All Blast teams have mandatory fall team practices to prepare for October & November tournaments and to begin stickwork training. The number of practices vary by grad year, with the rising high school and high school teams practicing the most. Blast players also have access to additional optional clinics to supplement their team practice schedule (skill clinics for middle school & youth, position specific training clinics for high school)
Over the winter, Blast teams continue to have mandatory practices but shift focus from team concepts to individual skill development. High school teams scale back their training after November recruiting while Middle School & Youth teams ramp up their practices and team training sessions. These indoor team training sessions are not open to the public and are used to develop Blast players’ skills and team chemistry in the off season. At the end of the winter (February), 4th-7th grade teams will be split (each grad year has 2 teams).
During the spring season, all Blast high school teams are off and solely focused on competing for their high school team. We encourage high school players to tryout for National Tournament (NT) and represent the Philadelphia region over Memorial Day weekend before mandatory Philly Blast summer tournaments begin. Read more about NT here: https://paslax.org/national-teams/
Blast middle school and youth teams have multiple team practices and skill sessions in order to prepare for the summer season. Each grad year is entered into a spring league as well (optional to participate).