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Junior Swarm Team

05/28/2013, 4:00pm CDT
By Alec Schimke

Tryouts for the Junior Swarm Team will take place June 15-16, 23

What is the Junior Swarm Team?: The Junior Swarm Team is intended to help grow the game of box lacrosse in Minnesota. Members of the Junior Swarm Team will participate in a form of box lacrosse that is played by amateurs across Canada. The game features a more traditional version of the sport and allows for more physical play while adding more padding for player safety. Coached by Swarm coaches and players, the Junior Swarm Team will consist of 20 kids who will compete in national and international box lacrosse tournaments. Click here for a video of a Junior Travel Team

Age Level: Boys who were born in 1999 or 2000 are eligible to tryout. (Bantam Level)

Cost: $1,200. Cost includes tournament fees, team practices and player insurance through USBOXLA. The season will run from June to late August. Travel expenses, uniforms and equipment are not included in this fee.

Registration: To tryout, players must fill out a registration form, a tryout waiver and pay the $30 tryout fee on mnboxlacrosse.com.

Registrants can also mail in their $30 tryout fee along with the waiver/registration form (attached below) to: Junior Swarm Team, 317 Washington St., Saint Paul, MN 55102. Please send a confirmation email to aschimke@mnswarm.com to notify the Swarm that a registration is in the mail.

Tryouts: Tryouts will be held on Saturday & Sunday, June 15-16 from 11am-1pm and Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Community Center in Inver Grove Heights (8055 Barbara Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077). There is a $30 nonrefundable tryout fee per participant. Players must have a US Lacrosse number to tryout. Tryouts are insured under US Lacrosse and will feature modified box play that is approved by US Lacrosse.

Coaches: Swarm assistant coach Aime Caines and All-Star forward Ryan Benesch.

Jersey/Shorts/Helmet: Players will pay a separate cost for (1) team jersey/shorts. These items will be provided by the Junior Swarm Team and players will be allowed to keep these items. The players will be allowed to use their own helmets.  Helmets are required to be CSA approved.

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.

Team Practices: The Junior Swarm Team will practice every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. starting Sunday, June 30 at Inver Grove Heights.

Tournaments: The Junior Swarm Team will participate in (3) tournaments this summer: (1) USBOXLA Nationals in Los Angeles, California, August 2-4 (Includes a clinic on Friday, tournament is close to Disneyland); (2) Denver, Exact Date(s) TBD, and (3) a Junior NLL Tournament from August 23-25 in Toronto.

Roster Size: 20 kids will make the Junior Swarm Team.

Swarm Tickets: Each participant who makes the team will receive (1) Swarm Season Ticket to all nine home games in 2014 at Xcel Energy Center.

Questions:

Contact: Alec Schimke
Work Phone: 651-726-1759
Email: aschimke@mnswarm.com
 

JUNIOR SWARM COACHES

AIME CAINES

• 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

RYAN BENESCH

• 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)

PLAYER EQUIPMENT NEEDS:

Players:

  • must be a current US Lacrosse member to tryout (Tryouts are insured by US Lacrosse and will not feature traditional box play)
  • current US Box Lacrosse Association Membership (Will be required after tryouts if player makes team)
  • mouth guard
  • CSA approved hockey helmet and facemask or field lacrosse helmet
  • shoulder pads
  • slash/elbow guards
  • Box Lacrosse Rib/Kidney pads
  • Box Lacrosse Bicep pads
  • Lacrosse Stick 40"-46"
  • appropriate footwear and athletic attire

Goalies:

  • must be a current US Lacrosse member to tryout (Tryouts are insured by US Lacrosse and will not feature traditional box play)
  • current US Box Lacrosse Association Membership (Will be required after tryouts if player makes team)
  • mouth guard
  • CSA approved hockey helmet and facemask or field lacrosse helmet with throat guard
  • Field lacrosse goalie stick also legal for play are the Warrior Walls, Gait Quads and wooden goalie sticks.
  • Uppers
  • Goal Pants
  • Shin Pads
  • appropriate footwear and athletic attire

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