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“That was a legitimate box lacrosse tournament,” said US Box Lacrosse Association co-founder Shaydon Santos shortly after the final medals were handed out at the 2016 Resolute Lacrosse Midwest Classic.

As simple and straightforward as that statement is, it’s an extremely powerful one, and not one many in Midwest USA or really anywhere in America have been able to truthfully make over the years.

Box lacrosse – real box lacrosse – is not just a trendy training method. Well, to some maybe, but for those playing under the USBOXLA umbrella, box lacrosse instructed and played the way it was meant to be played has made a world of difference on a variety of levels.

“To see the skill development even just since the inaugural Midwest Classic to what I saw this past weekend, the transformation in these players and teams has been unbelievable,” added Santos. “I am extremely impressed with what many of these groups have accomplished.”

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The tournament, which saw 36 teams in four separate age groups competing in Columbus over President’s Day weekend, has quickly become one of the premier box lacrosse events in not only the region but across the country.

The level of competition really was that good.

“I think this year’s success is definitely a testament to USBOXLA and the attention they’ve received, plus we try our best at Resolute to run a first-class event,” said Resolute co-founder Greg Bice, who also played collegiately in the area at Ohio State and professionally in Major League Lacrosse. “But if you want to know the main reason why this year’s Midwest Classic was so great… it’s because the pendulum has swung in the US.

“Everyone understands now what box lacrosse can do for their field game, what box lacrosse can do for their overall skill development. It’s impossible to debate anymore. I think the growth of the box game, in large part due to USBOXLA, was a huge reason we had so much interest in this tournament. It’s why the level of competition and skill was the strongest we’ve seen yet.”

“When you walked into the rink here, you knew these kids were playing legit box lacrosse.”

While skill was definitely being showcased at Ohio’s premier indoor training facility – the Resolute built three-rink Resolute Athletic Complex – Santos, again, was impressed with the little things you just don’t see at every “indoor” tournament today. “Every keeper was decked out in the same box lacrosse goalie gear you’d see kids wearing in Canada or even the National Lacrosse League,” he said with excitement. “When you walked into the rink here, you knew these kids were playing legit box lacrosse. It was done right from top to bottom.”

Resolute, a USBOXLA charter member, hosted their first Midwest Classic three winters ago. Bice is amazed at the transformation he’s seen both within Resolute and the USBOXLA member clubs his group played against last week. “The level of skill and competition over the three years has been tremendous,” he said. “With kids’ box education and experience level going up every year, the games are absolutely amazing to watch.

“No one has the level of coaching experience USBOXLA members have, and it shows on the floor. Kids are learning how to play this sport properly in the US, and the quality of lacrosse on the floor last weekend is proof of that. The kids want to learn real box lacrosse and USBOXLA has great coaches all over the country teaching it the right way.”

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Each division – from grade five all the way up to high school – played three games in their pool stages and then continued to the knockout rounds, needing three straight wins in the quarters, semis and final to grab gold. “Winning a medal at this tournament meant you earned that medal,” said Santos. The 2016 Resolute Lacrosse Midwest Classic gold, silver and bronze medalist include:

Grades 5/6

GOLD Bucktown Lacrosse
SILVER North Stars
BRONZE Resolute Lacrosse

Grades 7/8

GOLD Texas United
SILVER Resolute Lacrosse
BRONZE Penn*Lax All-Stars

High School A

GOLD Resolute Lacrosse
SILVER Fusion Lacrosse
BRONZE Penn*Lax All-Stars

High School B

GOLD Resolute Lacrosse
SILVER Project Missouri
BRONZE Cleveland Demons

USBOXLA.com will profile top players in each division in coming weeks, highlighting some of the most impressive, dominating and skilled solo efforts the Midwest Classic has seen in it’s three years.

While it maybe wasn’t evident when you looked at the scoreboard or stat sheets after each game, one of the most significant strides USBOXLA sanctioned events continue to see is the development of their officiating, by far the strongest referee stable in the US.

“The refs were keeping the kids safe, they were consistent and that made a huge difference…”

“The officiating was also a big reason the Midwest Classic was as good as it was this year,” said Bice. “I had multiple parents, completely unprompted, tell me they’ve been at other tournaments and that the Midwest Classic hands down had the best officials they’d ever seen.

“The refs were keeping the kids safe, they were consistent and that made a huge difference to everyone. You do not get that anywhere else today outside of USBOXLA. You just don’t.”

While other non-USBOXLA sanctioned events in the US this year have been marred with unsafe play and fighting – one recent east coast tournament was not even able to complete games due to out of control and dangerous play – USBOXLA continues to make referee education a top priority. “Without structure and safety, any sport will spiral out of control,” said Santos. “At USBOXLA we take the training, certification and continued education of our officials very seriously. Player development is a priority for us, but each athlete’s safety is as well.”

