As the club season closes, we’re highlighting each club with a few questions and answers about their year. The next team up in our club roundup is Utah Elite 2023.
ULN: Give us a brief introduction of your club.
We are Utah Elite 2023. The team is compromised of players from various teams in the state and in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. We have been playing this year in tournaments for Grad year 2023 and having a lot of fun and enjoying some success.
ULN: What tournaments and trips did your club attend this year?
We attended the 3d Oceanside Hustle in December and the Sandstorm Tournament this past weekend. Both tournaments were held in California and gave us the opportunity to play teams from various parts of California, Colorado, and Arizona.
ULN: What were the highlights of your club’s season?
For a lot of these kids it was their first time exposed to tournaments of this size and getting to see them adapt and play well with one another was the biggest highlight. Sometimes with kids this age you aren’t sure what you are going to get, but these kids worked hard together and enjoyed success. These kids had so much fun being around one another and competing and we hope to continue giving these kids the opportunity to learn to enjoy and have fun with a game that they can love. The tournament Record for us over these two tournaments was 8-2-1, a great showing by a great group of kids.
ULN: What do you anticipate for the high school season/way too early predictions?
Think that this season is up in the air, I think you will have the few teams that are the normal to top, but also going to see some surprise teams and players. Should be a fun and exciting year.
ULN: Anything else we didn’t ask about (tryouts for next season, etc.)?
This program is focused on building excitement at the 2023 level. The players have enjoyed getting to know one another and compete at higher levels than they are used to. We are going to keep these core players together and look to expand into the 2024 and 2025 graduating classes in the future. But right now the focus is on growing the number of 2023 kids and really giving an inexpensive and quality option for players at this age. For us this is about making these players better and exposing a lot of kids to higher levels of lacrosse.