Why Play Box Lacrosse


We believe in box lacrosse over the field game for developing players. Does it work? Well, there is a reason why Division 1 programs recruit Canadian Box Lacrosse players so heavily.

  • The game is fast paced — running clocks with 30-second shot clocks.
  • The ball is always in play — enclosed field and little to no stoppages.
  • Box Lacrosse develops advanced stick skills — tight moves in tight quarters.
  • Accuracy is mandatory — take dead aim on small goals filled with well-padded goalies.
  • It promotes proper defensive skills and positioning — stick checks alone are discouraged and ineffective.
  • Everyone gets to run the field and learn both offense and defense.
  • Teamwork is required at all times; there is no room for individual play.


It’s simple. The boards keep the ball in play the entire time. The smaller field space speeds up the game, and the close-quarters require improved eye/hand coordination and improve stick skills at a faster rate due to increased touches.

Shooting on the larger 6 X 6-foot field goals, either outside or inside, doesn’t discipline kids to practice taking dead aim. Rewards come too easily, and it develops bad habits. Shooting on the much smaller box lacrosse 4 X 4-foot goals with padded goalies requires players to focus on their shots more. “Do I throw a shot fake? How do I get the goalie to step, and where do I place the ball?

As for defense, it requires perfect positioning, better team communication, and discourages lazy stick checks, which are ineffective, illegal, and don’t work. We teach proper fundamental defensive skills.


East Coast Dyes put together this little video clip of the 2016 top plays in the NLL.


“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.

“One of the biggest benefits of playing box for a young lacrosse player is in the development of lacrosse IQ. Because everyone plays with a short stick [in box lacrosse], you have to focus on being a complete lacrosse player versus specializing as an attackman or d-man. That is how your IQ grows and skills improve.

— University of Hartford Head Coach Peter Lawrence

“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.

—Legendary Coach from the University of Virginia, Dom Starsia