ELEV|8 Sports Institute, is an elite athletic developmental center based in Delray Beach, Fla. It started 37 years ago as the Bucky Dent Baseball School and was recently purchased and re-branded into Elev8. After learning that a local prep school, American Heritage Delray, was using block scheduling to accommodate athletes in equestrian, tennis and golf, we decided to try the model for baseball. In 2011 we launched the full-time residential baseball academy. Players would take their core classes of math, English, social studies, science and language between the hours of 8am and 12:30pm. By 1pm they were on the field focusing on their sport. With the condensed academic schedule and expanded athletic program, players excelled on and off the field. The model maximized their efficiency and the results led us to expand our program to basketball and lacrosse.
This past June we announced the unveiling of our world-class lacrosse training program. The lacrosse program is offered for all levels of players, from the novice player just getting exposed to the game to the professional player looking to gain an edge in performance. The lacrosse program consists of group training sessions, camps, clinics, all-star club teams and a 9-month residential academy will launch for the 2013-2014 school year. The academy is available for players in grades 6-12 and for those who wish to take part in a post-graduate year.
We believe the most important aspect of the 9-month residential academy is college placement. College coaches will be interested in our athletes because they have a schedule that is similar to a Division1 lacrosse program. It helps the athletes to become attractive to a college coach because the coach knows the player has experience in balancing their time and is willing to make sacrifices to spend extra time focusing on lacrosse. After our launch we went on a nationwide search to find the right coach for the academy. We found one locally in Jeff Goldberg who most recently served as Head Coach at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton. He has won 14 State Championships and currently has his win total sitting at 391 games. He has coached 45 High School All Americans and currently has thirty of his former players competing at the collegiate level.
We’re very excited to have a blog on laxallstars.com. We feel it’s the best way to update the lacrosse world of all the exciting things we’re working on. We’ll be posting at least once a week providing insight into our business, academy and club teams.