Box Rules/Game Play

What is Box Lacrosse?

Box Lacrosse, known simply as ‘lacrosse’ in Canada is played between two teams of six players each. ‘Boxla’ is a short hand text based term coined in the 1970s by journalist covering the sport.  Boxla is traditionally played on an ice hockey rink once the ice has been removed or covered. The playing area is called the box.  In the USA, the game is known as ‘Box Lacrosse’ and can be played on either roller hockey or indoor soccer rinks.

What are the key differences between indoor field lacrosse and Box Lacrosse?

Safety – The US Box Lacrosse Association (USBOXLA)’s rulebook contains a myriad of rules that protect its players in this indoor setting.  Field lacrosse rules (NFHS – boys) fail to address and protect players who participate in an environment with boards.  Box Lacrosse is a stick skills based game and unlike field lacrosse or indoor field lacrosse its rules severely punish open field hits, hits from behind, take out checks, man/ball loose ball techniques and stick swinging defensive techniques.

Game Play

  • 20 minute drills/warm ups
  • 2 15-minute periods (including a 30 second shot clock)
  • 3/4 Teams must start playing defense on their defensive half of the field

Equipment – Both player and goaltender equipment are different than field lacrosse.  Box players wear additional pads to protect kidney and biceps and also wear long sleeved jerseys to cover any additional equipment.  Box goalies are well padded and look similar to ice hockey goalies.

Required Equipment

  • Helmet
  • Gloves
  • Arm pads
  • Biceps pads
  • Mouth guard
  • Cleats
  • Rib pads