The Project Missouri Stars program is the core offering of our club, providing the highest quality coaching and competition to the State’s most elite lacrosse athletes. Our Star programming is designed to help dedicated players reach their goals through lacrosse. We achieve those goals through our year long model that places players on a team with a dedicated staff as well as training and tournaments throughout our calendar year.
The Project Pipeline
Outlined below is the Project Pipeline. This is provided to better educate current and prospective families and what they can expect for tournaments for each team and what the path up the ladder is for players who value themselves as someone who expects All-State recognition and/or to use lacrosse as a vehicle for college enrollment.
The Project Pipeline starts in our youth school programs and increases in opportunity as the boys enter into high school, where the added pressures of varsity sports and college enrollment begin. The Pipeline creates a refined process for players from St. Louis to develop and experience success locally while also providing opportunities for increased level of competition for the players who excel.
Project Missouri St. Louis
Project Missouri St. Louis is the core of our program and consists of the Stars travel teams our families have grown accustomed to over the last decade of success. It is focused on providing training and tournaments throughout the year, promoting individual growth and fostering relationships amongst boys around the metro. The type of player who makes Project Missouri St. Louis is one who is, or will earn, team captain of their varsity team and all-conference accolades or higher.
Project Missouri State Team
For players who are in full status with our Project Missouri St. Louis teams, and who are deemed to be the top athletes and players, there will be 1 State Team event per year in the Summer. Expectations are that players are asked to support this team on a per-event basis with an estimate of 10 players from St. Louis and 10 from Project Kansas City making up each graduation year roster. The type of player who makes the State team roster is a team captain, all-state player, and one looking to use lacrosse as a vehicle to college at any level.
For players who are in full status with our Project Missouri St. Louis teams will have an exclusive opportunity to try out for Project Midwest. Project Midwest (https://projectmidwestlacrosse.com/) is one of the top 10 National Team programs in the country and the unification of the top 8 travel programs in the Midwest with total player enrollment in the 1000s amongst all clubs combined. Each club will nominate 1-3 players per age group to represent their team. That means we will nominate 1-3 players to represent the State of Missouri on Project Midwest and for those players to play in the very best national level tournaments. The type of player who makes the Project Midwest roster is an all-american player looking to play high-level college lacrosse.
Launching in 2022-23 for boys at the 5th-8th grade age levels, The Circuit Powered by Nike (https://lacrossecircuit.com/) is lacrosse's only AAA national team event series. Composed of the top 10 national teams from the US and Canada, The Circuit is designed to provide structured competition for national teams to compete against other elite programs. Project Missouri players have the exclusive pipeline in Missouri to try out for the Project Midwest teams competing in The Circuit. This is the highest level of youth lacrosse in America and will conclude with the top four teams advancing to the Circuit Final, which takes place during Memorial Day weekend in conjunction with the NCAA Men's Final Four.
The Selection Process
Project Missouri will host annual evaluations in the Fall and supplemental evaluations in early Spring in order to build their Stars travel teams. We use the following criteria to select our players.
We look for multi-sport athletes who not only excel in lacrosse, but also other athletic endeavors.
Our players are expected to be active in their local communities and captains for their community lacrosse programs.
Not only should our players be committed to their teams, but also to using lacrosse as an integral part of their identity.
Stars players bring an unmatched level of compete to all aspects of life, refusing to lose. This level of compete drives players to excel in the classroom, on the field, and in the boardroom.
The Stars player is expected to progress in a way that backs up their Project Missouri status by acquiring All-State awards during their high school careers. This is the culmination of their commitment to development, leadership, and their community.
Our players will receive age-specific lacrosse development throughout the year that includes technical training, positional development, and team practices. Our practices are intense and often put players in positions to fail forward.
Project Missouri provides the tools, knowledge, and resources needed to navigate the waters of college recruiting and higher education enrollment. We have NCAA level coaches on staff and decades worth of recruiting experience to find the best fit for your son.