What is the USBOXLA Academy?: The US Box Lacrosse Academy is the training and development arm of the US Box Lacrosse Association. We teach the international standard of box lacrosse. Our clinics provide players, new to the sport or seasoned, the opportunity to play and develop their box lacrosse game from one of the best NLL players and coaches within the United States and Canada. The skills and concepts taught in indoor lacrosse have become essential to every young lacrosse player trying to be as good as he can be. Teaching indoor lacrosse the right way to young players can be invaluable in their overall lacrosse development. Our directors share a unique knowledge and passion for this game that is transferred through to all participants.
Not just for Players: USBOXLA also provides free instruction/USBOXLA certification to coaches and referees across the country. As players come together across the USA and in Canada to play each other in USBOXLA sanctioned tournaments, the players know exactly how to play the game, the coaches know how to coach the game, and the referees know what to call. There is no "hybrid", "true", or "real", it's the international standard of box lacrosse played at the youth level.
The Instructor: Shaydon Santos has 12 years of box lacrosse experience in the NLL, and has won a World Championship. In addition to his experience, Santos is one of the founders of USBOXLA and President, but that doesn't keep him behind a desk for very long. Shaydon's love for playing the game has extended in to his love for teaching players the game. He has a lacrosse background and level of dedication to the sport not seen in many instructors. Coach Santos will improve your skills as an all-around lacrosse player as well assist you in developing a lacrosse IQ and love for the game of 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?
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.
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.
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.
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, 6pm to 9pm (U15/JV & Varsity College)
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: Registration fee is $170 for either day or $350 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.
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?