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Updated Philly boys’ lacrosse events: Clinics, tournaments, coaches & referee clinics, tryouts, leagues

Sunday, 5th February 2012

Categories Boy's/Men's, Clinics, Club, Events, High School, Leagues, Tournaments, Training, Tryouts, Youth, Posted 2/5/12

Boys’ Events


Team 302 Tryouts for high school boys (who missed the first tryout in October) will be held Feb 19th from 1-3 pm OR Feb. 26 from 1-3 p.m. at The Independence School on 1300 Paper Mill Rd., Newark, DE, 19711. Players need to attend only one tryout.
Registration must be completed by clicking here.

Tryouts for Team 302 7th grade and 8th grade teams are by appointment. You can contact the youth director directly at to arrange a tryout. Registration for 302 teams can be completed by clicking here.

Philly Boys’ Under Armour Underclassmen Games tryouts, from 5-to-8 p.m., June 13 and 14 at Radnor High. The Philly team will be coached by Brian Samson, who has guided Conestoga to two straight Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) championships. His assistants will be Pat McDonough (Penn Charter), Tom Lemieux (Springfield-Delco) and Mike Friel (former coach at Springfield-Delco).

The 10-team tournament will be held June 29-July 1. In addition to the Philly teams, squads will come from Baltimore, Long Island, Midwest, New England, New Jersey, South, Upstate NY and Washington, D.C. and West. Philly players can come from Pennsylvania or Delaware. Click here to register for the tryouts.


Keystone All-Star Face-Off Clinics, at Ampro Field House, 30 Bunting Lane, Primos, PA, On Super Bowl Sunday, February 5,
Cost: Individuals $30; Teams $100 (up to 5 players)
Youth Clinic 9:00 a.m., Registration begins at 8:30
High School Clinic 10:30 a.m., Registration begins at 10:00
Learn face-off fundamentals, strategies, and game tested techniques from top collegiate, club, and professional players and coaches
Clinic Directors: Doug Ellers – Ridley High School; Jim DeRose – Cardinal O’Hara High School
For information and pre-registration Call or text 610-220-3066; Or email:

The Big Four Lacrosse clinics, for high school players to learn advanced skills, showcase their talent, and build relationships with the coaches responsible for recruiting high school student-athletes, on all 4 Sundays in February (2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26), 1:30– 3:30 pm (12-2 pm on 2/26). The clinics are open to all current high school students (grades 9 – 12), at Cabrini College’s Dixon Field (field turf surface). Coaches from the area’s top collegiate programs are running the clinics. Each player will be assigned an individual jersey in order to assure recognition. The fee for the clinics is $300 for all 4 clinics or $85 for each individual clinic. To register, click here.

The coaches leading the Big Four lacrosse clinics include: Rob Cross (Assistant Coach – University of Delaware), Cory Coffman (Assistant Coach – University of Pennsylvania), Colin Bathory (Head Coach – Haverford College), Jake Plunket (Head Coach – Albright College), Jason Archbell (Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator – University of Pennsylvania), David Page (Assistant Coach – Ursinus College), Brian Felice (Assistant Coach – Cabrini College), Andrew Delaney (Head Coach – Arcadia University), Ted Rawlings (Assistant Coach – University of Pennsylvania), Billy McKinney (President – Big 4 Lacrosse) Eric Gregg (General Manager – Big 4 Lacrosse), and Kevin Coyle (Director of Sales and Communication – Big 4 lacrosse).

Relentless Holiday Series All clinics are held at United Sports in Downingtown. Registration can be found at:
When registering use the code: wtrclinic12 and receive $10 OFF. If you have any questions about the clinic please contact Relentless Lacrosse at

Relentless Holiday Series Clinic 3: New Hand,Presidents Day (February 20)-
• Fundamental stick work isolating the players off-hand
• Passing and catching
• Shooting & Stick Protection
All clinics are held at United Sports in Downingtown. Registration can be found at:
When registering use the code: wtrclinic12 and receive $10 OFF. If you have any questions about the clinic please contact Relentless Lacrosse at

6th Annual LB3/Ward Melville-Style Lacrosse Clinic, hosted by Shipley Lacrosse, for ages 8-to-18, Saturday, March 3rd, at Shipley Farm Fields, Noon-4 p.m., Info at Click here to register:—shipley-school-2012 Brief Description: Liam Banks and LB3 Lacrosse returns to PA for the 6th annual Ward Melville Style Clinic. This clinic is designed to get players one last run before the season starts. Ward Melville Lacrosse has produced top level Division 1 players for years. This clinic will include instruction from Former NCAA MVP’s, National Champions and College All Americans.


