Youth Box Leagues

Youth Box

Origins Premier Box League

Come play in the states oldest and first box program. We have been setting the standard for years as the premier box organization in the area and have lead the charge for the growth and development of real box in the Midwest for over a decade.  

Register for Winter Box
  • Winter 2020/21 (open)
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2020/21 Youth Winter BOX

9 Weeks of Real Box with Training & Games following World Lacrosse rules. Each session will consist of 30 min of box training and stick skills and 45 min of well coached & officiated box games. 

Divisions: Boys 7-8 (Bantam) Grade & High School (Junior)  Each session will be capped at 30 players.

Updated Times: 7 to 9:00 pm. 

Tuesdays (HS Boys) - December 8, 15 January 12, 19, 26 Feb 2, 9, 16, 23

Gear:  All players should  have proper box gear.  Rib and Bicep pads.  Goalie gear will be provided by the league.

* Origins LC reserves the right to adjust the league based on registration numbers.

Includes a reversible pinnie for new players.  Replacement pinnies are $20.00.

Location: Location - 5301 East St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Cost: $165 per player - A $20.00 late fee will be added if registering on or after 12/1. 

We will follow all state and local Covid-19 guidelines and may have to adjust the league format if necessary.

6 weeks of Real Box with Training & Games!
Mondays - Boys Grades 7-8 & High School Varsity & JV
Each session will consist of 25 min of box training and stick skills followed by a 40 min game.

  • Location: 5301 East St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219
  • Mondays - June 29 July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3
  • 70 min blocks from 6:30 pm -10:15 pm*
  • Times and divisions may be modified based on registration numbers. See details at the bottom of the page.
  • Cost: $125
    Includes a Box Pinnie for all new players.  Replacements can be purchased for $20 at the time of registration.

8 weeks of Real Box with Training & Games!

Each session will consist of approximately 20-30 min of box training and stick skills followed by 40 min of well coached & officiated box games.

  • Location: 5301 East St Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46219
  • New Times High School Tuesdays: 7:00-8:30 pm - September 1,8, 15, 22, 29 October 6, 13, 20
  • 7-8 Grade Thursdays: 6-7:30 pm - September 3,10, 17, 24 October 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Times subject to change based on registrations.
  • Cost: $160 / $140 before 8/28
    Includes a Reversible Pinnie if you are new to box. Replacement Pinnies can be purchased for $20.00

By now everyone knows that box makes you better!  Even the PLL league wants its players to play box!  Playing box lacrosse is one of the reasons that young Canadian players have such great stick work and are dominating the game at the college and professional level.  It is also why top American players are taking to box in record numbers.  There is simply no better way to improve upon fundamentals, stick work, athleticism and toughness than to play box lacrosse.  At Origins we teach Real Box at all levels.  We provide challenging box training that tests each and every player to build on their foundation and to make it better.

  • Experienced Box Coaches and Officials.
  • Sign up’s are done individually or as a small group.  We are always looking to add full teams so if there is the interest we can do that as well. Please contact us for details.
  • Sport court surface.  Only wear basketball style shoes.
  • We will use either USBOXLA or US Lacrosse.  
  • Format will be approximately 25-30 min of real box training followed by an exciting box game.  During the game all players will have an experienced coach on their bench teaching the nuances of the box game.
  • 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.
  • Origins LC reserves the right to adjust the league based on registration numbers.
  • Why Play Box
  • Top 10 List
  • What the Top Minds Say
  • Box Gear

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:

Kidney Pads

Bicep Pads

Optional Jersey

Runners

  • Stick – no long poles
  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Shoulder
  • Arm pads
  • Mouthpiece
  • Athletic protector
  • Kidney pads
  • Bicep pads
  • Basketball shoes – No cleats

Goalies

  • Helmet with a throat guard
  • Mouthpiece
  • 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 

Origins Sports Measures for  2020/2021 Events – Updated 11/15/2020

Unless prohibited by federal, state or local order, Origins is committed to safely running lacrosse events during the summer of 2020. While adhering to all federal, state, and local guidelines, Origins will attempt to provide opportunities for participation in sport and as safe an environment as possible considering current circumstances.

Game Day Precautions – General
Due to Covid 19 here are some of the precautions we will be taking until further notice.

  • Do not show up if you have recently come into contact with someone that has Covid, you are sick or show symptoms of being sick.
  • Everyone should have a mask available.  You are not required to wear one while playing.
  • Bring your own water.  It will be hot in the barn so make sure you have plenty of water.
  • Bathrooms will be limited to 25% percent of capacity.
  • Please have hand sanitizer with you and use it when needed.
  • Everyone is subject to touchless temperature checks.
  • Anyone that does not follow these guidelines will be asked to leave the building.

Game Day Precautions – Indoor Venues

  • Updated 11/15/2001 No spectators are permitted.  You may walk your child in but may not stay.  We hope to change this in the near future.  
  • If available Locker rooms are only open to the goalies. Please don your gear in the parking lot. When games are done please immediately leave the area and ungear by your car.
  • Benches.  Please maintain social distancing while on the benches.  Players may use the bench and sub box to accomplish this.
  • No face-offs due to the close contact of heavy breathing bodies.  Goalies will clear after each goal and to determine the first face off win we will do a ro sham bo.  After the first quarter it will alternate.

Game Day Precautions – Outdoor Venues

  • When games are done please immediately leave the area and un-gear by your car.
  • Benches.  Please maintain social distancing while on your teams bench area.
  • No face-offs due to the close contact of heavy breathing bodies.  Goalies will clear after each goal and to determine the first face off win we will do a ro sham bo.  After the first quarter it will alternate.
  • Spectators are allowed but they must wear masks, stay in the bench area across from the players and must practice social distancing.  Members of the same family may sit together.

Symptom Screening
Athletes, parents, officials, and staff will be responsible for screening themselves for COVID-19 related symptoms prior to attending or participating in any Origins events. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, or if you’ve. Had close contact with an individual with confirmed COVID-19, you should stay at home, consult your primary care physician, and follow CDC guidelines for quarantine and isolation.

Please use the following graphic as a guide for self-screening:


Vulnerable Populations
There are certain segments of the population who are at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 including individuals who are 65 years of age or older, those with heart, lung, kidney, or liver disease, those with diabetes, and those with immunodeficiencies. These individuals should not attend Origins events this summer.

If You are Sick
If you become ill on the day of the event, please stay at home. If you have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days, please stay at home. Please view these CDC guidelines on what quarantine and isolation, what they mean, and when you should use them.

  • If you are sick on the day of the event (e.g., sneezing, coughing, sniffles, have a fever, or don’t feel well), please do not attend the event.
  • Anyone repeatedly sneezing or coughing may be asked to immediately leave the premises.
  • Those returning from a country with ongoing COVID-19 infections should monitor their health and follow the instructions from public health officials.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • All staff should have PPE such as face masks and gloves.  
  • All attendees including staff, players, coaches, spectators, and officials must have a face mask with them. Face masks must be worn when in communal settings and when in close proximity to others. All attendees will be responsible for bringing their own facemask. 
  • This does not include players / officials while playing / officiating a game.
  • Players should don their gear in the parking lot before entering the building and after the game should immediately leave the area and take your gear off by your car.

Everyday Preventive Actions
All attendees should practice everyday preventive actions – including, but not limited to:

  • Washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available
  • Abstain from touching their face (mouth, eyes, or nose)
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw tissue in the trash or use the inside of your elbow
  • Avoid touching frequently touched surfaces (railings, doorknobs, countertops etc…)