Boys Box Lacrosse
Winter & Spring: November 1, 2015 – March 26, 2016
Inside our One of Our Heated, 6,000 Square Foot Mini-Domes
- Pay Only $15 per Game with our innovative “Àl Lax Carte” Registration
- Contact us About Team Registration. No Team Fee Required! Play Because It Makes You a Better Lacrosse Player
- Open and Flexible Registration Allowing Players to Play When it Works with Their Busy Schedule
- Boys Play Saturday Afternoon & Sunday Morning
- Space is Limited to 20 Players- 10 Per Team
Start Date: Sunday- November 1, 2015 All Games Played at Navajo Fields, Yorktown NY
End Date: March 26, 2016 Game Day: Saturday Game Time: Grade 3/4 2 - 3 pm
Grade 5/6 3 - 4 pm
Grade 7/8 4 - 5 pm
Game Day: Sunday Game Time: Grade 3/4 2 - 3 pm
Grade 5/6 5 - 6 pm
Grade 7/8 4 - 5 pm
Individual Player Fee: $15 per Game
About the Game:
- Structure: There will be a 10 minute warm-up followed by two 20 minute halves with a 5 minute half-time
- Game: 5v5- 4 Field Players & 1 Goalie.
- Shot Clock: A 30 second Shot Clock will be in affect. the shot does NOT need to hit the cage. A One-Pass Rule Will be in affect and a 5 second pass or shoot count to encourage ball movement
- Equipment: All players must be fully equipped with US Lacrosse approved equipment- helmet, full pads, gloves, etc. All players must wear mouth guards, including goalies
- Sticks: No long poles. All players must use a regulation field stick except for the goalie who will use a goalie stick
- Substitution: Substitution occur every 3 minutes
- Faceoff: A faceoff will be used to start the game and the 2nd half. Alternating possession upon scoring (like basketball) at all other times
- The Field: No out of bounds- so there is no “closet to the line” on a shot. Play the ball off of the wall or net on a pass or shot
- Checking– Sticking checking is allowed, body checks as well as intentional contact is prohibited
- Penalties: Penalties will either result in a player having to serve time off of the field resulting in a 4v3.
- All Players must possess a current and valid US Lacrosse ID
- Sneakers or Turf Shoes- no cleats
Why Box Lacrosse?
Navajo Lacrosse is proud to bring its version of box lacrosse to the Hudson Valley Region! We have been researching and developing a program that is uniquely beneficial to young developing players.
Compare Navajo’s Box to other programs using the US Lacrosse “Game Intensity Index” that indicates the likelihood of a player to have an opportunity for direct participation in play. The lower the number, the greater the likelihood.
- Girls Field Lacrosse = 355
- Boys Field Lacrosse = 300
- Winter Indoor Lacrosse = 200
- Navajo Box = 44 (forty four)
When you look at the state of collegiate lacrosse today and analyze the prolific scorers, you see that a majority of them have a heavy background in box lacrosse. Even more telling is that the early adapters of box were the Canadians who continue to develop some of the best college lacrosse players today. It is widely accepted that is because of the skills taught and the structure of the box programs.
But it’s not just for scorers as poles and goalies benefit the from structure and speed of the game as well.
What is box lacrosse?
Professional box is played on a field the size of an ice hockey rink (17,000 sq ft) and is 5v5 and the goalie, very similar to hockey. Navajo’s version will be using our 4,100 sq ft field and will be 5v5 including the goalie. There are no off sides or out of bounds. We will be evaluating the use of a shot clock, so the speed and pace of the game should be uptempo and and exciting!
What are the benefits of box lacrosse?
- No out of bounds means more “touches” which lead to improved stick skills plus increased passing and shooting accuracy
- Small space means you’re going to need to learn how to stick fake
- Better understanding and use of the backhand
- Learn how to generate space off ball to get open
- Unique understanding of the “two man game”
- How to effectively run a pick play
- How to adapt to a double team
- Speed and agility work through playing
Phone: 914 564 2959
Credible testimonials about the benefits of Box Lacrosse:
“When training, it’s all about touches for me. To give American players an opportunity to play in tight quarters is critical. To be honest, Canadians have passed the American players in the stick skill department. Just look at the landscape of college lacrosse and the leading offensive scorers to confirm this opinion. More importantly, indoor lacrosse is a blast! At the end of the day, it should be about having fun first.“
~Paul Carcaterra, US Lacrosse Hall of Fame Member, ESPN Analyst and Former Syracuse University All-American Midfielder:
“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 6xNational Champion, Team USA 1998
“American field players would really help themselves if they were exposed to a steady stream of box experience. Box lacrosse is an extremely valuable background for a young player, we need to incorporate more of the indoor skills in to the field game. It is almost a requirement to have a top player with indoor experience on your roster right now.”
– Dom Starsia, University of Virginia Head Coach