Below is some more information and questions that are frequently asked in regards to the PENNSYLVANIA ROUGHRIDER teams.
- Who are the Roughriders?
The Roughrider Lacrosse Club is committed to providing the very best lacrosse experience on and off the field, all while developing each athlete and guiding them to be their very best! The Roughriders are owned and operated by Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE), the leader in sports marketing and event management. CSE produces and owns numerous high profile events throughtout the country, among them are the Baltimore Running Festival, the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, IWLCA Girls Lacrosse Recruiting Series, Baltimore 10-Miler, IMLCA National Cup, and more! Teams are offered in the youth and high school age divisions, and selected through open tryouts each Fall.
- Am I required to attend all Roughrider tryout sessions?
It is highly recommended that all players interested in making a team attend all tryout sessions. Tryouts are OPEN to all eligible players with no roster spots guaranteed. Missing a tryout session may adversely affect your chances of making a team due to lack of evaluation.
- What is included in the Roughrider Club Tuition?
The following are included for the 2017/2018 seasons:
- Fall (2016) Tournaments: 2 -3 tournaments depending on age and level, 4-5 practices on Sundays.
- Spring (2017) Club Leagues (YOUTH ELITE ONLY): approximately 8 games in the spring, Sundays in Conshohocken, PA. There are no practices scheduled for the spring.
- Summer (2017) Tournaments: 3-4 tournaments for the Youth. 4-5 tournaments for High School depending on team. 2-3 local. 1-2 travel along the East Coast. Teams practice 10-12 times (twice a week leading up to tournaments.)
- Practice Fields: In the past we have utilized both West Chester public fields and Malvern Prep fields for practices.
- Skills Training: In addition to practices, players will have access to position specific skills training and clinics (offense, defense, face-off, goaltending, and more) throughout the winter and preseason months of January and February. We are working on a full curriculum for developing our players.
- Gear: We offer the best gear/uniform package out of any club! Package changes yearly but includes a tank top reversible uniform pinnie, game shorts, shooter shirts, & socks. Previous years players received items such as UA Cleats, UA Hoodies & fleece jackets. CSE and the Roughriders have established strong relationships with Under Armour, Cascade and other industry leaders to provide the very best gear and equipment.
- Where do you practice?
Last year we utilized both Lambert Park in West Chester and Malvern Prep in Malvern PA for our practice facilities.
- What tournaments do you participate in?
Our teams participate in the top recruitment and showcase tournaments for elite players in the country. This past year we participated in the IMLCA National Cup, NXT Philly Summer Invitational, Crabfeast, Young Guns, Bulldog Brawl, NXT Meltdown, and more! View 2016 Schedule here .
- How much does it cost?
Roughrider club fees for the 2017-2018 season (which include fall, spring and summer activities), are developed custom at each age and skill level, and are dependent on the number and types of tournaments each team participates in. PA Roughriders were extremely well priced last year, costing less than most other full service programs.
- Is attendance at practices and tournaments mandatory?
Attendance is mandatory for the success and development of the player and team. It is expected that players will attend every tournament game and practice unless they have a significant conflicting commitment. Absences are excusable at the discretion of the coach and playing time may be affected. During the spring (youth only) and summer seasons. Roughriders will be the number one priority. During the fall and winter months we understand the conflicts that arise with other sports.
- Will there be practice in the fall of 2017?
Yes, anticipate a number of weekends from September-November. Attempts will be made to not conflict with fall sports schedules.
- When and how much do you practice?
Spring and Summer practices for youth teams will be held 2 times a week, Monday-Saturday. High school level teams will practice following high school competition in mid-May and practice 2 times per week. A set schedule/calendar will be produced prior to the start of each season.
- Can I only play in one season?
We ask that you play all seasons (fall, spring and summer) for youth. High school is summer only. We highly recommend you attend all fall tournaments but understand there may be conflicts with fall sports.
- Who is coaching my team?
The Roughriders are comprised of an amazing staff with backgrounds from all levels. Each team will consist of a full time staff (minimum two) as well as being supplemented with positional coaches, former Roughrider greats, and current college players. View 2016 Coaches here
- How are teams organized?
Teams are organized by high school graduation year (grade based) from HS 2019, 2020, 2021 and youth 2022-2026.
- How many teams will there be at each grade year?
Roughriders will have at least one team at each grad year for 2026 to 2019. Last year we had two teams at the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 levels.
- How are teams selected?
Teams are selected through a two day open tryout process in the early fall. Players will be pre-assigned a tryout number that correlates to the evaluation sheet. Coaches and evaluators will put players through a number of drills and game like situations to best select the team.
- Does Roughrider conflict with CCLA or SEPLA teams?
The youth teams will not have practice in the spring time, and therefore will not have conflicts. A team may choose to participate in a special event (playing before a Villanova, Drexel or Penn game, that may cause a conflict. We leave it to the families to determine what they would like to do. Last year, the spring season for Elite youth teams was played on Sundays and did not create a conflict with CCLA or SEPLA.
- Do you have a maximum roster size?
Yes, while we would love to take everyone, it would not be fair. Our younger youth teams keep approximately 20 players while the high school teams will keep somewhere around 25 players. The older you get, the more strenuous the games and more players are definitely needed. Once you are selected to a team, that roster is set, we do not make a practice of bringing new kids in midseason. If you make a team you should expect playing time.
- Why join the Roughriders?
The Roughrider Lacrosse Club has a unique background with local parent and college kids coaching, with an emphasis on learning and fun. With the backbone of Corrigan Sports running the operation, the infrastructure is solid, the management is sound and with the connections at the college ranks the Roughriders have it all. The coaching staff is dedicated to helping all the players improve while making sure all players and families enjoy their time during practices, games, and between games. The Roughriders are known for a family atmosphere with awesome tailgates, parties, and truly building great team chemistry. CSE is known in the lacrosse world for producing the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, along with a number of other highly successful lacrosse events. The relationships and connections built with college coaches, sponsors and other industry leaders have helped the Roughrider brand flourish. Come check out what Roughrider Nation is all about!