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News & Updates

Black Bear LC Announces 2016 Travel Try Outs!

Black Bear has announced that its tryouts for its high school and youth 2016 boys’ club teams will be held Sunday August 30th at Mandarach Park, Off Swamp Pike in Limerick, PA.Bllack Bear

Age Groups/Times:
Black Bear North 2020-2025– 12-1:30pm Fields 1-3

Black Bear South 2020-2023 12-1:30 Fields 1-3

Black Bear LC 2017 2:30-4pm Field 3

Black Bear LC 2018 2:30-4pm Field 2

Black Bear LC 2019 2:30-4pm Field 1

Registration link: visit www.blackbearlax.com, click on Travel Teams and on left side menu under “Travel Registration” click High School, Black Bear North, Black Bear South for your respective grade level teams information. $20 registration fee.

Contact info: Bryan Churchey– 610-246-4788, blackbearnorth@gmail.com or bbxwc1@gmail.com

Black Bear North, directed by Coach Bryan Churchey and Coach Grady Wise, will practice at Perkiomen Valley High School (Collegeville), while Black Bear “South”, Directed by Jon Heisman, will continue to practice at West Chester University.

Black Bear North will be training players graduating in the 2020-2025 (8th through 3rd grade). We offer our members year round playing opportunities against the best competition in the country coupled with off-season training programs with position specific instruction taught by our Elite coaching staff.

We Offer to Black Bear Players:

Quality Coaching and Instruction from our coaching staff which is made up of current high school head/assistant coaches as well as veteran youth coaches who’ve played at the college level. We also have current college players from Division 1 and 3 schools that have an extensive coaching background!

Black Bear is an American Indoor Lacrosse Association integrated program which means that our players and coaches will also learn the bio mechanics, principles, strategies and tactics of indoor lacrosse and how to transfer these skill sets to their field game from AILA President Johnny Mouradian and his AILA staff. We place a MAJOR focus on learning BOX lacrosse and offer our members opportunities in the winter to get quality instruction through the AILA and our staff.

We encourage our players to be involved with us year round and take advantage of our elite off season training opportunities that develop a player’s positional skill set, fundamentals, field awareness, footwork, and Lacrosse IQ.Our program is designed to give our members every opportunity to take their game to the next level. We are focused on the full development of our players both on and OFF the field!

Cost is $20 Per player Walk Up Registration will be available, please arrive an hour early for walk up registration and 30-45 minutes prior to try out time.”

2015 BBX Camp Announcement

Boys Camps:2015

Collegeville – June 22-26

Kennett – June – 22-26

Avalon 1- June 29 – July 3

Ocean City 1-July 6-10

Phoenixville- July 13-17

Stone Harbor- July 20-24

Limerick- July 20-24

Ocean City 2- July 27-31

Avalon 2- Aug. 10-14

Girls Camps:2015

Avalon 1- June 29 – July 3

Avalon 2- Aug. 10-14

 

 

 

Black Bear LC Fall Recruiting Night A SUCCESS!

 

St. Joseph's University Associate Head Coach Daniel Keating,  Arcadia University Head Coach Nick Taylor, and Swarthmore College Head Coach Patrick Gress

St. Joseph’s University Associate Head Coach Daniel Keating,
Arcadia University Head Coach Nick Taylor, and Swarthmore College Head Coach Patrick Gress

10/19/14

Players and Parents from the Black Bear Lacrosse Club’s newly formed 2017 and 2018 Teams descended upon the Auditorium of Perkiomen Valley Middle School East on Saturday October 18th as a part of the first Annual Black Bear LC Fall Recruiting Night. The purpose of this event was simple, to help our players and parents get the education and information needed to understanding more about the college lacrosse recruiting process and what college coaches look for in student-athletes.

The Theme remained the same amongst all three college coaches speaking with an emphasis on Academics, a players Character, and a players Athletic Abilities. “We call this the Triangle for Recruiting” Coach Daniel Keating Said, “These are the three most important areas that we look at for in every recruit.” Each institution talked about the importance of academics and how they value players taking Honors and AP classes. Each also gave the average GPA and SAT scores they look for in a student-athlete indicating a student who is committed to his academic work is usually just as committed to his athletics.

