Seems I missed a significant contributor to the growth of box lacrosse in the L.A. area in my post the other day — Leverage Lacrosse out of Manhattan Beach.
After my post went up, I heard from Chris Jewett, who runs Leverage, to say he was just preparing to post info on the LA Box Lacrosse League, which is entering its third season. I should have known better, since we wrote about the LA Box League last fall. Jewett and Leverage started the Torrance league in 2010. In fact, two clubs I mentioned as playing offseason box lacrosse actually are entrants in the LA Box League.
Jewett said participation in the LA League has mostly been by word of mouth, with invitations sent to local clubs and coaches. This year, the league is nearly full at each of the various age groups. Check with Jewett for specifics: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like last year, there will be a preseason training-camp style clinic with 3d Lacrosse at The Rinks in Huntington Beach on Sept. 7-8. Here’s a video from last year’s clinic:
And here’s what Jewett sent along — and posted on the Leverage website — about this year’s box program:
High School: Games are Saturday nights starting Sept. 14 and running through October, with championships scheduled for Oct. 26 in Torrance, then a SoCal Championship and All-Star game scheduled for Nov. 2 at The Rinks in Huntington Beach.
Youth (Grades 3/4, 5/6, 7/8): Games are Sundays, Sept. 15 through Oct. 27, with SoCal championships Nov. 2.
From the news release: “We are playing Canadian style box lacrosse, meaning live boards, shot clocks, smaller goals with hockey style goalies, containment checks, and bump picks. Other leagues do not play this style, quite honestly because it is just too expensive to insure, and their facilities can’t warrant the intense style of play. One of the main reasons we play this style is because it makes the boys better, and they go much harder while in the box. I have always viewed box lacrosse as offseason training and a fantastic way for the boys to improve their stick/shooting skills, as well as their offensive & defensive play.”
So between the LA Box Lacrosse League, the Southern California Indoor Lacrosse League, Adrenaline, Victory and Silverfin, there are plenty of opportunities for young laxers to get in the box this fall. And for anyone still skeptical about the value of box training to success in the field game, check out this page at 3D Lacrosse.