The US Lacrosse National Team Development Program (NTDP), an initiative to provide high-level training for the nation’s top young players and expand the talent pool for the U.S. national teams, will move to a virtual application process for the first round of its evaluations for the 2020 cycle.

A series of 26 regional tryouts, held in conjunction with the Premier Lacrosse League and Women’s Professional Lacrosse League were scheduled to have begun last month, but due to postponements and cancellations of public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was not feasible to utilize those events for the first stage of this year’s program. All US Lacrosse events through June have been canceled or postponed.

Interested participants will be directed to an online application where they will provide background information, coach references and upload video clips that will be evaluated by the NTDP staff. That application will be released in the near future and will be available on the NTDP web site.

The virtual application was also a part of last year’s process for any players who were unable to attend a regional tryout in person, either for personal or financial reasons or because there was not a tryout in their region. In 2019, there were 53 virtual applicants and 23 of those applicants were invited to the national combine. Ultimately, seven of those players made the final USA Select Teams.

For 2020, The NTDP staff will review the applications and select players to be invited to the NTDP National Combine at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md. Applicants will be notified of their status by the first week of July. The boys’ combine is set for Aug. 10-12 and the girls’ combine runs from Aug. 12-14.

Following the combine, 88 players will be selected for the USA Select U15 and U17 teams that will compete during the Team USA Fall Classic Weekend on Oct. 23-25 in Baltimore.

In the inaugural year of NTDP competition in 2019, the USA Select teams competed in the Brogden Cup, sweeping all eight games against teams from Ontario as part of the Fall Classic event. The final four games of the Brodgen Cup were streamed live on Lax Sports Network.

For more information about the program, please visit https://teamusa.uslacrosse.org/NTDP

The National Team Development Program is supported by equipment sponsors Cascade and Maverik Lacrosse and technology from Hudl.