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News & Updates

Black Bear Partners With AILA

Black Bear is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the American Indoor Lacrosse Association (AILA) to present an In Crosse boys camp at the 422 Sports Plex,  June 30 – July 3rd. In Crosse integrates the principles of box lacrosse with field lacrosse. AILA’s founder Johnny Mouridian and Black Bear’s founder Jon Heisman were teammates at Division III powerhouse Ithaca College.

Black Bear Adds Even More Coaching Firepower To Its Impressive Summer Travel Team Staff

Black Bear, which prides itself on teaching its members the right way to play and to respect the game, has added two assistant college coaches, two more high school head coaches, and a high school varsity defensive coordinator to its already impressive coaching staff for the 2014 campaign.  The newest members of Black Bear are:

 Bryan Arra, Assistant Coach of Neumann University;

Kevin Gallagher, Assistant Coach of Swarthmore College;

Brady McCormick, Head Coach of Upper Merion HS;

Noel Breger, Head Coach of Unionville HS; and,

Chris Defeo, Varsity Defensive Coordinator and Head JV Coach of Perkiomen Valley HS.

“I’m thrilled with the addition of these talented coaches to our outstanding staff,” said Jon Heisman, founding director of Black Bear and Head Coach of Bishop Shanahan HS. “We now have six high school head coaches, two college coaches and former and current college players that will be on the field training our members to compete at the next level and developing their lacrosse IQ.”

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!

Important Announcements

2014 Summer Camp Schedule

Collegeville, PA – June 23-27 – boys only

Kennett Square, PA – June – 23-27 – boys only

Avalon, NJ 1- June 30 – July 4 – boys and girls

Pottstown, Pa-Hybrid Lax Camp June 30-July 3 boys only

Ocean City, NJ 1- July 7-11- boys only

West Chester, PA – July 7-11 – boys only

Phoenixville, PA – July 14-18 – boys only

Wilmington, DE -July 14-18 – boys only

Stone Harbor, NJ- July 21-25 – boys and girls

Ocean City, NJ 2- July 28-Aug 1 – boys only

Upper Merion, PA – Aug 4-8 boys only

Avalon, NJ 2 – Aug 11-15 boys and girls


Tischler named Head Coach of Kennett Square HS

Congratulations Coach Tischler on being named Kennett’s new head coach! Sean has been coaching with Black Bear for the past three seasons and is looking forward to 2014!  Sean is one of 5 HS head coaches on the Black Bear coaching staff.  To read more click here.

Black Bear North to Play Out of Phoenixville HS

Black Bear is pleased to announce the formation of  “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, will practice at Phoenixville High School which boasts two state of the art turf fields, while Black Bear “South”, directed by Coach Heisman, will continue to practice at West Chester University.


Why Choose Black Bear?

The answer is simple: mature, battle tested coaches that have a passion for teaching the game! Read more about our coaches.


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.

Travel Team Age Eligibility

U11 — cannot turn 11 before 8/31/13;

U13 — cannot turn 13 before 8/31/13; and,

U15 — cannot turn 15 before 8/31/13.

U S Lacrosse Rules

2013 Age Grouping Quick Reference Table

Birthdate                             Age Bracket
Born on or after 9/1/1998             U15
Born on or after 9/1/2000             U13
Born on or after 9/1/2002             U11

Click here for 2014 Travel Team Registration Links.

Click here to add email addresses to the Black Bear Travel Team list.