Box Lacrosse

It is the goal of 3d Lacrosse to provide an outstanding instructional, educational and technical training experience for all players. That's why with every program we offer, training is an integral piece. Our highly qualified staff of professional coaches will utilize the 3d “Box / Field Hybrid™”  Development System” to train and coach all players in this new and unique program. Player development is arguably the most important and least emphasized component of youth lacrosse throughout the nation. 3d Lacrosse structures scenarios that bring players to new levels of playmaking. Founder Jamie Munro pioneered the  3d “Box / Field Hybrid™”  Development System” in the United States as a Head Coach in Division I lacrosse and now brings it to all 3d Lacrosse programming. Skill development at the Box Lacrosse League will include a focus on; Finishing / Faking /Catching in traffic / Deceptive shooting /Feeding / Dodging in tight confines / Cutting / Cycling / Picking / Screening / Power Play. Testimonial
"...My son felt that the 3d box lacrosse experience taught him more about passing and shooting than a full season of field lacrosse. It was an intense experience but also a pleasure to play with kids who wanted to excel at passing and working the ball. Thanks! We are good for next summer.”                                                                                            -- Dorsey Lynch

Why Box Lacrosse / Background

In 2010, ten of the top thirty point scorers in Division I lacrosse were Canadian, yet less than 5% of the Division I population are Canadian. In Canada there are far fewer lacrosse players than in the US, yet their national team won the world championship in 2006 and held a one goal lead with five minutes left in this year's championship. Americans play more lacrosse, spend more money on lacrosse, pay coaches more money, and yet the average Canadian player is far more skilled than the above average US player in goal scoring and playmaking. Further, the reigning Major League Lacrosse Defensive MVP is a Canadian who grew up playing lacrosse with a short stick in a hockey rink. How is this possible… 3d Lacrosse believes the answer is the “Box/Field Hybrid Development System. The environment of box lacrosse and the simple principles of the box lacrosse game are the ultimate teacher for the American player. What makes this opportunity unique is the focus on individual player development and high repetitions in practice settings that prepare players for competition. 3d Lacrosse believes true development can not happen solely in high level competition environments; there is too much to learn and not enough time to learn it.

Additional Benefits of Box Lacrosse

In 1993 Munro played professionally in the MILL which is now the NLL. Munro’s game shot through the roof and it was then that he began to integrate box lacrosse skills in his game and subsequently his coaching. In 2008, ten of the top twenty goal scorers in Division I Lacrosse were Canadians, yet less than 5% of the Division I population was Canadian. There are several reasons that box lacrosse is a great teacher of the game.

Tight Confines

Everyone knows that when space is reduced it speeds up the game and produces an environment where quicker decisions have to be made; ball handling skills are therefore amplified. Being in such an environment redefines being “open.” Box players get used to catching passes routinely that field players would be yelled at for throwing. The tight confines are less impacted by the size of the field and more impacted by the size of the goal. Small goals make all the action happen in tighter spaces.

Small Nets

Shooting accuracy and finishing ability are clearly a developmental advantage when learning how to finish on small (4x4) nets. But this isn’t the most important piece. By far, the most important concept taught in the sport of box lacrosse, which is a byproduct of small nets, is always striving to take high percentage shots which is most often attained by positioning the stick to the inside of the field. In box lacrosse, if a right handed player drives down the right wing he will almost never score as his shooting angle (and passing angles) is reduced with every step. By positioning (looking at the goal) lefties on the right and righties on the left, players are able to attack from the wings to the middle both with the ball and while cutting. Another way to look at this is to develop midfielders and defensemen to play like attackmen who usually play on their natural side. Every day in practice the attack get repetitions dodging and cutting to the middle of the field, while the midfielders are constantly repeating the same dodge down the alley dodges. The repertoire of an attackman’s dodges include inside out moves, split dodges, rollbacks, topside moves, underneath moves, pop outs or Z dodges, rocker moves, question mark moves as well as swim moves. Of course, midfielders can do any of these moves, but middies are almost always on the "wrong" side of the field where all they do is run into no angle with little recourse if their weak hand isn’t developed yet.

All Short Sticks

In box lacrosse there are no poles. This provides a significant advantage for the development of the offensive players because they can work on their moves and ball handling against a defense that doesn’t beat them up and take the ball away. Too many times attackmen are either over powered by poles or are discouraged by their coach from dodging because of a bad match up.

5v5

Box lacrosse is a simple game that develops skills to their highest level. Box players work on small-sided situations every practice, all practice.

The 2 Man Game

One of the staples of box lacrosse is the pick and roll both on and off the ball. It is the repetition of the pick and roll executed on the natural side of the players that teaches an extremely high level of reading the defense.

Boards and Glass

The ball is never out of play. Box lacrosse players get more repetitions in practice. Period.