The Boston Box Lacrosse League – the leading adult men’s box lacrosse league in the northeastern United States -- will begin fall-winter play on October 9 at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham, Mass., with five teams competing in a season scheduled to end in mid-February.
The BBLL has built a reputation in lacrosse circles for its high-level box play, and with more professional-level and former top college players participating seemingly every year, the 2018-19 season could be the league’s most-competitive ever.
“The rivalries in this league are well-established, and while certain teams have topped the standings, we have proof from our last few seasons that all teams are vulnerable and that every game is a dogfight,” said Randy Fraser, the league’s founder. “This league has 100 of the best players in New England going at it each week, playing real box lacrosse at as high a level as you will find anywhere in America. The more we have played, the better the league has gotten, which is why I think we should see 2018-19 be our most-competitive season yet.”
This is the fourth year when the league is playing a combined fall-winter season, with each team playing 12 regular-season games, prior to two weeks of playoffs.
All five teams – the defending-champion Blazers, Bullseye, MegaWhales, Minutemen and PrimeTime – are organized and run by their captains, meaning that players who want to run in the fall-winter league must get a spot from a team captain. Players interested in joining the BBLL but who don’t know the captains or who haven’t been invited onto a roster should contact the league by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Player details are shared regularly with the team captains.
“We want players, guys who want to learn the box game and challenge themselves to play at the highest levels,” Fraser said, “We find spots for as many players as possible, and hope someday to be able to expand so that we can accept even more players.”
Boston Box Lacrosse League games are at 9 and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, with vacation weeks at Christmas and New Year dedicated to holiday pick-up games for regulars, players who want to try the box game and for college players home for the holidays.
The 2017-18 schedule is now available on bostonboxlax.com; Fraser acknowledged that planned repairs to South Shore Sports Center -- the BBLL’s home arena – could force a schedule adjustment for a week in the fall, but noted that any schedule alterations will be noted on the league’s website and via Twitter.
Team rosters will be online as soon as captains finalize their teams. Once games start, standings and statistics will be updated weekly.
Players can register online at BostonBoxLax.com. For more information about the league, contact Fraser or Chuck Jaffe at email@example.com.
The Boston Box Lacrosse League is New England’s home for real box lacrosse. The league plays under National Lacrosse League rules, with slight modifications, and is a member of US Indoor Lacrosse. The league began play in 2011; it is entering its sixth year hosting games in Hingham. More information – including standings and statistics during the season -- can be found at bostonboxlax.com.
The league posts announcements on Twitter and can be followed @BostonBoxLax.
South Shore Sports Center is located at 55 Recreation Park Drive in Hingham; fans and friends can watch games from the arena seating or at the Skybox Lounge, where food and drinks are served. Information is available at southshoresportscenter.com.