In our quest to develop top national players, we are offering box lacrosse training for all MN Elite 7-12th grade teams! Full equipment will be provided as we suit up to get better, faster through fall clinics and games. Box lacrosse promotes precision passing, tighter stick skills, faster thinking with maximum ball reps on an indoor, smaller field. Instruction will be provided by our new Director of Box Lacrosse Ryan Ward, a former Professional NLL player and renowned lacrosse expert. We plan to elevate our skill level to new heights with this fun and exciting new offering. There are no additional costs to MN Elite players, box lacrosse is included in team fees.
Danita Stroup - Canadian U19 World Cup Champion and Northwestern University field player: “Playing box lacrosse, playing in such a tight space with so few players has really helped my game and my vision going into field lacrosse. Seeing how open everything is and handling the ball in box lacrosse in such a tight space and then being able to handle it in such an open space has really helped and increased my stick skills even more.”
6X NCAA Championship Coach Bill Tierney, University of Denver "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 on a 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.”
4X NCAA Championship Coach Dom Starsia, University of Virginia: "When you watch Canadian kids score, when you see their skill level around the cage, you wonder to yourself, 'Jeez, are we teaching kids [in the U.S.] the wrong things?"
Andy Shay, Yale Head Coach: "Box lacrosse (played normally in Canada) is played in thawed ice rinks over the summer. The smaller spaces and smaller goals lend to hyper advancement of skills and scoring ability. The results in our college game are not only undeniable, they are borderline astounding."
Growing up in British Columbia, Canada - Ryan Ward has been playing lacrosse since the age of three. For the last 30 years, Ryan has played in top indoor and outdoor leagues across North America. He spends most of his free time coaching youth lacrosse camps / clinics throughout the Twin Cities.
* 2x MSHSL State Champion Coach - Eden Prairie boys varsity lacrosse
* Most Coaching wins in Minnesota History
* TC Select Owner/Director
* TC Stars USBOXLA Owner/Director