Oct 2, 2017

Organization to host first ever Upstate Winter Shootout in February

Jr Knighthawks 17.jpg(October 2, 2017)… The Rochester Knighthawks are proud to offer local players the opportunity to play in an elite box lacrosse program this winter. The three Jr. Knighthawks teams will receive world-class training and compete against clubs from around the country in two USBOXLA-sanctioned tournaments.

The Jr. Knighthawks will hold tryouts for their PeeWee (5th/6th grade), Bantam (7th/8th) and Midget (9th/10th) teams on Monday, Dec. 18 at Turf Time in Pittsford and on Saturday, Dec. 23 at Connors & Ferris Field at The Blue Cross Arena.

There is a $25 fee to try out for the Jr. Knighthawks. The tryout fee is waived, however, for individuals participating in the Knighthawks Fall Training Program. Please click here to register.

The Jr. Knighthawks will be coached by current Knighthawks players, including Brad Gillies and Luke Laszkiewicz, as well as other box lacrosse experts in the area.

“I can’t wait to build on the success we had with the Jr. Knighthawks this past summer,” said Gillies, who serves as the Knighthawks’ academy director. “We took great strides this summer competing with really tough competition in Canada. I'm excited to keep taking steps forward to becoming an elite box program.”

The Jr. Knighthawks will play in two tournaments, which includes the organization’s first ever Upstate Winter Shootout on Saturday, Feb. 3 and Sunday, Feb. 4. The three teams will also compete in a national tournament, with details coming later in the week.

Once the rosters are finalized, the teams will begin the first of five practices on Sunday, Jan. 7 at Turf Time. Training sessions will be on Sundays between 1:00 and 6:00 p.m. at the facility located at 3750 Monroe Ave. #100. Practices are also slated for Jan. 14, Jan. 21, Jan. 28 and Feb. 11.

Each selected player is required to pay a $349 team fee, plus a $45 USBOXLA membership fee, if needed. The premium team package consists of five practices, two tournaments, Jr. Knighthawks Under Armour® shorts, Jr. Knighthawks helmet decals, and four ticket vouchers for Knighthawks games.

Below is a complete list of tryout dates and times:

Tryout 1
Monday, Dec. 18 at Turf Time (3750 Monroe Ave. #100)

PeeWee: 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
Bantam: 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.
Midget: 8:30 to 9:45 p.m.

Tryout 2
Saturday, Dec. 23 at The Blue Cross Arena (100 Exchange Blvd.)

Midget: 1:00 to 2:15 p.m.
Bantam: 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
PeeWee: 3:30 to 4:45 p.m.

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