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BOX LACROSSE
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About

The Connecticut Box Lacrosse League (CTBLL) is a new league designed to bring structure to the growth of box lacrosse in CT and the surrounding areas. Our aim is to create opportunities for box lacrosse players, teams, coaches and referees of all backgrounds to participate and advance the sport in the US. We look to bring organization to support and foster an environment of competition, sportsmanship, respect and development of the box lacrosse athlete in CT.

The CTBLL began by providing box lacrosse league opportunities at the collegiate level. In addition, we aim to offer programs for all levels including youth and adult leagues. These leagues will be USBOXLA sanctioned events which we consider to be the best standards today for safety, education, and organization of US Box Lacrosse.

Our Mission

Support and develop the box lacrosse community – to learn, to play, to develop, to compete, to educate, to train, to have fun, and to succeed - by providing lacrosse programs and services throughout Connecticut and the surrounding areas.

When you watch Canadian kids 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?'

-4X NCAA Championship Coach Dom Starsia, University of Virginia

CTBLL Collegiate Division

The CTBLL began its inaugural season June 3rd, 2019 with the CTBLL Collegiate Division featuring some of the top box and field players in CT and the surrounding areas. This includes players ages 17 - 22 though with approved exceptions. These elite athletes are coached by an incredible staff who are determined to bring U.S. box players to the next level.

CT COLLEGIATE BOX LACROSSE LEAGUE

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BUILDING PLAYERS FOR A FUTURE IN PROFESSIONAL BOX LACROSSE

Meet Our Box Lacrosse Collegiate Coaches

ROY COLSEY
Head Coach

Roy attended Yorktown HS in New York from 1988 to 1991 where was a 2x All-American and helped the Huskers to 2 State Championships in 1989 and 1991. Roy carried his abilities to Syracuse University where he was a 4x All-American, 2x National Champion in 1993 and 1995 and named the 1995 NCAA Midfielder of the Year. Roy began playing indoor lacrosse in 1996 as a member of the NLL’s New York Saints professional team. Roy went on to play 11 years in the NLL with the Rochester Nighthawks, Buffalo Bandits, New Jersey Storm, New York Titans and Anaheim Storm. He is one of only two American born players to be named to the NLL’s First Team All-Pro. In addition, Roy played professional field lacrosse in the Major Lacrosse League from 2001 to 2008 playing with the Bridgeport Barrage, and Philadelphia Barrage and was a 3x World Champion 2004, 2006 and 2007 and 4x MLL All-Star. Roy still holds the Major League Lacrosse record for game-winning goals with 15. Roy has represented his country as a member of the 1992 U-19 USA World Field Lacrosse Team and the US Men’s National Field Lacrosse Team and was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012. Roy retired from professional lacrosse in 2008, and began coaching as the Head Coach for the Ridgefield HS men’s field lacrosse team from 2009 to present, winning an FCIAC Championship in 2009 and State Championships in 2011 & 2018. In addition, in 2004, Roy founded, developed and coached the Superstar Club lacrosse program, focusing on field lacrosse until 2016 at which time the Superstar program began to focus on the growth of box lacrosse player development. Roy's Superstar Bantam team won the USBOXLA National Championship in 2018. Roy was recently named the Head Coach of the 2019 U20 USA Junior Indoor Team which will compete in the 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship in Ontario, Canada in August 2019. Roy currently resides in Ridgefield, CT with his wife Chrissy and three boys, Ryan (14), Kyle (12) and Chris (9).

