The National Lacrosse League (NLL) has grown from 9 to 15 teams since 2015, with total annual paid attendance climbing from 750,000 to over 1m. Top teams are playing at capacity filled venues and the league average is hovering around 10,000 spectators a game, making box lacrosse the hottest form of lacrosse. Take a look at this NLL highlight reel to see why.
Underneath all the fun and excitement, box lacrosse is also THE BEST way for youth players to improve their game.
Two of the most successful DI lacrosse coaches with 12 (!!!) NATIONAL TITLES between them, recommend box lacrosse:
“Every kid should play box lacrosse”
– John Desko, Head Coach Syracuse University – 5 NCAA DI Championships
“If I had my choice, I would have every player under the age of 12 play box lacrosse exclusively or at least a majority of the time.”
– Bill Tierney, Denver University – 7 NCAA DI Championships
In addition, 9 or the top 10, and 25% of all the PLL’s top 50 players have a box background, including big names such as:
- Lyle Thompson
- Eli Gobrecht
- Jeff Teat
- Brody Merrill
- Blaze Riordan
- Josh Byrne
- Tom Schreiber
- Zed Williams
- Trevor Baptiste
WHAT IS IT ABOUT BOX LACROSSE THAT MAKES IT SO MUCH FUN AND SUCH A GREAT LEARNING TOOL?
Box is played in a rink with boards, so the ball is never out of play. Box also uses a 30-second shot clock, features 5v5 players (plus a goalie), and all players play all positions and use short sticks. In addition, box players have to shoot on 4×4 goals protected by a goalie wearing massive amounts of padding. This means that in box a player gets:
- More reps —> Faster improvement —> Better outcome
- Amazing cardio workout
- Better at shot placement
- Better at stick protection
- Better at picking up ground balls under pressure
- Better understanding of spacing on the field
- Better at off-ball movement
- Better at seeing the field
- Better at quick decision-making
- Better at body control
- Better at defensive footwork
- Better at the two-man game
- Better at setting and defending picks
SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND WHEN YOU PICK A BOX PROGRAM
PRACTICE FACILITY: Make sure that practices take place in an actual rink so they simulate game conditions. A field or a tennis court is not an ideal box lacrosse practice environment because neither replicate the playing environment. Playing in tight spaces, reading bounces off the boards and controlling ground balls off the concrete are what make box, box.
COACHING STAFF: Make sure the coaches working with your players have actual box experience and know how to teach the differences between field lacrosse and box lacrosse. Box lacrosse IS NOT field lacrosse in a smaller space. It is a different, faster, more technical, more creative and more aggressive version of the sport and requires the right knowledge set to be taught successfully.
EQUIPMENT: Make sure the organization you are signing up with has all the right equipment, from box regulation goals to the proper goalie equipment to protect their players.
DRAGONS LACROSSE CHECKS ALL THE BOXES
We are the longest-running, most successful and most experienced box program in Los Angeles. We have the most consistent and experienced coaching staff, we have practiced in an actual rink for 10 years (!!) and we update our equipment annually. DRAGONS is THE BEST place in LA to get your player the box training that will elevate his game to the next level.
Isn’t it time you got on board?
Sign up now for our summer pre-season in August:
- Youth dates: 8/22, 8/24, 8/29, 8/31 – 5pm to 6:30pm
- High School dates: 8/24 & 8/31 – 6:30pm to 8pm
- Youth: $150
- High School: $85
- 2nd & 3rd Grade
- 4th & 5th Grade
- Middle School
- High School
Registration will be limited to 15 players per age group, so do not wait. Click HERE to register.
WHAT A DRAGONS BOX SESSION LOOKS LIKE.
Dragons box season will run in September and October 2023. Practice details, costs and league information will be announced over the summer as it becomes available.