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Updated Philly boys’ lacrosse events: Tryouts, clinics, leagues

Sunday, 13th November 2016

Categories Banquet, Box lacrosse, Boy's/Men's, Charity, Clinics, Club, Events, High School, Leagues, Tournaments, Training, Tryouts, Posted 11/13/16

Boys’ Events

Club Tryouts

Penn*Lax All-Stars will be holding tryouts for three age group teams at the XL Sports World/BucksMont Indoor Sports Center in Hatfield, PA.boys-events
Penn*Lax is a winter only box lacrosse travel team that brings together the state’s premier talent, and couples it with training from an elite and comprehensive coaching staff. Penn*Lax is designed to not conflict with your current elite team while remaining comprehensive and robust. Additionally, Penn*Lax will compete in some of the country’s most prestigious and competitive and already sold out box tournaments, all within the tri-state area. Register: $50 includes two tryouts and pinny to keep
Link to register:
Middle School (7/8th grade Eligible): Tryout Nov 19th and Nov 20th 8-10am; Junior Varsity (9th/10th grade Eligible):Tryout Nov 25th 1-3pm, Nov 27 scrimmage 6:30-8:30pm; Varsity (10-12th grade Eligible): Coaching Staff: All coaches on staff work with all players during training but each team will have a set staff for tournaments. High School Coaches are Adam Mueller (Team USA Offensive Coordinator, former NLL Head Coach of the Year) and Kevin Crowley (Team Canada World Champion, former MLL MVP). JV Coaches are Luke Wiles (former 3x NLL All-Star) and Eric Hoffman (Former Philadelphia Wing). Middle School Coaches are Steven Holmes (Former 8 year NLL pro, current MLL defenseman) and Alex Turner (former 9 year NLL pro).
Practice Schedule: Each team will have 8 two-hour practices on Saturday mornings 10:30-12:30 @ XL Sports World this winter.
Tournament Schedule: The best box tournament lineup in the country! Northeast Regional (XL Sports World), Best In Box (Circle Center Rahway NJ), and Philadelphia Indoor Lacrosse Championships (Feasterville PA). Penn*Lax will take on box country powerhouses such as Team 91, Sweetlax, Blue Star, Eagle Box, Leading Edge, LI Express, BBL, Bucktown, Edge Lacrosse, CT Box and many others. Please direct all questions to Penn*Lax General Manager and assistant coach Matthew McCormick at and 610-804-2146.
More Details can be found on the Penn*Lax webpage:


Holiday Lacrosse Clinics for Middle School and High School boys, by Mesa Lacrosse on Dec. 27-28. A good portion of the proceeds will go to Mesa selected charities, #10ve and Checking for Cancer. Other proceeds will go to the Mesa Fresh Lacrosse Scholarship fund named for George Aitken, who passed 10 years ago from cancer. Aitken played at Penn Charter, Delaware and coached Eagles Eye, MAB and at Shipley, Germantown Academy and Abington Friends. Mesa U team members will run the clinics. After more than 2 hours of skills training there will be a pizza party and Mesa coaches will talk about their experiences in high school and college and what it takes to play at the next level.
Times: Middle School: 9:00am-12:00pm & High School 1:00pm-4:00pm
Session 1 – December 27, 2016 at Main Line Sports Center, 1340 W. Swedesford Rd, Berwyn, PA
Session 2 – December 28, 2016 at MapleZone Sports Institute, 1451 Conchester Highway, Garnet Valley, PA
*A portion of the proceeds will go to Mesa Charities including #10VE and Checking for Cancer
Click here to register –
Both Sessions Include: • Morning sessions for middle school ages • Afternoon sessions for high school ages • College level coaching from MesaU players • Finest indoor facilities in the area • Position training
• Contests • Special Mesa Lacrosse shirt • Player experiences in college and Team USA • Pizza social with players
• Contribution ceremony for causes • Mesa Store featuring the best gear from Nike • Press coverage

Philly’s Frozen Lacrosse Training at The University of Pennsylvania. This 6-week program (2 hours each week) will increase your overall knowledge (lacrosse IQ) and skill set by hands on coaching from the University of Pennsylvania Men’s Lacrosse staff and well as other top notch coaches and players. Each week you will be put through drills, offensive and defensive sets that will lead to controlled scrimmages. There will also be individual specialty position work each week (offense, defense, goalie and face off). The 6-week training program is open to ANY and ALL male lacrosse athlete in the graduating classes of 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Dates: Saturday, December 10, Saturday, December 17, Sunday, January 8, 2017, Saturday, January 14, Saturday, January 21, Saturday, January 28, Time: 4:00 6:00 PM; Fee: $325 per player
Location: University of Pennsylvania Dunning-Cohen Champions Field Indoor Bubble (Heated Full-Size Indoor Bubble)
Registration and Additional Information here:

