National Collegiate Box Series leagues in Colorado, Connecticut, Ohio, and Upstate New York are still scheduled to start as planned (Photo: Zach Heffner)
The US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) is today confirming that National Collegiate Box Series (NCBS) seasons for all four leagues – Colorado, Connecticut, Ohio, and Upstate New York – are still proceeding as planned amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
We are presently just over two months away from the absolute earliest any NCBS leagues begin their pre-season schedules. USBOXLA and NCBS officials are hopeful that all mandated social distancing, isolation, shutdowns, etc. will be lifted prior to the start of these seasons.
As is always the case, player health and safety is paramount for any and every league USBOXLA sanctions, including the NCBS. USBOXLA will not put any NCBS players, coaches, officials, staff, etc. at risk, or those who come in contact with them. Although we are optimistic the NCBS seasons will start as scheduled, if the COVID-19 pandemic still poses any degree of risk to the population as we approach the start of these seasons, USBOXLA will provide an additional update regarding each league’s status.
Player registration for all four leagues is still open. NCBS leagues that require a down payment prior to the start of the season have reduced that cost for players. If the cancellation of the 2020 NCBS season is necessary, players will be provided a full refund. Players interested in being considered for an NCBS roster spot in 2020 can submit their name and required details at usboxla.com/college-play.
The 2020 NCBS season will provide the opportunity for approximately 400 college-aged players to get better by playing box lacrosse in a safe, fully sanctioned, and highly skilled setting. In total, the 2020 NCBS campaign will feature 20 teams across four leagues all competing for a chance to represent their region at the NCBS National Championships during the USBOXLA Nationals in Huntington Beach, California (July 31 – August 3) – the country’s largest box lacrosse event.
The US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) is the country’s largest and most recognized box-specific governing body operating today. USBOXLA is a 501(c)3 charitable corporation whose mission is to develop and promote box lacrosse in the United States through a unified organization that provides high-value services, programs, and benefits to its members. Founded in 2010 by current University of Denver Associate Head Coach, Matt Brown, and former National Lacrosse League player, Shaydon Santos, USBOXLA has grown from a small regional association to one that presently serves over 25,000 individual members all over the US, all playing box lacrosse the right way.
About the NCBS
The National Collegiate Box Series (NCBS) was established by the US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) in 2018. The highly skilled series provides American collegiate players an opportunity to improve their overall lacrosse skillset through box lacrosse, to compete for a national championship, and also increase their chances of one day playing in the National Lacrosse League (NLL). First formed in 2017, the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) predates the formation of the NCBS, joining the series when it was officially launched a year later. In 2018, the Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (OCBLL) was established with teams based in both Columbus and Cleveland. In 2019, over 200 US-born collegiate players competed in the NCBS, while new leagues in 2020 are expected to double the number of Americans taking part in this ground-breaking box lacrosse movement.