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AILA’s Senior Immersion Program helps players combine skills from indoor and field game

Sunday, 25th November 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, High School, Indoor lacrosse, Posted 11/25/12
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Canadian Box lacrosse players continue to make a bigger and bigger impact in the NCAA field lacrosse ranks. Now, local college and high school seniors have an opportunity to learn the bio mechanics, principles and tactics of indoor that will assist taking their field game to the next level.

The AILA is running programs at Marple Arena in Broomall and BucksMont Indoor Sports Center in Hatfield. Winter II registrations are open now at

The American Indoor Lacrosse Association’s College/High School Senior Immersion Academy kicked off recently at Marple Sports Arena in Broomall. Week I was a huge success as a total 38 players from Eastern University, Haverford College and Chestnut Hill College attended.

“Our first day taught us the offensive movements, tight space handling, and speed that are necessary to succeed in the indoor game,” said Haverford College senior defenseman Sage Disch, a Lawrenceville School graduate. “I hope to translate these skills into success on the field come spring.”

IN CROSSE (see is AILA’s proprietary system that leverages the integration and convergence of the indoor lacrosse game with the field game.

The AILA is running programs at Marple Arena in Broomall and BucksMont Indoor Sports Center in Hatfield. Winter II registrations are open now at

Developed by Johnny Mouradian, AILA President and Philadelphia Wings Coach and General Manager, IN CROSSE training begins with learning the bio mechanics, principles and tactics of indoor lacrosse. Participating colleges have also included St. Joseph’s and Cabrini.

Establishing a baseline capability and knowledge of indoor lacrosse is essential to integrating the two versions of the sport. Considering many U.S. coaches/players already have a solid foundation of knowledge in the field game, they must elevate their indoor experiences and knowledge before integration and convergence can be achieved. Once the AILA’s indoor system is experienced and understood, the transfer process can be initiated incrementally.

“The box experience through AILA with Johnny and Steve (Holmes) has been extremely valuable to me as a player,” said Chestnut Hill College sophomore midfielder Ryan Hildebrand, a Hatboro-Horsham grad. “From doing the summer program and now the winter program, I have seen improvements in several parts of my game.”

The fast tempo, tighter spaces, and smaller shooting areas helps players with their stick skills as well as their lacrosse IQ. The program has been extremely helpful even with the smallest parts about the game and the skills can be applied directly to the field.

University of Michigan coach John Paul brought AILA to his campus and Mouradian shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with his players.

“This was a great opportunity for our players to get some technique training from a different perspective. Box lacrosse skills translate so well to the field game and Johnny is a great teacher,” Paul said.

The Academy runs for three more Friday evenings, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7 and 14 from 5-7 pm at Marple Sports.

For more information: e-mail Mouradian at or call 925-822-8087.


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