Youth Clinics

Stot-to-Ox Beginner Training (boys and girls aged 4 to 8) by Blue Ox Lacrosse in November and December at Main Line Sports Center in Berwyn.
Dates: November 27, December 4, December 11, December 18. Time: Sundays 9-10 am. Fees: Regular $100. Ages: Beginners 4-8 years old
Registration Link:
Players will be given a progressive program to enhance lacrosse fundamentals.
Each week will provide a chance for our players to interact through fun and engaging lacrosse drills.
Our staff is comprised of the best local professional and college lacrosse players with years of experience in youth lacrosse coaching.
For more information please contact:,,

1st Start Lacrosse is moving indoors for the winter to three different locations. 1st Start Lacrosse is a program where the basics to the game are broken down and taught in a fun and exciting environment. It’s for children aged 3-to-7 and it will be coached by all former players now educators in the Philly area who have an extreme passion for the game.
1st Start is a 6 week program on Sundays starting January 15 where each session will be 60 minutes long. Lacrosse sticks (plastic) will be provided at every session along with a 1st Start STARTer pack, where each child will receive a 1st Start T-Shirt, Sweatband, and Sticker!
There will be 3 different 1st Start locations this fall:
The Episcopal Academy, Class of 1940 Daniel Dougherty Field House, Newtown Square, PA, Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Lamb-Miller Field House at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, Time: 10:30-11:30 AM
Ampro Sports Fieldhouse, Primos, PA, Time: 12:30-1:30 PM, Address: 30 Bunting Ln, Primos, PA 19018
Make your child’s 1st Start at lacrosse one they will NEVER forget!!
To register please go to
Any questions about the program please contact John Bodnar at

Box leagues

The Fusion Lacrosse Winter Box Lacrosse League has one remaining spot for a 5/6th grade boys’ team. The league is being held at XL Sports/BucksMont Indoor Sports in Hatfield and starts Dec 3rd and continues for 9 weeks. The first two weeks are instruction, clinics and scrimmaging followed by a 7 week league format with champions.
Please Email if you would like to participate of have questions.
The league runs Saturday mornings and the 5/6 time block is 730-8:30pm. Participating League teams include; Fusion, Team 11, Dukes, Bucks Select, and Boyertown.
All league details can be found here:

The Maplezone/Heritage Lacrosse Winter League has limited spots remaining. The league is held at Maplezone Sports Institute in Garnet Valley.
There is one slot in each of below Boys’ divisions: Grade 3/4, Grade 5/6, Grade 7/8, High School
Click here for info/registration for the boys’ and girls’ leagues
Boys Modified Box League: Indoor modified box lacrosse league format specifically designed to promote safe and fast play based on key box lacrosse fundamentals and concepts. The modified box rules benefit all lacrosse players. Attackmen and midfielders will learn to operate in tight spaces improving stick skills, passing and shooting accuracy. Long sticks are not allowed so defenders will learn to play with their body and feet, improving approach and angle play. Goalies will be instructed on proper box goaltending techniques, including positioning, angles, baiting, etc.
Prior to the season commencing, each team and coach will participate in a 1.5-hour training session with USA Indoor Coach Adam Mueller to learn fundamental box drills, techniques and concepts.

Fall Tournaments

Strath Haven Lax Fest high school boys’ event on Saturday, November 19th (rain date Sunday, November 20th) at Strath Haven High School.
Two JV spots remain!
Festival format, no playoffs or championships
3 games guaranteed
Games are 2 x 25 minute running halves
2 levels of play: Varsity and JV
PIAA officials
Athletic Trainer on site
Team registration fee: $650 if paid in full before October 1st, $750 if paid after October 1st
go to to register

