WHY BOX LACROSSE?
Why do lacrosse players love to play box lacrosse? A main reason is the players get more time with the ball to improve their stick skills because the ball rarely goes out of play. Operating in tighter spaces with less reaction time boosts everyone’s field game. A player’s shooting skills grow as they shoot on smaller nets against goalies wearing more equipment. The indoor game is simply quicker up and down the turf, which improves all-around athleticism and fitness.
Wayne Gretzky played box lacrosse and hockey growing up. Combining skills from each sport helped develop his sense of creativity. Some say it was the lacrosse background that pushed his hockey talent to the next level. Gary Gait is one of the most prominent lacrosse players of our time, and he grew up playing the box style. For a recent example we turn to John Tavares of Team Canada (nllinsider.com).
The majority of lacrosse players also participate in hockey during the winter. Box lacrosse is the perfect transition between hockey and field lacrosse. In fact, if you placed hockey and field lacrosse in a blender, you would get box lacrosse.
Today, college and professional field lacrosse is beginning to notice a trend where box players are excelling and taking the game to a whole new level. Box players harness shots with pin-point accuracy, along with quicker and more effective passing in tight spaces. Many great field players are also playing in the NLL, but the transition is difficult because they waited until later in their careers to make the move. Athletes in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania now have this opportunity at a much younger age.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is box lacrosse?
Box lacrosse is a fast paced, exciting game that improves your stick skills dramatically. You will enhance your foot work, shot and passing ability. Because the nets are smaller and the goalies are wearing larger pads, you will have to get creative to score. Defense builds your physical play because without a long pole, you must stay tight on your man.
Where is box lacrosse played?
Box lacrosse is placed indoors in the confines of a hockey rink. The field contains glass boards, rounded edges and a turf field much like an outdoor field, but much smaller.
What do the goals look like?
Box lacrosse goals look like a mini lacrosse goal, more narrow and shorter, almost like a hockey goal.
How many players play on the field?
Box lacrosse games are made up of 5 field players and a goalie on each team.
How long is a box lacrosse game?
A box lacrosse game is made up of 4 15-minute quarters.
Are box lacrosse games high scoring?
Definitely! Most pro teams will score a combined 25 goals throughout the game.
Do girls play the same rules as boys? Do they need pads, helmets, and boys sticks?
Box rules are the same for any gender. You can use a girl's stick but you much have a helmet and gloves. Other padding is recommended.
Coach Smith has over 30 years of lacrosse experience. After being inducted to the Roanoke College Hall of Fame and becoming their 5th all time leading scorer, Coach Smith went on to play in the Mens Indoor Lacrosse Professional League. Since his professional lax days, he has coached at Lynchburg College and took the team to a top 15 national ranking and coached at Toms River High School North for 11 years. He is currently a high school coach for Team 91 Lacrosse.
2x NCAA All American
Roanoke College Hall of Fame
Former MILL Athlete
US LAcrosse Coach of the Year
2010 US Lacrosse Man of the Year, Shore Conference
Veteran Box Lacrosse Coach
Born and raised in Ontario, Canada, Coach Mike started playing box lacrosse as a young boy. In addition to being a member of Team Canada in 1994, Coach Taylor is a certified box lacrosse coach and official. He was a member of Team Canada's 1990 eastern finals team and part of the Founders Cup Championship team in 1991. He is currently a school teacher and assistant coach of Dowling Colleges men's lacrosse program where he had an All American collegiate career, as well as a coach for Legacy Lax box lacrosse.
4 Year Member Canadian Champion
NCAA Div. II Asst. Coach of the Year
4 NCAA Div. Final Four Appearances
NCAA Div. II 3 Time MVP - Dowling College
Coach Resch has a storied career in the lacrosse world. He graduated from Yale University where he was a 2x All-American and 3x All Ivy League player. After college, he played for the NLL Philadelphia Wings for 5 years, he coached and lead the Wings to 4 championships and was named to eh NLL Hall of Game in 2008. He also won a gold medal in the 1990 World Lacrosse Championship. He is currently a guidance counselor at La Salle College High School, Defensive Coordinator/Assistant to the HC for the La Salle lacrosse team and coach for NXT box lacrosse
Philadelphia Wings Player and Head Coach
4x NLL Champion
NLL Hall of Fame
2001 NLL Coach of the Year