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Updated Philly boys’ lacrosse events: Trainings, clinics, leagues, tournaments

Sunday, 14th December 2014

Categories Box lacrosse, Boy's/Men's, Camps, Clinics, Club, Events, High School, Leagues, Recruiting, Tournaments, Training, Youth, Posted 12/14/14

Boys’ Events

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Old School Lacrosse Stick Skills Sessions this winter at The Phelps School. Dates: Dec. 7, 14, 21 Jan, 11, 18, 25 Feb. 1, 8; Times: 11:00 – 12:30pm Session 1, 12:30-2:00pm Session
Registration: for registration or contact us at
While it might seem obvious that the more you have the stick in your hands, the better you will perform, that is not always the case. It is the “quality of the touches” you perform followed by the number of repetitions that makes the difference. Old School box-themed drills are designed to produce high repetitions in game simulated drills while we provide meaningful feedback to players in our sessions. Drills that reinforce quick decision making skills are utilized due to the small operating space and become increasingly complex as the sessions pass.
Old School curriculum is implemented by current Team USA Indoor assistant coach Adam Mueller. Coach Mueller is well known in the region for his skills with player development and after 19 seasons in the NLL (both as a player and a coach) he brings a wealth of knowledge and serious work ethic to the sessions. Sessions are workouts….it is that simple…this is not for the first year player and this is not for goalies.

MSI All Skills Clinic: Ages: K-1st, 2nd-5th, 6th-8th; Sunday December 7, 14, 21, 28; Time 11am-12pm; Prices 150.00; Location:1451 Conchester Hwy (U.S. Route 322)
Boothwyn, PA 19061. Camp will focus on proper technique for ground balls, dodging, the correct way to run, and defend fast breaks. Defensive players will learn how to defend at GLE, proper timing on take away checks, and position defense. Offensive players will cover shooting on the run, time and room, and in tight finishing.
To register visit
Please contact Cory Malampy at if you have any questions.

MesaFever Winter Skills Clinics open to ALL experienced boys lacrosse players in 3rd – 8th Grades. Enrollment is limited; only the first 40 players in 3rd/4th grades, 5th/6th grades and 7th/8th grades will be accepted. Click here to REGISTER NOW!
Players will get:
1.5 hours of stick skills
Focus will be on technique your son may not get from town/school coaches – both Canadian and US skills
300 quality touches per session
Skill developed through repetition and full speed work
Drills will be game simulated settings
Quick touch drill to develop instinct and anticipation
Click Here for dates and location

SKILLs-Starting Kids in Learning Lacrosse, January 6th through March 1st. Held at two locations throughout the Winter: Lacrosse Evolution Downingtown (417C Boot Road Downingtown, PA), Lacrosse Evolution King of Prussia (201 King Manor Drive Suite E King of Prussia, PA). Lacrosse Evolution and their professional staff have designed a training program for young girls lacrosse players, Grades K-4, to introduce them to the game of lacrosse. These clinics are designed to be an introductory course to develop the proper techniques in what we have outlined as the fundamentals of lacrosse: throwing, catching, shooting, dodging, groundballs and individual defense. Training sessions also include live game play and situational lacrosse. Please go to for more information.
Downingtown: Wednesdays from 5:00pm-6:00pm; Sundays from 12:00pm-1:00pm
King of Prussia: Tuesdays from 5:00pm-6:00pm; Sundays from 1:00pm-2:00pm

Developmental Lacrosse Program, at The Shipley School, Session 2, in its gym for boys aged 4 to 9. Dates: Sunday mornings, January 11, 18, February 1 , 8 and 22nd
at Yarnall Gym, Directed and Run by The Shipley School AD and Varsity Head Coach Mark Duncan.
For more information and online registration:
LIL¹ LAXERS – 4-5-6 year-olds, 9:45 – 10:30am fee: $125
No stick or equipment needed. Boys brand new to lacrosse will be taught the basic fundamentals of the game: scooping, cradling, throwing, catching and shooting using the plastic scoop sticks and balls. Lots of fun drills and games will keep them moving through high energy, 45 minute sessions.
BEGINNER STICK SKILLS: 7-9 Year Olds – 10:45-11:45am Fee: $125. Please bring your own stick. No equipment needed. This session is for boys who have had minimum exposure to lacrosse, as well as those with some experience looking to fine tune their stick skills. They will work in small group settings on the fundamental aspects of the game. 3v3 play will be introduced as a fun way to learn game strategy.

