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Be the Best Box camp, Arizona 2014
by posted 07/22/2014



Fee Reduced to only $175!!!!


Be the Best Box Camp, Arizona 2014


We just booked 3d Lacrosse to come out for a “Be The Best” camp August 1st, 2nd and 3rd to teach the Box/Field Hybrid Development System, the most effective (and widely copied) player development system in lacrosse today.There are only 35 spots per division open for 9 hours of instruction at the Ice Den in Scottsdale.

What Players will get from 3d Be The Best

- A Proven Developmental System that stresses/instructs both box and field lacrosse

 - Highly trained and skilled Coaches

 - College level skill development

 - Deceptive shooting techniques

 - Individual as well as team offensive and defensive concepts

Previously, 3d comes to Arizona annually for their Blue Chip Invite Only Recruiting events. This camp is the first opportunity open to all players.

We first met 3d’s founder, Jamie Munro, when he coached Denver University and brought his Run & Shoot Camps here to AZ with Matt Brown (Now Assistant Head Coach of Denver University). Recently our longtime friend and supporter, Bob Hamley (Former head coach of the Arizona Sting, Colorado Mammoth, and now one of the coaches for Team Canada competing at the World Championships on July 10-19, 2014 in Denver) was hired as 3d Lacrosse’s National Club Director. Coach Hamley starts at 3d on July 7th, and the first thing he wanted to do was bring 3d Lacrosse to Arizona. If you’ve never heard of 3d, know they were ranked as one of the fastest growing companies (643/5,000) by Inc. Magazine (

More info on 3d Lacrosse –

Link to information and registration for the Be the Best Box Camp, Arizona 2014 -


Ages 7 - 11

High School

Ages 12 - 18


August 1, 2 and 3


$225 per player


Ice Den

9375 Bell Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260



Youth - 4pm to 7pm

HS - 7pm to 10pm


Youth - 4pm to 7pm

HS - 7pm to 10pm


Youth - 10am to 1pm

HS - 1pm to 4pm


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Wall Ball Standards 2014/2015
by posted 07/16/2014

Published here for the first time, the standards for general stickwork for the competitive player in 2014/2015. This is the baseline for all players and will be thoroughly drilled during Training Camp 2014 . . . Click here for a copy to print


8 Standard Wall Drills

 Reps vs Time



There are plenty of wall ball drills out there but when you are practicing, what are the criteria to know if you have a good stick? Are ready to contribute to your team this year or are you the guy no one will pass too?


Below is a baseline metric to measure your general stick skills. If you can meet or beat the reps vs time required – Your going in the right direction!




  • Racquetball courts are great but any flat wall or rebounder will work
  • Wear your gloves
  • Athletic stance (opposite foot forward), always move your feet
  • Pick a spot on the wall or chalk mark an X and try to erase it by the end of your drills. Don’t just “hit the wall”


Wall Ball Drill Standards


1.Quick Stick (Catch soft to collarbone, no cradle) – 60 reps in 60 seconds, right and left

2.Switching Hands Quick Sticks (Throw across body, switch hands while ball is in air after each throw, throw right catch left, throw left catch right) – 60 reps in 60 seconds

3.Catch and One Cradle (Snap your passes, throw hard and straight, pass so that the ball comes right back to your stick, one cradle and out) – 20 reps in 30 seconds, right and left

4.Switching Hands Catch and One Cradle (Same method as Quick Sticks)

5.One Hand Catch and Cradle (Full overhand throws, snap your wrist) - 15 reps in 30 seconds, right and left

6.Switching Hands, One Hand Catch and Cradle (Same method as Quick Sticks) – 15 reps in 30 seconds

7.Canadians or “Cross Handed” (Throw and catch across body, pull stick back with same hand, similar to a cradle) – 15 reps in 30 seconds, right and left

8.Behind the Back (Throw so that you can catch in front) - 15 reps in 30 seconds

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Training Camp 2014
by posted 07/11/2014

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Double Elimination Box Tournament Each Week!
by posted 04/08/2014



Double Elimination Box Tournament Each Week!


This summer the U15 / JV and Varsity divisions will compete each week in a double elimination tournament. Here is how it works;


  • 4 teams per division, 12 players min, 15 players max
  • Double elimination means that each week one team is guaranteed at least two 20 min games, two teams play three games and one team plays four times.
  • Braveheart tiebreakers
  • Players will be allocated by draft to level the playing field. Up to 4 players per team may request to join the same team.
  • Coaches are invited to participate however they will be placed with players they do not coach during the competitive season.


