Tryout dates will take place this May.
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.
Director of Media & Lacrosse Relations
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.
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:
"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
• 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