The Jr. Swarm program started with (1) Bantam team in the summer of 2013. In 2014, the Jr. Swarm program is looking forward to adding more teams across different age levels.
2013 Age Divisions: Bantam
2014 Age Divisions: PeeWee, Bantam and Midget (Tryout information will be released in the near future.)
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
"I've been learning so much from the coaches because they've been in every situation. They push us hard three times a week, but it's always fun."
- Jr. Swarm Player, Mitchell Durst.
Director of Media & Lacrosse Relations
• Assistant Coach for the Minnesota Swarm
• 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
• Forward for the Minnesota Swarm (2010-13)
• 2011 NLL Scoring Champion
• Scored a team record 7 goals in a game in 2011
• All-time leading goal scorer in team history
• Two-time NLL All-Star
• 2007 NLL 1st Round Pick (1st overall)
6x NCAA Champion & Denver University Coach Bill Tierney on 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.”
NLL/MLL All-Star Paul Rabil on Box Lacrosse:
“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.”
4x NCAA Champion & University of Virginia coach Dom Starsia on Box Lacrosse:
"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?"
NLL/MLL All-Star Casey Powell on Box Lacrosse:
“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.”
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|15||Zachary||Christensen||New Richmond, Wis.|