Box Lacrosse Training

American Indoor Lacrosse Association “In Crosse” Box Lacrosse Training Academy in January and February of 2015 at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. The AILA was the First Company to Offer Box Training in South Jersey. This Box Academy in Designed for Advanced level varsity players. This camp teaches “In-Crosse” box principles and biomechanics which is the integration and convergence of the indoor and field games designed to teach the correct principles of box to field players.
in Partnership with Braveheart Lacrosse. Questions: Contact Brendan Staudt, Phone: <(610) 684-1100 ext 4397
The Program Offers: 3 to 4 x 120 Minutes Box Integration Training Sessions Per Team; 4 to 5 Round Robin Games (We Will Play Each Other)
Primary Instructor: Johnny Mouradian “Hall of Fame”
Each Varsity Coach will be assigned to a different Team and Participate in the “In Crosse” Box Integration Training and Help Coach During Game Play
Games will be played every Sunday at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ 08085

Winter Showcase

1st annual Lacrosse College Coaches Showcase, December 29, by Maplezone Sports Institute (MSI). This showcase will be a combination of skill testing, sports performance measurement, and live play. Players will have the opportunity to interact with college coaches throughout the day. Skills testing will begin at 9:00 AM and live play will conclude at 3:00 PM. The Lacrosse College Coaches Showcase is a great chance for local players to get in front of college coaches and see how their skills measure up against the competition. Click here to register.

Winter Tournament

Northeast Regional Championships, by Fusion Lacrosse, the northeastern charter member of US Box Lacrosse, December 28th and 29th in Hatfield (Bucksmont Sportscenter). This two-day tournament is designed to put the best teams in one place and determine a champion representing the Northeast region. The top three teams in each division will earn passage into the USboxla National Championships in Irvine California next August. Until this point the regional has been invitation only. Spots have been filled by top field programs that were recognized as also focusing on box lacrosse. While box experience isn’t necessary, it is certainly recommended and the competition will be high. Teams committed include Team 91 (NY), Resolute (OH), Long Island Blues (NY), BLT (MD), Tri-State (NJ), Fusion (Pa), American Revolution (PA), Leading Edge (NJ) among others.
Divisions: 2020, 2019, High School JV (2017’s and below), High School Elite (2015’s and below)
Interested teams please contact tournament organizer Kevin Philibin
More tournament details can be found here:
If your team is interested but lacking box lacrosse experience Fusion trainers may be available to run practices leading up to the regional. *USBoxla rulebook. These are not modified rules, this is true box lacrosse with USBoxla certified referees. Questions? Please contact Fusion founder Steven Holmes

Philadelphia Indoor Lacrosse Championships, by NXTsports, Feb. 7-8, 14-15, 2015 at Feasterville Sportsplex, PA. Philly’s perennial elite box lacrosse tournament features teams from around the country and Canada, for youth, middle school and high school boys. Please contact Robin Baxter for registration information at

Winter leagues

Philly Face-Off League Winter session, meet once a week to not only practice their skills against each other, but receive coaching. In order to be a part of the league you must have at least one year of experience facing-off at a high level for your school or club team. This league is not for beginners. This is an IDEAL clinic for face-off guys who want to compete against other quality face-off players for 90 minutes while receiving individualized instruction if needed. The Philadelphia Face-Off League is run by John Bodnar (Episcopal Academy, NXT Lacrosse) and Mike Dolente (Cabrini College, Dukes). They both have an extensive background in working with some of the best face-off guys in the area and are asking for more guys to compete. This winter we will be indoors at the new Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn. Want in on the League? You can register here.. Click here for an article on profiling the Philly Face-Off Fall League.


Youth Shooting Clinic, by St. Joseph’s University men’s lacrosse, for boys in grades 5 to 8 at St. Joe’s Hagan Arena on Dec. 29. Time: 10AM-12PM, check-in will be at 9:45AM just outside of the multi-purpose room. Price: $60.00. Location: Hagan Arena, The Multi-Purpose Room, Saint Joseph’s University; 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
Please note: Each participant must wear sneakers for the clinic. If the weather is nice, we may use the turf, so please bring cleats too.
Parking: Available in the surface lot adjacent to Hagan Arena located off of 54th Street.
This clinic will focus on teaching and developing the different fundamental movements of shooting. Catch and shoot; shooting on the run; inside shooting, and more! The goal is to provide each clinic participant a substantial number of repetitions and attention from the Saint Joseph’s University coaching staff. Defensemen are encouraged to come. We will not be instructing goalies during this clinic.
Payment: Online registration can be found at Checks can be made payable to Triumph Lacrosse, LLC. Payment can be made at the day of the clinic.
Please contact Dan Keating at for any questions.

