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Box lacrosse, also known as indoor lacrosse, is a 6-a-side format of the game, traditionally played in an ice hockey rink once the ice has been removed or covered.
Every April watch the biggest box lacrosse tournament in Europe, the Ales Hrebesky Memorial via their live stream on their YouTube channel. The London Knights team are regulars at this tournament. The Knights are comprised of box and field lacrosse players mostly from clubs in and around London, including many who are good friends of MK lacrosse.
Here’s a great video following the 2017 Ales Hrebesky tournament by LaxAllStars.
The key differences between box lacrosse and field lacrosse are;
- The ball is rarely out of play due to the enclosed ‘box’ arena thus the game is even faster than field lacrosse.
- 6-a-side instead of 10-a-side.
- Smaller goals, 4 feet 9 inches wide by 4 feet high. Field lacrosse goals are 6 feet by 6 feet in size.
- Goalkeepers wear additional padding.
- All outfield players use short lacrosse sticks, so no long-sticks as used by defenders in field lacrosse.
- More aggressive use of the stick (the ‘cross’) and body is permitted with box lacrosse.
The nearest suitable indoor venue to Milton Keynes is the Midlands Arena in Lutterworth, about 60 minutes drive north up the M1.
A set of box lacrosse goals is stored at the Midlands Arena. The only two things stopping it being a perfect venue is that it’s quite small and each bench only has a single door. We’ll be hiring this venue for occasional indoor sessions.
YouTube Box Lacrosse Highlights
Ales Hrebesky Memorial Box Lacrosse Tournament 2013
Glasgow Clydesiders Promo
NLL All-Star Game 2012 Highlights