SPARKS, Md. — US Lacrosse has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to lacrosse entities interested in partnering with US Lacrosse to run regional trials as part of the National Team Development Program (NTDP).

The NTDP will serve as a vehicle for US Lacrosse to provide an extended pathway to the U.S. National Team program via identification and development of promising high school aged lacrosse athletes. The NTDP allows US Lacrosse to create a pipeline of potential Team USA athletes to compete in elite competitions, while also creating an opportunity for lacrosse athletes around the country to be exposed to holistic elite-level training and development and pursue national team recognition.

The three primary goals of the NTDP are to:

  • Identify and prepare athletes capable of integration into the U.S. National Team system
  • Provide opportunity for regional and national engagement of high school players and coaches to achieve consistency in training and coaching
  • Broaden the reach of the US Lacrosse National Team brand

"Our National Team Development Program is multifaceted,” said Natalie Wills, senior manager of the NTDP. “We're looking for the dreamers and the doers, those high school athletes who aspire to play for Team USA, and want to take their game to the next level. With a goal of having lacrosse in the Olympics in 2028 in sight, the NTDP is an exciting first towards finding the future athletes of Team USA." 

To help find and develop these athletes, US Lacrosse is seeking a partner to help conduct NTDP regional trials in 2019.

NTDP programming, at all stages, will be led and delivered by the top coaches and elite lacrosse athletes in the country, including current and former Team USA players. The goal is to have trials for boys and girls aged 13-18 in eight regions.

The RFP will remain open from Nov. 5-15. A complete copy of the RFP is available upon request. For those who have an interest in reviewing and responding the RFP, please contact Natalie Wills, Senior Manager, National Team Development Program at Proposals must be received by Nov. 15, 2018.