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BALTIMORE – As part of a revamped tryout process, player applications are now being accepted on USLacrosse.org for the 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Team. Interested candidates can apply for consideration to be invited to try out and will be evaluated by a selection committee including the current U.S. Women’s National Team coaching staff, led by Ricky Fried.
Candidates must be current members of US Lacrosse through the end of tryouts, and must pay the $50 application fee and complete and return the completed application to US Lacrosse by Sunday, April 20. Candidates must also be 18 years of age or older and be a U.S. citizen. On Wednesday, April 30, invitations will be extended to approximately 80-100 players to attend tryouts, which will take place from June 13-15 at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
After the three-day tryout in June, approximately 36-40 players will be selected to the 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Team, which will train as part of the lead-up to the 2017 FIL Women’s World Cup in Surrey, England. Ultimately, 18 players will represent the U.S. as the team goes for a third consecutive and eighth overall world title.
The new application process is a change from previous U.S. teams, which have traditionally held an open first round of tryouts at the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament, presented by Harrow and HLA, on Memorial Day Weekend. The U.S. women’s team will continue to hold exhibition games at National Tournament going forward in 2016 and 2017, with U.S. Under-19 women’s tryouts and exhibitions schedule for 2014 and 2015, respectively.
“This is an exciting step for us,” said Nathaniel Badder, US Lacrosse director of national teams. “It makes our tryout process more efficient and, we hope, more effective. Furthermore, it moves this team’s tryout process in line with those of our other three teams.”
Tryouts for the 2015 U.S. Women’s Under-19 Team are also scheduled for this spring and summer. Players interested in trying out for the U.S. Women’s U19 Team can find more information on the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament homepage.
For more information on the U.S. Women’s National Team, visit uslacrosse.org/teamusa. Follow the team on Facebook at fb.com/uslacrosse, on Twitter and Instagram at @uslacrosse and use #USAWLAX.
Champion is the official apparel sponsor of the U.S. women’s national teams. deBeer is the official equipment sponsor of the U.S. women’s national teams. Marriott and Nationwide are official sponsors of the U.S. National Teams Program.
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