Indoor (Box) Lacrosse at Altona
Altona has a long and proud history of being involved in Box Lacrosse in Victoria and in recent years has worked with Council towards the goal of establishing a permanent purpose built indoor lacrosse facility at the club grounds. The completion of this box court is expected to occur in late 2020. In the meantime box lacrosse is being played at the Westgate Sports and Leisure Centre in North Altona on a court Altona provided.
The facility at Westgate is also being used to train the National Box Lacrosse team and has provided an opportunity for our juniors to increase their skills during the off-season via weekly sessions.
What is Indoor Lacrosse?
Box Lacrosse (also known as Indoor Lacrosse) is the most exciting version of the lacrosse game. It is played in a confined space like a basketball court and as the ball never goes out of play, it is non-stop action. It is a lot faster and a lot more physical than field lacrosse and as such the protective equipment is also greater. Spectators love the gladiator feel of watching a game between teams in a confined area. The hits are hard and fast as is the game play.
Teams consist of six players on the court (including a goalie) plus up to six substitutes. There is no offside and as such players need to develop skills in both attack and defence. The goals are half the size of field goals and the goalies are much more padded and much bigger – so to score often requires a higher level of deception and skill to move goalies and opponents. Goals are often spectacular with players attacking the goals from all angles and spectators are so close to the action that they can feel as if they are in the game.
Canada's national game
Box Lacrosse is Canada’s national game and with the physical contact and exceptional skill levels required to play box lacrosse at the highest level, it is no surprise that the skills of Canadian lacrosse players, in field and in box, are envied by all other playing nations.