It may be a little too warm to play lacrosse outside this time of year, so why not move it inside?
A new form of lacrosse played indoors on a shorter field is picking up interest from many members of the Keller and Coppell lacrosse teams, who are spending their summers playing “box lacrosse.”
The game, played with six instead of the regular 10 players per team, also focuses on more skills needed for the faster tempo of the game.
Most box leagues have a 30-second shot clock, forcing more action and shots-on-goal. Ball-handling becomes a greater challenge in tighter spaces with condensed space to maneuver.
Players use shorter sticks and with a smaller goal, the scoring is bit harder to come by. The goal rises to just about three feet tall.
Some lacrosse experts say defensive skills are honed as well in box lacrosse.
Despite the faster game the box lacrosse version can provide, not everyone is fully sold on the condensed-field opportunity.
“I’m not a big box guy,” Keller lacrosse head coach Matt Pate commented. “We practice it once a week because it’s faster, but it concentrates too much on one hand.”
The sport is taking after the growth of sports such as soccer which have been modified to be played indoors, as well. The shorter fields can benefit players who aren’t as conditioned to run a full field, too.
Many critics note that box, which allows for full body checks and cross checks, tend to create more of a aggressive environment with more fighting than what is seen on field lacrosse.
No doubt, each version of the game of lacrosse requires its own strategies and skill set and some of the skills can carry over to the other.
Many feel, though, the only way to become successful in the sport is to play that specific version of lacrosse. Many players can be successful at both, experts contend.
For the summers in Texas, any sport played indoors may be a welcomed option.
The Keller and Coppell players have started their own weekly league, playing games in Southlake on Tuesday evenings at The Stampede Sports Arena. Fans and interested players in seeing what all the talk is about are welcome to watch the games. The games are played from 7:30-9 p.m.