The U11 and U13 divisions will have a mix of practices followed by games.


Early bird registration for Indoor Lacrosse at the Ice Den ends May 10.


Registration for Indoor Lacrosse at the Ice Den includes 9 weeks, 1.5 hrs across 4 divisions every Saturday from June 7 through August 2. Indoor lacrosse played at 75 degrees, on turf with tight 4x4 box lacrosse goals, shorts sticks only and hundreds of touches every week.


Last summer was our best ever with 180 players across 30 lacrosse programs. This year we hope to hit the magic 200 and reach beyond 35 programs


*Bring A Friend - $25 Challenge!


“Take the Challenge” and bring a friend or teammate NEW to the Indoor Lacrosse program at the Ice Den and receive $25. There is NO limit. Just name the player(s) on your registration, followed by them naming you when they register. That’s it


Who: All U11, U13, U15/JV and Varsity/College players

What: Indoor lacrosse at the Ice Den in Scottsdale

When: Saturdays beginning June 7th and continuing to August 7th. 9 weeks of Indoor Lacrosse.

Where: the Ice Den is located in north Scottsdale (9375 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85260), a 175,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art ice skating and entertainment center and home to the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes Hockey club who practice at the facility on a regular basis.


This is a US Lacrosse sanctioned program. Therefore, no boarding or crosschecking is allowed. Rather than field lacrosse played indoors, we will stress high level stick work, the two-man game, transition O & D and much more that defines the indoor game of lacrosse. US Lacrosse referee and 30s shot clock for U15/JV and Varsity games, goalie uppers (indoor goalie pads) provided for all divisions.




U11: Approx. 45 min practice followed by a 45 min game

U13: Approx. 30 min practice followed by a 60 min game

U15/JV: 4 Team Double Elimination Tournament

Varsity: 4 Team Double Elimination Tournament




U11: 9am to 10:30am

U13: 10:30am to 12pm

U15/JV: 12pm to 1:30pm

Varsity: 1:30pm to 3pm


There is a no tolerance policy for poor sportsmanship on behalf of players or parents. No refunds



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50 Commandments of Box Lacrosse
by posted 12/09/2013
50 Commandments of Lacrosse
  1. Thou shalt never hit the goalie in the chest when shooting.
  2. Bounce shots are best.
  3. Listen and talk to your stick; this will insure good stick protection.
  4. A goal proves that you can beat the goalie; an assist proves that you are smart.
  5. Always look to make the extra pass.
  6. Thou shalt never pass the ball close enough to the goalie such that the goalie intercepts your pass.
  7. Thou must have the ability to catch and throw with both hands.
  8. Thou must move whenever you do not have the ball; in other words, keep your defenceman thinking and occupied; remember the words of wisdom from the cavemen: He who stands still, is lunch!
  9. Never "telegraph" a pass.
  10. Thou must practice "on the wall" in order to be good.
  11. Thou shalt always move towards a passed ball; never stand still.
  12. The best players pick up ground balls.
  13. "Vee in and Vee out" in order to be open for a pass.
  14. Never be slow getting back on defense.
  15. Cross-check and slap check on the hands and gloves of your opponents.
  16. Always congratulate your teammates; you are nothing without them.
  17. Thou shalt always keep your head up; don't look at the ball inside your stick.
  18. Always stay in front of your fellow teammate on a fast break. They will not be able to pass to you if you are behind them.
  19. If the goalie comes out of the goal, turn him to his weak hand by shutting off his strong hand side.
  20. Never, never, never hang your stick.
  21. Always be alert of your man and the ball's position on defense.
  22. Play the Ball-You-Man triangle.
  23. Always be ready to slide to a teammate to help him on defense.
  24. You have a stick, use it: check, slap, push.
  25. Use your stick not as a caveman's club or ax, but as a surgeon's scalpel.
  26. Don't lunge at the offensive player, be balanced, cross-check, wait for his move.
  27. Do not allow the offensive player to crowd or push you. If he is too close, push him out.
  28. Remember this: thou shall be intimidating on defense.
  29. If your man beats you and there has been a slide, go to the hole and pick up a player.
  30. Always talk and communicate. The best players are talkers.
  31. Choke up on your stick if you have difficulty handling the ball.
  32. After picking up a ground ball, tuck it in, and run to an open area while looking to pass.
  33. Stay wide on the fast break.
  34. Every time the ball moves, you must move.
  35. Stay intense by anticipating what the team will do next.
  36. If you double team, do so with authority; ask yourself, do I want to be a hammer or a nail?
  37. Great defencemen, like great offensive players, see the entire floor: keep your head up when you're clearing the ball. Impress fans with your smarts.
  38. Keep players out of the middle.
  39. Be economic with your checks.
  40. Great defencemen do not take the ball away, they prevent their opponent from scoring. Simple!
  41. Love the game and play and practice with passion. Ask your coach for magazines, books, and tips. Be a student of the game.
  42. A great man once said, "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." In other words, give everything your all.
  43. The saying "Practice makes perfect" is incorrect. "Perfect practice makes perfect!"
  44. When in a game, never dispute a call or argue with an official for any reason.
  45. Always know the score of the game.
  46. Always congratulate your teammate. As well, encourage and uplift your teammates who are not playing well.
  47. When coached or told to do something in a practice, ask yourself why? You may then come to a better understanding of the game.
  48. Always have your equipment ready prior to a game.
  49. Accept the responsibilities of being an athlete: work hard in school, represent your family, community, and team with pride and honor.
  50. Practice, practice, practice, then practice some more.
Stolen with great humility from the New Westminster Salmonbellies
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Team Philosophy
posted 08/13/2012

