Did you know box lacrosse helped develop Wayne Gretzky’s sense of creativity?
Neither did we. Now, kids in Minnesota are going to get the chance to be like Wayne.
Yep, you read it right, the Minnesota Swarm are creating a youth box league in the Twin Cities. They even have a commercial for it. Check it out after the jump.
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Why Box Lacrosse? Here’s why:
“Kids get more time with the ball to improve their stick skills because the ball rarely goes out of play. Operating in tighter spaces with less reaction time boosts anyone’s field game. A player’s shooting skills grow as they shoot on smaller nets against goalies wearing more equipment. The indoor game is simply quicker up and down the turf, which improves all-around athleticism and fitness.
Wayne Gretzky played box lacrosse and hockey growing up. Combining skills from each sport helped develop his sense of creativity. Some say it was the lacrosse background that pushed his hockey talent to the next level. Gary Gait is one of the most prominent lacrosse players of our time, and he grew up playing the box style. For a recent example we turn to John Tavares of Team Canada (nllinsider.com).”
More at the Swarm’s website.