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2014 Jr. Swarm Information

2014 Jr. Swarm Tryouts:

Tryout dates will take place this May.

  • Tryouts will be led by Swarm Assistant Coach Aime Caines, Swarm forward Corbyn Tao and other Swarm players. All particpants are invited to attend both sessions.
  • Tryouts will follow the Box Lacrosse Association of America (BLA) rulebook and will feature REAL BOX LACROSSE. All players must be BLA members to tryout for the Jr. Swarm Team; a BLA membershup also provides insurance coverage for REAL BOX LACROSSE. All participants trying out will need to wear kidney and bicep pads, and legal cross-checking will be allowed.
  • Tryout Fee: $50. Fee includes four hours of tryout time over a two-day span with a professional NLL coach.

Tryouts: Jr. Swarm tryouts will take place over (2) sessions.

Saturday, May 3 at Inver Grove Heights (3 - 8pm)
PeeWee: 3 - 4:30pm
Bantam: 4:45 - 6:15pm
Midget: 6:30 - 8pm

Sunday, May 4 at Hastings Civic Arena (2 - 7pm)
PeeWee: 2 - 3:30pm
Bantam: 3:45 - 5:15pm
Midget: 5:30 - 7pm

In the event that either May 3 or May 4 does not work due to the Swarm's NLL playoff schedule, May 18 at Inver Grove Heights (2 - 7pm) has been booked as a flex date.


Alec Schimke

Director of Media & Lacrosse Relations

Phone: 651-726-1759

2014 Jr. Swarm Basic Information:

  • Player Cost: $1,499.
  • Player fees include all tournament fees, Jr. Swarm jerseys/shorts, a weeklong Jr. Swarm Camp with Swarm players and coaches, and team practices.
  • Travel expenses (airfare, bus fees, and hotel rooms) and player equipment (kidney & bicep pads) are not included in the $1,499 fee. The Jr. Swarm program will attempt to bus to as many national tournaments as possible, and each player or parent who rides the bus, will be charged a fare fee.
  • SEASON LENGTH: - First week of June to Sept./Oct.
  • NEW IN 2014: All Jr. Swarm players will attend a week-long camp this summer with Swarm players and coaches to enhance box lacrosse fundamentals. The camp will run Monday - Friday at a local rink this summer in June or July. The Jr. Swarm will also particpate in a local field tournament in addition to box competition.
  • TOURNAMENTS: Each Jr. Swarm team will compete in (3) REAL BOX LACROSSE national tournamants and (1) local field lacrosse tournament.
    • CONFIRMED - Jr. NLL Tournament (Toronto) - Aug. 29-31
    • CONFIRMED - Calgary Tournament (Calgary, Alberta) - June 28-30
  • WEEKLY PRACTICES: Each Jr. Swarm team will participate in weekly practices coached by Swarm assistant coach Aime Caines and a Swarm player during the summer.
  • CUSTOM JERSEYS/SHORTS: All Jr. Swarm players will receive custom-made long-sleeved jerseys and shorts. 
  • SWARM SEASON TICKET: All Jr. Swarm players will receive (1) season ticket for the 2015 Swarm season at Xcel Energy Center.
  • PASSPORT: Players who make the team will be required to get a passport to travel to a National Lacrosse League (NLL) affiliated youth tournament in Toronto, Ontario in late August.

FSN: Box lacrosse gaining popularity in Minnesota

The Jr. Swarm was recently mentioned on FoxSportsNorth.com in an article by Tyler Mason.

Check out the following excerpt: 

"One thing I have noticed is when you talk to the kids, you ask them what they like better, a lot of them have been saying box lacrosse," said Swarm forward Shayne Jackson, who grew up playing box lacrosse in Canada. "It's more physical. Field lacrosse, you don't touch the ball as much. It's more of a slower pace. A lot of the guys like it because you're always on the floor. Every 30 seconds, you get back on the floor. It's fast-paced. A lot of the kids have been liking it." - Shayne Jackson, Minnesota Swarm forward.


Age Levels:

Pee Wee (11 & 12 year-olds: January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2003).

Bantam (13 & 14 year-olds: January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2001)

Midget (15 & 16 year-olds: January 1, 1998 – December 31, 1999)

The Jr. Swarm program will field (1) team for the three age levels listed above. Each team will consist of 20 players; 18 runners and two goalies.

What is the Jr. Swarm Program?

The Jr. Swarm program is intended to help grow the game of box lacrosse in Minnesota. Members of the Jr. Swarm program participate in a form of box lacrosse that is played by amateurs across Canada and professionally in the NLL. Jr. Swarm players are exposed to a more traditional version of the sport that allows for more physical play (cross checking is allowed) while adding more padding for player safety. Jr. Swarm teams will compete in national and international box lacrosse tournaments.

Benefits of Playing on the Jr. Swarm:

  • Coached by Professionals! Our coaches are both NLL and MLL All-Stars as well as NCAA DI All-Americans
  • Exposure to collegiate and pro lacrosse coaches during tournaments
  • Player Development is our No. 1 focus
  • Box Lacrosse helps enhance your Field Game (Box players are exposed to quicker stick skills, tighter passing lanes and smaller shooting windows)
  • Opportunity to travel across the country with your teammates and family
  • Players receive (1) Swarm Season Ticket
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• Assistant Coach for the Minnesota Swarm
• Former Assistant Coach for the University of Minnesota Men's Club lacrosse team
• Head Coach of the East Ridge High School lacrosse team
• Former NLL player with the Columbus Landsharks, Montreal Express and the Buffalo Bandits.
• Director of the Minnesota Swarm Youth Box League

Corbyn Tao

  • Forward, Minnesota Swarm (2012 - Present)
  • 2011 NLL 2nd Round Draft Pick (No. 12 overall)
  • Robert Morris University graduate

Jr. Swarm Media Coverage: