The repeat-champion Rivermen will have to wait a season to defender the Ohio Cup and NCBS National Championship after the 2020 OCBLL season was canceled. (Photo: Zach Heffner)
The US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA) and the National Collegiate Box Series (NCBS) have determined that due to a series of recent pandemic-related roadblocks, the Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League’s (OCBLL) 2020 regular season and playoffs will not take place this summer.
While the league continued to put plans in place to ensure a safe playing environment for the players, coaches, staff, and others that would have participated in this year’s OCBLL season, scheduling and availability concerns have created a high degree of uncertainty surrounding this year’s season.
With many states in the country reopening to varying stages, a host of lacrosse tournaments and other events have been rescheduled. The increasingly loaded summer lacrosse landscape has created a significant amount of scheduling conflicts for players and coaches for this year’s proposed shortened OCBLL season and playoffs.
Players who had already registered will be provided full refunds.
Due to health and safety pandemic-related concerns, the Upstate Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (UCBLL) was forced to cancel their inaugural season earlier this summer, while the Colorado Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CCBLL) and Connecticut Collegiate Box Lacrosse League (CTCBLL) would do the same in the weeks following.
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 26,000 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.