Dear Players, Coaches & Parents,
In an effort to continue to raise the bar and give ourselves a benchmark, Faceoff Factory and Midwest Top Gun would like to present the Middle of The Map Showdown. Our mission is to provide the highest level combination between expertise and competition. Through gathering the top talent in the Midwest we hope to provide a high-pressure and competitive environment.
The Middle of The Map Showdown will consist of:
45 Mins Faceoff Factory Instruction
Solo seeding (live)
Double Elimination Tournament (70-90 Mins)
Top 4 Players From Each bracket Will Compete in Front of College Coaches On Day 2
Winners will receive STX Lacrosse Prizes
Face-off training will be led by Coach Joe Nardella, Coach Tyler Barbarich, and Coach Casey Dowd.
Joe Nardella is the current Faceoff Specialist for the PLL Whipsnakes and Defender for the New England Blackwolves. Joe has established himself as the top Faceoff Athlete in the world. Nardella is a 2X PLL Champion and led all Faceoff Athletes in every category at the Faceoff Stripe in the 2020 PLL Championship Series. Joe finished with an outstanding 74% at the X, this was 10% higher than the next Faceoff Athlete. In the 2019 season, Joe finished top 2 in every category and #1 in ground balls. Coach Nardella was a standout at Rutgers University where he was named an All-American, an Academic All-American, Big Ten Specialist of the Year, 3x All Conference, and ranked top 5 in the nation in FO win % 3 years in a row. Coach Nardella is also a 2X MLL All-Star and Team USA Lacrosse member. Lastly, Joe notched 5 years of collegiate coaching experience serving as an Assistant at Harvard University and The University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Coach Tyler Barbarich was a four year letterman at the University of Delaware. Before his time at Delaware he was named a USILA High School All-American. Coach Barbarich was a USA U-19 National Team Member, All-CAA Selection, Top 5 in FO% (2014), and a preseason All-American 2015. Coach Barbarich currently serves as the Faceoff Coach at the University of Maryland and is a former professional player for the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
Coach Casey Dowd is a 5-year MLL veteran who has played on 5 different professional teams including the Denver Outlaws, Boston Cannons, Ohio Machine, Dallas Rattles and Rochester Rattlers . Casey is in his 5th season at NESCAC Colby College in Maine where he serves as an Assistant Coach. Casey was a 4-year starter at Siena College where he is the all-time leader in ground balls and faceoff wins. He ranks 6th all-time in both categories and was the 2014 MAAC Specialist of the year.
COVID-19 SAFETY GUIDELINES:
Players are advised to wear a mask. Even while training, we want to protect you and the coaches.
All players must bring their own water bottle to fill. No sharing drinks.
Coaches will practice social distancing as much as possible during on field sessions.
Players should refrain from touching any lacrosse ball with their hands at any time on the field. Sticks must be utilized to move or pick up the ball in all situations.
Why Faceoff Factory?
At Faceoff Factory, our main focus is to ensure that each of our students leave having learned someone and enjoyed their time with us. Over the course of 6 years, we have studied, tested, and developed the best possible curriculum to ensure we are preparing each and every student for success at the x. Our training has proven to establish proper fundamentals faceoff technique that will ensure immediate and prolonged success at the faceoff position.
Coaches: (Free of charge) - Our clinics are always open to coaches, free of charge. We allow coaches to take notes, record video, and ask questions during/following the event. This is a great way for coaches to get right in on the action, learn from the staff, reinforce what their players learn, and further educate themselves.
Time & Dates:
JULY 23RD PRELIMINATIONS
JULY 24TH FINALS
Heritage Soccer Complex
17225 S. Lackman Rd. Olathe KS. 66062
Please direct any questions to Joe Nardella at 315-727-6914 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks and best regards,