ACES TRAINING ACADEMY

ACES Academy is the Sacramento Valley’s premier lacrosse training organization. ACES Academy consists of bi-weekly training sessions designed to enhance skill, athletic ability, and lacrosse acumen. No detail is too small when it comes to developing a player’s game. ACES Academy features the most experienced coaching staff in the region; ACES Academy staff consists of college coaches, current and former professional and NCAA players, and some of the top area high school coaches and has over 500 years of combined coaching and playing experience.

 

ACES Academy members are coached in bi-weekly training sessions, they participate in local games, and they have the potential to play in local tournaments.  Academy members have the opportunity to be selected for ACES Elite teams which participate in regional west coast tournaments.  The highest performing members of the Academy may be selected for the Pinnacle team which attends the top recruiting events in the country.





Are you interested in joining the ACES ACADEMY for training in the Fall 2022 but can't make out tryout?


Please register for a group assessment and we'll coordinate a time for evaluation.


ACADEMY 2022 FALL SCHEDULE


Weekly Practice


Sundays: 8am-10am
Stone Creek Field, Rancho Cordova

Teams attending:  U10, U12, U14


Mather Sports Complex

Teams attending: All High School Teams (2023, 2024, 2025, 2026)

Fall Tournaments


Oct 29-30: SB Fall Brawl (Santa Barbara)
Teams attending: U14, JV Impact, Varsity Open


Nov 5-6: Vegas Showcase (Las Vegas)
Teams attending: JV Elite, Varsity Open, ACES Wild

Nov 19-20: Turkey Shootout (Petaluma)
Teams attending: U10, U12, U14 Academy, HS Academy

Dec 3-4: National Cup (Oceanside)
Teams attending: ACES Wild


Dec 10-11: Gold Rush (Petaluma)
Teams attending: U12, U14, JV Impact, Varsity Open, HS Academy


Jan 21-22: Kings Showcase (San Francisco)
Teams attending: U10, U12, U14, JV Impact, JV Elite, Varsity Open


TEAM

  • Small sided team concepts to maximize repetitions

  • 6v6 Samurai style games

  • Settled and Transition team play dynamics

  • High repetition play to ingrain concepts at game speed

OFFENSE

  • Teaching the fundamentals of passing with correct form from various release points

  • Catching the ball with appropriate grips in tight, mid range shallow cuts, coming up field below goal line extended and posting

    up top. Catch the balls with soft hands and deep or catching in front and keeping in front to avoid a trailing defender.

  • Dodging approaches & options coming coming out of the dodge as well as dodging off the pass with an approaching defender.

  • Swing passes or one more feeds

  • Taking off ball inventory

  • Finding cutting lanes or skip passing lanes.

  • Offensive communication.

  • Shooting techniques from different release points.

  • Odd man situations to identify the 2 on 1

  • Man up offense-Small sided games.

  • Riding affectively.

  • Ground Balls

  • Creating slickness via multiple stick handling progressions

  • Learning to utilize stick fakes to freeze slides, shift defenses and misdirect sticks in passing lanes

DEFENSE

  • Defensive positioning, footwork and approaches.

  • Off ball positioning.

  • Defensive toolbox checks and bumps.

  •  Man down defense

  • Getting sticks up in passing lanes.

  • Sliding the correct way and teaching how to make contact the correct way

  • Being a threat to pass, feed and shoot.

  • Creating slickness via multiple stick handling progressions

  • Defensive communication.

  • Ground Balls

  • Small sided games.

  • Odd man situations and reads.

GOALIES

  • Goalies will work on positioning, baiting, stance, not giving up rebounds, communication, outlets, playing small sides games to work on stick skills and footwork.

FACE OFF AND WING PLAY

  • Stance, reads, outs, wingmen adjustments, listening for calls from sideline, shooting, feeding, passing, defensive toolbox building to be confident if they get stuck on defense. We will also cover the cat and mouse game of substitution.