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 (03/04) 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 form the following states will be considered for Team USBOXLA West: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Tryouts for Team USBOXLA West took place prior to the USBOXLA Western Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada earlier this year. While those who attended that tryout will have been evaluated more effectively, players from one of the previously listed states that are interested in being considered, can submit their information via the registration link below.
USBOXLA has selected the Arizona Outlaws organization to manage Team USBOXLA West in 2020. Founded by longtime USBOXLA coach and former National Lacrosse League player, Ben Prepchuk, the Outlaws have been one of the most successful western-based programs in recent years. Winning multiple gold and silver medals at recent USBOXLA-sanctioned tournaments, including the highly skilled USBOXLA Western Invitational in Las Vegas, the program also successfully launched the 16-team Arizona Elite Box Lacrosse League, doubling their player participation this past year.
"Every year I look forward to the first week of June because I know I will be in Vancouver with our USBOXLA National teams," said Prepchuk, who has been involved with the Team USBOXLA coaching staff for the last number of years. "And every year we see the growth and development of the American-born box lacrosse player.
"It is truly amazing to see how far we have come in a few short years. From losing most of our games to competing for gold in multiple divisions. It is a true testament to the players and coaches in the USBOXLA system for growing the game the right way."
The Minnesota Stars have also been selected to assist in the overseeing of Team USBOXLA West. The Stars, founded by Aime Caines, has also experienced similar success at some of USBOXLA's most skilled and competitive events.
The Team USBOXLA West coaching staff will be announced soon, and as it does every year, will include former and current NLL players and coaches.
There are three mandatory components of the Team USBOXLA West 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):
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.