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Growing the game

09/19/2012, 2:58pm CDT
By mnswarm.com

The Swarm's YBL High School Division is in its inaugural season this fall

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The Swarm's Youth Box League (YBL) launched its first ever high school division this fall in the Twin Cities and currently features 14 teams and over 240 participants from around the metro area.

The YBL High School Division is the only league of its kind in Minnesota that provides competitive league play and clinics for high school box players.

“The YBL has been around the past four years at the youth level, and this high school league now gives all of those players somewhere to play after (eighth grade),” said Swarm assistant coach Aime Caines, who also serves as the Director of the YBL. “Box lacrosse is growing in the United States and it’s great to see this league starting off strong.”

This past weekend, Caines along with Swarm forwards Callum Crawford and Corbyn Tao hosted a series of clinics for the league in an effort to help grow and cultivate the sport. Both Crawford and Tao flew in from Canada and helped teach proper shooting techniques as well as tips on pick-and-rolls and executing the two-man game. Check below to view video and photos from the clinics.

The Swarm’s Youth Box League entered its fifth season of operation with the recent launch of the high school division this fall. Over 900 kids and 50 teams participated in the YBL last spring in the 3rd-8th grade division. The YBL is co-sponsored by Summit Orthopedics and United Hospital

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