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 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 Swarm Professionals!
- Exposure to collegiate and pro lacrosse coaches during Jr. NLL tournament
- 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) 2018-19 Swarm Season Ticket
- Pee Wee: 11 & 12 year olds (Born Between Jan. 1, 2006 – Dec. 31, 2007)
- Bantam: 13 & 14 year olds (Born Between Jan. 1, 2004 – Dec. 31, 2005)
- Midget: 15 & 16 year olds (Born Between Jan. 1, 2002 – Dec. 31, 2003)
2018 JR. SWARM TRYOUTS:
Our 2018 Jr. Swarm tryout will take place on Monday, May 14th from 7pm-9pm at SGAA Dual Deck Rink located at 2115 McGee Rd, Snellville, GA 30078. **$50 Tryout Fee — Payment can be made in cash or check on the night of the tryout.
To register, email Allison Hobbs at [email protected]
Please also print and complete the following forms and bring them with you on May 14th with your tryout fee.
–Waiver (Click HERE to Open)
–Registration Form (Click HERE to Open)
2018 JR SWARM PROGRAM
Compete with Junior teams from all over North America in the Jr. NLL Tournament- August 24th-26th in Toronto, Ontario
Program Fee Covers:
- 25+ Practice Hours over the Summer from Swarm Professionals
- A custom Jr. Swarm long-sleeved jersey and short
- Jr. Swarm Shooter Shirt
- (1) 2018-19 Swarm Season Ticket (9 Regular Season Games, Plus Playoffs)
- Jr. NLL Tournament (Includes additional coaching from Swarm players and coaches)
- Exclusive opportunities during Swarm home games
(Travel Expenses are not included in the fee… Airfare, Hotel, Food, Passport Fee, Transportation, Etc.)
Parents will also be responsible for purchasing a $20 4-day Weekend Warrior Membership for USBoxla to play in the Jr. NLL Tournament.
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.”