The Minnesota Youth Box Lacrosse League is six years old, and like most six-year-olds it’s growing rapidly. What started with 185 kids taking part at the beginning has burgeoned to about 1,200 now playing under the direction of Aimee Caines, the league’s director as well as an assistant coach with the Minnesota Swarm. And the league is capturing some attention, as a recent story on Fox Sports attests. “One thing I have noticed is when you talk to the kids, you ask them what they like better, a lot of them have been saying box lacrosse,” the story quotes Shayne Jackson, a 23-year-old Scarborough, Ontario native in his second season with the Swarm. Alex Crepinsek is a Swarm defender who, like Jackson, was chosen in the first round of the 2012 National Lacrosse League draft. Crepinsek sees the youth league giving American players a better chance to excel at the indoor game with an eye to pursuing spots in the pro league down the road. “I think the guys on our team that started playing field lacrosse, their first box lacrosse experience was playing professional,” he said. “They’re just such good field lacrosse players that they could adapt and learn the game. With kids now growing up and playing box lacrosse, it should help the improvement of the league and help the popularity of it as well.”Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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