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Spring Training Academy

The Spring Training Academy, directed by Josie Ferri & Julie Young, is a 6-week intensive program that follows an advanced curriculum designed to improve and strengthen female lacrosse players. Players will have the opportunity to hone on all areas of their game: stickwork, speed, footwork, offensive concepts, midfield transition, defensive concepts, drawing/circle play, and communication. In addition to focusing on individual skills, training sessions will also include small-sided games & scrimmages in order to help players transfer and execute what they have practiced into competitive play. 

The Goalie portion of the Spring Training program is geared towards intense and advanced instruction to enhance the goaltending tools necessary for optimal performance. Goalies will have the opportunity to perfect their technique and work on every facet of their game, including stopping, clearing, bounce shots, agility, and warming up. Each session, players will receive individual coaching and see a variety of shots before entering small-sided game play.

Eligibility: Open to any and all girls' lacrosse players regardless of club, school or township affiliation (K-8). 

                  Players will be divided by age and skill level for training sessions.

Location: The Episcopal Academy, Brand New Stadium Turf Field

    1785 Bishop White Drive

    Newtown Square, PA 19073

Sessions:    Mondays: 3/27*, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1 

         Tuesdays: 3/28*, 4/4, 4/11, 4/25, 5/2 

         Training will begin with warm up promptly at 6pm and will finish by 7:15pm (*3/27 & 3/28, training will run 5:30-6:45pm)

Cost: Mondays - $185 (6 sessions)

    Tuesdays - $155 (5 sessions, no clinic on 4/18)

     Individual Clinics - $40/each

Staff: The program's coaching staff will consist of coaches from multiple club and collegiate programs (DI & DIII), dedicated to teaching the game and developing top athletes! In order to ensure our guarantee of individual player improvement, we will maintain a 8:1 player/coach ratio during training. 

Directors: Julie Young (Mondays) & Josie Ferri (Tuesdays)

Josie Ferri Tomaino is currently the head varsity girls' lacrosse coach at The Episcopal Academy (4th season) and the co-owner/director of Philly Blast Lacrosse. Ferri holds a Masters in Sport Management from Drexel University and is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA). Prior to coaching at The Episcopal Academy, she served as the assistant coach at Villanova for the 2012-2013 season. Ferri was a stand out player at Haverford College as a four-time All-Centennial player, four-time Metro Region selection as well as an IWLCA National All-American. As a midfielder, she led the Fords in scoring, points, draws, and free-position goals every season of her college career. In her senior year, she was honored as the Centennial Conference Woman of the Year Nominee and received the Steven G. Carey Award, given to the senior who has made the greatest overall impact on the athletic department.

Julie Young is currently the head women's lacrosse coach at Villanova University (7th season) and the co-owner/director of Philly Blast Lacrosse. As a standout midfielder at Princeton University ('01) in both soccer and lacrosse, Young was selected for All-Ivy (4x, soccer & lacrosse), IWLCA/Brine All-America (3x, soccer & lacrosse) and the Tewaaraton Trophy (finalist, lacrosse). After completing a stellar career at Princeton, Young was named lead assistant at the University of Pennsylvania (2002-2008). While at Penn, she helped transform the Quakers - a team that had one winning record since 1983 - into a two-time Ivy League Champion ('07 & '08) and an NCAA championship finalist in 2008. In 2008, Young became the head coach at Haverford College (2009-2011), where she broke the highest single-season wins and earned the program's first berth in the conference tournament. In 2009, she was honored as the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year.

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