TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 5/30/18
Registration remains open for the iD Showcase on June 18-19 at the at the National Sports Center Stadium, Blaine, MN.
ConnectLAX, which will be filming the event
The iD Showcase’s purpose is simple: to connect highly competitive lacrosse players in the Midwest with some of the top academic and lacrosse programs in the nation.
The iD Showcase makes college coaches from all over the country accessible to Midwest players through recruiting, on-field instruction, and recruiting education. Held at one of the top athletic facilities in the Midwest, all sessions will be held on brand-new turf fields at National Sports Center Stadium.
All games will be filmed by ConnectLax. In addition, players and parents will have the opportunity to hear from coaches at the Recruiting Seminar and Recruiting Roundtable.
ConnectLAX did this interview with event director Bob Dignazio.
iD Showcase is one of the best recognized showcases for players across the Midwest. What keeps so many players and college coaches coming back year after year?
Dignazio: “The iD Showcase’s combination of timing in the summer schedule and high level of play have made it a top destination for Midwest players. It is strategically scheduled immediately following the Minnesota state championship, so it’s the earliest possible showcase that MN players can attend. This allows college coaches to identify players as early as possible in the summer, so they can begin the recruitment process before late June / July. It attracts the top talent in the upper Midwest, as you can see by the types of schools players have committed to in the past. We’ve had players offered spots immediately following iD, which has been rewarding. We also attract a range of Division I and Division III programs, both from the East Coast and Midwest, so there’s a school recruiting for every player competing.
How has the location, venue and format of iD Showcase helped drive its growth, its clearly been able to attract a lot of college coaches from top programs?
Dignazio: “The location has been an important detail for me, and we’ve improved it each year. This year, we’re at one of the top amateur sports facilities in North America: the National Sports Center in Blaine. We’ll be playing on two brand-new, side-by-side turf fields in the NSC Stadium. This is the same stadium that hosted the MLL Championship a few years ago, but has undergone major renovations since then.”
Can you tell us a little about your application process and the network of HS and Club coaches you leverage in selecting players to attend?
Dignazio: “High school and club coaches have been very honest evaluators in informing me as to who are the best fits for this event. We want guys who are not only good players, but work hard, are coachable, and will benefit most from this event. Space is limited, so we have to be selective regarding the quality of players attending.”
What do you recommend players focus on when preparing for showcases and tips to stay loose while playing in front of a sideline of college coaches?
Dignazio: “It’s just a game with the same rules they’ve been playing their whole lives. Prepare physically and skill-wise beforehand, be coachable and bring great effort and attitude, and take away a handful of things that your coaches advised you work on this summer.”
What criteria do you recommend players and parents consider when evaluating which showcases or recruiting events to attend?
Dignazio: “The top factors are timing with your club team schedule, location, what schools and programs will be on staff (and are they realistic possibilities for you), the track record of the event, and whether there is still emphasis on skill development and coaching in addition to recruiting. At iD, we have a 4:1 player:coach ratio, every coach who travels hours to be here is excited to coach, and we have recruiting education sessions – both regarding D1 and D3 – that help inform our players and parents about the recruiting process.”