Why is Box Lacrosse so Important?
Box lacrosse is booming! Youth programs to college universities are beginning to find impeccable value in the sport of box lacrosse, many coaches and facilities around the U.S are starting to follow in the footsteps of our friendly northern neighbors in Canada. It’s evident that Canadians have been dominating the college and professional programs in the U.S because of their exposure to so much time in the box at a young age. Here are some quotes from Lacrosse legends about the importance of time in the box!
“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
Box lacrosse leagues are continuing to grow, not necessarily to replace field lacrosse but to enhance it! According to numerous coaches and lacrosse professionals, it is one of the best ways for players to develop and excel in lacrosse IQ, fundamentals, stick handling, awareness, and flat-out athleticism. It’s simple, less space creates more touches.
“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
If the wise words of these All-Stars aren’t convincing enough, go ahead and ask the Yale Bulldogs how they did this past season after purchasing 5 ProWall box lacrosse systems… In case you didn’t know they are now the 2018 NCAA DI National Champions. Congratulations Bulldogs!
“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