SPARKS, Md. — The time is drawing near for the next crop of the nation’s top players to chase their dreams of suiting up for the United States. US Lacrosse has announced the selection process for the team that will represent the country in the Federation of International Lacrosse Men’s U19 World Championship in Limerick, Ireland from July 9-18, 2020.

Applications will go live on the US Lacrosse web site on Monday, March 11. All applicants must be active US Lacrosse members and per FIL age requirements, their birthdate must fall between Sept. 1, 2000 (under-19 as of Aug. 31 in the year preceding the championship) and July 8, 2004 (at least 16 on the day prior to the championship beginning).

There is a $50 application fee and the application period will remain open through Wednesday, April 24.

The applicants will be ranked by the current U.S. U19 staff and a committee consisting of collegiate head coaches and recruiting coordinators representing every NCAA Division I conference. A pool of approximately 100 players will be selected to attend the opening round of tryouts from June 21-23 at the National Team Training Center at US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Md.

“With our coaching staff now in place the next step will be selecting our player pool for the first tryout in June,” said head coach Nick Myers. “We’ll have coaches from every DI conference and these coaches, who know the men in the pool as well as anyone, will be charged with ranking every player that applies. Our goal will be to leave no stone unturned and invite not only the very best players from hotbed areas, but also from non-traditional areas. Our game continues to grow at a rapid pace and we have no doubt that the player pool chosen will feature elite lacrosse talent from all parts of the USA.”

During the initial tryout, a selection committee consisting of the current U.S. U19 staff, previous U.S. U19 coaches and high school coaches will select approximately 50 players to attend a second tryout weekend from July 12-14 at the National Team Training Center.

From there, a 30-man roster will be selected to participate in training weekends in November, January 2020 and June 2020 leading up to the world championship in Ireland next July.

Myers, the head coach at Ohio State, is in his second stint leading the U.S. U19 program. In 2016, his U.S. squad rallied for a dramatic 13-12 victory over host Canada to claim the U.S. team’s eighth straight world championship. All-time, the U.S. has compiled a 47-2 record in international men’s U19 competition, winning world titles in 1988, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Myers’ 2020 assistant coaching staff includes Pat Myers (head coach, Lafayette College), Stan Ross (head coach, Oxbridge Academy, Fla.) and Andrew Stimmel (assistant coach, Yale). Tony Resch, a past U.S. team player (1990), head coach (2015 indoor) and assistant coach (2010, 2018 senior) and current assistant coach at LaSalle College High School (Pa.), is the team’s assistant manager.

The U.S. men’s national team trains and plays using best-in-class products provided by Nike (apparel and footwear), Cascade (helmets), STX (equipment), Warrior (equipment), SISU Guard (mouthguards), The Pearl by Guardian (balls) and DJO (sports braces).

In addition to these partners, Greenfields and MedStar Sports Medicine are official sponsors of Team USA. Team training is also aided by products from Motive Pure, NormaTec Recovery and Athletic Republic.