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Every official at the event was fully certified through a unique and first-of-its-kind online sanctioning process and educational platform – the USBOXLA Academy Backstage PASS. This cutting-edge, digital training and certification program has allowed USBOXLA to properly educate and instruct officials (and coaches) effectively and efficiently. “We invested a lot of resources into this platform,” said Santos. “So far it’s been a complete game changer on and off the floor.”

The Midwest Classic, like any other USBOXLA sanctioned event or game, must adhere to the 2016 USBOXLA Rules and Situational Book, a document Santos says is essentially the box lacrosse officiating bible in the US. “Officiating is a integral part of our four pillar approach at USBOXLA, which also includes player, coach and game development.

“Other groups in the US often don’t put a high priority on proper officiating education and development, and that’s a big reason why parents and players all over the country were turned off by the sport. It’s important. Without it you lack the structure needed to not only established an association, but also help put on amazing events like this one.”

“Player development is a priority for us, but each athlete’s safety is as well.”

Officials arrived early in Columbus, taking part in an almost two hour pre-event refresher course, focusing on communication. procedures of administering penalties, examining various game film from the USBOXLA Nationals and reviewing both good and bad mechanics. The officiating crew included former National Lacrosse League referee Tim Cave, who also serves as the Resolute Lacrosse referee in chief and local assingor, plus NCAA and other local officials.

Running the session and providing feedback and individual evaluations the entire weekend was USBOXLA Eastern Director of Officiating Adam Gardner. “This group of officials as a whole is the most advance base of officials we have had at a local event,” he said. “The time we had at the Midwest Classic allowed us to work together to improve in a variety of areas and to help dedicated players, coaches and spectators understand and grow the box game the right way in the US.”

Gardner will be taking two officials from this group to this summer’s USBOXLA Nationals in San Jose, where the association will be offering a new, elite officiating tier for select referees.

“Referees were briefed on new issues and developments in officiating when it comes to box, had questions answered, and again, were given good guidance by USBOXLA,” said Bice. “Who else is doing that today? I don’t think anyone is, and if they are, I haven’t seen it.”

“Our kids know how to run a pick and roll, and just as importantly, they know how to defend it.”

What Bice has seen first-hand is the advancements his players have experienced since joining USBOXLA. “At Resolute we talk about it all the time, the difference box lacrosse has made for our kids in our field program,” said Bice. “Their lacrosse IQ is improving dramatically. The amount of touches they get in box has sped up their skill development 100%.

“Their passing is crisper, they’re more accurate in their shooting and their ability to get ground balls has also improved. Our kids know how to run a pick and roll, and just as importantly, they know how to defend it.”

Already considered one of the top lacrosse development outfits in not just Ohio but throughout the US, Bice feels box lacrosse has helped his players take their game to the next level. “The level of play we’re seeing here on fields in Ohio can be directly attributed to the fact that we have kids in the state playing box. There’s no doubt in my mind.”

It’s a statement many if not all USBOXLA members have communicated, and Bice can’t wait to see what that continued evolution provides at next year’s Midwest Classic. “Next year is going to be even bigger and better,” he said. “We’re so thankful to the teams that have come out so far, and we’re already expecting other big clubs that are adding box lacrosse to their program to be out here next year. We’re already talking about making this a three day tournament in 2017.”

We’ll be there.

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What an amazing fall it has been. As the season concludes and the holidays are upon us, I want to wish the Resolute Family a Happy Thanksgiving.

Now is a great time to reflect with gratitude for the incredible blessings in our lives. As athletes, I believe this is an important exercise to help prepare for the upcoming season both mentally and physically. A recommendation would be to take an inventory of the people in your life, those who occupy the immediate 20 square feet around you. Who are the people in your life that challenge you and get the most out of you? Who are the people that praise and encourage you? Who are the people that ultimately help shape you into the young men you are today?

This list of influential people is very powerful. You want to be certain that you are investing your time, energy and love in those who impact you the most. Many times we lean away from those who challenge us in different ways because of the adversity it brings, but there is often much growth in these relationships. On the contrary, we also must recognize the “Energy Vampires” surrounding us. Its important to identify those who bring you down or ultimately suck the life out of you because of the energy required to maintain the relationship. You may need to enlist help to determine who these people are in your circle. Moreover, you must commit yourself to avoiding any behavior personally that could classify you as an Energy Vampire.

Although this exercise sounds simple, its very important. I challenge everyone in the Reso family this holiday to take inventory of the 20 square feet surrounding you and those who occupy it. This space, and the people in it, essentially control your everyday. There is no real estate in the world more important than your 20 square feet.

Finally, I’ll leave you with a few additional thoughts so you can prepare yourself for an incredible spring. Eliminate noise – hype around your game, recruiting rankings, other people’s recruiting processes, how good your HS should be, distractions – video games, vampire relationships, drugs, alcohol, and discipline yourself with a solid routine – consistency and structure. Make sure you have accounted for school, loved ones, diet & hydration and regular feedback from those who will speak honestly and not just tell you what you want to hear. Put in the effort and you will see results as you improve as a lacrosse player and develop as a young man.

