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West Coast Starz
About West Coast Starz
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West Coast Starz is the highest level and most exclusive program Starz Lacrosse offers for players. This program prides itself on maintaing rosters with the absolute top players in the West who aspire to play at the collegiate level.
The West Coast Star z z program has been regarded as one of the top lacrosse programs in the country. Inside Lacrosse named the high school boys West Coast Starz Program as the #6 high school club team in the nation . P l a y e r s are hand selected for this team from their Starz Cup teams and Regional Starz Teams and invited to travel to the east coast twice per year and showcase their skills in front of hundreds of recruiters.
The 2013 Summer season marked the 10th year of the WCS programs and we plan to continue to build on the success we've had the past several seasons. We have expanded the MS Teams to be grade specific, added a Youth team, and continue to serve as the feeder and stepping stone to our high school teams. We have also expanded to include a middle school and freshman high school team for the girls. Additionally, we have expanded to include a 2014 team for the g irls
In addition to being a part of this premier team and playing in front of recruiters, players will also receive recruiting advice, consulting, and assistance. The West Coast Starz players and coaches collectively have a network of over 100 college coaches and can assist in finding the right fit for each player. The WCS staff provides resources beyond the time spent at practices and tournaments to help each individual player reach their goal.
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In order to be invited to play on the West Coast Starz team members must fit a certain criteria:
• Players must be a member of a Starz Cup League team (socal) or a Regional Starz team (non socal)
• Players must attend a tryout if there is a tryout provided in their region
Players can be nominated by their Starz Club Directors or Starz Coaches. Nominated players will be evaluated at the Local Starz Events as well as the Regional All Star events including but not limited to the Starz Cup Jamborees, Starz Cup Championships, Adrenaline Challenge, Adrenaline High Rollers, Adrenaline Sonoma Shootout. There will also be regional tryouts for the WCS teams. Players from areas who do not have a regional tryout, will be evaluated at the events listed above. To nominate a player, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
***Please click the links on the left for more information regarding West Coast Starz***
Check out what some of our players & coaches have said about the West Coast Starz!
Starz has a great reputation in the Seattle area, and I knew from others that it was a great way to be seen by university coaches. The discipline that the Starz program has was also very interesting to me. I knew that I was playing with the best locally, regionally and nationally, which I hoped would make me a better player. As I look back, being affiliated with the local and West Coast Starz program was a great decision. I have been able to make a bunch of really good friends and connections through the teams.
Starz played a huge role in my recruiting process because they helped me every step of the way. Without Starz I would have never been seen by college coaches. Starz gave me the opportunity to travel back east to big recruiting tournaments and also supplied the information I needed to get my name out there.
I am so impressed by the level of play among the top middle school clubs out west. I feel Starz is a huge reason for this as every club has excellent coaches and attracts the top talent from a given area. We use the Starz model to grow our players through an emphasis on building the fundamental base and emphasizing the team aspect of lacrosse. The variety of coaches each player is exposed to really helps with their development as well.
-JD Moyer; WCS
Starz had a huge role in my success and recruiting. I cannot even begin to express my appreciation for everybody at Starz that helped me out, especially the Ritz brothers, Scott Hochstadt, and of course Jono Zissi. Without those guys in my corner I think this whole process of recruiting would have been much more difficult. They provided an amazing 2014 West Coast Starz team for me to play on which I feel was a huge contributing factor to my success.
-Jake Seau; Duke University
Starz was instrumental in helping me find the right college program and be recruited. Playing for West Coast Starz was a huge part of that because college coaches watch us play knowing the best players from the west play for Starz Lacrosse. When I was asked to play on the team, it gave me the chance to take my game to the next level and be seen by all the programs that ended up recruiting me. I was lucky to be coached by Coach Zizzi and Coach Mario. My 2012 West Coast Starz team was really talented, and most of the guys from that team have committed to D1 programs.
-Brock Ghelfi; Bucknell
Living in Las Vegas exposure is limited, without the help of the West Coast Starz organization, I would not have had the opportunities to travel and be seen by coaches all over the country.
-Kieran Eissler; Johns Hopkins
My most memorable time playing with the WCS team was playing with and against the top lacrosse players in the world. It was a great experience to measure myself against the east coast competition and assess my strengths and the areas I need to work on. It is an honor to represent the west and try to showcase the quality of lacrosse played out here.