Team Philosophy
Every year around this time I restate our general JV and varsity team philosophy as it relates to pre-season for new players, or those players rising within the organization. This general policy has not changed since implemented during our first competitive season in 2007 and to my great satisfaction over the years our players have prospered through this early communication resulting in solid team loyalty.   
“It is impossible to be a good leader without loyalty to your organization – your team – just as it is impossible to be a good citizen without loyalty to your country”
John Wooden, legendary Head Coach UCLA – On Loyalty, the center foundation for his Pyramid of Success
Fall Ball
If you are not participating in fall school sports you are expected at Fall Ball.
Preparation for the season starts in the fall for serious teams. We are a serious team. After winning the 2012 DII Championship in only our 3rd varsity season, finishing 14th of 29 teams, we move up to play Brophy, Chaparral, Desert Vista (1,2,3 in state respectfully) and 4 other top 10 teams in the state. 
The commitment during the fall is minimal but comprehensive with Training Camp (9/1) designed to address shooting development, defensive footwork, explosive dodges and overall speed and agility. Instructional Fall Ball (9/29) is one practice and one intramural scrimmage per week until HS Competitive Fall Ball (10/29) when we play other teams weekly in the Husky Fall Ball League through December 8.
Outside All Star Teams
We support our player’s participation in outside all star teams when it does not conflict with our team events such as our own tournament team. When conflicts do arise you are expected to choose your team first. In the unlikely, and in fact unprecedented event that a player should choose otherwise know that his position will be filled and the team will move on.
Here is a quote from Scott Craig, Head Lacrosse Coach of West Islip NY (a top 5 team nationally since the 1980’s that also have their own youth and tournament teams, considered to be a main ingredient to their success) when asked; “What if a players asks to play for another all-star team when the West Islip squad is intact?”
“If you are choosing to do that, I’m taking note. If you want to be one of us, be one of us. There is no fence sitting. You’re in or you’re out”
I could not have said it better myself.
Dual Sport Policy
During the off season players are encouraged to play other sports. Keep the stick in your hand, but play football, basketball, wrestling, track or anything else of interest. As a general rule, players should concentrate on only one sport per season (i.e., fall, winter, spring). However, certain athletes, and we have had many over the years, consider and may be capable of participating in two sports during spring lacrosse season.
In such cases the athlete is required to communicate his intention as soon as able, and designate a primary sport; Meaning that the player will attend all practices and games regardless of conflicts. If that sport is something other than lacrosse, with the player planning to miss practices and or games during the season they may forfeit the opportunity to compete for the starting line up and lose consideration for any leadership roles within the team. However, know that such players can be vital to the organization and thus decisions can and will be made on a case by case basis.
Overall, for all the above and anything regarding the team communication is key. If I don’t hear from you it’s usually not a good thing.
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