For the first time in US Box Lacrosse Association history, Team USBOXLA will be split into two elite rosters – Team USBOXLA East and Team USBOXLA West.
Team USBOXLA represents the absolute best American box lacrosse players at the Pee Wee (08/09), Bantam (06/07), and Midget (04/05) levels. The program has successfully competed in Canada for the past several years and includes elite American box lacrosse talent from across the country.
Players from the following states will be considered for Team USBOXLA East: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Players residing in one of the above states and are interested in being selected for Team USBOXLA East must submit their information via the registration link below to be considered. There is no cost to register. Players must be committed to playing in all Team USBOXLA East tournaments and events (see below for more info). Players will be selected through the registration information provided, evaluation by USBOXLA staff at events already held in 2019/2020, and further correspondence with their club coaches.
USBOXLA has selected charter member Resolute Lacrosse to manage Team USBOXLA East in 2020. Based in Columbus, Ohio, the Resolute program has experienced considerable success at the youth, high school, and collegiate levels since its inception, and especially over the past year. In 2019, the Resolute-managed Ohio Collegiate Box Lacrosse League's Rivermen captured the first-ever National Collegiate Box Series National Championship at the USBOXLA Nationals. During their most recent winter season, Resolute's youth program continued their midwest box supremacy by medaling twelve times at various USBOXLA-sanctioned events, including the Midwest Classic. After witnessing many of the region's top players at nearly a dozen different tournaments this past season, the Resolute leadership team, including club founders Greg Bice and Anthony Kelly, will provide crucial input in the selection of the Team USBOXLA East rosters. The Team USBOXLA East coaching staff will be announced soon, and as it does every year, will include former and current National Lacrosse League players and coaches.
There are three mandatory components of the Team USBOXLA East program. All rostered players must be committed to all three without exception. If after being selected a player is only able to attend one or two of these required commitments, they will be released from the team and replaced with an alternate for the remainder of the tour. Please do not apply if you are unable to attend all three required commitments. Refunds will not provided if released due to a player backing out during the tour. The three mandatory components of the tour include (details for each found further below):
Prior to attending their first event, Team USBOXLA East will take part in a 2-day training camp at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario. The proposed training schedule will include the following:
Practice on Thursday, May 21 (8-10pm ET)
Practice on Friday, May 22 (9am-3pm ET)
Exhibition game on Friday, May 22 (6-9pm ET)
USBOXLA and the National Lacrosse League's Toronto Rock have partnered to present USBOXLA Border Wars - an elite youth box lacrosse tournament where Team USBOXLA East will battle an invitation-only collection of highly talented Ontario-based box lacrosse teams.
Date: Saturday, May 23 - Sunday, May 24, 2020
Time: The tournament starts at 9am ET on Saturday and the last possible game ends at 2pm ET on Sunday
Format: This will be a 4-team round robin event with semi-final and final games. Each team is guaranteed 5 games.
Divisions: Pee Wee 08/09, Bantam 06/07, Midget 04/05
Location: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Venue: Toronto Rock Athletic Centre
Go to usboxla.com/borderwars for more information.
This year, Team USBOXLA East and West will also face off against one another at the 2020 USBOXLA Nationals in Huntington Beach, California in a winner take all format.
Date: Friday, July 31 or Saturday, August 1, 2020
Format: Team USBOXLA East vs Team USBOXLA West 1-game championship
Divisions: Peewee 08/09, Bantam 06/07, Midget 04/05
Location: Irvine or Huntington Beach, California
Equipment: If you played for Team USBOXLA in 2018 or 2019 and your branded helmet & gloves are in good condition, you have the option to not receive new branded helmet & gloves, which includes a Warrior Alpha Helmet/Mask Combo, USBOXLA Headwrapz, plus USBOXLA Warrior Gloves. If you opt out, as part of your player registration (see below), you will instead be provided a new Warrior EVO Fatboy Warp Pro stick. To be clear, all players must be wearing Team USBOXLA branded helmet & gloves. Players new to the Team USBOXLA program will be required to choose the helmet & gloves, not the stick option.
Apparel & Uniform: All Players will receive an apparel package and Team USBOXLA East uniform
Program Fee: $395 USD (travel & accommodation is not included)
Playing Time: This is a national-level program. While Team USBOXLA coaches will do their best to get players floor time, there is no guaranteed floor time. A select few will be selected for special-team play (power player, penalty killing, and face-off team). Due to being a specialty position, goalie time will be split fairly equally.