ANDY TOWERS
Head Coach

Andy was an All-American at New Canaan HS in CT and was selected to the 1988 U19 USA Team.  Andy went on to play Men’s Division I lacrosse for Brown University where he was a 3x All-American, including earning two 1st Team All-American selections as a midfielder and led the Bears to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his career.  He was also a 3x All-Ivy and 3x All-New England selection as well as Ivy League Player of the Year in 1993. He held records at Brown for both goals in a season (59) as a sophomore and goals in a career (150) for 25 years, until each were broken in 2016.  Andy continued his playing career in the professional indoor (National Lacrosse League - Philadelphia Wings, Boston Blazers, NY Saints) and outdoor (Major League Lacrosse - Boston Cannons, Bridgeport Barrage) leagues, earning All-Star Honors in Major League Lacrosse while leading the league in face-off winning percentage at 58%. Towers is credited with creating many of the techniques currently used by the top face-off men in the game and mentoring All-World Face-Off Legends Chris Eck (Team USA) and Geoff Snider (Team Canada).  Andy has been inducted into the US Lacrosse Connecticut Hall of Fame as well as the Brown University Sports Hall of Fame. Andy took his lacrosse talents to the coaching level making stops at Brown University (assistant 1994, 1996 winning an Ivy Championship), Yale University (assistant 1999-2001), Fairfield University (assistant 2002 and 2003, winning a Great Western Lacrosse League title and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament), and University of Hartford (Head Coach 2004) before serving as the Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach from 2009-2014 for the Dartmouth College Big Green after 5 seasons as an assistant for the Big Green. Andy was recently selected as the Head Coach for the Chaos LC of the new professional field lacrosse league, the PLL.  Towers currently resides in New Canaan, CT with his wife Carlene, daughter Tyler (14), son James (10), and dog Franc.

JAMIE HANFORD
Head Coach

Jamie Hanford was a 3x All-American at Loyola College and a 13 year indoor / outdoor All-Pro Professional Lacrosse player. During his pro career he helped the Philadelphia Wings and the Colorado Mammoth, win NLL Championships. While a member of the Baltimore Bayhawks, he helped the team win the MLL Championship in 2002. Jamie was assistant captain for 2002 Team USA Indoor Lacrosse Heritage Cup Champions. Jamie is considered one of the all time greats to come out of the Darien High School program. He was a 3x All FCIAC player, 2x All-State, All-American, and CT Player of the year in 1994. He helped Darien win its first two FCIAC championships in 1992 & 1994. In his senior year, he was the North South All-Star Game MVP. In 2012, he was selected to be inducted into the Connecticut Lacrosse Hall of Fame (only the second lacrosse player ever to be honored by the CT Chapter). Jamie has been coaching lacrosse camps for nearly two decades and is a Coach/Director of CT based Eclipse Club program. Jamie is the Defensive Coordinator for the MLL Atlanta Blaze. Jamie is also the founder of Force 5 Lacrosse. Jamie lives in Darien, CT with wife Stephanie, and has two boys, Hunter (8) and Finn (6).

BRIAN O’KEEFE
Head Coach

Brian O'Keefe played lacrosse for Fairleigh Dickinson University from 1985 to 1988. He won First and Second Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference. Brian holds several FDU records including the record for most goals and points in a game, most goals in a single season, most points in a single season, and is the all-time leading goal scorer.  His 251 career points rank second all-time at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He was inducted into both the Fairleigh Dickinson University and Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame and is a member of the MAC All-Century Team.  After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University, O'Keefe played seven years in the pro indoor National Lacrosse League with the New York Saints and New Jersey/Anaheim Storm.  In 2003, Brian was a member of Team USA that competed in the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship in Mississauga, Ontario. Brian has been coaching youth field and box lacrosse on Long Island for many years.  He is a Co-Director of Pro Box Lacrosse and Director of the highly regarded Long Island Team 91 box lacrosse program.  In 2015, Brian was named an offensive coach for the USBOXLA British Columbia Intermediate Tour team.  Brian current lives in Long Island, NY with his wife Lynann, have two children Delaney (23) and Mac (21). Mac is currently a Junior starting attack for the #1 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions.

