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  • 2016 Canadian Box League Refund Policy

    Refunds - Prior to November 6, 2016
    Registrations may be cancelled by sending a written request to info@brlax.net.  All registrations not cancelled by November 10, 2016 will be deemed valid and full payment will be expected

    Refunds – After November 6, 2016
    Burning River Lacrosse leagues have a limited refund policy. League fee refunds will only be granted on the basis of medical emergencies / conditions. All refund requests must be in writing and a letter / documentation from the doctor / hospital of record must accompany the request verifying the medical emergency / condition. Refund requests will be charged a $25 paperwork fee and be prorated based on when they are received.

    What Is Canadian Box?

    To further area players' development as lacrosse players (shooting, dodging in tight confines, cutting / catching in traffic, picking, etc.) we are offering a “Canadian box lacrosse” league for the top High School and Middle School (5th / 6th and 7th / 8th grade Divisions) players in the area this winter (Nov to Feb). We note that the league is Canadian Box because we are using the smaller (4x4) cages, fully padded goalies, a 30 second shot clock and full substitution. The league is not outdoor lacrosse indoors but true BOX lacrosse with full contact. (see video)

    Why Box?

    • IMPROVED STICK SKILLS – because of the tight spacing you must have great stick fundamentals (can not hang your stick) and passes must be sharp and on target (no floating passes).  Canadian Box fundamentally forces you to change how you hold your stick, carry the ball and make passes.
    • FASTER PACE OF PLAYING – because of the shot clock and constant subbing (up, down, off) players learn to play at a faster pace.  This teaches them to process what is happening on the field faster and provides a great benefit when they transition to the slower paced field game.
    • IMPROVED DODGING – Because of the tight spacing and boards dodging space is limited.  Players have to learn to dodge vertically or suffer the consequences of being doubled teamed.  This teaches players to dodge hard (run through stick checks) and head immediately to the cage (no drifting). 
    • SHOT SELECTION – Because of the tight spacing and fully padded goalie shooting space is at a premium.  This teaches players how to get their hands free quickly, use defenders as screens, and the difference between an okay shot (immediate turnover) and a high percentage shot.  “Best shot not first shot” as we say.
    • OFF-BALL MOVEMENT – Because of the limited room to dodge, off ball movement is at a premium (key to box lacrosse).  This means that players must learn to set on ball picks, set off ball picks and learn when to cut.  All skills that will help them in the field game (BR Offensive Rule #1).
    • IMPROVED POSITIONING – Because long poles are not allowed and all players have to play defense players learn to improve their footwork and positioning (“use your hips”) rather than just throw takeaway checks on the defense. 

    Hear from the experts

    • "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 believe that box lacrosse gives young people many more opportunities to excel in our game. If I had my choice, I would have every player under the age of twelve 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 to young people on a 110 x 60 yard 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.” Bill Tierney, US Lacrosse Hall of Fame, Denver University Head Coach, Princeton 6x National Champion, Team USA 1998

    Who Can Register?

    Registration is by invitation only. To participate athletes must

    • Have played on our 2016 travel teams (alternates are welcome)

    • Be playing our 2017 summer travel team or our 2017 developmental teams (made the team at tryouts and accepted).

    • Have their high school coach, middle school coach or team parent recommend them for the league.

    This is done to ensure that all players can compete at the level needed. We are not trying to turn players away but rather looking to ensure that everyone will have a great experience.

    How Do I Register?

    To register click on the link below

    Once there:

    * Current Burning River Lacrosse Players - log in with your username and password then complete the registration form

    * New / Non Burning River players - register as a guest and then complete the registration form.

    Please note each player must have their own account (i.e. no family accounts).

    If you have any questions about the league or the registration process please contact us at 216.373.5684

    2016 Canadian Box League - USBOXLA Sanctioned

    All Participants Must have a US BOX lacrosse number in order to participate. NO EXCEPTIONS !

    If you do not have a USBOXLA Number you need to go to http://membership.usboxla.com and apply for one.

    2016 Canadian Box League Information (FLYER)

    Burning River Lacrosse (BRL) is running a Canadian Box league this winter.  The league camp will run for 10 weeks in November, December, January and February. The players will receive 20/25 minutes of instruction followed by 30/35 minutes of game time each week:

    To ensure quality instruction and maximum participation, each session is limited to the first 36 players / 3 goalies registering.


    • November 20, 27
    • December 4, 11, 18
    • January 8, 15, 22
    • February 5

    * plus 1 additional day to be scheduled in Dec / January.

    By Division

    • Middle School - 4:00 PM to 5:20 PM

    • High School - 5:20 PM to 7:15 PM

    The league will be held at the Pinnacle Sports Complex located at 313 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio 44256.  For complete directions click here.

    Each week players will get a practice component (20-45 minutes) followed immediately by game time.  We use a running time clock so players need to be dressed and ready to go at their scheduled time.  All players practice each week with teams selected at the league each night.

    Individual Cost
    The league cost is:

    • Field Players - $240

    • Goalies - Free

    Add Ons
    All players can also order the following:

    • A Burning River Box Jersey - $45

    • Rib guards - $45

    • Bicep pads - $35

    Note: A $25 processing fee will be assessed to any returned checks.

    Registration Deadline:
    Sunday, November 6, 2016
    Late registrations are on a case by case basis and will be assessed a $20 surcharge. 

    Burning River Lacrosse's directors / coaches some of the area’s top college coaches, high school coaches, and college players (BR Alumni). Burning River's coaches are focused on the goal of improving a player’s individual / fundamental stick skills, his positional skill set (Attack, Midfield, Defense and Goaltending), and his understanding of team concepts (Transition and Set Piece Offense and Defense) play.  We do this by spending the vast majority of our coaching time teaching techniques and fundamentals in individual or small group sessions.

    All our coaches are USBOXLA certified and / or have experience playing Canadian Box Lacrosse at a high level.

    Equipment (Field Players) - Rib Guards & Bicep Pads Are NEEDED!
    Field players need to purchase / find the following:

    • 1) rib guards, and

    • 2) kidney / bicep pads. 

    These are not optional in Canadian Box Lacrosse and you will be happy that you got them. You can find them online or we have a limited number of new Rib Guards ($45) and bicep pads ($35) available on a first come first served basis. You can purchase them when you register or by emailing us directly at info@brlax.net.

    Note - You also need to wear all your regular equipment including (helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, athletic cup, mouth piece, and stick).

    Equipment (Goalies) - We provide the gear.
    Goalies need to wear full box goalie gear (looks like hockey gear).  Since the gear runs $1,500+ we will provide all the goalies with the gear.  Goalies do however, need to bring their helmet, gloves and stick. 

    The field is old fashioned turf so wear your sneakers, not your cleats.

    Medical Insurance 
    Burning River does not provide medical insurance. All players must have their own medical insurance.

    Burning River WAIVERS & OHIO Concussion Form (Signed during registration)

    You will electronically sign all the needed waivers / forms (BR Lax and State of Ohio concussion information waiver *) during the registration process.

    * The State Of Ohio past Ohio law (ORC 3707.511) which requires all youth sports organization to provide a concussion information document to the parent / guardian of all individuals who participate in any of their athletic activities. The information is available by Clicking Here and during the registration process.

    Weather Policy

    We play in all weather. The lone exception is if the facility closes due to a citywide driving ban. Should a week get cancelled due to weather we will do the best we can to work with the facilities manager to schedule a make up date.  However, please understand that that may not always be possible.  We do not refund a percentage of the registration fee if weather cancels a week. 

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