From Press Releases
SAN DIEGO — For two consecutive weekends, box lacrosse will take over San Diego’s North County as teams from across Southern California descend upon Escondido and then Encinitas for 3d Lacrosse’s new SoCal Box Championship.
“We’re thrilled to introduce the SoCal Box Championship especially given how much our box lacrosse offerings have gained momentum the last few years,” said 3d San Diego Director Zack Burke. “With all of the training we’ve provided in SoCal and the overall interest in box lacrosse, we think it’s going to be a fantastic experience on the floor for all the participating teams and players.”
The only tournament in the region that is open only to high school-specific offseason club teams, the SoCal Box Championship is aimed at giving the most serious high school and youth lacrosse players the chance to engage in a highly competitive, fast-paced environment with an emphasis on teaching and developing skills from box lacrosse – the indoor version of the sport popularized decades ago on Native American reservations and in Canada.
“Through 3d San Diego’s box training, we could see the impact locally that this sort of offering is having,” said Burke, the head coach at nearby Poway High School.
“You can see a difference in the lacrosse players who are dedicating themselves to loving the game and elevating their skills by constantly looking for more opportunities to train and compete. Box lacrosse forces you to learn the game at a higher level, a faster speed.”
Coming off a 2016 season that saw him guide the Titans to their second consecutive CIF San Diego Section Open Division championship, Burke credits much of the Poway program’s recent success to a focus on box lacrosse training in the off-season.
“There’s no secret to it,” said Burke, who played college lacrosse at UMBC before embarking on a professional career as both a field and box lacrosse player.
“The kids playing box lacrosse are getting better faster than those who don’t play it. The SoCal Box Championship is a highly valuable opportunity to do just that in a legitimate box lacrosse environment with the proper resources to allow players to experience and thrive in the box game.”
In just the first year, Burke said he’s not surprised at the level of interest he’s already seen for the tournament. He expects to see 30 or more high school and youth teams “compete at a high level and become better lacrosse players in the process” as they battle over the course of two days as part of the two-weekend event.
“We think this is going to grow and we want to provide an unforgettable experience in Year One, and we hope people will inquire and see what this is all about,” Burke said.
“We know 3d San Diego has a great thing going with our box training. The SoCal Box Championship as yet another way that we can help elevate the level of play in SoCal and grow the right kind of interest in the game. Box lacrosse and competing in a true box lacrosse setting – experiencing the real thing – will help you improve and it’s an incredibly valuable way to prepare for the spring season. This is how you become a truly well-rounded player.”
The SoCal Box Championship High School tournament, featuring an Elite and Open division, will be held on December 10 and 11 at Kit Carson Park in the Escondido Sports Center. The following weekend, on December 17 and 18, the Magdalena Ecke YMCA will host the SoCal Box Championship Youth tournament, which is broken into 7th/8th grade , 5th/6th grade and 3rd/4th grade.
“For the younger players, this is a great chance to learn at an early age about the speed, intensity and the excitement of the box game,” Burke said. “This is a teaching environment and we want youth players to come out and learn and have a great time.”
For information about the tournament, contact 3d San Diego Director Zack Burke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Guaranteed 4-5 official box lacrosse games. Top 2 teams in each division will play in a 6th Championship game.
• Trained box lacrosse officials
• Fun, fast, competitive learning environment
HIGH SCHOOL – December 10-11, 2016
High School Elite
High School Open
December 10-11, 2016
Kit Carson Park – Escondido Sports Center, Escondido
YOUTH – December 17-18, 2016
December 17-18, 2016
Magdalena Ecke YMCA, Encinitas