ANDREW KIRKALDY
Head Coach

Andrew Kirkaldy is originally from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. He played in the Red Deer Minor lacrosse program before joining the Calgary Jr. A Raiders 2002-2005, culminating in a 2005 Provincial Championship and a Canadian National Championship Minto Cup finals appearance. Andrew was drafted by the Calgary Roughnecks in 2005. He played his Collegiate field lacrosse for the Gordon College Fighting Scots from 2006-2010, earning the TCCC Rookie of the Year in 2006. A prolific goal scorer, Andrew was the 2x leading scorer for the Fighting Scots, Captained the team in his senior year and was a 3x First Team All-Conference. Andrew played his Canadian professional box lacrosse for the Senior A Nanaimo Timberman of the WLA and was the Keith Mann award winner in 2009. Andrew began coaching in 2012 for the Haverhill High School boys field lacrosse team where, in only his first year, he was selected Head Coach of the Year in the Merrimack Valley Conference and, in 2013, as the assistant coach at Fairfield Prep, help the team win a Class L State Championship. Andrew joined 3d Lacrosse to help coach youth and HS boys and girls, both on the field and in the box from 2014-2018. After coaching with 3d Lacrosse in New England, he started the 3d Tri-State office with Dave Dobbins, former associate head coach at Ohio State. Currently, Andrew is the Head Coach and Assistant Director of Admissions at Trinity-Pawling School. Andrew resides in Pawling, NY with his wife Erin and three boys, Liam (4), Connor and Hudson (2)

OLIVER MARTI
Head Coach

Oliver began playing box lacrosse at the age of 5 in British Columbia, Canada. He was a member of 4 Provincial Championship teams and two Canadian Junior A Minto Cup box lacrosse finalist teams with the Richmond Outlaws ('90, '91) before being drafted to play Senior A (Canada’s professional league) with the storied New Westminster Salmonbellies in '92, reaching the Canadian Championship Mann Cup finals in that year. Oliver played for the Brown University Bear’s field lacrosse team for 3 years from '91-'93. Despite never playing field lacrosse until attending Brown, Oliver led the Ivy league in goals each of his three years and continues to hold several Brown as well as NCAA Division 1 men's lacrosse records including most goals scored in a NCAA tournament game (9), most goals in a regular season game (11), most points in a regular season game (13) and currently ranks fifth all time in NCAA history in avg goals per game in a career. He was a 2x All-American, All-Ivy, All-New England and Academic All-American and helped the Bear’s win an Ivy League Championship in '91. He was selected to the USILA North/South All-Star team and, as a part of the Bear's '91 team, is a member of the Brown Hall of Fame.  Oliver was a member of Team Canada's Field Lacrosse team that participated in the '94 World Lacrosse Championships in England and was named MVP of the Bronze Medal game. Marti was drafted and played two seasons ('94, '95) for the New York Saints of the pro indoor National Lacrosse League (NLL) before focusing on a career as a hedge fund manager. He has been a youth volunteer field lacrosse coach for nearly two decades and recently partnered with Roy Colsey’s Superstar Box Lacrosse program, one of the largest such development programs in the country, and home of the USBOXLA 2018 Bantam National Champions. Oliver was recently named Offensive Coach of the 2019 U20 USA Junior Indoor Team that will compete in the 2019 IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship in Ontario, Canada in August. Oliver formed 11|88 LLC as a vehicle to invest in the growth and development of lacrosse, investing in the PLL, EPOCH Lacrosse and now as founder of the CTBLL. Oliver lives in New Canaan, CT with wife Michelle, and kids Anna (18), Kailey (13), Max (10) and Nick (10).

