Origins Box Lacrosse
Play Box, Have Fun, Get Better!
We are the premier box lacrosse organization in the state and were the first to bring real box to the Indianapolis area.
2022/23 Winter Session TBA
Location (Indoors on Sport Court): 5301 East St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Start Times / Divisions
7 -8:30 pm: High School
7-8:30 pm: Adults 18+
Mondays: Session I - November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 December 6, 13
Summer Session - Mondays - 7 weeks
Location (Indoors on Sport Court): 5301 East St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Start Times / Divisions *
Updated: 7:00 -9:00 pm / Open Division HS and 18+
* Times may be modified based on registration numbers.
Mondays: June 6, 13, 20, 27 & July 11, 18, 25
News: A new offense that we will run this summer. For our Monday Leagues, we will run the following offense that can be found on PowLax. Please watch the video up to the 6:30 point. Once we master the first concept of fighting to the middle we will add more concepts.
Format: Real box lacrosse.
Gear: It is recommended that all players have proper box gear that includes Rib and Bicep pads along with their field gear. Professional goalie gear will be provided by the league.
Real Box is taught by the most established and respected organization in the state!
Experienced Box Coaches and Officials trained by current and former NLL officials and coaches.
Sport court playing surface. Only wear basketball-style shoes.
Youth Middle School Format will be approximately 30 min of real box training followed by an exciting box game. During the game, all new players will have experienced coaches/players teaching the nuances of the box game.
Selected games to be recorded and available on our YouTube channel for the public or player highlight videos.
Great Barn to play in, even the Canadians are jealous!
Authentic Box Lacrosse Experience.
Professional Goalie Gear Is Provided to those that need it. (Cat 3 for HS and Cat2 or 3 for Middle School) .
30 Second Shot Clocks
Sign up’s are done individually or as a small group. Each division is limited to 34 registrations to ensure a great experience.
Fees include training, gameplay, officiating, and a reversible Pinnie for first-time registrants. Replacement Pinnies can be purchased for $20.00.
Have a group of 6 or more, contact us for special pricing.
- When Possible always run a zone defense, especially during picks.
- Be patient and wait for the picks to develop. 30 seconds is a long time if you are patient. Try to use 20 seconds of the shot clock before shooting.
- When we have good numbers on the benches a run should be up, down, and off.
- Lefties should always be on the left side and righties on the right. Once you are set up stay on your side and if you get out of position reset and rebalance.
- Never clear towards the benches
- If you want the ball set a pick for the ball carrier!
- Pass Down – Pick Down
- Work the 2 man game on and off ball
- When going back on offense if you are away from the bench go deep to be a threat and occupy the defenders then go off to sub
- Never clear towards the benches!
Format & Rules:
Updated 6/6/20212 1:26 pm est.
NLL rules with a few modifications.
The shot clock is 30 seconds, clearing time is 10 seconds.
Wooden sticks and large goalie sticks or walls are NOT allowed.
Goals will be 4′ by 4’6″
- Take-out checks or big hits are not allowed. We all go to go to work or school the next day!
- Fighting is not permitted at any time. All fighting will result in immediate expulsion from the game and possible league expulsion.
What is Box Lacrosse? Box Lacrosse is the indoor version of the game in lacrosse. This version of lacrosse is incredibly popular with the men’s game specifically in Canada. With the growing trend of Canadian players being recruited to NCAA programs- more men’s college coaches now having their American players participating in box training. The strategy of Box Lacrosse is similar to that of basketball, with all five runners involved in the offense and the defense. Added to the appeal are the speed and excitement created by a 30 second shot clock. The combination of action and reaction makes Box as much fun to play as it is to watch.
Compact Space Because Box Lacrosse is played on a smaller field, space is significantly reduced. This ultimately speeds up the game and forces our players to make quicker decisions. Ball handling skills are critical as there are limited moments to make accurate, crisp passes. Playing box lacrosse is the best way to build stick skills (for players at every position– attack, midfield, defense & goalie). It also teaches players to play better defense and to play with their feet!
Boards and Glass A box lacrosse field is surrounded by boards and/or glass on all on sides. The ball is always kept in play, which leads to more touches, reps and practice.
Shooting Accuracy Box Lacrosse is played using a smaller goal. This goal only has four corners with netting. Shooting the ball into one of these four corners is only way to score in game. If you miss one of the four corners, the ball will simply pass through the cage, bounce off the wall and ball is still live. This is an incredible tool on teaching players how to shoot accurately and become better finishers.
Lax IQ What separates the best lacrosse players from the rest, is understanding the two-man game. One of the staples of box lacrosse is the pick and roll both on and off ball. Players will work on these concepts over and over which will teach an extremely high level of reading the defense.
If you watch any NCAA game on TV these days, you heard an announcer comment on how playing box lacrosse is so beneficial. Now it is your turn to do what the top players in the country have been doing for years!
10. FASTER PLAY | The speed is way faster than anything you would see outdoors. It makes playing outside seem like going in slow motion
9. STICK HANDLING | Playing in closer spaces means your stick skills have to be tighter and quicker. Your stick handling improves because there is no room for error, quite literally.
8. TRANSITION | Ball moves from defense to offense with increased speed. Players learn quickly to breakout and move the ball up the field.
