We have decided that the HS team will participate in the Country Lax Festival in Nashville, TN on June 1-2. If you have reserved rooms in Atlanta, please cancel those reservations. Please use the following links to reserve your rooms:
We are excited to announce BLU registration for summer travel and is now open! Please navigate to ourregistration site and register as soon as possible. We have simplified our registration process this year. Here’s how the registration and team placement will work:
10u - HS will register in the same place within the registration system. Players will be placed on either elite or select teams within their division. Our goal is to build teams based on graduation year to build team chemistry and strong bonds over the years for each player is involved in our program. This is a proven strategy in all travel team sports that has been in place for decades. We strive to have an elite team and any number of select teams per graduation year, but that is totally dependent on the # of participants we have in any given year. Based on per-registration numbers and evaluation participation, these are the teams and divisions that we are forecasting for this season.
9u – comprised of 2028 and under players
10u/11u – comprised of 2026 & 2027 players
12u select – comprised of the 2nd round players based on evaluations of 2025/2026 players.
12u elite – comprised of the best 2025/2026.
14u elite – comprised of the best 2023/2024 players
14u select – comprised of the 2nd round based on evaluations of 2023/2024 players
HS Select – comprised of the 2nd round based on evaluations of 2020-2022
HS Showcase Elite – comprised of the best 2020-2022 players.
Please keep in mind that our goal is to have a team for all players to play on, from elite to select, to developmental for each graduation year, but this is totally based on the number of players that join the program.
The HS Elite team will be charged slightly more, so additional costs for that team are noted on the registration page. Some players have been selected for the HS Elite team based on the first try out and will receive invitations via email invites. The remaining players will be selected based on their performance at the second tryout. Players unable to attend the first tryout will have an opportunity to be evaluated for the elite team at the second tryout.
9u registration – based on demand we will have a 9u program for players having graduation date of 2028 and later.
12u and 14u elite teams are selected by evaluations. Players selected for the elite teams based on the first evaluations should receive invitations via email in the next few days. 12u and 14u team selections and announcements will be finalized the first week of practice, May 6th.
Camp registration - for players that want to improve various aspects of their game, but are not able to participate in tournaments this year
To guarantee the best experience for our BLU program, we are in the final phase of vetting the tournaments we will attend. We will make this announcement as soon as possible. The dates of our summer tournament dates are as follows:
June 27-29 - We could potentially take our elite teams to a tournament this weekend if there is enough interest.
BLU strives to fill the needs for all aspects of Lacrosse development, from high level of competition for experienced players to beginner level training for the new players. The more participants we have the more we can offer and the better our summer program will be. The sooner our registrations are in, the better we can plan. It’s imperative that players register as soon as possible to allow us to determine the number of teams travelling to tournaments, hotel bookings, staff size, and equipment needs for our summer program.
We are excited to announce the release of BLU 2.0! As always, we are self evaluating from year to year and doing everything we can to make BLU the best Lacrosse travel program possible. Check out the changes coming in BLU 2.0.
We are changing the format of our elite teams at every age division. Our elite teams will be coached by the best coaches and community leads in the Birmingham area.
BLU is proud to announce that Jason Lange, the Head Coach of Division II Montevallo Falcons, will be joining our program and will be the head coach of the High School Elite Showcase team.
BLU is also extremely proud to announce the following local area high school head coaches will serve as the head coach of an elite team, as well as a director for that particular age group.
Jason Lange (University of Montevallo Men's Head Coach) HS Showcase Elite and upperclassman
Alex Mauro (Spain Park High School Varsity Head Coach) - HS underclassmen
Randy Nace (Vestavia High School Varsity Head Coach) - 14u
Greg Wingo (Homewood High School Varsity Head Coach)- 12u
TBD - 10u
TBD - 9u
The HS Elite team will participate in at least one, possibly 2, elite HS showcase tournaments. The Baltimore Summer Kickoff will be the premier showcase tournament that we attend.
All teams will be selected by try out process.
Our HS Elite Showcase Team try out will be March 3rd 1:00 at Spain Park High School.
10u, 12u, 14u, HS Freshman, and HS upperclassmen select and elite travel team tryouts will be in march and april. We will be announcing those dates soon.
We are also working very hard and are being very selective of all the tournaments we attend. Criteria for our tournament selection process is a combination of the level of competition (to ensure we maximize our players Lacrosse experience), age verification process (to ensure a level playing field), geographical proximity to Birmingham, and tournament dates. Here are the tournaments we have selected for the summer of 2019:
June 1-2 Trilogy (Atlanta) OR Country Music Lax Fest (Nashville)
June 15-16 Peach Tree City
June 22-23 Birmingham
*June 29-30 Grail Westfield, IN NXT Grail Showcase (for HS Elite showcase *** we might take all other teams to this as well)
Summer Season Dates
We are looking to start our summer season earlier and end earlier. We anticipate starting early to mid May and our last tournament will be June 22-23rd. Why the change? While we are committed to ensuring our members have the best Lacrosse experience possible, we want our families to be able to enjoy their summer outside of Lacrosse. We are committed to being done before July to ensure our players have time to pursue their other interests and families have plenty of time together.
To ensure that we are able to capitalize on our practice times, we are looking to move our practices to artificial turf surfaces where the wet conditions, that are part of our normal weather patterns in Alabama, do not result in cancelled practices. We will make an announcement on practice facilities once we’ve finalized our arrangements.
Each elite head coach will also be the head of each age division at BLU. Their responsibilities also include creating practice plans that will be executed by the coaches of the other teams in that age division. What does this change really mean? While we are devoting much energy to bolster our elite teams, we remain dedicated to our development teams. We will field as many development teams as we have demand for. These teams will be tryout driven as well, as we will take the top players by position to form each team while maintaining small rosters.
New Options for Non-Travel Players
We are also restructuring our non-travel training program which will be separate from our travel program. We will offer training sessions divided by skill level and age group . These sessions will have the feel of small group training sessions where players will receive personal instruction from our coaches to enhance their skill and knowledge of the game.