MIKE REGAN
Head Coach

Mike is considered one of the top midfielders to play lacrosse over that past 20 years.  Mike played in the 2002 and 2004 Team USA Indoor Lacrosse Heritage Cup Championships, winning in 2002.  He played 6 seasons in the indoor professional National Lacrosse League and 5 seasons in the outdoor professional Major League Lacrosse.  Mike held the record in the MLL for most two-point goals scored in a career when he retired.  While playing in the MLL, Mike was offensive MVP for the Boston Cannons and 4-time all-star.  He is considered one of the best pure shooters in lacrosse history.  In 2002, he helped the Albany Attack win the pro indoor NLL Championship.  Mike was a star three sport athlete growing up in Upstate New York.  He was captain of the Varsity Lacrosse, Football, and Wrestling teams at Christian Brothers Academy.  In lacrosse he was team captain 3x (94', 95', 96'), Team MVP (96'), All-American (96').   Upon graduation, he set all new team records for goals, points, and ground balls.  In college Mike was a 2x All-American at Butler and 2x team captain.  In 2000, he was team MVP and awarded the Great Western Lacrosse League Player of the Year.  For the past nine years, Mike has been a volunteer coach in the New Canaan Youth Lacrosse Association and a Coach/Director for the CT based Eclipse Club program.  Mike lives in New Canaan, CT with wife Kate, and has three boys, Thomas (9), Liam (7),  Jack (4).

FAQs

What is Box Lacrosse?

A style of lacrosse played in an enclosed area similar to a hockey rink surrounded by boards and plexiglass.  Like ice hockey, each team can have 6 players on the floor at a time, typically 5 players and 1 goalie.  The playing surface is typically cement or turf. Most teams consist of 15-20 players and 1-2 goalies on a team.

Box lacrosse is more physical than field lacrosse and requires more equipment due to the allowance of cross checking. In addition, the goals are smaller in dimension at 4’9” across by 4’ high vs the traditional 6’ by 6’ in field lacrosse.

What if I never played box lacrosse?

The majority of US kids have not played real box lacrosse, a big reason why the US struggles to beat Canada in international indoor play.  That is why coaching is critical.  For the CT Collegiate Box Lacrosse League, this isn’t meant to be a fun summer activity per se.  We are looking to improve the overall skills of field players and develop box players that have the potential to one day play pro in the NLL and have assembled former accomplished indoor players with successful coaching abilities. 

Can players participate if they do not live in CT?

Yes.  Our goal is to help players develop their understanding of box lacrosse and improve their overall lacrosse skills.  We believe this will help improve player's abilities in field lacrosse and provide them with an experience that gives them the knowledge and confidence to potentially play in the NLL. Currently there are limited opportunities for US Collegiate players to learn and play box lacrosse and, until other states begin offering similar programs, we will accept players from NY, NJ, MA, RI & CT.

What do some of the most successful coaches in Division 1 lacrosse have to say about the benefits of American players participating in box lacrosse?

“If I had my choice, I would have every player under the age of 12 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 on a 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.”
6X NCAA Championship Coach Bill Tierney, University of Denver

"I think all young kids should play box (lacrosse) first."
5X NCAA Championship Coach John Desko, Syracuse University

"When you watch Canadian kids 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?"
4X NCAA Championship Coach Dom Starsia, University of Virginia

“Box lacrosse (played normally in Canada) is played in thawed ice rinks over the summer. The smaller spaces and smaller goals lend to hyper advancement of skills and scoring ability. The results in our college game are not only undeniable, they are borderline astounding”
NCAA Championship Coach Andy Shay, Yale University

"We are looking forward for our Denver (field) players to have an opportunity to play competitive box lacrosse during the off season in a safe and structured environment in the NCBS. I believe college athletes will get more out of a league like this then just playing summer field lacrosse" NCAA Championship, Matt Brown, University of Denver

How competitive will the CTCBLL be?

Highly competitive.  This is not meant to be a summer fun league.  We have the highest caliber coaches for a reason – to teach the game of box lacrosse at the highest level, make field players better and open opportunities for players to potentially play in the NLL.

What age do I have to be to participate in the CTCBLL?

Ages can range from 17 to 22.  We anticipate that the majority of players will be Freshman through Junior Collegiate players and graduating HS College commits. Exceptions will be made, please inquire if you are unsure of your eligibility.

How is the Collegiate League set up?

The inaugural Collegiate season will be 6 weeks. The first 5 of which will be the regular season entailing one practice and one game a week. The playoffs will take place during the 6th week where the first place team will play the fourth and the second place team will play the third with the winners of each game playing a playoff game for top of the division and the losing teams playing for third place.

