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2014 US Junior Stealth Teams Announced

02/10/2014, 9:00am PST
By Kyle Donen

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(Vancouver, BC – Monday, February 10, 2014) – The Vancouver Stealth continue to build and develop some of the best young lacrosse players with the 2014 US Junior Stealth selections. The 2014 US Junior Stealth teams were selected from the top players participating in the Stealth’s highly regarded camps that were held in Washington State prior to the team’s recent home opener. 

Stealth management is deeply committed to growing the sport and developing youth, and ensure that the highest standards are met for the program. Stealth forward, Lewis Ratcliff, is in his fourth season as director of the program. The athletes participating in the Junior Stealth were selected based on their skill and character, as the Stealth are interested in developing players who not only have a strong desire to learn, but who also fit the makeup of the team,

“I am very proud of the US Junior Stealth Program, as an extension of our organization.  We remain 100% committed to growing the game in the region and doing our part to support this through our camps, clinics and travel teams,” said Stealth President and General Manager, Doug Locker.

“The players participating in the US Junior Stealth program have a unique opportunity to travel throughout North America representing not only the Stealth, but the region as well.”

The Stealth along with the NLL are placing a greater emphasis on junior programs for 2014. The expectation is that the competitiveness among programs will continue to increase and help improve the development of young athletes across North America,

“Their skills have improved tremendously and they have become leaders on their respective teams,” said Junior Stealth parent, Meghan Norton.

“This strength has translated to them making and succeeding in elite level competitive lacrosse teams.”

This is a great opportunity for all young aspiring lacrosse athletes who will get to travel to some great locations, make long lasting friendships and compete at the highest level for their age group,

“The US Jr. Stealth program has created great opportunities for my sons by increasing their lacrosse IQ, teaching them to develop relationships with people from different cultures, and linking wellness to delivering results,” said Junior Stealth parent, Kristen Bruner.

The US Junior Stealth program runs for ages:

-              Pee Wee (2002-03) - 11 - 12 year olds
-              Bantam (2000-01) - 13 - 14 year olds
-              Midget (1998-99) - 15 - 16 year olds
-              Varsity - High school elite

The US Junior Stealth will play other elite teams starting with a trip to Denver, Colorado, where they will compete in the Battle of the Box from June 6-8. Then the teams travel to Calgary, Alberta for a Canada Day long weekend tournament (June 28-30) that includes 90 teams from around the world.

In August the teams travel to Irvine, California to compete in the USBOXLA Nationals from August 1-3. Last season the Junior Bantams went undefeated and took home the gold. Finally, the teams will finish off their summer season in Toronto, Ontario as they compete against other NLL Junior programs.

For more details on Junior Stealth and Stealth Game Day Events visit www.StealthLAX.com  

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