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US Youth Box Lacrosse: Strides Being Made

Cali*Lax All-Stars box lacrosse Denver Elite
Fake high, fake low, but the biscuit in the basket.

In the video below you can see the Denver Elite team head down to California to take on the Cali*Lax All-Stars in box lacrosse.  Matt Brown, a member of the NCAA D1 Denver Coaching staff and Denver Elite youth teams, talks a little bit about the benefits of box lacrosse as it translates to field and he makes some really interesting points.  But what I’m REALLY enthused about is the play from the Cali*Lax All-Stars team.  Sure, I like that they have LaxAllStars in their name, I like their California-centric uniforms, and I like that they wear hockey lids, but mostly I like their box skills.

The California-based team (in white) is run by Shaydon Santos and I have almost no doubt that at least one of these kids will eventually find their way to pro box lacrosse.  For years the US kids were playing catch up with the Canadians when it came to boxla, but now, thanks to guys like Santos and Brown, the US Box Lacrosse Revolution is picking up steam.  Watch out neighbors to the North… we’re coming for you!  I’m sure that will draw a retort from Chris Fox or the Tediknight.  At least I hope it does.

Cali*Lax ALL-STARS vs Denver University Elite Box Lacrosse from USBOXLA on Vimeo.

I usually talk about men’s box lacrosse, but as Wu-Tang says, “the children are our future”.  Ok, so Whitney Houston said that, but whatever, the point stands.  If the US wants to stay on the top of the lacrosse world we’re going to need more and more of this.  Canada is a constant threat, but the box game is also exploding in Europe, and we simply don’t want to fall behind.  But don’t do it out of fear… play box lacrosse because it’s fun, and an awesome game all on its own.  Turning yourself into a tougher, more well-rounded player won’t hurt either.

Tip of the old LAS bowler hat to these young box bucks and their progressive coaches!  Keep up the great work!  Grow The Box Game!

Cali*Lax All-Stars box lacrosse Denver Elite

Fake high, fake low, but the biscuit in the basket.

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About the author

Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

7 Comments

  • wont ever be able to match canada’s intensity of box lacrosse! its a country wide thing. kids learn to throw fakes and behind the back passes before they get to middle school. the usa will never be able to recreate it.

  • those kids should go to canada and play a real box team…not becauwse theyd  lose but because it would expose them to the fine timing of box that canadians have. While everyone in america talks about the stick skills involved in box they are missing the most important aspect; offball play. It would be in the best interest of these programs to make tournament trips up to canada, much like what canadian field teams do. To be the best gotta play with the best. BUT STILL GREAT FOR THE AMERICAN LACROSSE COMMUNITY TO FINALLY BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN BOX, oops caps.  

  • Most highlights on the video are our Cali*Lax ALL-STARS Midget A team which competes at a Canadian ‘A’ Level – all our teams from Novice to Midget are Canadian ‘A’..  This
    Midget age group has been on 4 Canadian tours over the last 3 years and have
    played Whitby 1, Peterborough, Brampton, Mimico, New West plus 3 Canada Day tourneys in Calgary. 

    The guys pushing it here in the US playing in the USBOXLA are all Canadian pro players.  Lewis Ratcliff in Washington (one of the NLL’s top), Matt Brown in Denver (6yrs NLL), myself in California (12yrs NLL).  We teach these kids how to play the game just like we do back home but use some of their field skills as an advantage.

    There is a gap but all of us run this year round here in the US so we’re doing what we can to catch up.  It won’t be long….plus we always bring in a few Team BC players to help our boys out.

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