A progressive 30 week training program that complements the mind and body of the lacrosse player.  Focusing on the educational elements of the game accompanied by speed and strength training specific to lacrosse!


About The Academy Program


Created to focus on the educational elements of lacrosse.


Our aim is to keep players engaged in lacrosse training and competition  beyond the traditional lacrosse season.  


Coaches from across Cleveland will participate in weekly sessions focused on both position specific development and team development.  


Academy will take place over 30 weeks and will include one day of lacrosse skills training and one day of physical training per week.  


Coaches with experience in all age groups, including college, from across Cleveland will lead intense practices designed to improve upon player’s current skill levels and prepare players to become highly competitive.  


Participants will be assigned to one of two groups based on their current skills.  Players will practice with players at the proper skill level.

Practice will consist of one hour per week 7 min position warm up. 10 min position specific drills. 20 min advanced drilling in regards to practice topic. 20 min topic team education such as clear, ride, zone.


Program Details 

When Does Academy Train?

June - February

June 28, 2020 - February 7, 2021 (30 weeks)

One hour practice each week on Sundays. 

- Practices will be held at Force Sports - Rocky River.

- NO TRAINING WEEK OF: 7/5, 9/6, 11/22, 12/27, 1/3

One hour Performance training each week. 

- Choose from a flexible schedule that works for you to build your athletic foundation

Age Group Breakdown 

- Grades 5-6  I  Grade 7-8  I  Freshmen  I  High School

Tournament Information

July - December

One tournament per month. 5 in total.

Tournament attendance is optional and completly up to each player. Only pay and play in the tournaments that work for your schedule. We will select competitions in the Great Lakes region to eliminate the burden of extensive traveling that you find with most club programs. 

What Are The Costs?

Per Player

$700 per player for training program. 

- $250.00 Deposit

- $250.00 by July 1st

- $200 by August 1st

The program fee covers the 30 weeks of practice

and Performance training. 

Approximate Tournament Costs:

- $100 per player, per tournament. 

These are optional! Attend just one tournament or all five. Whatever fits your schedule and budget. 

Uniforms and Training Gear

Per Player

Academy Training Pinnie

- Each player will receive a practice pinnie to be worn for each weekly practice.

- Cost included in program fee.

Tournament Uniforms

- Approximate uniform cost: $50.00. 

- Will be available for purchase in Spring 2020. 

- Uniform is good for all 2020 tournaments.  

Performance Training Attire

- Players only need athletic clothing and shoes. No lacrosse gear, or cleats, is needed for Performance. 


How To Register


Create a login

> CLICK: "Register Here" below

> CREATE: "New Account" through Sports Connect.

(Previously know as Blue Sombrero)



> LOCATE: "2019-20 Westside Boys Lacrosse"

> Select appropriate age division



> FILL OUT: Medical Form & prompts. 

> COMPLETE: Payment plan and apply deposit.



For athletes that have never played and need to learn basic passing, catching, scooping, cradling, shooting

and defending.


Intermediate basic skills and game play. Play with both hands. Dodging technique. Game play basics. Shooting for speed and accuracy. Defending as a team. Passing, catching and shooting on the run.


Advanced skills. Players joining the academy should be able to play competent lacrosse and is looking to develop his game to an advanced level of lacrosse.


7v7 format is optimal to increase the speed of the game and increase “touches” for the boys. This is following the move in US Lacrosse, US Box LAX and our National Youth Lacrosse training guidelines. Younger boys need a field that is age appropriate to increase their development both

technically as well as their “Lax IQ.”

GRADES 3 - 4  I 5 - 6  I   7 - 8   9 - 12

MEN'S Ages 18+ Summer League


Our Coaching Staff


Academy Program Director

Kevin Walz

Over 27 years of coaching experience for youth, club, high school and collegiate programs. Oberlin College Head Coach 2002-2012.

Current Director of Westlake Youth Lacrosse.


Academy Coach

Paul Allen

The Gow School, Western NY: Class of ‘89.  Started club team & played at Muskingum College. Started AYLA in 2014. Middle School Head Coach. 2015 Avon High School, Head Coach to 2019.

Academy Coach

Kevin Bresnahan

St. Ignatius High School 3-year letter winner. Played club at University of Rochester. Current Head Coach at Avon Lake High School.

9 years of experience at the youth & HS levels.

Academy Coach

Lindsay Dew

Played for Texas Christian University Lax Club. Coaches for Avon Lake Boys Youth since 2015. Director and Assistant coach of

CLE LAX Tournament Team. 

Academy Coach

Benjamin Hobbs

Played and coached for University School. Graduated from Hobart College in 2000. Over 25 years of playing/coaching experience in NEO Lacrosse. Currently coaches in Avon Lake. 

Academy Coach

Alan Katigbak

Played & is currently coaching at St. Ignatius HS. Played at University of Dayton ‘86-’90. Has 10 years of Youth & HS Coaching experience.

Founder of Lake Erie Summer Lacrosse League.

Academy Goalie Coordinator

Max Rennillo

Played & is currently coaching at St. Ignatius HS.

Played for Endicott College & Heidelberg Univ.

Has over 12 years of coaching experience. 

Academy Coach

Kevin Schroeck

Played & currently coaches at St. Edward HS.  Played for Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA. Has held Assistant, Head Coach, Offensive 

Coordinator and Faceoff Specialist positions. 


Kevin Walz Email:

Phone: 440-935-7615 

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