction and safe learning environment for young, aspiring athletes. Focus will be placed on having fun, safety, teaching and showing proper individual skills for each camper.

We will teach specific individual skills and basic team concepts like dodging, shooting, defense. We will incorporate 1v1's, 2v1's, 3v2's to teach transition and ball movement. We will play games that keep them moving and play modified scrimmages. We utilize fun competition in small and various group drills to teach specific aspects of the game. Occasionally Madlax will reward one "Player of the Day" who exemplifies great attitude and effort for the session. This is a small part of the exciting CASE Initiative that can't start too young for future Madlax All-Stars! This award goes to the camper who shows the best effort that day, asks great questions, hustles, and proves to the coaches that he/she wants to get better while having fun! 

Games:

We will play outdoor lacrosse. Everyone plays all positions forcing players to play offense, defense, transition, draw controls and even goalie.  In spring and fall we play outdoor 7v7 or 10v10 field games.

Pre-Travel Team:

Rippers is Pre-Travel and will prepare your daughter to eventually be part of Madlax All-Stars, a top travel program for girls in the country, which generally starts in 4th grade although some elite 2nd & 3rd graders have played up.   

Who Can Play?

All K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grade Girls who have played at least 2 seasons (Madlax clinics count) are welcome to register and play. We will also invite players from the clinic who coaches feel are ready. This Rippers team is for experienced and qualified athletes who are able to pass and catch most of the time. K & 1st graders must show the skill ability and have the size. 

Experienced Madlax All-Stars Coaches will oversee and coach this team in practice/clinics. Parents have choice to have their daughter attend one practice, whichever is more convenient, during the week in VA, MD or DC.

So, again, RIPPERS is pre-travel lacrosse team for girls. If your daughter proves she is outstanding on this Rippers Team she will be invited to tryout and play for the Madlax-Capital All-Stars travel club team that competes in a local elite spring league and in summer & fall tournaments! Madlax-Capital All-Stars are the premier travel program for girls ages 9-18 in the greater DC area. If, after watching your daughter play if she is not ready for Rippers, we will refund you that portion and she can attend clinics only. 

Play With Passion - Madlax Director, Aubrey Whittier