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The summer of 2016 proved to be the biggest summer of box lacrosse in the United States, well, maybe ever.

Right now, the US Box Lacrosse Association has nearly nine thousand members, which means more youth are playing the sport, more coaches are instructing it and more officials are making it safe – the right way.

In addition to hosting the biggest USBOXLA Nationals to date this past August, USBOXLA also sent more players to Canada to compete at various events than any previous year in the association’s seven successful years.

Although we’re still a few months away from 2017, planning for next year’s Team USBOXLA tour has already started. Do you want to represent the US against some of Canada’s top box lacrosse players and teams? Are you up for the challenge? Keep reading to find out how you can compete in Canada next year while suiting up for Team USBOXLA – the country’s most prestigeous box lacrosse team.

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WHAT IS TEAM USBOXLA?

Team USBOXLA represents the absolute best US-born lacrosse talent currently competing in the country. The program, which includes pee wee, bantam, midget and U18 teams, was a shared vision of USBOXLA co-founders Matt Brown and Shaydon Santos when the association was first established in 2010.

Over the last several summers, these teams have traveled to Canada and competed against the country’s best in exhibition and tournament play. No other program anywhere in the US provides their players with this level of experience, exposure and elite game play. These players are highly skilled, American-based box lacrosse pioneers who are showing the world that US youth not only play real box lacrosse, they do it well too.

In 2017, youth teams will again be competing at the Trevor Wingrove Memorial Tournament in Coquitlam, British Columbia and during the USBOXLA Nationals All-Star Game. Team USBOXLA U18 will take part in the #bctour – a demanding week-long schedule competing against top B.C. Intermediate ‘A’ teams in iconic Canadian box lacrosse cities like New Westminster, Coquitlam and Victoria.

Last year’s teams were coached by Jeff Zywicki, Dan Coates, Jamie Shewchuk, John Gallant, Allie George, Greg Bice, Ben Prepchuk, David Mather, Elliott Bender, Brown and Santos.

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2017 SELECTION PROCESS

Youth Team USBOXLA
Players interested in being considered for Team USBOXLA Pee Wee (06/05), Bantam (04/03) or Midget (02/01) teams can apply online.

U18 Team USBOXLA
This year, USBOXLA will be holding ID camps in Seattle (Dec. 22/16), Philadelphia (Dec. 28/16) and Columbus (Feb. 20/17). Players unable to attend can still apply online to be considered.

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“Last year interest in playing for Team USBOXLA at every age group was at an all-time high,” said Santos. “Players from virtually every state in the country applied last year. The interest was truly something else.”

In 2017, players from USBOXLA-traditional states like California, Colorado, Ohio and Pennslyvania found Team USBOXLA roster spots, but states like Arizona, Utah and even Navada were also represented.

“This year we’ve added U18 ID camps in the west, east and midwest,” said Santos. “We strongly encourage players to attend these camps, two of which will take place during a pair of our biggest USBOXLA-sanctioned tournaments in Philadelphia and Columbus. If you can’t attend but still want to be considered, we’d love to hear from you. We want 2017 to be the biggest, best and most challenging summer for Team USBOXLA in our association’s history.”

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2016 TREVOR WINGROVE MEMORIAL & #BCTOUR

The Americans are coming: Post-Trevor Wingrove analysis
When I was growing up as a kid out here in British Columbia, I always looked forward to playing in the bigger tournaments in Vancouver. It was a great opportunity for our Saanich Tigers to go play and test ourselves against the daunted mainland clubs. Sometimes we won, many times we lost – I can’t really remember ever winning a minor tournament other than the 1988 Canada Day Tournament in Calgary when I was a 12-year-old in pee wee. Read More

The 2016 U18 #bctour and beyond: What box lacrosse in the USA can look like
It was at a lunch during the 2016 U18 #bctour that Greg Bice sat down with fellow Team USBOXLA coaches Shaydon Santos and Ben Prepchuk and asked, “Explain to me how this whole thing works.” Bice, a former Ohio State and Major League Lacrosse standout defender who now operates Resolute Lacrosse in Central Ohio, had never been to British Columbia before. And while he’s immersed himself and his club in real box lacrosse through the US Box Lacrosse Association, he had also never seen how Canadian youth box lacrosse teams operated, until now. Read More

2016 #bctour: Behind the scenes in British Columbia
The month of June may have been the busiest 30-day stretch the US Box Lacrosse Association has ever experienced. In addition to legitimate box lacrosse being played throughout the country by USBOXLA clubs – membership this year topped seven thousand and is projected to be over ten thousand a year from now – USBOXLA also brought the best players in the country to British Columbia to take part in a series of events, more commonly referred to as the #bctour. Read More