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Champion Enters Year 3 in NAMLA Box Lacrosse League

Champion Lacrosse is excited to announce that we are entering Year 3 in the North American Minor Lacrosse Association (NAMLA). This elite box lacrosse league is made up of top Native American, Canadian and U.S. players and features teams from Western New York, Rochester, and Syracuse.

In our first two seasons, our Midgets made the playoffs and our Bantams just missed the postseason both years. 

REGISTER NOW - Spots are tight on Pee-Wee and Bantam, but we are looking for Midgets!

Simply put, this is one of the few opportunities for American players to play in a real box lacrosse league, and learn the skills needed to succeed in this form of the game: stick skills, shooting, footwork, defense – all in the confined spaces of the box rink.

There’s a reason every college coach will tell you that box lacrosse is one of the best ways to improve your game – and we think Buffalo should be THE capital for box lacrosse in the U.S.

We also believe that this can be a big step forward in uniting lacrosse in Buffalo, rather than diluting our talent and spreading our players thin over multiple teams.

  • Games and Practices at Health Zone Rink in East Aurora
  • 12 games
  • 10-12 practices (Saturdays and Sundays in April)
  • Shirt and shorts
  • Coached by US Indoor Team and NY Riptide assistant, two-time US Indoor Team defender and Canisius College assistant coach Joe Smith, and Buffalo Bandits transition player Ethan O'Connor
  • Scheduling around high school commitments
  • You can wear your field lacrosse helmets. In addition to your normal equipment, you will need rib pads, bicep fiber pads and wrist guards. We'll work with goalies directly on help with pads. We suggest either buying online through FierceLacrosse or visit their store in in Collins, NY.
  • Four different age groups:
    • Pee-Wee: Born in 2008, 2009, 2010 *
    • Bantam: Born in 2007, 2006 
    • Midget: Born in 2005, 2004 and 2003^
    • Intermediate: Born in 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999

* Second-year Novice players can play up in Pee-Wee since we won't field a full Novice team.

^ Last year 17-year-olds played Midget because the league couldn't field a full Intermediate division. So we're encouraging 17-year-olds born in 2003 to still attend, because they'll be able to play either Midget or Intermediate. More on a potential Intermediate team later.

Game schedule

DATE

HOME

AWAY

TEAMS

TIME

VENUE

Sun, May 3

Onondaga

Champion

PW, B, M

Noon

Tsha’ Hoñnoñyeñdakwha

Sat, May 9

Champion

Onondaga

PW, B, M

Noon

Healthy Zone Rink

 

Sun, May 17

Rochester

Champion

PW, B, M

10 AM

Genesee Valley

Sun, May 31

Champion

Rochester

PW, B, M 

10 AM 

Healthy Zone Rink

Mon, June 1

Champion

Tonawanda

PW, B, M

6 PM

Healthy Zone Rink

Wed, June 3

Tonawanda

Champion

PW, B, M

6 PM

Logan Field

Mon, June 8

Champion

Tuscarora

PW, B, M

6 PM

Healthy Zone Rink

Mon, June 15

Champion

Allegany

PW,B, M

6 PM

Healthy Zone Rink

Wed, June 17

Allegany

Champion

PW,B, M

6 PM

ACC

Mon, June 22

Champion

Newtown

PW, B, M

6 PM

Healthy Zone Rink

Wed, June 24

Newtown

Champion

PW, B, M

6 PM

CCC

Mon, June 29

Tuscarora

Champion

PW, B, M

6 PM

Tuscarora Box

Please note: Games start on the hour, so if Pee-Wee is at 11AM, Bantam is noon, Midget is 1PM.

2020 NAMLA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

DATE

DAY

DIVISION

TIME

VENUE

July 28

Tuesday

Pee-Wee

6 PM

CCC

July 29

Wednesday

Bantam

6 PM

ACC

July 30

Thursday

Midget

6 PM

Logan Field

 

2020 CHAMPIONSHIPS

DATE

DAY

DIVISION

TIME

VENUE

Aug 1

Saturday

PPW, B, M 

10 AM

Genesee Valley

 

• Tsha’ Hoñnoñyeñdakwha: Onondaga Nation Arena, 4000 State Rte 11, Onondaga Nation Via Nedrow, NY 13120
• Genesee Valley Sports Complex, 131 Elmwood Ave., Rochester, NY 14611
• ACC: Allegany Community Center, 3677 Administration Dr, Salamanca, NY 14779
• Logan Field, 275 Council House Rd., Basom, NY 14013
• Tuscarora Lacrosse Park, 5500 Walmore Rd, Lewiston, NY 14092
• CCC: Cattaraugus Community Center, 12767 Rte 438, Irving, NY 14081

Why Play Box Lacrosse?

We’ve found in one of our recent studies that in a 48-minute high school field lacrosse game, the average player has possession of the ball 12 times. In an indoor box lacrosse game played on a 200’ x 80’ ice rink area, THE AVERAGE PLAYER DOUBLED HIS AMOUNT OF POSSESSION TO 24 TIMES PER GAME.

“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

“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 12 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, 7-time National Champion