Program Overview

 Who We Are

Philly Blast Lacrosse is a competitive club girls lacrosse program with youth, middle and high school tournament level teams (grades 4 – 12). We typically have one or two teams in each age group. Teams primarily practice at Villanova University & Episcopal Academy (outdoor), and Main Line Sports Center (indoor).

Time Commitment Progression

In Blast, as players get older, the time commitment for both training and tournaments increases. Over the summer, youth teams play 3-4 tournaments and attend approximately 12-14 practices. Youth team schedules are concentrated in the beginning of the summer (mid-May through end of the June) to allow for young players and families to continue vacation and/or sleep away camp traditions. In the offseason, fall clinics & tournaments are optional for youth & middle school players. Youth & middle school players have mandatory offseason practices in the fall, winter and spring. The number of practices per season varies by age group.

As players near high school, commitment to the club increases. 8th – 11th grade teams have mandatory fall tournaments (3-5), more summer tournaments (4-5) and train more frequently in the fall and winter months. In the spring, high school players’ training schedules lighten to allow for greater focus on their varsity season.

Selection Process & Criteria

Tryouts are held in July & August each year. Specific dates are typically announced in early June and posted on the homepage of our website. All players are reevaluated annually. Philly Blast’s club membership invitations extend for one year of participation only. Read more about our tryout process here.

Directors & Coaches

Philly Blast Lacrosse is owned and directed by Julie Young and Josie Ferri (read more here). Julie and Josie are supported by a highly experienced and knowledgeable group of coaches. Blast’s coaching staff includes current and former Division I, II, and III coaches and players. Read our complete list of coaches here.

Club Membership Fees

Schedules vary by grad year & team. Specific breakdown of commitment and fees are included in each team’s official invitation following tryouts.

YOUTH & MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMS

Club & Training Fee – Non-refundable first deposit made during initial registration

  • 4-8 fall practices, varies by grad year (September-November)
  • 12 winter & early spring lacrosse training sessions (January-March)
  • Team placement session
  • Weekly spring practices, varies by grad year (April-May)
  • 10-14 summer practice sessions (May/June/July), varies by grad year
  • TeamSnap Account
  • Field & Space Rentals at pristine facilities
  • Access to offseason clinics, positional training and tournaments (Fall & Winter)
  • Website Fees
  • Insurance
  • Administrative Costs
  • Team Equipment

Summer Tournament Fee – Dependent on number and type of events, announced each fall

  • 3-4 summer youth tournaments (June/July)
  • Coaches salary, travel & stipends

The Youth & Middle School teams attend 3-4 Summer Tournaments usually in the MD, PA, and NJ area. Examples of summer tournaments: Summer Showcase (MD), Lax by the Sea (NJ), Live Love Lax (NJ), Lax for the Cure (NJ), Project 120 (PA), Laxin Out Loud (MD), Summer Genesis Origins (PA). Additional costs: travel and official UA team uniform. Fall clinics, fall tournaments and spring league are optional and have individual registration varying in cost.

HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS

Club & Training Fee – Non-refundable first deposit made during initial registration

  • 10-14 fall team practices, varies by grad year (September-November)
  • 12 winter & early spring lacrosse training sessions (January-March)
  • 3-5 spring practices (current 8th grade/rising 9th team only)
  • 10-12 summer practice sessions (May/June/July)
  • TeamSnap Account (team communication)
  • SportsRecruits Account (recruiting & film share platform)
  • Field & Space Rentals at Pristine Facilities
  • Recruiting Advice & Guidance (read more here)
  • College Recruiting Seminars
  • Website Fees
  • Insurance
  • Administrative Costs
  • Team Equipment

Tournament Fee – Dependent on number and type of events each player attends, announced each fall

High school teams attend 3-5 Summer Tournaments and 3-5 November Tournaments. Fall tournament examples: Primetime Showcase, Lax for the Cure, Rivalry Challenge, Fall Face Off, Next Level, President’s Cup, and Five Star. Summer tournament examples: Summer Genesis, Champions Cup, Lax for the Cure, Live Love Lax, Project 120, T3 Top Flight and Mid-Atlantic Summer Club Championships. Additional costs: travel, official UA team uniform, additional positional training.

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