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Why Box?

 Every Kid Should PLay Box Lacrosse -

John Desko, Head Coach Syracuse University  

 

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

 

 

The skills used in box lacrosse makes for better lacrosse players on the field or in the box. Box Lacrosse is recognized as the most effective way to develop the skills of any lacrosse player. Not just playing lacrosse inside, but playing and learning box lacrosse skills and techniques is the focus of MN YBL.

 

10 Reasons to Play Box Lacrosse

10.FASTER PLAY | The speed is way faster than anything you would see outdoors.  It makes playing outside seem like going in slow motion

9.STICK HANDLING | Playing in closer spaces means your stick skills have to be tighter and quicker.  Your stick handling improves because there is no room for error, quite literally.

8.TRANSITION | Ball moves from defense to offense with increased speed.  Players learn quickly to breakout and move the ball up the field.

7.DEFENSIVE BODY POSITION | No D-Poles means that defensive players have to use good body position to be successful.

6.OFF-BALL MOVEMENT | Playing in such a tight area means it is that much harder to get open.  Running through people to go to goal just doesn't work.  Players learn to cut, pick and keep in constant motion.

5.GOALIES SEE MORE RUBBER | Shots come hard and fast.  Goalies see more shots in a shorter period of time.  There hands and reaction time become much quicker.

4.SHOOTING ACCURACY | Gary Gait is among many who have gone on record about the shooting accuracy that comes from playing box lacrosse.

3.REACTION TIME | Almost every point made deals with faster speeds.  A byproduct of playing faster is you have to react faster.  That means faster to a ground ball, faster in transition, faster to play the ball, faster to shoot the ball.  You name it, your reaction to it gets faster.

2.PLAYER SAFETY | When it comes to pre-season training, the goal is to get better for the Spring season, not get hurt.  Many indoor facilities boast full fields, which ultimately are surrounded by some sort of netting.  As one of the area's top orthopedic doctors pointed out, the box is a safer playing surface.  There is nothing to get tripped up on and in to.

1.PROVEN SUCCESS | You can list as many of the benefits as you want, but the proof is in the success that box players have.  Look at the most successful players over the last decade.  The majority play box in the off season.  Paul Rabil, Casey Powell, the Gait brothers.  No matter who you identify with, the common thread is that they have or still do play box lacrosse.

Testimonials

6X NCAA Championship Coach Bill Tierney, Denver University:

"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.  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 on a 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."

 

4X NCAA Championship Coach Dom Starsia, University of Virginia:

"When you watch Canadian kids 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?"

 

MLL/NLL All-Star Casey Powell on Box Lacrosse:

"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."

Resources

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ND Box
 
Hopkins Box
 
Matt Vinc Box Immersion Camp
 
Jamie Munro on Box Immersion
 
The Great One

 

Camps

 

 

Shawn Evans - Box Lacrosse Immersion Camp

Stay Tuned for 2019 Dates and Locations

Grades 4 - High School

$175.00 (Register before may 1)

Veteran's Park - Veterans Park Dr, Naples, FL

10am - 4pm

You are invited to join Shawn Evans and other for Southwest Florida's Box Only Lacrosse Camp. 

A limited number of kids per age group.

Designed for specific instruction on Saturday and Sunday with real scrimmage/gameplay

 

 

 

 

Shawn Evans

2 Gold Medals for Canada (2011 & 2015)
1 Tournament MVP (2015)
2 NLL MVP (2013 & 2015)
2 NLL Leading Scorer (2013 & 2015)
1 NLL All-Star Game MVP (2010)
1 NLL Championship (2007)

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP TEN REASONS TO PLAY BOX LACROSSE 

 

 10. FASTER PLAY | The game speed is much faster than anything you would see outdoors. It makes playing outside seem like going in slow motion. 
 

9. STICK HANDLING | Playing in closer spaces means your stick skills have to be tighter and quicker. Your stick handling improves because there is no room for error, quite literally. 
 

8. TRANSITION | Ball moves from defense to offense with increased speed. Players learn quickly to breakout and move the ball up the field. 
 

7. DEFENSIVE BODY POSITION | No D-Poles means that defensive players have to use good body position to be successful. 
 

6. OFF-BALL MOVEMENT | Playing in such a tight area means it is that much harder to get open. Running through people to go to goal just doesn’t work. Players learn to cut, pick and keep in constant motion. 
 

5. GOALIES SEE MORE SHOTS | Shots come hard and fast. Goalies see more shots in a shorter period of time. Their hands and reaction time become much quicker.
 

4. SHOOTING ACCURACY | Gary Gait is among many who have gone on record about the shooting accuracy that comes from playing box lacrosse.
 

3. REACTION TIME | A byproduct of playing faster is you have to react faster. That means faster to a ground ball, faster in transition, faster to play the ball, faster to shoot the ball. You name it, your reaction will get faster. 
 

2. PLAYER SAFETY | When it comes to pre-season training, the goal is to get better for the Spring season, not get hurt. 
 

1. PROVEN SUCCESS | You can list as many of the benefits as you want, but the proof is in the success that box players have. Look at the most successful players over the last decade. The majority play box in the offseason. Paul Rabil, Casey Powell, the Gait brothers. No matter who you identify with, the common thread is that they have or still do play box lacrosse.

 

 

Shawn Evans' Accomplishments

World Championships

  • 2 Gold Medals for Canada (2011 & 2015)
  • 1 Tournament MVP (2015)

NLL Career

  • Buffalo Bandits (2018-Present)
  • New England Black Wolves (2016-2017 season)
  • Calgary Roughnecks (2011-2015)
  • Rochester Knighthawks (2006-2010)
  • 2 NLL MVP (2013 & 2015)
  • 2 NLL Leading Scorer (2013 & 2015)
  • 1 NLL All-Star Game MVP (2010)
  • 1 NLL Championship (2007)
  • Drafted Rochester Knighthawks (2006)

MSL Career

  • Peterborough Lakers (2004-Present)
  • 4 Mann Cups (2004, 2006, 2010, 2012)
  • 7 Ontario Championships
  • 1 MSL MVP (2013)
  • 2 MSL Leading Scorers
  • 2 MSL Playoff Leading Scorers (2009, 2012)
  • 1 Mike Kelly Award for Mann Cup MVP (2010)
  • Mann Cup Points Record (37 in 2010)
  • Mann Cup Assist Record (32 in 2010)

OLA Career

  • Six Nations (2007)
  • Peterborough Lakers (2001-2006)
  • 2 Bobby Allan Awards for the Top Scorer (2006, 2007)
  • 2 OLA regular season MVP Awards (2006, 2007)
  • 3 Jim Veltman Awards for Most Outstanding Player (2005,2006,2007)
  • 1 OLA Championship Six Nations (2007)
  • 2 Minto Cup National Championships (2006,2007)
  • 1 Minto Cup MVP Award (2006)

 

 

 

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