2022-2025

CAN/AM Box Lacrosse

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Who

Boys from New York and Ontario (Grades 5-8). We will have two teams: 2022/2023 & 2024/2025.

What

Canadian/American Box Lacrosse Teams that have a 50/50 split of players from both countries for boys graduating 2022-2025.

Why

Take your skills to the next level. We will focus on building skills in the following areas:

Fundamentals

  • Loose ball-pick up (picking up a loose ball against boards -vs- field)
  • Ball Handling
  • Passing/Catching (passes require better positioning/accuracy and quicker reaction time)
  • Shooting (limited targets with 4×4.75 net with a big goalie demand precise shots)
  • Proper checking and check receiving
  • Checking on the boards (USBOXLA rules)
  • Moving with and without the ball

Team Concepts

  • Defensive positioning and system controlling your opponent
  • Offensive positioning and system breaking down the defence
  • Faceoff/Faceoff positioning and tasks
  • Optimum goal position
  • On ball V Cuts, Picks, Pick and rolls
  • Off ball V Cuts, Picks, Pick and rolls
  • Fast Break Offence
  • Man up/ Man Down
Having played in both the MLL & NLL, I understand the vast difference between the field and box lacrosse. We wanted to create an opportunity where players from Ontario and New York could come together and experience true Box Lacrosse. We wanted coaches that considered themselves Box Lacrosse coaches that had a track record of success as box players and coaches. We are thankful to have Ken Hastie and Billy Curtis leading our boys, teaching the fundamentals, skills and nuances of box lacrosse.Solomon Bliss, Boy's Program Director

Tryouts

When

November 25, 2017 from 1-5 p.m.

Where

Haig Bowl
17 Beech St.
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C2
Canada

Players not able to attend the tryout are still eligible and should email khastie@fca.org.

Schedule

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    November 25, 2017

    Tryout at Haig Bowl in St. Catharines, Ontario

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    December 16, 2017

    Mini Camp in St. Catharines, Ontario

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    January 13, 2018

    Mini Camp in St. Catharines, Ontario

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    January 20-21, 2018

    Battle at the Barn, Ft. Wayne, IN

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    February 10, 2018

    Mini Camp in Rochester, New York

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    February 17-18, 2018

    Midwest Classic in Columbus, OH

Price

New Players:
CAN $865 / US $695
$195CA / $150US Deposite Due 12/16 and balance due 1/18.

Returning Players with Jersey:
CAN $765 / US $615
$195CA / $150US Deposite Due 12/16 and balance due 1/18.

Price Includes:

  • Box Lacrosse uniform – (2 sweaters & shorts)
  • 3 Mini Camps (over 12 hours of box lacrosse floor time and instruction).
  • Two great tournaments.
  • FCA Huddle discussions to develop players to reach their potential physically, mentally and spiritually.

Players must pay for their travel and hotels for the tournaments.

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Coaching

Ken Hastie

Ken Hastie

Meet Ken
Billy Curtis

Billy Curtis

Meet Bill
Sol Bliss

Sol Bliss

Meet Sol

The Story: Season Two


In July 2016, Ken Hastie became Canada’s first ever FCA representative. Just two months later, he has decided to attempt something that has not yet been done in FCA lacrosse: The creation of a dual-country box lacrosse team.

This team consisting of 15 players (combining top American and Canadian players) competed in three tournaments in three different states this past January, February and August.

FCA has decided to extend the program to add more floor time because of the enthusiasm and interest shown by inaugural and 2018 players and parents. As a result, FCA CanAm Box Lacrosse will be adding another team to allow two more age groups.

The FCA teams will be competing in USBOXLA tournaments as follows: “The Battle at the Barn” in Fort Wayne, IN, “The Midwest Classic” in Columbus, OH, and “The Upstate Invitational” in Rochester, NY. Zima Gear will be working with Ken Hastie to provide top uniform and apparel for the team.

Tryouts will take place at Haig Bowl in St. Catharines, Ontario Canada at 50 Church St.; St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C2. This tryout is open to all Ontario, Canada and Northeast U.S. players currently in Grades 5 to 8 (HS Class of 2022-2025 / Peewee Bantam).

“To see athletes from countries that commonly compete against each other competing with each other and jelling so quickly was a beautiful sight to see,” stated Coach Ken Hastie. “Adults can certainly take a lesson from the boys on their willingness to see each other as equals, learning from and teaching each other, and building a true family environment where everyone wants to see each other succeed!” This was so much more than “taking away the lines on the map,” Coach Hastie said as he expressed humility that God showed him there was more to His plan than to “breaking down and eliminating borders.”

As FCA Canada rolls into its second year, we are seeing God at work in our players and coaches while they lead prayer, participate in huddles, help expand our board and connect with each other through sports other than lacrosse. With prayer building a solid foundation like it has through the FCA program in the U.S., Ken Hastie remains focused and dedicated.

Solomon Bliss, FCA’s Regional Camp and Community Coordinator who oversees the lacrosse program in the Northeast, sees multiple benefits to the program. “This venture is about much more than just adding one more lacrosse team for the kids in Upstate New York. It’s about our desire to work together alongside Ken and the impact that we see God having on people’s lives through FCA here in Canada.

“Our kids in the States do not have a lot of experience in box lacrosse. Not only will this team help make our players more well-rounded as they learn box lacrosse, which is intriguing and picking up in popularity, but they will also have the unique opportunity to play with kids from another country,” states Bliss.

Hastie anticipates that the program will be quite a draw and believes the challenge will be in containing the numbers to just 18 players per team. “Although there is a growing amount of opportunities to play lacrosse in the winter with excellent coaching, I know that we provide something beyond lacrosse. I am looking forward to seeing what God provides in this and seeing which players come out. An American-Canadian box team is surely a sign of great things to come!”

Tournaments

 
Midwest Classic
Battle at the Barn