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Arizona Box Lacrosse

by posted 04/14/2015
What is Box Lacrosse?


Box Lacrosse, known simply as 'lacrosse' in Canada is played between two teams of six players each (5 runners & a goalie).   'Boxla' is a  short hand text based term coined in the 1970s by journalist covering the sport.  Boxla is traditionally played on an ice hockey rink once the ice has been removed or covered. The playing area is called the box.  In the USA, the game is known as 'Box Lacrosse' and can be played on either roller hockey or indoor soccer rinks.

What are the key differences between indoor field lacrosse and Box Lacrosse?


  1. Safety - The US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA)'s rulebook contains a myriad of rules that protect its players in this indoor setting.  Field lacrosse rules (NFHS - boys) fail to address and protect players who participate in an environment with boards.  Box Lacrosse is a stick skills based game and unlike field lacrosse or indoor field lacrosse its rules severely punish open field hits, hits from behind, take out checks, man/ball loose ball techniques and stick swinging defensive techniques.
  2. Game play - Indoor field lacrosse is an offseason field lacrosse sport governed by the NFHS (field lacrosse rulebook). In some areas in the USA large 6x6 field lacrosse goals are used with goaltenders only wearing field lacrosse equipment.  Even with shortened numbers the strategies and skills of field lacrosse game play are used.  The strategies and skills of field lacrosse are ineffective in a tight Box setting.

    Box Lacrosse's offensive and defense philosophies and techniques are drastically different than field lacrosse.  With nets 20 sq-ft smaller than 6x6's and extremely well padded goalies, players must develop unique refined skills in order to score.  With a quick 30 second shot clock and allowing all 5 players to go anywhere in the Box, the game relies heavily on O to D and D to O transition increasing the overall speed and intensity of game play. Box lacrosse's effective defensive techniques limit the effectiveness of field lacrosse's 1-on-1 doges and promotes the creativity of off ball, 2 man, and team play.

  3. Equipment - Both player and goaltender equipment are different than field lacrosse.  Box players wear additional pads to protect kidney and biceps and also wear long sleeved jerseys to cover any additional equipment.  Box goalies are well padded and look similar to ice hockey goalies.

by posted 04/14/2015
Spring & Summer Lacrosse


Whats coming up this spring & summer?





Spring Box Lacrosse - Registration Open!


Players interested in continuing with lacrosse after the current season (or during if HS) have the opportunity to join us for Spring Box Lacrosse at Bonsall Park Hockey Rink in Glendale. In addition to box lacrosse specific instruction and games, players will have the option of attending coach led wall ball sessions every Wed evening. This is a great way to increase development, have fun and prepare for summer ball.


Why Play Box Lacrosse?


  • Improved stick skills

    • Increased shot accuracy

    • Improved passing vision & "touch"

    • Improved stick fakes & "handle"

    • Shooting around screens and in traffic

    • Better Ground Balls

    • Develop "softer" hands

  • Learn New Concepts

    • Learn how to create space & separation from the defense

    • Learn how to run Pick & Rolls

    • Play tight body defense

  • Conditioning

    • Transition leads to improved conditioning

    • New concepts and skills require improved footwork

    • Take a break from the Field game, but keep your stick in your hands


Box lacrosse instruction, games and wall ball

Cost $75

Wed & Sundays, April 19 – May 17

Open to all





2015 Western Open Lacrosse Championships


All Viper teams (K4, 5/6, JHS and HS) players are invited to join us for this guaranteed 5 game, 2 day tournament in Scottsdale.


Cost $1,500 per team. Cost per player will be evenly divided dependent on participation.

May 16 and 17

Scottsdale Sports Complex – Scottsdale, AZ

Open to all Viper K4, 5/6 and JHS teams






USBOXLA Academy Clinic for Arizona Lacrosse Players: Monday and Tuesday, June 1 & 2 at the Ice Den


The USBOXLA Academy is here to kick start the summer indoor season. Founded by Matt Brown (Associate Head Coach Denver University) and Shaydon Santos (12 year NLL player and coach), the directors have already created the largest and most successful youth Box Lacrosse programs in American history. Over the past few years they have created the US Box Lacrosse movement by being the first and only USA based youth lacrosse organizations to:


  • Play in Canadian youth tournaments
  • Host Canadian youth Box Lacrosse clubs in tournament play
  • Sanctioned over 3500 youth Box Lacrosse games here in the USA
  • Developed the first wave of US youth Box Lacrosse players that can compete against Canada's best
  • Developed the first comprehensive insurance program, rule book and certification programs that safely allows Box play without destroying the integrity and authenticity of this unique game


USBOXLA Academy director Matt Brown's system of development has been proven on the biggest stages of lacrosse at both the collegiate level  (architect of the NCAA's top offense as associate head coach of the University of Denver) and international play (Team Canada gold medal coach). Programs including Denver Elite, Baltimore Crabs, Cali-Lax All Stars and other top teams are part of USBOXLA


Date: ​ Monday and Tuesday, June 1 & 2


4pm to 6pm: Pee Wee (03/04) and Bantam (01/02)

6pm to 8pm: Midget (99/00) and High School Elite (96/97/98)


Format : Instruction/Skill Development & Scrimmage Play


Cost for both days is $65/player includes 4 hrs of training over two days and a free temporary USBOXLA membership required for participation. Registration opens next week. Space will be limited. Contact 





Summer Indoor House League at the Ice Den: June 6 – July 18


Immediately following the USBOXLA Academy, we begin our 4th year summer residence at the Ice Den. This season we are adding an optional Wednesday night House League to our regular Saturday sessions.


U15/JV & Varsity/College - Double Elimination Box Tournament Each Week

U11 & U13 - Practices Followed by Games


Saturdays, June 6 – July 18, 9am to 3pm

Wednesdays, June 10 – July 15, 3pm to 9pm


90 minutes per division


U11: Approx. 45 min practice followed by a 45 min game

U13: Approx. 30 min practice followed by a 60 min game

U15/JV: 4 Team Double Elimination Box Tournament

Varsity: 4 Team Double Elimination Box Tournament


Cost: Early registration fee is $150 for either day or $300 for both Saturday and Wednesday. Note only US Lacrosse membership is required. 


Battle in the Box Tournament, July 25


Ice Den, Scottsdale

Bantam (01/02) & Midget (99/00) Divisions

Open to teams or individuals to be placed on teams.

Cost $500 per team, or $50 per individual

July 25





2015 USBOXLA Nationals

Participating in the 2015 USBOXLA Nationals July 31 – Aug 2

Bantam (01/02) & Midget (99/00) teams

Presently looking to fill 5 spots each

Players receive team a specific USBOXLA Academy clinic and practices

Contact Coach Bill Casey along with a coach’s recommendation if interested. 

by posted 03/11/2015
PE Lacrosse


Since 2005 we have run over 100 no-cost PE Lacrosse Clinics in schools across Peoria Unified, Deer Valley Unified, and DYSART school districts. If you want a PE Lacrosse Clinic at your school just ask your PE teacher and contact to get on the schedule!!!


Next up are the 3rd through 8th grade students of Copperwood Elementary for the week of January 12-16, 2015


Here's where we were in 2014 . . .Where will we be in 2015?



Ironwood HSOakwood ElementaryMountain Ridge HSMountain Ridge HSMountain Ridge HSSunrise Mountain HSCentennial HSDeer Valley HSWillow Canyon HSCentennial HSSunrise Mountain HSLake Pleasant HSIronwood HSIronwood HS

by posted 12/18/2014
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