Second annual Philly Indoor Lacrosse Championships (PILC) is scheduled for February 11-12 at the Feasterville Sportsplex in Feasterville, PA. Though there are a few spots left at both the high school and youth divisions, the PILC is on track to be a complete sell-out, with 24 high school-age teams competing on Saturday, and 24 youth teams in action on Sunday. Additionally, this year the PILC will offer the option of playing box lacrosse for teams that want the box experience, and can provide specialized box goalie equipment. Teams interested in registering for the PILC should do so quickly online at If you have questions or need additional information about the event, contact Scott Ely at Pattison Sports Group at (484) 356-1024.

Icebreaker Middle School Play Day @ The Haverford School, March 4, 7/8th grade & March 11, – 5/6th grade all info on Teams committed so far: Long Island Express, Connecticut Titans, Haverford Blaze, Warrington Warriors, Black Storm, Black Dragons, CBAA

The Third annual Battle of Fort Washington Lacrosse tournament, hosted by Upper Dublin’s rooked Crosse Lacrosse Club, March 10-11 at the SPARK all weather fields in Upper Dublin, PA. The tournament will feature boys’ youth lacrosse teams from across the tri-state area. The tournament will consist of four boys’ divisions, A1 & A2 (7/8th grade) and B1 & B2 5/6th grade teams. Each team is guaranteed a minimum 2-game, 25-minute running halves. The A Divisions will be played Saturday, March 10 with B Division beginning Sunday, March 11.
Tournament registration as well as additional Battle of Fort Washington information can be found at

This preseason event will take place on two all weather turf fields. This tournament is geared toward Township recreation level teams looking to get a start on their season. For additional information on the Battle of Fort Washington Tournament, please call Don Antonacio at 215.530.5533 or by email

Mad Hatters Lax Invitational
, boys’ and girls’ tourneys that feature only JV high school teams. The tournaments will be hosted at Dennis Landis Memorial Park on Lower State Road in North Wales. (Horsham Hawks Football Complex). The boys’ tourney will be held on Saturday, May 12 and the girls’ tourney will be on Sunday, May 13. Click here for coverage of last year’s inaugural boys’ tourney.

These tournaments are open to any HS JV Teams for the 2011 season. Players must be in grades 9-to-11 and be listed on the HS Junior Varsity Roster. Cost is $400.00 per team. The tournaments will be round-robin with a championship game at the end and trophies awarded. For more information or registration, contact Harold DeFazio at 267-228-7453 or e-mail him at

Armed Forces Day Jamboree, DiCaprio Park, Schenectady New York 12303, Saturday May 19, hosted by Guilderland Youth Lacrosse, Games beginning throughout the day from 8:00 AM-7:00 PM, Boys’ 3-4, 5-6, and 7-8 grade divisions
The fourth annual Armed Forces Day Jamboree draws teams from throughout the Northeast for an action packed day of lacrosse in a festival setting. For more information, including a list of teams already registered to participate, please visit or email

Meltdown Lacrosse Tournament IV, June 23-24, 2012, Abington High, 5 Game Guaranteed; First Day, Saturday – Pool Play (3 games)
Second day, Sunday – Playoffs/Consolation (2+ games)

Ages; Compete for Brindle Cup Trophy; Brackets U10 – High School; Fields: 12 centrally located grass fields. Other info: *Live internet brackets and Twitter results />
*Online registration and waivers; *Meltdown 2011: 82 teams; *All-Meltdown all-stars selected in each division.

Sign up info: *$1050 per team before April 1; *Multi-team discounts available; Click here to register or to get more info

Ninth Annual Liberty Lacrosse Shootout, a boys’ youth lacrosse festival, June 9-10, at the Greater Chester Valley Soccer Association’s Line Road Complex, Malvern. The Liberty Shootout has become one of the most popular youth festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region, drawing teams Greater Philadelphia, Central PA, the Lehigh Valley, New Jersey and neighboring hotbeds within a few hours’ drive. Over 100 teams and 2500 youth players are expected to participate. Warrior has been the principal sponsor of the Shootout for 7 years.
Liberty is a day tournament, with U-9 and U-13 teams playing on Saturday and U-11 and U-15 teams playing on Sunday. Teams can register to play in either A or B brackets, though all U-9 teams play in one bracket on smaller-sized fields (7 v 7), often generating the most noise. Teams will play at least 3 games in diverse pools within their respective age groups. The competition is strong at each level, rules are designed to ensure games remain competitive; pool winners advance in a playoff format.

