High School Elite League
** ROSTER SPOTS FOR THIS LEAGUE ARE BY INVITE OR THOUGH A TRYOUT PROCESS. ALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN THE HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE ARE ELIGIBLE FOR PULL UP TO THE LEAGUE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING, PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM SO WE CAN INVITE YOU TO UPCOMING PRACTICE AND EVALUATION SESSIONS.
The Elite league is a 12 week competitive box league played under USBOXLA guidelines. This is for advanced lacrosse players – but prior box experience is NOT required. The first four weeks will be dedicated to box training (see instructors below). We will have two teams from RI, and two teams from MA. We also have two slots for a competitive High School or club program that would like to field a team. This is 100% legit box lacrosse undiluted.
Players will compete on a full size, sport court rink with double doors, penalty boxes, shot clocks, 4×4 nets. All players must be registered with USBOXLA and wear full box gear including rib/kidney pads and hard shell bicep pads (NO EXCEPTIONS). Each team will have a dedicated coach, customs uniforms, teams will be weighted based on ages for balanced competition. Games will be officiated by USBOXLA certified refs, and will be keep and post game results, standings and player stats weekly.
WHO: Varsity Level High School Players
WHEN: Sundays (11-4) – one hour time slots, GAMES @ 11, 12, 1, 2
WHERE: Longplex, Tiverton, RI
DATES: Nov. 17, 24 / Dec 1, 8, 22 / Jan 5, 19, 26 / Feb. 2 , 9, 23 / Mar 1
LEAGUE FORMAT: 4 weeks training, 8 weeks of game play
GAME FORMAT: 10 min warmup, 3 x 15 min periods
** Players need annual USBOXLA membership, Uniforms not included.
Box Lacrosse in Action:
Midget A: Freshman & Sophomores
What the college coaches are saying:
“Last season, according to Canadian businessman and lacrosse enthusiast Jason Donville, there were 119 Canadian Division I lacrosse players, even though the Canadian Lacrosse Association (Canada’s US Lacrosse equivalent) reported around 8,000 people in the entire country playing field lacrosse. In contrast, US Lacrosse’s 2010 Participation Survey counted close to 380,000 people playing field lacrosse in the United States. Despite these disparities, the Canadian national team won the FIL World Lacrosse Championship in 2006, and came within two goals of beating the Americans again in 2010. **
American college coaches — many of whom have had a front-row seat watching Canadians sophisticated stick skills and catch-and-shoot prowess — see the indicators.
Virginia’s Dom Starsia, discussing sophomore attackman Mark Cockerton (Stan’s son) winning the Minto Cup this past summer said:
“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?'”
In a LaxMagazine.com article last May, Denver’s Bill Tierney echoed similar sentiments. “If I was US Lacrosse, I wouldn’t let any kids play field until they were 10 or 12,” he said. “Until box lacrosse grows in the United States, it’ll continue to be this way.”“
– Excerpt from Laxmagazine.com, for full article click here
** Canada won the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championship, beating Team USA in the finals.