-Justin Anderson; North Carolina
I fell into being the West Coast Starz director 5 years ago and have been heavily involved ever since. It immediately became a passion project for me when I realized the potential of girl’s lacrosse in San Diego. I know that for me lacrosse has been and always will be a huge part of my life. My collegiate lacrosse experience was something that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Right off the bat we had a lot of success and realized we can help girls here pursue their goal of playing lacrosse at the next level. Although we make sure that we’re preparing the girls for the next level, we have a lot of fun with it along the way!
-Sarah Spillett; WCS Director & Coach
I think there are two main things that allow the WCS program to continue to develop and perform at an elite level. One would be the consistency of the staff that they have each year. There are very few changes each year so the coaches are working with the same guys within the same system. Scott, Jono, Xander, and Max have done a great job of making the experience very positive for everyone involved. The culture of the program is very competitive, but it is still a fun environment to work in. Additionally those guys have worked very hard to identify and recruit the top players to be apart of their program.
-Brett Holm; Tufts University Coach
The Starz program has helped me in so many ways to prepare me for college lacrosse. All the coaches, from J.D. Moyer and Toby Boucher in middle school to Hamilton Pollard and Jono Zissi in high school, have helped refine and develop my game into what it is today. The Starz program has also exposed me to stronger competition on east coast trips through West Coast Starz. These trips have allowed me to play against and with some of the best players in the nation.
-Connor McCroskey; WCS
The best part of West Coast Starz is going to the tournaments with the team. The tournaments are always competitive, so it feels great to be able to beat up on them. Also, the team comradery in the Starz program is awesome. It’s cool getting to play with such a skilled group of guys.
-Anthony Abbadessa; WCS
Starz played a huge role in recruiting for me. The Starz program and coaches really helped me figure out what type of player I was, and what I needed to do to get to the next level. WCS was definitely a big part of the reason I got recruited. I don't think I would have been seen by and met all the Division I coaches I did if it wasn't for the West Coast Starz.
-Zack Fixen; University of Maryland
The Starz organization played a HUGE role in getting me noticed by the lacrosse world. I played for both RC and Del Mar Bears, attended clinics, and participated in many Starz tournaments. In addition I was fortunate to be a part of West Coast Starz and was able to compete on the east coast, which offers a high level of lacrosse play. Each of the camps and showcases Starz offered were opportunities for me to show the coaches and other players what I can do with a lacrosse stick in my hands. Without the consistency and support from the Starz family, I don't think I would have been as successful nor had the exposure in lacrosse. The coaching and guidance on and off the field will never be forgotten.
-Sean Doyle; Cornell University
The summer before my junior year was when I started talking to coaches. In retrospect, I wish I had gotten myself out there sooner. Starz Lacrosse gave me opportunities to be on teams that were going to tournaments that college coaches were going to be recruiting at.
-Caroline Boucher; Virgina Tech
Starz (helped me develop as a player by) letting me practice in the off season without the pressure of the high school season. Because it was club I got to try stuff out and it really helped me learn how to play outside of the crease, which is so important when you want to become a better goalie.
-Kellie Roddy; Brown University
Scott Hochstadt, Xander Ritz, Fred Wilmot, and everyone else in the Starz family really helped me with the recruiting process. Without Starz I would never have gotten the looks from colleges that I did, and I am really thankful for everything they did for me throughout the process. They were definitely an invaluable help to all of us in the Starz program.
-Sten Jernudd; Cornell University
(Starz) played a huge role for me; almost all of the schools that saw me play were at the Adrenaline tournaments. Without Starz I would not have gotten the exposure I needed. I played for Arizona Starz (currently called Arizona Burn) with Chris Malone, who is bar none the best coach I have ever had. I also played West Coast Starz for coach Jason Leneau who was key in my development, and also winning in those tournaments.
-Ian Gray; UMBC
Playing with West Coast Starz has been huge in my recruiting process. There is something very cool about playing with 15 kids who play at a similar level and then having the success that we have had and win as many games as we have in front of all those college coaches is just amazing.
I have been contacted by Yale, Princeton, Georgetown, Notre Dame, and Dartmouth to name a few. The trip this past summer to Yale was particularly helpful because I was able to get on Yale's radar early. Then they were able to see me play with West Coast Starz in Maryland which was cool but the best part is that they were able to talk and ask questions to my Starz coaches. I believe Coach Max Ritz, Coach Xander Ritz, and Coach Scott Hochstadt all spoke to them about me. The feedback I have gotten back from the Yale coaches since then has been very positive.
-Bobby Gray; University of Notre Dame
Players who particpate in Starz, have a significant improvement in their game compared to players who only play lacrosse during thier school season. I've been lucky enough to be able to witness players in thier first years of lacrosse develop through Starz Lacrosse annd then be recruited to top collegiate programs.
Cory Coture - Denison University