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.


2022 SUMMER ACADEMY &
TRAVEL TEAM TRYOUT 




Are you interested in joining the ACES ACADEMY for training in the summer 2022 but didn't make it to our latest tryout?


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


ACADEMY 2022 SUMMER SCHEDULE


Weekly Practice


Tuesdays/Thursdays 6pm-8pm
Stone Creek Field, Rancho Cordova

June 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30
July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28


Summer Tournaments


June 11-12: Battle of the Bay

Teams attending: 2024s, 2026, 2027, JV Elite, U12, U10

June 18-19: Lake Tahoe Summit Classic

Teams attending: U14, U12, U10

June 18-19: Hot Shots

Teams attending: Varsity, JV Elite

July 9-10: Grapevine Classic

Teams attending: Varsity, JV, 2026, 2027, all Training Academy players

July 22-23: Robin Hood Skirmish

Teams attending: 2026, 2027, U12, U10

July 23-24: West Coast Showdown

Teams attending: U10



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.