INFO

 

We understand their is a lot of information that is sent to our families and therefore there may be a lot of questions. Grace Foca our travel coordinator, is always on hand to help all of our families when it comes to hotel needs. In addition, we ask our families to first check their online parent portal and then the website before reaching out to our directors.

COACH RUSSELL

 

Tyler Russell (BBL Elite Youth Director)

  • Hometown: Livonia, NY

  • Playing Experience: Rochester Institute of Technology 2009-2012

  • Coaching Experience: Livonia HS, Kean University, NJIT and the Rochester Institute of Technology Men’s Lacrosse Programs

  • Accolades: 2011 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, 2012 USILA 2nd Team All-American, 2012 USILA Scholar All-American, 2012 Liberty League Offensive Player of the Year

  • Coaching Expertise: Offense

  • What I most enjoy most about coaching lacrosse is …

    • Watching a young student-athlete realize their true potential when doing something.

  • BBL classes differ from our rivals’ classes because …

    • Not only are they structured, but our coaches provide all student with a path to success. Our BBL coaches genuinely care about the players they are training and work with them on a week to week basis ensuring that they are improving.

YOUTH PHILOSOPHY

 

The Boy’s Youth program at BBL has grown to be one of the strongest in the country. The philosophy of the program at the youth level roots in the individual player and building them from the ground up. Our year-round training platform focuses on keeping the stick in the players hand throughout the calendar year; while also mixing in competition against the best in area.

 

Over the course of the last few years, BBL has researched and figured out the most efficient way to produce talented players and teams. Our coaches work specifically with youth teams throughout the year, giving them the consistency to provide well run practices. Our coaches not only work with a team for the full year, but they also strictly work with the younger teams ultimately enforcing the skills and IQ that differs from running a high school practice.

 

In order to continue to thrive, BBL is dedicated to providing our players with as many training opportunities possible, while offering competition and gameplay against other growing clubs in the northeast.

 

TEAM STRUCTURE

 

The BBL Youth Elite program consists of teams from 3rd grade through 7thg grade, ultimately 10 teams in total.

 

The structure of each team varies. As players get older, we understand that certain new positions arise and players may become to specialize in one of them. Every year it is our goal to make sure that our rosters are at a point where players will get the maximum amount of touches during practices and games.

 

At the youth level players develop not only through training and skill-builders, but also through muscle memory and simple experimentation. Putting players in situations that they may not be familiar with on a lacrosse field may result in mistakes at first; however learning from those mistakes combined with feedback from our coaching staff will help them grow and get better.

 

 

SEASONAL PRACTICES & TOURNAMENTS:

 

Our programming varies by grade

 

Fall: 6 practices and 2-3 tournaments (Extra Training for 3rd Graders with additional games)

  • Tournaments we travel to:

    • Lehigh King of the Mountain

    • NXT Harvest Classic

    • North American Lacrosse Association Fall Invitational

 

Winter: 6 Position-Specific Indoor Practices

 

Spring: 8 practices plus additional playdates and positional training

 

World Series of Youth Lacrosse: Open tryouts in January/February followed by 8 team practices in March leading up to the WSYL Qualifier

  • Mid-Atlantic Qualifier

  • Additional WSYL practices throughout April and May

  • 2-3 Playdates

 

Summer: Practices twice a week starting in June and 4-5 tournaments (2028 has 4 tournaments)

 

  • Tournaments we travel to:

    • Adrenaline Platinum Cup

    • North American Lacrosse Association Summer Invitational

    • Tristar Lax Clash

    • Millon Championship Event (2026-2024)

    • Crabs Young Guns

    • PrimeTime Invitational

    • Naptown

    • Lehigh Lax Fest

    • NXT Bluehen

    • FLG Spring Shootout

    • Westchester War Games​​

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