For those playing winter sports, good luck with your season. And all the very best to you who are dedicating your winter to training at the RAC and preparing for the upcoming season.

Be Resolute,

Nick Myers

New: Resolute Chrome Extension
New: Resolute Chrome Extension
New: Resolute Chrome Extension

Resolute Lacrosse is pleased to announce that the new, free Resolute Lacrosse Chrome Extension is now live. With one click, you can install the extension, which will automatically turn any new tab that you open into an inspiring, Resolute themed page. It will help you stay up-to-date with the latest from Resolute, while encouraging and reminding you to get out and play some lacrosse!

To install, simply go to the extension’s page, and click the blue, “Add to Chrome” button.

That’s it.

After a hard fought summer by all of our Reso teams we are proud to Congratulate our most recent player commitments! Your hard work has paid off and we wish you luck at the next level. Never quit, work hard, be Resolute

  • Class of 2018
    • Johnny Wiseman from Olentangy Liberty to Marquette University
  • Class of 2016
    • Zach Whitenack from Olentangy to Cleveland State University
    • Chris Reynolds from Worthington Kilbourne to Robert Morris
    • Alex Cash from Worthington Kilbourne to Robert Morris University
    • Charlie Romano from St. Francis DeSales to Florida Southern
    • Eric NeCamp from Olentangy Liberty to Rollins College
    • Sam Mackenzie from Thomas Worthington to University of New England
    • Jake Weirick from Worthington Kilbourne to Denison University
    • Ben Baker from Upper Arlington to High Point University
    • Chris DiMarco from Thomas Worthington to Ohio Northern University
    • Nate Menendez from Hudson to Cleveland State University
Ohio State (15) vs John Hopkins (12)

Ohio State (15) vs John Hopkins (12)

Coach Nick Myers Joins Resolute Lacrosse Staff

Columbus, Ohio – Resolute Lacrosse is excited to announce the addition of Ohio State Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach, Nick Myers, to their elite coaching staff. Myers will serve as Director of Player & Staff Development. In his role, Myers will assure coaches & players properly develop lacrosse acumen and stay current with the most recent trends in the sport.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Resolute Lacrosse Family. The Resolute Lacrosse brand is identified not only in the Midwest but across the country as one of the elite lacrosse training programs available for young men and women” said Nick Myers. “This will be an incredible opportunity to connect with the very best coaches and players central Ohio has to offer.”

Currently in his seventh year as head coach of the OSU Men’s Lacrosse program, Myers’ proven track record tags him as one of the best coaches in college lacrosse. Bringing his unique experience and knowledge of all aspects of the game, Myers offers a new skill set to the Resolute program. Adding to the already diverse & top-notch staff, Myers is positioned to propel the growth and continue to build on Resolute’s esteemed reputation as the best lacrosse club in the midwest.   

“We are so thrilled to welcome Nick Myers to the Resolute family,” said Resolute Lacrosse Co-Founder and former 2X All-American Ohio State Lacrosse player Greg Bice. “His emphasis on developing young men as people and lacrosse players embodies the core principals of our program. Partnering with Coach Myers makes sense and elevates Resolute Lacrosse to new heights. We look forward to the continued development of our coaches and players with Coach Myers helping lead the way.”

About Nick Myers
Head Coach, 7 seasons
62-50 overall (24-16 conference record, 2-2 NCAA record)

Nick Myers recently completed his seventh year as the head men’s lacrosse coach at The Ohio State University. He took over the program July 10, 2008, after three seasons as the top assistant for the Buckeyes. On the international stage, Myers will serve as head coach for Team USA at the 2016 FIL World Under-19 Championships.

In his first seven years as the Buckeyes’ head coach, Myers has posted a 62-50 ledger overall and a 24-16 conference record, with the squad earning a berth each year a conference tournament was held. He led the Buckeyes to the first postseason and Creator’s Trophy titles in program history, a share of a league regular-season title, a spot in the NCAA quarterfinals twice (2013, ‘15) and to a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament en route to the first NCAA tournament game at home.

In 2015, Myers led the Buckeyes to the inaugural Big Ten Tournament championship game and an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament. In the first round of the NCAA tourney, the Buckeyes went on the road and defeated two-time defending champion Duke before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual national champion Denver. During the season, the Buckeyes claimed the Creator’s Trophy with road wins over Penn State and Michigan and topped three of the NCAA semifinalists.

Under his tutelage, members of the program have garnered 14 USILA All-America honors, 39 all-conference nods and six conference player of the year accolades. Over the past seven years, members of the Ohio State team have earned 117 Academic All-Big Ten accolades and 169 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete nods, along with the first eight USILA Scholar All-American selections in program history.