Additionally, teams in each age group will be recognized for sportsmanship based largely on sportsmanship scorecards kept by certified officials and site marshals after each game, taking into account the spirit of the game and conduct on both sides of the field, including spectators. You can visit the Tournament Information page in the first instance for additional details regarding age groups, relevant dates, tournament philosophy (Honor the Game!) and general parameters. To register as a team, visit the event’s Registration page. Please do so before March 31, to take advantage of the “early bird discount.”

The 5th Annual Patriot Games Youth Lacrosse Showcase
, July 21-22, at 3 venues in Bucks County, Pennsylvania – Herbst Field Complex, home of the Central Bucks Athletic Association, Palisades High School, and New-Hope Solebury High School. The event has teams from al traditional hotbeds and has drawn talented contingents from Canada and emerging regions of the country, including California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. Past events have also included “Bridge” programs from Baltimore and Philadelphia. This year, the Patriot Games has been selected by NDP Lacrosse as an “Official Qualifying Event” for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Tournament of Champions, which will take place outside of Tampa in January 2013. Top finishing teams in selected divisions will earn bids to join other top club teams from around the nation to compete in the high profile, national championship event.

The Patriot Games offers Youth and High School brackets. Youth brackets (U11, U13, U15) are broken down into 3 divisions (AA, A and B) to ensure teams are playing at the appropriate level and to optimize competition. High School brackets feature A & B divisions and consist of JV/Rising Stars (Rising Freshmen/Class of 2016; Rising Sophomores/Class of 2015) and Varsity/Elite (Rising Seniors/Class of 2013 or younger). As in 2011, teams in each age group will be recognized for sportsmanship based largely on sportsmanship scorecards kept by certified officials and site marshals after each game, taking into account the spirit of the game and conduct on both sides of the field, including spectators. For more information about the Patriot Games and to register, please visit the tournament web site (

Referees Clinic

The Greater Philadelphia Lacrosse Officials Association (GPLOA) will be hosting training for boys’ lacrosse officials beginning on Thursday, February 9 at LaSalle High School in Wyndmoor. This training is for new or returning ADULT officials looking to improve their knowledge of the boys’ game. Click here for more information or contact Mr. Chase Howse at

Coaches Clinics

Lehigh Valley Coaches Clinic at DeSales University, Sunday, February 12th, sponsored by the PLA and Neiman Sports Group, 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast; 9:00 a.m. Speakers Begin. The clinic will be held in the Commonwealth Room in the University Center at DeSales University. This clinic is free and open to all coaches and anyone who wants to learn more about coaching lacrosse. There will be refreshments, food, and door prizes.

Clinic Schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Presenters:
Mike Schambach (Head Coach, DeSales University)
Brian Zusi (Head Coach, Rosemont College)
Dave Metzbower (Head Coach, Malvern Prep)
Contact Tim Udinski from the Philadelphia Lacrosse Association at with any questions about this clinic.


Offering top flight NLL-style lacrosse instructional leagues to players in Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Lehigh counties, as well as Philadelphia, American Indoor Lacrosse has Winter youth leagues are forming now at The Factory in King of Prussia and Bucksmont Indoor Sports Center, Hatfield, PA. Are you on target to take your game to the next level? American Indoor Lacrosse Association (AILA) is spearheading the indoor lacrosse phenomenon of blending the skill sets formed by these two versions of the sport. With lacrosse icons leading the way, local Philadelphia players can expect to be one step ahead of the trend. AILA president/CEO, Johnny Mouradian (GM/Head Coach of NLL Philadelphia Wings, Canadian Hall of Famer, GM – Canadian National Team) has engaged professionals such as Canadian, Kevin Crowley and Philly native Steve Holmes (Germantown Academy alum).

Click here to register for a league and for more information on local and national programs can be found by clicking here


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