 

Youth leagues will follow a similar format. Details to follow at a later date.

What dates / times are practices and games?

We have tried to keep times and dates consistent.  Practices will be Monday to Wednesday, anywhere from 6:00pm to 9:30pm and games during the same time on Thursdays – nothing on weekends.  Our aim is to avoid overlap for the players and coaches with their summer programs - we recognize that there are many field camps and tournaments which occur on weekends.  In addition, many of the College athletes and coaches work/intern during the day so it was important to have practices/games start after business hours. 

General Facts

3 of the top 5 players with the highest average goals scored in a career in Men’s NCAA Division 1 Field lacrosse grew up playing Canadian box lacrosse.

Approximately 90% of players currently in the National Lacrosse League are Canadian

Do I need insurance?

Yes, you will need insurance provided by USBOXLA (cost ~$25) as well as provide a signed waiver which will be provided. Lacrosse is a physical sport. Our focus will always be on the safety of the athlete. However, players may be hurt and therefore are required to maintain insurance.  

What are the rules?

The CTBLL Collegiate Division will follow the National Collegiate Box Series rules. Note that there are other box lacrosse rules such as those established by the CLA, NLL, and US Lacrosse. The various rule books have slight but important differences.

Is the Collegiate league similar to Junior A box lacrosse in Canada?

Yes. The one main exception is that the Junior A box lacrosse league is a longer season with the Provincial Champions earning a place in the Canadian National Championship Minto Cup. We are hopeful that within a few years the growth of box lacrosse will enable a somewhat similar format to allow the best teams/players an opportunity to play for a national championship at the Collegiate (Junior) level.

Will there be a Men’s recreational league?

There is high demand for a men’s league, and we do plan on offering one. Unlike youth players that play during the winter and the Collegiate players that play during the summer, the season for a Men’s league is to be determined based on interaction and feedback from the community.  Please provide suggestions and comments through our registration form.  

Is there a Senior A league for players over the age of 21 similar to Canada?

Not currently. We envision the development of box lacrosse athletes in the US will begin at the youth level and progress through to the Collegiate, or Junior, level after which players will be eligible to play professionally in the NLL. We see the NLL expanding and with it, the likelihood of affiliated development teams. As the growth of box lacrosse in the US continues, we will adapt accordingly and will help provide whatever level of play is necessary.

What are the equipment requirements?

Box lacrosse is a physical sport and involves more contact and checking versus field lacrosse. Full box lacrosse equipment is required and includes a helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, arm pads, bicep pads, rib/back pads, mouth guard and lacrosse stick.  There are no long pole sticks in box lacrosse.  Please visit our Equipment Section to learn more.

What is the cost and how can a payment be made?

The total cost will be $795. This includes 6 practices (1 ½ hours) and 5 games (1 ½ hours). There is no fee for initial registration, $25 dollars due before tryouts, and the balance is due only after a player is drafted to one of the four teams. Payment is accepted online via, credit card, debit card, ACH, other.

What is the cancelation policy?

Once a player is selected to a team and pays in full, there will be no cancelation refunds unless under certain circumstances such as injury.  As a rule of thumb, if we can find a replacement  player, we will refund cost on a pro-rata basis. 

Will the games be filmed?

We are working to establish filming for the games. In addition, we are currently working on a relationship with Krossover that will allow coaches/players access to enable viewing and coaching analysis.

Registration

The Team rosters for the 2019 CTCBLL have been finalized. Please register in the spring next year for the June-July 2020 season. Thank you for your interest.

Partners

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Play Hard. Be Safe. Be Protected

Box lacrosse is played in a tighter area than field lacrosse, has more defensive sets and cross checking is allowed. Box lacrosse equipment is required not only to protect the players, but to allow them to play at their best knowing they can absorb hits. There are several companies that offer equipment. We suggest EPOCH box equipment given its dedicated focus on innovation, technologically advanced materials and player driven development. Please note that those players selected to compete in the CTCBLL will receive custom EPOCH gloves. Play Hard. Be Safe. Be Protected