If you only play or coach field lacrosse and wonder what you or your players could get out of playing box lacrosse, consider the following:
The indoor game is extremely fun to play. Because of the shot clock, the action continuously moves from end to end. There is no standing around.
Playing box lacrosse will hone a player’s stick skills in a way that wall ball and field lacrosse just can’t replicate. Most everyone familiar with lacrosse can appreciate the skills that Canadian players possess. Those skills were created by playing in tight spaces which create smaller windows of opportunity. The result is better shooting, passing, and finishing skills. All of these directly translate into improving a player’s field game.
No out of bounds keeps the ball in play most of the time. This means more reps and more touches. That translates into faster player skill development.
Playing box lacrosse improves a player’s lacrosse IQ. Box players learn to play offense and defense, generate space off- ball, run two- man games to create scoring opportunities, defend the inside -out pick, and generate better shooting angles.
Box lacrosse is a great conditioning tool. The fast pace of the indoor game gets players into excellent shape in a short amount of time while they are having fun doing it.
Gain a field lacrosse advantage. More college coaches are incorporating box lacrosse training into their programs, or are looking for players with box lacrosse experience. Brown and Loyola University are a couple of examples of this trend.
Here are just a few examples of what some of the leaders in the lacrosse world think about the importance of playing box lacrosse:
“Being a part of the finesse and physicality of box lacrosse has been a great experience for me. I feel that I have learned and improved as an overall lacrosse player. Learning to adapt in tight space while reading defenders and offensive players has been the biggest improvement in my game.”
Paul Rabil, NLL & MLL All-Star, NCAA All-American
“I knew that if I wanted to be one of the best players in the world, I would have to dedicate myself to both the indoor and the outdoor game. Playing indoor lacrosse has been a great thing for my career.”
-Casey Powell, MLL/NLL All-Star
“I believe that box lacrosse gives young people many more opportunities to excel in our game. If I had my choice, I would have every player under the age of twelve play box lacrosse exclusively or at least a majority of the time. The number of touches of the ball and the ability to develop better stick skills in a game of box lacrosse far surpasses what happens to young people on a 110 x 60 yard field. Learning how to pass and catch in traffic, understanding how to shoot, and developing a sense of physicality are all positive traits developed by the box game.”
– Bill Tierney, US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Denver University Head Coach, Princeton 7x National Champion, NCAA Championship 2015
“If I was US Lacrosse, I wouldn’t let any kids play field until they were 10 or 12…”
– University of Denver Head Coach, Bill Tierney
“When you watch Canadian kids [Box Lacrosse Players] score, when you see their skill level around the cage, you wonder to yourself, ‘Jeez, are we teaching kids [in the U.S.] the wrong things?”
– Dom Starsia University of Virginia Head Coach
“American field players would really help themselves if they were exposed to a steady stream of box. Box lacrosse offers an extremely valuable background for a young player. We need to incorporate more of the indoor skills into the field game. It is almost a requirement to have a top player with indoor experience on your roster right now.”
– University of Virginia Head Coach, Dom Starsia
“If box lacrosse were played by kids in the U.S. in the fall the way it is played in Canada, it would completely change the complexion of the game in terms of the quality of play and the balance of power. The trend of competitive balance at the DI level would be expedited. Now, the game is growing faster than ever, but one doesn’t see improvement in players from certain regions as expected with such large growth. Box Lacrosse would change all of that. You don’t have to be a good coach to make kids be better players in the box. Like a great drill, it just happens.”
– Jamie Munro, Founder/CEO 3d Lacrosse, Assistant Coach Boston Cannons Major League Lacrosse, former Head Coach of University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse.
“One of the biggest benefits of playing box for a young lacrosse player is in the development of lacrosse IQ. Because everyone plays with a short stick [in box lacrosse], you have to focus on being a complete lacrosse player versus specializing as an attackman or d-man. That is how your IQ grows and skills improve.”
– University of Hartford Head Coach Peter Lawrence
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?