Fall Showcases

Warrior Diamond Showcase for boys in the Classes of 2017 to 2020 on Nov. 19 at St. Paul’s School, 11152 Falls Rd, Brooklandville, MD 21022. The Warrior Diamond Showcase is the ideal recruiting opportunity for the well-rounded student athlete that hopes find the right fit to play in college. Top Coaches from DI, II, III will be there to recruit and coach the participants, as well as provide off-the-field seminars for parents and players. The entire event takes place over three adjacent fields to ensure optimal exposure to the college coaches in attendance.
Registation link:
Fees: $275 per player
The Warrior Diamond Showcase is one of the longest running fall recruiting showcases in the country. This is the ideal recruiting opportunity for the well-rounded student athlete that hopes to excel on the field and in the classroom in college. Directors put an emphasis not only on top lacrosse programs and also top academic schools in the DI, DII, and DIII levels. Space are limited and registrations will be accepted on a first come basis.
The showcase is held on the turf fields at St. Paul’s School near Baltimore. This event provides a better value than your average college prospect day because you will have the opportunity to play for and get coached by several coaches at different college levels during the day. The showcase features positional clinics and coaching seminars from college coaches. Parents will also have the opportunity to learn about the recruiting process directly from the college coaches.
Other key info: Coach Bill Dwan, the Associate Head Coach from Johns Hopkins University will speak about Division I recruiting process. Renowned Strength and Conditioning Coach Jay Dyer from JHU will open the day with a stretch and training session. Coach Dyer will be available to answer strength and conditioning questions from parents and players during his seminar.

National 175 Fall Showcase, November 20th, Avon Old Farms School, 500 Old Farms Road, Avon, CT 06601. This event was created to provide a showcase venue for the top players seeking to get recruited while competing against other top players. This one day showcase will offer a special opportunity for players in the 4 recruiting grades to be seen by what we expect to be a very large number of college coaches. The players will assemble early in the morning and be given teams to play on in a competitive venue whereby they will all play 3 games. The 2018 & “last chance 2017” players will compete with each other and the goal is to have the 2019 and 2020 grad years competing in separate divisions. In order to maintain the quality of this event, the showcase is committed to keeping each graduation year attendance to approximately only 175 players per graduation year. Click here for more information and registration.


The Fifth Annual EVANFEST Lacrosse Banquet will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17 at Drexelbrook Catering in Drexel Hill. Once again, the event will feature big-name speakers and a program that fittingly honors a youth tournament and foundation in Evan Brady’s name that has raised $1 million in funds and helped 250 families with children that have life-threatening diseases. Individual banquet tickets are $95; the event runs from, 6:30-9 p.m. Click here to purchase a ticket. The first hour of the program features an open bar and time for attendees to mingle.
This event is a celebration of the Philadelphia Lacrosse Community and its dedication to recognizing the many ways the community assists in helping people’s lives off the field as well as on the field. Evan Brady was a youth lacrosse standout who battled osteogenic sarcoma (bone cancer) for several years until passing away at the age of 19 in 2005. The 10th annual EVANFEST lacrosse festival will be held in April 2017 at Malvern Prep. EVANFEST draws more than 40 boys’ youth lacrosse teams in the U-15 and U-13 divisions.
The Master of Ceremonies for the event again is Philly lacrosse standout goalie Brian Dougherty, the head coach at Chestnut Hill College and a recent inductee into the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The special guest speaker is popular Philly comedian Joe Conklin, who makes guest appearances frequently on WIP 94.1 sports talk radio in Philadelphia, and is known in the Philadelphia area for impersonations of local athletes as well as national celebrities.

Spring League

Maplezone Sports Institute Boys Atlantic Club Lacrosse League for Middle School and Youth teams. Maplezone Sports Institute (MSI) powered by Heritage Lacrosse is pleased to announce the launch of the Atlantic Club Lacrosse League, a youth boys spring league that will feature competitive travel club teams with players in the graduating classes of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Doubleheaders will be scheduled for each team on alternating Sundays. Games are 12-minute running quarters with a minute-long break in between quarters and a five-minute halftime. Teams play eight regular season games before playoff Sunday that determines the league champion by graduating class. The dates are March 19; April 2 and 23 and May 7 and 21. All games are played on all turf fields at the MSI Sports Village located in Aston, PA. Schedules, results and standings will all be available real time.
The league uses modified Federation rules with minor tweaks. There is limited contact with an emphasis on player safety, especially when it comes to head contact and unsportsmanlike play.
League Overview: (8 games / team + playoffs); Each team plays 8 games, plus playoffs; Play 2 games/day, every other Sunday; Minimizes conflicts, maximizes value of each game day; Games comprised of four 12-minute quarters; Game Days – March 19, April 2, April 23, May 7 (Playoffs on May 21)
4 Divisions – (tentative groupings, may be subject to change) – 2021, 2022, 2023, 2024
Location: MSI Sports Village, 4881 Chichester Ave., Aston, PA 19014
Click HERE to learn more and register!

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