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.
* HOME GAMES AT RIVERWORKS IN BUFFALO
^ 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
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