Faceoff Clinics by Paul Cantabene, Head Coach Stevenson University, Saturday, December 27 for boys in grades 6-12 at the Field House in Moorestown, NJ starting at 12:00 pm. An Uncommitted Showcase starts at 1pm for players in graduating classes 2016/17/18. The Venue: Field House – Moorestown | Moorestown, NJ 08057 | 856-581-9293
Age Groups: The Faceoff Clinics are open to 6th – 12th grade players, while the Uncommitted Showcase is open for players in graduating classes 2016/17/18. Please refer to the registration page to determine which age group is supported.
Link for registration:
The Instructor: Head Coach Paul Cantabene (Stevenson University) was an All American Player at Loyola, and his career coaching record is currently 156-40. Coach Cantabene was the 2013 D3 National Champion as well as World 2010 FIL World Champion. Coach Cantabene played Professional Indoor Lacrosse & Major League Lacrosse, and previously served as asistance Coach at Maryland and Johns Hopkins. For more information on Coach Cantabene, please visit
Registration: Go to the registration link:
Select either Faceoff Camp, Uncommitted Showcase, Faceoff Camp/Uncommitted Showcase, Complete the requested player information
Coach Q&A:Coach Canatabene and his staff will host a half hour “College Lacrosse Q&A” with area coaches immediately following the Showcase

Goalie Schools

Lacrosse Evolution Goalie Academy 4-week Winter Thaw preseason camp for boys and girls, February, at the King of Prussia location at 201 King Manor Road.
Camp details:
Four Sundays in February (1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd); time: 5-8pm; For Boys and Girls. While at the same time, they will be separate camps (one in film/chalk talk, while the other on the turf, and vice versa); $249 per player; Each goalie needs to bring sneakers/turf shoes, stick, helmet, gloves, chest protector, mouth guard and a cup. If there are pieces you are missing, let us know ahead of time and we can provide them; Contact Dave Page at with any questions!
To register, visit Winter Thaw Registration near the bottom of this page
The camp expands on a successful membership-based Sunday program and is specifically designed to prepare all goalies the upcoming season with your Youth/HS/Club team. The Goalie Academy will be providing new services specifically for this camp, including an individual film with each goalie’s play on it.
This film will be a great tool for goalies to learn from, starting with an individualized film session
highlighting strengths and weaknesses. Furthermore, each camper will have a one-on-one session with a LaxEvo coach to help them set individual goals for the weeks leading into the season, and for the season itself.
Also, all HS-aged goalies will have their meeting with a current NCAA Recruiting Coordinator to help map out an individualized college-recruitment timeline as well. A normal day will include:
Going over their individual film of their play in the cage; White Board sessions covering clearing, defensive principals, and communication; Footwork/Positioning drills; Warm-up shots, focusing on form + technique, to each spot; Live shots, focusing on that day’s shot/theme (Shots on the run, screen shots, 1v1s, bouncers, etc); Stick work, usually developed through full-field play; Communication in live-action situations; End with live shots, which are filmed to go over next session; Each day we will bring in an MLL player/coach or a College All-American as a guest speaker, goalie coach (with a shooting demo!) or guest shooter.

E20 Elite Goalie School for goalies in the graduation years 2017, 2018 & 2019, run by Brian “Doc” Dougherty and Drew Adams. Twenty goalies from each graduation year will be hand selected by “Doc”, Drew and their staff to attend this invite only overnight camp. The E20 Elite Goalie School will take place on July 6th through July 9th on the beautiful campus of Bryn Athyn College, located just outside of Philadelphia. Players will be housed in brand new suites that include kitchens, washer/dryers and most importantly air conditioning. Goalies will be challenged daily by shots from a select group of top offensive players supplied by E20’s partner the American Indoor Lacrosse Association. The shooters will be invited based on their performance at the AILA’s weeklong box training and outdoor shooting camp, which also takes place at Bryn Athyn College on the same week.
Goalies will receive personal training by some of the best goalies to ever play the game. E20’s staff consists of All-World goalie Dougherty (Chestnut Hill College head coach, Episcopal Academy grad), current USA National Team member, New York Lizards and MLL All Star goaltender Adams (Springfield-Delco, Penn State), former Penn State keeper and First Team All American Austin “Sparky” Kaut and former Maryland’s First Team All American Niko Amato. All four goalies have earned multiple All-American statuses at their respected universities.
Coach’s recommendations can be filled out by going to under the horizontal tab of E20 Elite Goalie School. Recommendations and must be received no later than February 1, 2015.
Goalies will receive: Personal Video Breakdown; One–on–One Instruction; Learn the PHLow System; Learning Team Defense; Communication Techniques; Defensive Concepts; Proper Weight Training; Goalie Recruiting Process; Goalie Recruiting Recommendations to colleges;High Level Shots from top high school and college players; Live Demonstrations; Learn the Best Drills from the Best; Proper Stick and Foot Work
Cost: $695. Any questions contact Joe Karpinski at For more information and the bios for the Elite20 staff please visit

