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A group of our Dragon Select players competed in the US Box Lacrosse Association 2014 National Championships in Irvine, California this past weekend. The team, comprised of rising 8th and 9th graders from Southlake, finished the tournament with 2 wins and 3 losses and that put us in 6th place overall. The tournament included teams from Canada, California, Colorado, and Washington amongst others and we were the first team from Texas to ever compete in a box lacrosse event of this magnitude.
It is such a unique experience comparatively to the field lacrosse tournaments that most kids attend throughout the summer. The box game in general is faster, more physical, and much more action-packed. It took our kids a couple of games to adjust to the level of our competition but by the end of our tournament they were competing at a very high level. Throughout the five games, the amount of touches with the ball and relevant game action that each of our players received was immeasurable which allowed us to improve very quickly.
It took a lot of guts for our kids to step into this arena for the first time against programs that are currently much further ahead of us in their box lacrosse development. Until you experience the game at this level, it is hard to understand just how different the box and field lacrosse games really are. I am proud of our players for the grit and adaptability they showed during the course of the weekend.
The premier USBOXLA teams (Denver Elite, Cali-Lax All-Stars, and the Vancouver Jr. Stealth) are all coached by former professional box lacrosse players and have been building their programs over the past several years. Their players are tough, skilled, athletic, and very intelligent when it comes to the box game. The only way for a program like ours to improve is to play these guys and learn from the way that they operate…which is extremely impressive!
Our goal is to keep getting better and hopefully get to the point in the near future where we can compete with these USBOXLA teams as well as take our players up to Canada to experience the game. The impact this will have on our Southlake high school program in the future is incredible. In the future, if we can get all of our kids to have the skill and toughness of high-level box lacrosse players, we will have one of the biggest competitive advantages in the state of Texas and possibly in the country.
We are committed to sticking with this model and will continue to seek the best box lacrosse training and competition for our players as well as start to grow the box game throughout the rest of the Great State of Texas! Thanks to all of our players, parents, and coaches who participated in Dragon Select box lacrosse this summer!
Enjoying a nice sunset on the beach after the games
Jared Randall wins the Shootout Competition for his age group...and a $100 cash prize!
Preston Deno, Harry Blake, Drew Wasserman, and Brett Walker were chosen for the All-Star game!
BEAT THE HEAT BOX LACROSSE CAMP
USBOXLA newcomers from South Lake Texas, the South Lake Carroll Dragons, played well throughout the tournament. Directed by Bart Sullivan, the american high school football powerhouse will become a hotbed for the nation’s elite lacrosse players.
“The best thing about the tournament was playing the Dragons Select teams from Texas, I commend Bart for jumping in with the big boys, his players played with class and character and couldn’t be more proud of the huge jump they took, it’s not an easy step and there are very few USA programs willing to take the leap the Dragons did” says Shaydon Santos US Box Lacrosse Association president.
The Dragons entered U10, U12, U14, and U16 teams into this event.
“This was the first time that whole teams of Texas kids left the state to compete in real box lacrosse so we expected it to be rough in terms of wins. The experience and the improvement made by our players over the course of the weekend was incredible. We were definitely at a roadblock where we were not going to make serious improvements as a box program until we got our kids out of Texas to compete against teams that already knew what they were doing” says Bart Sullivan, Dragons Select director.
“USBOXLA is a total game changer for our program and eventually for the whole state of Texas. Kids here are already playing a ton of lacrosse year round but they are basically doing the same thing over and over again so improvement is slower than it should be. Box provides an entirely different way for our kids to enjoy lacrosse and no doubt accelerates their skill development and IQ. I even had a couple players tell me after the tournament that they like box lacrosse much better than field lacrosse now” continues Sullivan.
Check out the video below! Do you still think that full-field lacrosse is a good thing for the development of young players?
The lacrosse equivalent of this video would be adults trying to play on a field that is roughly 150 yards long x 80 yards wide with 9' x 9' goals and all players using long poles!
FULL-FIELD LACROSSE SHOULD ONLY BE FOR FULL-SIZED PEOPLE!
Sullivan Lacrosse, who strives to provide the highest quality training and select team (Select Dragons) experiences to lacrosse players in Southlake, Texas and the surrounding North Dallas/Fort Worth community, is the latest organization to join the US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA).
The program was founded by Bart Sullivan, currently the Head Boys Varsity Lacrosse Coach and Program Director for Southlake Carroll High School and former Bellarmine University Head Coach (2010-2011). Sullivan was also a standout defender at the University of Denver and a big proponent of incorporating box lacrosse at the grass roots level in the US.
“I am extremely excited to bring USBOXLA to Southlake, Texas,” said Sullivan. “Once our kids and parents see what real box lacrosse is like, I am confident they are going to fall in love with the game just like they have field lacrosse”... Click here to read the full article
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