(Friday, Oct. 30) – The Georgia Swarm today announced a partnership with the Atlanta Box Lacrosse Association (ABLA), an indoor youth lacrosse league based in North Fulton and Cobb County.
Through the partnership, Swarm players will host a series of youth clinics for the ABLA during their upcoming season this winter. League registrants will also receive a Georgia Swarm T-Shirt and (1) Home Opener Lower Level Ticket (Jan. 9 at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center).
Playing the game of indoor lacrosse – or also referred to as box lacrosse – at the youth level is great for skill development as it offers 5-on-5 action, which gives younger players more repetitions both shooting and passing ball. Playing in a confined space with boards, and shooting on a smaller goal also improves accuracy and decision-making.
“The ABLA is very excited to partner with the Swarm,” said Ryan Covert, President of the Atlanta Box Lacrosse Association. “It’s a great organization and we’re really optimistic about the future of box lacrosse in the Atlanta area. … Players and parents are going to get a great value from the league with all of the things that the Swarm are brining to it.”
“It’s our mission to support the growth of box lacrosse here in Georgia and partnering with the Atlanta Box Lacrosse Association is a great opportunity for our organization to give back,” said Andy Arlotta, Swarm Co-Owner and President. “We’re excited to get our athletes out in the community where they can help teach the sport to players of all ages.”
With over 60 teams participating in the league this winter, the Atlanta Box Lacrosse Association offers indoor league-play at six different age levels: U9, U11, U13, U15, U16 and U18.
Patrick McEwen of Inside Lacrosse recently wrote on the benefits of box lacrosse after watching the 2015 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships: “The smaller goals and larger goalie pads in box lacrosse mean that players have to get inside or to the middle of the field and often use some kind of fake or deception to fool the goalie in order to score. Therefore, it's not surprising that players who grew up playing box tend to be much better inside and deceptive finishers.
“…For a variety of reasons (but most importantly the shot clock and lower value of possession), box lacrosse affords players a far greater opportunity to make mistakes because the cost of a mistake is much lower.”
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