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Champion Joins NAMLA Box Lacrosse League

Champion Lacrosse is excited to announce that we have been formally accepted into 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, Syracuse and Albany.

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.

If you're interested in playing for our NAMLA teams, enter your information at this link using code NAMLA2018

Registration link here for those who want to sign up for the season.

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 at Riverworks in Buffalo
  • Practices at Health Zone Rink in East Aurora
  • 12 games 
  • Custom jersey
  • Coached by US Indoor Team assistant, two-time US Indoor Team defender and Canisius College assistant coach Joe Smith and Georgia Swarm 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: 11-12-year-olds born in 2006 and 2007 
    • Bantam: 13-14-year-olds born in 2004 and 2005 
    • Midget: 15-16-17-year-olds born in 2003, 2002, 2001
    • Intermediate: 18-19-20-21-year-olds born in 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997
2018 NAMLA Regular Season schedule *
  • Sunday, May 6: vs. Tonawanda (2PM Pee-Wee, 3PM Bantam, 4PM Midget)
  • Sunday, May 13: @ Onondaga (2PM Pee-Wee, 3PM Bantam, 4PM Midget)
    • Onondaga Nation Arena, 4000 Route 11, Nedrow, NY 13120
  • Sunday, May 20: vs. Onondaga (2PM Pee-Wee, 3PM Bantam, 4PM Midget)
  • Wednesday, May 23: vs. Alleghany (6:30PM Pee-Wee, 7:30PM Bantam, 8:30PM Midget)
  • Wednesday, May 30: @ Alleghany (6PM Pee-Wee, 7PM Bantam, 8PM Midget)
    • Allegany Community Center, 3677 Administration Dr., Salamanca, NY 14779
  • Monday, June 4: @Newtown (6PM Pee-Wee, 7PM Bantam, 8PM Midget)
    • Gil Lay Memorial Arena, 11093 Erie Rd, Irving, NY 14081
  • Wednesday, June 6: vs. Tuscarora (6PM Pee-Wee ONLY)
  • Monday, June 11: vs. Newtown (6PM Pee-Wee, 7PM Bantam, 8PM Midget)
  • Wednesday, June 13: @ Rochester (6PM Pee-Wee, 7PM Bantam, 8PM Midget)
    • Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex, 2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, Rochester, NY 14623
  • Monday, June 18: @ Tuscarora (6PM Pee-Wee ONLY)
    • Tuscarora Lax Park, 5500 Walmore Rd., Lewiston, NY 14092
  • Wednesday, June 20: @ Tonawanda (6PM Pee-Wee, 7PM Bantam, 8PM Midget)
    • Logan Field, 275 Council House Rd., Basom, NY 14013
  • Monday, June 25: vs. Rochester (6PM Pee-Wee, 7PM Bantam, 8PM Midget)
  • PLAYOFFS (top 4 in each division qualify):
    • Sunday, July 8 (10AM start, times TBD)
      • Logan Field, 275 Council House Rd., Basom, NY 14013
    • Sunday, July 15 ​​​​​​(9AM start, times TBD)
      • Tuscarora Lacrosse Park, 5500 Walmore Rd., Lewiston, NY 14092

* HOME GAMES AT RIVERWORKS IN BUFFALO

TENTATIVE PRACTICE SCHEDULE^
  • Sunday, April 8 - 5PM
  • Thursday,  April 12 - 7PM
  • Sunday, April 15 - 5PM
  • Thursday, April 19 - 7PM
  • Sunday, April 22 - 5PM
  • Wednesday, April 25 - 7PM
  • Saturday, April 28 - 5PM
  • Sunday, April 29 - 6PM
  • Thursday, May 3 - 7PM

^ HEALTHY ZONE RINK, EAST AURORA
Thursday's practices: Pee-Wee/Bantams 7-8PM, Midgets 8-9PM
Sunday's practices: Pee-Wee/Bantams 5-6:30PM, Midgets 6:30-8PM

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