Character was a BIG area of discussion from all three college coaches who said it is vitally important to their programs success. “We’ll take a decent player with excellent character qualities on and off the field over a player who is rated better but lacks those qualities”, Said Swarthmore Head Coach Patrick Gress,”we know a player who possesses great character will improve and be committed all 4 years.” Coach Keating mentioned from a player personality standpoint  ‘no palms up’ talking about when players are at tournaments and events “someone is always watching you, don’t misbehave or exhibit a negative attitude because ultimately that does affect your recruiting process.”

Athletic Abilities, specifically a players overall skill set and commitment level, was the third area all three coaches mentioned and put a lot of emphasis on, especially Arcadia Head Coach Nick Taylor who was previously the Defensive Coordinator at Cabrini College. “I coached 12 All-Americans while at Cabrini,” Coach Taylor said, “and the one thing that was similar among all of them was their Commitment to their Athletics and Academics as well as their Commitment to developing their skill sets outside of practice on their own.” All three spoke how their best players were committed OUTSIDE of practice as well as during and in the classroom emphasizing the importance of committing yourself to become a better player, a better student, and turning your weaknesses into strengths as something they value at their respective institutions.

The players and parents in attendance found the information to be extremely valuable in helping them throughout the recruiting process. All Black Bear LC players got a hand out from each college coach to take home with them. “This was such a great educational experience for our players and parents” Coach Bryan Churchey Black Bear’s Recruiting Coordinator said, “this is just the first page of many for our players and parents when it comes to helping them get recruited but having these three coaches speak and connecting on similar points was excellent for our guys to hear, it’s really going to help them throughout the process and make better decisions as a result.” The Black Bear Lacrosse Club 2017 and 2018 Teams will be competing this Fall in the Lehigh King of the Mountain Showcase November 9th and the MVP Fall Exposure 2 November 16th, recruiting events these colleges coaches said they plan on attending.

Black Bear LC 2017 Team Page

Black Bear LC 2018 Team Page

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Heisman Named High School Honorable Mention Coach of The Year by PhillyLacrosse.com

Congratulations to Coach Heisman who led the the Bishop Shanahan Eagles to a share of their first ever ChesMont League championship in 2013! In 2014 Shanahan won the ChesMont title outright and were District One Runner-Ups finishing 18-3.

Important Announcements

Heisman Second Winningest Coach in PA History

Congratulations to Black Bear founder, Coach Heisman, who has won 402 games as a High School Head Coach ranking him number 2 all time for wins in Pennsylvania boys lacrosse history. On top of this achievement,  Coach Heisman has also won state championships, multiple ChesMont league championships and has been named coach of the year multiple times.

Black Bear North and South

Black Bear created  “Black Bear North” to allow convenient access to our outstanding program and coaching staff for athletes living a long distance from our primary practice facilities at West Chester University in Southern Chester County.  Black Bear North, directed by Coach Churchey and Coach Wise, practices at Phoenixville High School,  while Black Bear “South”, directed by Coach Heisman, will continue to practice at West Chester University. Black Bear’s HS teams practice at both Phoenixville and West Chester.

 

Why Choose Black Bear?

The answer is simple: mature, battle tested coaches that have a passion for teaching the game!  WHY CHOOSE BLACK BEAR 2015

 

Black Bear Partners with the AILA

Black Bear is pleased to announce that it is now an American Indoor Lacrosse Association ”Integrated Program.” Our association with the AILA means that our players and coaches will now learn the bio mechanics, principles, strategies and tactics of indoor lacrosse and how to transfer these additional skill sets to their field game from AILA President Johnny Mouradian and his AILA staff in addition to the top- flight field instruction Black Bear has been teaching its members for years.  “We are very excited to work with Jon Heisman and the Black Bear players and coaches to share the indoor game and differentiate Black Bear Lacrosse. Integrated Programs create a very special learning environment that is both fun and cutting edge” explains Mouradian. For more information about In|Crosse, click here.

US Lacrosse Membership Info

To participate in our travel program, you MUST be a current US Lacrosse Member. All tournament operators require this. To get a US Lacrosse number or to check if your membership is current, click here.