Spring Tournaments

Battle of Fort Washington Lacrosse Tournament, hosted by the Upper Dublin Boys Crooked Crosse Lacrosse Club, Saturday, March 7 & Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the SPARK all weather fields in Upper Dublin. The Battle of Fort Washington Tournament will host boys youth lacrosse teams from across the Tri-State area. The tournament will consist of four boys divisions including A1 & A2 (7/8th grade – U15) and B1 & B2 (5/6th grade – U13) teams. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of 2 games with 25 minute running halves. The A Divisions will be played Saturday, March 7th with B Division playing on Sunday, March 8th. Tournament registration as well as additional information can be found at
This preseason event will take place on two all weather turf fields. This tournament is geared toward teams looking to get a fast start to their season, serving as a great opportunity for boys to play equally matched teams in the Tri-State area and prepare for their upcoming Spring season. For additional information on the Battle of Fort Washington Tournament, please call David Kepniss at 215.260.0618 or by email at or Mike DiMartile at 215.990.8880 or by email at

Summer Tournaments

The 13th Annual Evolution Games on June 27th and 28th is a high school, all-star Recruiting & youth tournament taking place in Downingtown, PA. Teams come from across North America: New Jersey, Maryland, Arizona, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, New York, California, Delaware, Ohio, Utah and Connecticut. Over 50 colleges coaches come out for this weekend to scout some of the talented players in the country. This is the best time to attend a tournament since college coaches use this time period more than any other. The 2016 through 2023 grad years will play 3 games on Saturday in a Pool Play format and re-seed for 2 playoff games on Sunday. The 2024 and 2025 brackets will play 3 pool play games and 1 playoff game all on Saturday. Evolution Games is open too all boys teams across the country. Vendors Welcomed as well. For more information please contact Matt O’Neill at or call 610-873-9910. Check out the tournament homepage HERE.

Coaches clinics

The 26th PA Coaches Clinic will be held January 10 and the Cabrini College Student Center Auditorium.
9:30 Continental Breakfast
10:00 Speakers Begin
Gene Peluso Stevens Tech Riding your team to success
Brian Voelker Drexel Practice: Organizations and drills
Taylor Wray St. Joseph’s Framework for teaching defense
Sponsors: Philadelphia Lacrosse Association, Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Coaches Association

Youth programming

Fusion Futures year-round development instruction is a program designed by Fusion Lacrosse, for grades 3rd-6th. Futures mimics the Fusion Elite platform, with development and elite instruction at its core. Enrollment is OPEN. Key Futures differences (from elite) include; enrollment instead of tryouts and a few less tournaments than the Elite teams compete in. Enroll HERE. Schedule and details HERE
Here’s is what you are getting as a Fusion Future team member:
At least 50 hours of development with professional players Kevin Crowley (MLL, NLL, World games MVP) and Steven Holmes (MLL and NLL vet), and High School Coordinators Matt McCormick, Ryan Sankey, and Kevin Philibin. This staff among others works with your sons for every single hour of practice time.
Year-round experience: Futures participates in fall training and tournaments, winter training and tournaments, and summer training and tournaments.
Box Training:Fusion founders; Kevin Crowley and Steven Holmes, have nearly 15 years of professional box lacrosse experience between them. They are experts at teaching and utilizing the box game as a tremendous tool for outdoor success. Learning and developing the box game at a young age is crucial!
Maximum repetitions and proper developmental base: Fusion’s extensive experience has created an atmosphere of practicing and drills that are run at a college level pace yet are FUN for young players and breed a love for the game.
Mini-Camp format: Fusion players practice more, for longer! Check out our full schedule here:
ENROLLMENT OPTIONS: The program has already started but enrollment continues. Enrollment will continue until we reach capacity. LIMITED SPOTS REMAIN. October Next Practice Monday October 20th, first tournament Oct. 25th Brandywine Classic. November (If spots remain) Sign up at 10% off. ALL Fusion futures players that commit to our program will be invited back into the futures program if they are eligible. Don’t miss this opportunity!


Maplezone SI in Garnet Valley offers boys’ private lessons, semi-private lessons, and team training. Our indoor fieldhouse allows us the ability to train regardless of the outside weather. Contact Jeff Murray at for further information.

Lacrosse Evolution Private Lessons and Team Training sessions at both its Downingtown and King of Prussia training facilities. Private Lessons are the best and quickest way to get an athlete to their next desired level and beyond. For more information on these programs, visit the Web site or call (610) 873-9910 for the Downingtown Training Center or (484) 684-7011 for the King of Prussia Training Center.


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