This article appears in the March 2020 edition of US Lacrosse Magazine. Don't get the Mag? Subscribe/join today

Alex Giacobbe won’t soon forget the summer of 2019. The junior attackman from Manhasset, N.Y., suited up for the USA Select U15 team. 

“The experience my son had with US Lacrosse this summer far exceeded our expectations,” wrote Pamela Giacobbe, Alex’s mother. “I don’t think we truly had a grasp on what it would mean to be a part of this team, but you made it a memory that will last forever.”

Giacobbe’s cousin, Maryland freshman faceoff specialist Conor Calderone, qualified for the U.S. U19 training team and hopes to compete this summer in Limerick, Ireland.

“We are so hopeful that he will make the final team,” Pamela Giacobbe wrote. “It will be a fabulous trip for my whole extended family—and maybe give Alex another taste of what could possibly be in his future.”

The US Lacrosse National Team Development Program (NTDP) is a three-phase process for high school-aged boys’ and girls’ players to qualify for U15 and U17 USA Select teams and receive world-class training. The first step begins with regional tryouts that seek to identify the best young talents in the United States.

In 2019, 1,487 athletes competed in 21 NTDP regional trials, put on in partnership with the PLL and WPLL. From those, 300 athletes were selected to travel to the national combine at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md. Ultimately, 88 players were chosen for USA U17 and U15 Select boys’ and girls’ teams that beat Team Ontario at the Fall Classic.

Note: The first three regional events for 2020 are postponed due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Updated schedules for boys’ and girls' tryouts can be accessed via the links below:

Boys' Schedule

Girls' Schedule   

Register for a 2020 regional trial near you. Go to

The NTDP is designed to bring players into the national team pipeline at an earlier age and expose players around the country to elite level training and coaching.

Cascade Maverik Lacrosse is the official helmet supplier and an official equipment supplier of the National Team Development Program, part of a multi-year partnership agreement signed with US Lacrosse in January.