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Why Box Lacrosse?


Wisconsin Mammoth is the first & only USBOXLA Sanctioned Program in the state of WI.  Established in 2016, the Wisconsin Mammoth Box Selects program is committed to providing an opportunity for players in Wisconsin to experience AUTHENTIC Box Lacrosse.  

True Lacrosse is thrilled to bring box lacrosse to communities in Wisconsin! We are serious about growing the box lacrosse game and teaching the players the right way to play!

We decided to look where box lacrosse has found the most success and that is north of border in the Toronto and Vancouver areas. These two areas continue to develop some of the best college lacrosse players today and we believe that is because of the skills taught and the structure of the programs. 

We have also teamed up with USBOXLA so we can easily teach the Canadian Box Lacrosse curriculum to players right here in Wisconsin! We will be offering coaches, referee and player clinics during the year to help grow the game and to make sure everyone involved is up to date and on the same page.

What is box lacrosse?
The box game is played in hockey (ice removed) and indoor soccer rinks and is 5v5 with a goalie, very similar to hockey. There is no off sides and there is a 30 second shot clock so the pace of the game is very fast paced and exciting! Players are allowed to body check and cross check as well as use controlled slashes to try and get the ball away from the opposing team. For more information on box lacrosse please check out the USBOXLA website.

What can box lacrosse do for you?

  • Improved stick skills
  • Increased passing and shooting accuracy
  • Learn how to stick fake
  • Learn how to use a backhand effectively 
  • How to generate space off ball
  • The "two man game"
  • How to effectively run a pick play
  • Generating better scoring opportunities
  • Patience under pressure

Here is what some of the best players/coaches in the game are saying about box lacrosse.

"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 knew that if I wanted to be one of the best players in the world, I would have to dedicate myself to both the indoor and the outdoor game. Playing indoor lacrosse has been a great thing for my career.”
-Casey Powell, MLL/NLL All-Star

“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 6xNational Champion, Team USA 1998 

“American field players would really help themselves if they were exposed to a steady stream of box experience. Box lacrosse is an extremely valuable background for a young player, we need to incorporate more of the indoor skills in to the field game. It is almost a requirement to have a top player with indoor experience on your roster right now.” 
Dom Starsia, University of Virginia Head Coach

Age Divisions | (by birth year)

HS Elite (2002/2003)

Midget (2004/2005)

Bantam (2006/2007)
Peewee (2008/2009)

Wisconsin Mammoth Box Program Directors:

Mike Ruggiero

Mike Ruggiero

Wisconsin Director

Giuseppe Palermo

Giuseppe Palermo

Wisconsin Box Director

Ryan Cynkar

Ryan Cynkar

On-Field Director