Larry Fila and the BILL/PSL

Kevin M. Neibauer caught up with Larry Fila in part of our One on One Series

Mr. Fila has been around lacrosse for quite a few years, Larry is a pioneer in putting together teams and leagues.

So, let’s go One on One, Larry Fila.

KMN- The Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League or, the BBILL, how did that come about?

LF= The league was founded and ran by Marc Hoffman As the years unfolded, these fine people assumed the reigns. 2nd Commissioner Bill Curtis, 3rd Commissioner Hunter Francis, 4th Commissioner Ginny  Capicchion, 5th Commissioner, and now President Larry Fila.

Experience

KMN- What is your lacrosse experience?


LF- I was a walk-on at Towson in 1981 and played for two years. When I finished college I did not play lacrosse until 1992. My first box experience was in the B.I.L.L. playing for the Baltimore City Police team in 1992. My very first box game in the B.I.L.L. was against Jeff Klodzen’s team, who had Paul and Gary Gait, Dave Pietramala, Ron Klausner, Kip Fulks….. Needs less to say it was quite an experience and I fell in love with the game and played for 20 years retiring from play in 2012 at age 52. 

Experience Playing Box

KMN- Tell us about your Box Experiences

LF- Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League Championships: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2010, 2012.Baltimore Indoor Lacrosse League Championships Appearances: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.Towson University: 1981, 1982, Baltimore Thunder Practice team 1994, 1995Aleš Hřebeský Memorial International Box Lacrosse Tournament Championships: 2002, 2003, and 2004.Aleš Hřebeský Memorial International Box Lacrosse Tournament Championships Appearances: 2000, 2001,2002, 2003, 2004.

KMN- With an impressive resume such as that, you must be excited about the upcoming season, what else can you tell us about the upcoming events?

LF- Sure, where do I begin

The 36th season of the B.I.L.L.has a very different format for this season. 

Additional information for the 2021 Season.  
B.I.L.L. Season XXXVI Details:Rules: 2020-2022 Men’s Indoor International  Official Playing Rules and B.I.L.L. Indoor Rule Modifications. (see attached)Referee in Chief: Kevin Forrester (3 referees for each game).All Players must be current US Lacrosse Members and in good standing throughout the entire season.
Games: Teams play each team once. Quarterfinal round: Top two teams have a bye / 3 seed vs. 6 seed / 4 seed vs. seed 5 seed. The semifinals will be winners of QFG1 vs 2 seed / WQFG2 vs 1 seed. 

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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