7. DEFENSIVE BODY POSITION | No D-Poles means that defensive players have to use good body position to be successful.
6. OFF-BALL MOVEMENT | Playing in such a tight area means it is that much harder to get open. Running through people to go to goal just doesn’t work. Players learn to cut, pick and keep in constant motion.
5. GOALIES SEE MORE RUBBER | Shots come hard and fast. Goalies see more shots in a shorter period of time. There hands and reaction time become much quicker.
4. SHOOTING ACCURACY | Gary Gait is among many who have gone on record about the shooting accuracy that comes from playing box lacrosse.
3. REACTION TIME | Almost every point made deals with faster speeds. A byproduct of playing faster is you have to react faster. That means faster to a ground ball, faster in transition, faster to play the ball, faster to shoot the ball. You name it, your reaction to it get faster.
2. PLAYER SAFETY | When it comes to pre-season training, the goal is to get better for the Spring season, not get hurt. Many indoor facilities boast full fields, which ultimately are surrounded by some sort of netting. As one of the area’s top orthopedic doctors pointed out, the box is a safer playing surface. There is nothing to get tripped up on and in to.
1. PROVEN SUCCESS | You can list as many of the benefits as you want, but the proof is in the success that box players have. Look at the most successful players over the last decade. The majority play box in the off season. Thompson Brothers, Brodie Merrill, Casey Powell, the Gait brothers. No matter who you identify with, the common thread is that they have or still do play box lacrosse.If you watch any NCAA game on TV these days, you heard an announcer comment on how playing box lacrosse is so beneficial. Now it is your turn to do what the top players in the country have been doing for years!
I absolutely loved playing box lacrosse. I’ve admired so much of what it stands for in its concepts, etiquette and tradition. It’s not easy by any means, but it gave me an opportunity to challenge myself in another way. My advice to anyone considering playing box is to look around, be tough and have a ton of fun.
— Casey Powell
When training, it’s all about touches for me. To give American players an opportunity to play in tight quarters is critical. To be honest, Canadians have passed the American players in the stick skill department. Just look at the landscape of college lacrosse and the leading offensive scorers to confirm this opinion. More importantly, indoor lacrosse is a blast! At the end of the day, it should be about having fun first.
— Paul Carcaterra, ESPN Analyst and Syracuse University All-American Midfielder
Every Kid Should Play Box Lacrosse
– John Desko, Head Coach Syracuse University
If I was US Lacrosse, I wouldn’t let any kids play field until they were 10 or 12,” he said. “Until box lacrosse grows in the United States, it’ll continue to be this way.
– Bill Tierney, University of Denver Head Coach
Being a part of the finesse and physicality of box lacrosse has been a great experience for me. I feel that I have learned and improved as an overall lacrosse player. Learning to adapt in tight space while reading defenders and offensive players has been the biggest improvement in my game.
– Paul Rabil, NLL & MLL All-Star, NCAA All-American
When you watch Canadian kids [Box Lacrosse Players] score, when you see their skill level around the cage, you wonder to yourself, ‘Jeez, are we teaching kids [in the U.S.] the wrong things?– Dom Starsia University of Virginia Head Coach
One of the biggest benefits of playing box for a young lacrosse player is in the development of lacrosse IQ. Because everyone plays with a short stick [in box lacrosse], you have to focus on being a complete lacrosse player versus specializing as an attackman or d-man. That is how your IQ grows and skills improve.
– University of Hartford Head Coach Peter Lawrence
If box lacrosse were played by kids in the U.S. In the fall the way it is played in Canada, it would completely change the complexion of the game in terms of the quality of play and the balance of power. The trend of competitive balance at the DI level would be expedited. Now, the game is growing faster than ever, but one doesn’t see improvement in players from certain regions as expected with such large growth. Box Lacrosse would change all of that. You don’t have to be a good coach to make kids be better players in the box. Like a great drill, it just happens.
– Jamie Munro, former Head Coach of University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse
American field players would really help themselves if they were exposed to a steady stream of box experience. Box lacrosse is an extremely valuable background for a young player, we need to incorporate more of the indoor skills in to the field game. It is almost a requirement to have a top player with indoor experience on your roster right now.
– Dom Starsia, University of Virginia Head Coach
I knew that if I wanted to be one of the best players in the world, I would have to dedicate myself to both the indoor and the outdoor game. Playing indoor lacrosse has been a great thing for my career.
– Casey Powell, MLL/NLL All-Star
I believe that box lacrosse gives young people many more opportunities to excel in our game. If I had my choice, I would have every player under the age of twelve play box lacrosse exclusively or at least a majority of the time. The number of touches of the ball and the ability to develop better stick skills in a game of box lacrosse, far surpasses what happens to young people on a 110 x 60 yard field. Learning how to pass and catch in traffic, understanding how to shoot, and developing a sense of physicality are all positive traits developed by the box game.
– Bill Tierney, US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Denver University Head Coach, Princeton 7x National Champion, Team USA 1998
Purchase your Box gear by going to:
- Stick – no long poles
- Arm pads
- Athletic protector
- Kidney pads
- Bicep pads
- Basketball shoes – No cleats
- Helmet with a throat guard
- Goalie stick
- Gloves – hockey gloves are recommended
- Athletic protector – hockey cup is recommended
- Basketball shoes – No cleats
- All other gear will be provided by the league
Our promise to you is if you don’t like our box program after your first day just let us know and we will give you a full refund.