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News & Updates
Black Bear Free Clinic to Support American Red Cross 9/17
Black Bear lacrosse is hosting a FREE clinic on September 17th from 3pm-5pm at the New Hanover Recreation Center in Gilbertsville PA to support the American Red Cross’s Hurricane Harvey relief fund. All donations collected at the event will go directly towards the Red Cross. Come out on September 17th to help support a great cause and receive the best quality coaching and instruction in the area! High school Head Coaches and assistants from Boyertown, Perkiomen Valley, Pope John Paul II, and Owen J. Roberts will be in attendance to teach at the clinic.
Who? Grades 3-8; Graduation years 2027- 2022 All positions are welcome.
When? September 17th from 3pm-5pm.
How much? FREE! All donations collected will go to the American Red Cross. Cash or checks made out to American Red Cross are accepted.
The Goals for the clinic include:
1) Having fun!
3) Teaching the fundamentals of lacrosse at both the team and individual levels.
2) Learning the rules of the game with a focus on good sportsmanship.
4) Providing a positive learning experience for all levels of play.
BLACK BEAR LACROSSE CLUB & FIRST STAR LACROSSE ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP!The Black Bear Lacrosse Club is PROUD to announce that for summer 2017 it will be partnering with FIRST START LACROSSE at its Ocean City NJ Week 1 and Week 2 boys lacrosse camps at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex in Ocean City NJ to give our campers the ultimate camp experience while at the beach! First Start is a local instruction based lacrosse company that specializes in introducing the sport of lacrosse to boys and girls ages 3-7 the focus is on making it a fun and memorable experience while giving them the quality instruction needed to have a good start from the beginning. These are VALUES Black Bear believes in and has practiced for over 12 years and we are VERY EXCITED about this new partnership which we hope to expand to our other camps down the road! CLICK HERE for the press release!
Black Bear LC Fall Recruiting Night A SUCCESS!
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.
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Black Bear Lacrosse Club & First Star Lacrosse Announce Partnership!The Black Bear Lacrosse Club is PROUD to announce that for summer 2017 it will be partnering with FIRST START LACROSSE at its Ocean City NJ Week 1 and Week 2 boys lacrosse camps at the Tennessee Avenue Soccer Complex in Ocean City NJ to give our campers the ultimate camp experience while at the beach! First Start is a local instruction based lacrosse company that specializes in introducing the sport of lacrosse to boys and girls ages 3-7 the focus is on making it a fun and memorable experience while giving them the quality instruction needed to have a good start from the beginning. These are VALUES Black Bear believes in and has practiced for over 12 years and we are VERY EXCITED about this new partnership which we hope to expand to our other camps down the road! CLICK HERE for the press release!
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.