Upstate Indoor Lacrosse
Lacrosse shares a camaraderie with the Buffalo-Niagara region as they are two of the oldest of their kind. But while lacrosse continues to grow in popularity at unprecedented rates, Buffalo is not one of the fastest growing American cities. The Buffalo Lacrosse Academy (BLA) was created in an effort to support both the sport and the city we love, and link their future together.
In 2004 two childhood friends both moved back to Buffalo after experiencing life and lacrosse outside of Western New York. After much discussion they decided the best way to give back to the lacrosse community that gave them so much was to start a lacrosse program whose primary focus was to serve as a bridge between local athletes and college programs.
Around the same time, the Buffalo Lacrosse Association (South Buffalo) program already had travel teams exposing its players to college coaches. For the next 5 years the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy and South Buffalo lacrosse collaborated behind the scenes, while running two independent programs.
In that same time period, the Buffalo Lacrosse Academy teamed up with Providence College and other local colleges in forming the Lake Erie Showcase, the most successful and largest area college recruited lacrosse tournament. To enhance player development, the BLA also started a Fall Ball, Winter Program and its Rising Stars Camp which focuses on giving younger lacrosse players the ideas to play higher level youth lacrosse.
The list of names to thank for all that they have contributed since the BLA’s inception in 2005 is much too long to list. However, numerous family, friends and strangers both near and far have all contributed to the goals these two old friends set out to accomplish back in the beginning. So thanks to everyone who has selflessly contributed to the BLA. The BLA and Western New York lacrosse will forever be indebted to you.
Thank you for sharing your time with us - we hope your lacrosse experience brings you the enjoyment that it has brought us for the better part of our lives. We owe so much to the many individuals who have come before us. We fully believe that lacrosse can help facilitate a bigger and brighter Buffalo-Niagara region.
To focus on the player outcomes of character, college and career over team outcome of winning without character.
Let the lacrosse capture the mind and let the teaching capture the heart.
Player Development Program
The BLA strives to develop the total student-lacrosse athlete. Through much hard work and continual enhancement, the BLA Player Development Program is a curriculum that strives to enhance player growth while having fun. It includes the BLA Fall Ball training league, Winter Warm-up 5-on-5 league, summer clinics and the Rising Stars Camp, and summer Summer Travel Teams. For more information click here.