WHAT IS THE JR. SWARM PROGRAM?
The Jr. Swarm program is intended to help grow the game of box lacrosse in Georgia. Members of the Jr. Swarm program participate in a form of box lacrosse that is played by amateurs across Canada and professionally in the NLL. Jr. Swarm players are exposed to a more traditional version of the sport that allows for more physical play (cross checking is allowed) while adding more padding for player safety. Jr. Swarm teams will compete in national and international box lacrosse tournaments.
BENEFITS OF PLAYING ON THE JR. SWARM:
- Coached by Professionals!
- Exposure to collegiate and pro lacrosse coaches during tournaments
- Player Development is our No. 1 focus
- Box Lacrosse helps enhance your Field Game (Box players are exposed to quicker stick skills, tighter passing lanes and smaller shooting windows)
- Opportunity to travel across the country with your teammates and family
- Players receive (1) 2018 Swarm Season Ticket
PROUD MEMBER OF THE BLA
- The Jr. Swarm program is a proud member of the Box Lacrosse Association of America (BLA)
- The BLA rulebook allows U.S. leagues and travel teams to play Real Box Lacrosse
- BLA focuses on Player Safety and Player Development
- BLA sanctioned leagues feature certified box Refs and Coaches
- The BLA provides insurance coverage for Players, Refs and Coaches
- Yearly Membership: $40 (Similar to US Lacrosse for field lacrosse)
- #PlayBox … For more info, visit blalax.com
- Pee Wee: 11 & 12 year olds (Born Between Jan. 1, 2005 – Dec. 31, 2006)
- Bantam: 13 & 14 year olds (Born Between Jan. 1, 2003 – Dec. 31, 2004)
- Midget: 15 & 16 year olds ((Born Between Jan. 1, 2001 – Dec. 31, 2002)
2017 JR. SWARM TRYOUTS:
**$50 Tryout Fee — Payment can be made in cash or check on the day of the Tryout (Saturday, July 22nd). To register, email Allison Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also print and complete the following forms below and bring them with you on July 22nd with your tryout fee.
2017 JR SWARM PROGRAM
Compete with Junior teams from all over North America in the Jr. NLL Tournament- August 25th-27th in Toronto, Ontario
Each Player Will Receive:
- 25+ Practice Hours over the Summer from Swarm Professionals
- 4-day Jr. Swarm development camp
- A custom Jr. Swarm long-sleeved jersey and short
- Dry-Fit Jr. Swarm Shooter Shirt
- (1) 2018 Swarm Season Ticket (9 Regular Season Games, Plus Playoffs)
- Jr. NLL Tournament Fees
- Exclusive opportunities during Swarm home games
- Box Lacrosse Association of America (BLA) insurance coverage to play REAL BOX LACROSSE!
Contact Allison Hobbs
JR. SWARM COACHES
Head Coach – Drew Petkoff
- Defenseman with the Georgia Swarm
- 6-year NLL pro with Georgia, New England, Buffalo and Toronto
- Has played in two NLL Champion Cups (Toronto, 2010-11)… Won the title in 2011
- Two-time Mann Cup Champion with the Brampton Excelsiors from 2008-09 (Canada’s indoor championship)
- 2006 Founder’s Cup Champion with the Oakville Buzz (Jr. Lacrosse in Canada)
- Georgia Youth and High School Field Lacrosse Coach
- Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
Assistant Coach – Nick Sagraves
- Swarm Equipment Manager
- Georgia Youth & High School Field Lacrosse Coach
- Former four-year lacrosse player at University of North Carolina-Greensboro
During the Jr. NLL Tournament, additional Swarm players and coaches who live in the Toronto area will join the team on the bench as instructors.
Box Lacrosse Testimonials
6x NCAA Champion & Denver University Coach Bill Tierney on Box Lacrosse:
“If I had my choice, I would have every player under the age of 12 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 on a 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.”
4x NCAA Champion & University of Virginia coach Dom Starsia on Box Lacrosse:
“When you watch Canadian kids score, when you see their skill level around the cage, you wonder to yourself, ‘Jeez, are we teaching kids [in the U.S.] the wrong things?”
NLL/MLL All-Star Casey Powell on Box Lacrosse:
“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.”