"I wanted to let you know how impressed I am by you and your organization. The way you take the time to talk to each player, one on one, and your interest and candor in said meeting is admirable. Our family has been struggling financially since the recession and with a child in college this year, I paled at the thought of the impending lacrosse season, but after another impressive meeting, I know the struggle to keep Brett with you and True is worth it. We are grateful to be a part of the True family and are looking forward to another great season of improvements and fun. Thanks for all that you do!!!"
- Tracy, True Lacrosse Parent
"Friends and family have commented on how much time and money we spend on lacrosse, how far we travel for tournaments, and how much “pressure” it puts on our son. Well, he loves it and looks forward to every practice and game. He loves being part of a team and has met players from all over the suburbs, the state, and the country. He has met older and younger kids from public schools, private schools, and home schooled. He has stood up in front of a group of people and introduced himself. He has learned to pack a bag, take a flight, have a roommate, arrange for a wake-up call, and have a conversation over breakfast. According to him, hotel tag is a major highlight. He has fun winning and has learned from losing. He plays different positions on command, talks to adults, and texts the coaches when he has a schedule conflict. He is too active and busy to get in trouble. He can advocate for himself and congratulate teammates. These are life lessons that he will use for his whole life, long after the laundry room no longer smells of lacrosse equipment. He has said that True Lacrosse is the single most meaningful experience of his childhood. "
- Ingrid Burchfield, mother of George, True Illinois 2020
"In case we don’t see you til fall, I just wanted to thank you and True Lax for the awesome experience my daughter had this summer. She absolutely loved the whole experience. The coaches were great, the tournaments
were well planned and FUN, and most of all her teammates were the best ever. She had the “BEST SUMMER EVER”.
WE have done other Pittsburgh teams in the past, and I always heard comments about team mates, coaches etc. It goes in one ear and out the other, but she had nothing but good to say about everything and everyone. The coaches were tough, but encouraging and took the time to teach and correct with good correction and helpfulness, just not tearing down. The teammates really seemed to gel. They did so much with each other the entire summer, and will be friends for life. I really think the whole concept of traveling/eating/practicing year round together really made this whole experience outshine anything else we had ever been in. I'm sorry that my daughter will be a senior this year and can’t take part in True next year, but we will surely remember fondly her time spent this summer.
I will highly recommend TRUE to anyone and everyone!!!
-Malena, True PA Girls Team parent
“I’ve been playing lacrosse for eight years and have had some pretty good coaches in the past, but no one has elevated my game the way Mike and Jake at True Lacrosse have. They have an amazing ability to diagnose what you’re lacking as a player and correct it. No other coach has really been able to do that for me before. The coaches I’ve had in the past have been quick to tell me what I’m doing wrong, but had no idea how to fix the problem. Jake and Mike are so knowledgeable about the game and every aspect of lacrosse. Not only are they able to tell a player how to advance their game, they are out there on the field showing us exactly how to do it.
"True Lacrosse has also opened up so many opportunities for me as a player. From the UPLAX tournament in Maryland to the Chicago Machine Combine, the opportunities they have given us are awesome. I am receiving letters from college coaches who saw me at a True Lacrosse event almost daily. No high school program in this area can give a player that kind of exposure. With True Lacrosse training players in the Midwest, it will be no time before we will be the driving force of D1 lacrosse.”
-Matt, Illinois high school player
"Coach Gabel's passion for lacrosse is apparent in his fun and effective approach to teaching the game. As an experienced professional player, Gabel knows the game inside and out and is great at sharing what he has learned to the kids he coaches. His enthusiasm for teaching lacrosse is unparalleled and Gabel's love for the game spreads to every kid he teaches."
Coach Phil Vertin and Coach Eric Orndorff have been so awesome since I switched over to True Lacrosse. It was their coaching style and method that really developed my game play and lacrosse IQ to an entirely elevated level in such a short time. Their faith in me drove me to work harder than ever as they helped me realize my potential as a lacrosse player and helped me achieve the skills I needed to get noticed by college coaches.
I really enjoyed playing for Coach Phil and Coach Eric. The teams they coach are fun but still have a competitive drive. Winning is not always the goal. More importantly they have taught me to enjoy playing the game of lacrosse, to develop and fine tune my skills, and to promote a team bond. I will always associate the development of my lacrosse skills to True Lacrosse.
-Logan, True Southside player