Club Spotlight: Black Bear Lacrosse Club

For our next club spotlight, we want to take a closer look at Lax Federation member club: Black Bear Lacrosse Club.

Originally founded in 2006, Black Bear underwent a re-branding effort in 2017 and have become one of the premiere club programs in the Philadelphia area. Based out of Phoenixville, PA, Black Bear has impressed at LAXFED events like Members Cup and Fall Exposure as well as at other lacrosse tournaments in the Northeast. 

Black Bear currently fields teams for the Class 2021 all the way to 2030. Black Bear draws their players from Western Montgomery County, Berks County, and Northern Chester County in Pennsylvania. 

Directors Bryan Churchey & Grady Wise have created something special and have given hundreds of young players the chance to play club lacrosse. 

Why did you start Black Bear Lacrosse Club?

“Black Bear Lacrosse Club was created to offer families in our lacrosse community a Player-Focused program that offers quality coaching and instruction with a goal of developing better lacrosse players to compete at the highest levels they desire.”

“Black Bear is a Player-Focused Program with a passion to SERVE our local lacrosse communities. We raised $4,135 this year for Shootout For Soldiers and had an Army Special Forces Soldier come and speak to our players, Donated leftover food from our tournaments to the Phoenixville Area Community Services, and are set to kick off year two of our Fall Instructional Lacrosse League which is targeted towards beginner to intermediate players in our community looking for a fall lacrosse option where our high school players volunteer and give back to help grow the game!”

What is Black Bear’s philosophy when it comes to helping players develop their skills? 

“Black Bear’s club philosophy when it comes to helping players develop their skills is to offer them as many opportunities year-round as they desire to enhance their team and individual skill sets. Our Travel players practice year-round to maintain chemistry but we offer Position-Specific Training along with Athletic-Sport-Specific Training as optional programs during the winter for those looking for more individualized instruction. Over the summer our youth players can sign up for our camps/clinics to enhance their skills outside of club practices/games.”

How do you help your players that want to play at the next level?

“In the last three years Black Bear has sent 42 players to Division 1-2-3 programs with a 96% retention rate meaning the school they chose is the school they graduated from. We use what we call the “Recruiting Triangle” to help our families find the best FIT CHARACTER-engaging them in volunteer/community service opportunities, ACADEMICS-Placing an emphasis on being a great student on and off the field while offering prep programs, and ATHLETICS-Finding the best athletic fit for our players based on their overall athletic skill set and individual commitment levels.”

“We use ConnectLAX to develop player profiles that college coaches can see to get a snapshot of our players recruiting triangle while also doing Fall & Summer recruiting nights to set these up while also having local college coaches come in and speak about being a student-athlete. Each family is given a 4-year recruiting roadmap that outlines what their family should be doing throughout their high school career academically and athletically. We also attend the best recruiting events and promote our players to our 400+ college coach database.”

Why did you join the Lax Federation?

Black Bear joined the Lax Federation because it infuses small-local lacrosse clubs like us who are passionate about serving their local lacrosse communities that work together in unison with competition, facilitating each others needs, and eliminating or significantly reducing  costs for programs.

Favorite memory of Summer 2019? 

“The entire 4-day LAXFED Members Cup experience all our teams competed extremely well and the 2021s had a great team bonding session with the Carolina Miners players that was heard all throughout the event! We loved seeing our players in between games get to know each other better come together. Also, the 2024s taking home the championship vs. Top Caliber was a huge highlight!”

Goals for 2020?

“Continue to share our Mission+Vision of building TEAM Success through Positive Coaching & Instruction. To continue to develop great players on and off the field in our community. to Help our high school families find the best academic athletic fit for college, continue to build our teams and have more team success through our Team First Culture. Win some championships!”

“The Best Is Yet To Come!”

Lax Federation wishes Black Bear Lacrosse the best of luck in 2020 and we are proud to work with such dedicated coaches and players.

Follow Black Bear on Instagram @blackbearlacrosseclub, Twitter @BlackBearLC, and www.facebook.com/BlackBearLC 

or visit their website for more information at: https://www.blackbearlacrosse.com