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Welcome to Boys and Girls Thunderbird Lacrosse, Atlanta

    WELCOME TO THUNDERBIRD LACROSSE 


    Now Registering Players & Teams for 

    WINTER INDOOR BOX LACROSSE

    Thunderbird Lacrosse is offering girls indoor box lacrosse starting in December!!! Box lacrosse is considered by many college and high school coaches to be the “best” way to prepare for the upcoming spring season. We offer 8 games in 4 weekends (plus a make-up weekend) for only $140.00 per player!  You may also register as a team for $1250.00.

    Most Box lacrosse teams play in hockey rinks or basketball courts during the winter. Thunderbird Box Lacrosse is played on regulation sized indoor turf fields in a climate controlled indoor facility. These fields were designed specifically for lacrosse, with the same turf as outdoor fields.

    Box lacrosse is a quicker version of field lacrosse and helps develop better lacrosse players.  Box players will be able to enhance some areas of their game such as footwork, stick skills, awareness, and off ball movement.

    Why Box Lacrosse?

    “If I had my choice, I would have every [youth] player . . . play box lacrosse exclusively or at least a majority of the time.  The number of touches of the ball and the ability to develop better stick skills in a game of box lacrosse far surpasses what happens on a field.  Learning how to pass and catch in traffic, understanding how to shoot, and developing a sense of physicality are all positive traits developed by the box game.”

    -6X NCAA Championship Coach Bill Tierney, University of Denver

    We have already filled two teams, and we are looking for a total of 4 to 6 teams this winter. You can sign up individually and be guaranteed to play with your friends or teammates if you prefer! Box lacrosse is fun! But it is also the best way to prepare for your spring season!! Quickly hone your skills while conditioning.

    Dates:

    December 4, 2016

    December 11, 2016

    January 8, 2017

    January 15, 2017

    January 22, 2017 (make-up date if necessary)

    (No games during Finals or the Christmas Break)

    Game Format:

    8 Games over 4 Weeks

    2 games each Sunday Morning

    Coaching:

    Former College Coaches, and players as well as former High School Varsity Coaches. We will also have a full time college level Goalie coach available.

    Cost:

    Only $140.00 per player or $1250 per team* (with early registration)

    Early registration ends on November 1st. Then regular prices of $160.00 per player and $1,400.00 per team apply. A limited number of scholarships are available.

    Game Location:

    Indoor Sports Complex

    1245 Oakley Industrial Blvd, Fairburn, GA 30213 

    Take Your Game to the Next Level!! Four Sunday mornings in Fairburn will dramatically improve your game!!

    If you have any questions at all about the box lacrosse season, please feel free to email or call us at 678-696-0080. Thanks, and we look forward to an exciting Winter of Lacrosse!!!


    Thunderbird Lacrosse!

     
    Dedicated to developing girls lacrosse in Atlanta and around the Southeast, Thunderbird Lacrosse provides club teams, clinics, leagues, and unique experiences for athletes as well as training and support for youth and high school coaches. 

    Our goal at Thunderbird Lacrosse is to focus on you as an athlete.  We want you to grow as a lacrosse player both physically and mentally, and we give you the opportunities to develop the skills, physical training, and team attitude you need to excel in high school lacrosse and beyond.
     
    We offer dynamic programs for girls ages 7-18 at every stage of development --  beginner lessons, practice-only teams, developmental teams, and  highly competitive year-round and summer club travel teams.  Our practices are in various locations across metro Atlanta so that we can be close to you.  We also field fall recreation leagues and provide coaching support and training for developing school teams.  
     
    Our coaches are the heart of our program.  You’ll be trained by current and former college coaches and college players and US Lacrosse-certified coaches who have the experience, skills, energy, and integrity you need to help you become a better lacrosse player.  Our Thunderbird Lacrosse coaches have all been in your shoes and know what it takes to help you become not only a better player – but also a top teammate.
     
    As a Thunderbird, you will correctly learn the game’s core fundamentals, develop on-field IQ , and master complex team concepts -- all in a spirited team experience.  Whether you are a first-time player or an avid laxer, you will be challenged to improve your individual skills, break bad habits, hone your mental attitude, and reach your next level of play.
     
    THIS IS YOUR GAME … MAKE THE MOST OF IT!
    Thunderbird Lacrosse Girls club team,  Atlanta, respecting the spirit of the game of lacrosse

    Thunderbird Lacrosse Proudly Embraces the US Lacrosse Philosophy of Competing with Class & Honoring the Game

    BENEFITS OF PLAYING WINTER INDOOR (BOX) LACROSSE

    Winter lacrosse is just becoming big in Georgia. But how do you decide if it’s right for you or your player? The most important thing is to be smart about it. Do your research and know what kind of product/service you are buying into. Here’s some quick facts on Thunderbird Indoor Winter Box Lacrosse to get you started…

    PLAY SMART

    IMPROVED STICK SKILLS | To be successful playing in our smaller, enclosed fields, you have to have sharp, tight stickwork. Things like “hanging your stick” or floating passes that you may be able to get away with outdoor, won’t work in the rink. If the ball gets checked away enough times, you will change how you hold your stick and carry the ball.

    OFF-BALL MOVEMENT | Team offense is key. This includes learning to set picks, best ways to cut and get open. Players without the ball are as important if not more important than the player with the ball.

    BODY POSITION | Whether you play attack, midfield or defense, you will have to play defense. You will get key repetitions in breaking down and getting in good body position.

    SHOT SELECTION | When you play in closer spaces, everything is packed in. Defenders, your teammates, free space comes at a premium. Playing in the “box” helps you learn what the difference is between an “ok” shot and a great shot.

    TOP GOALIE TRAINING | Many of the nation’s top goalies have one thing in common, they played box lacrosse. As a goalie, you will see more shots, that come in faster and from closer distances than you would ever see in a normal full field playing environment. The game will seem almost to go in slow motion when you move outdoors after playing in our “box” during the off-season.

     

    PLAY FAST

    Lacrosse is a game of speed, a game of movement, a game of action. That being said, do you play in a league that improves those skills? Here’s a few ways that Thunderbird Indoor Box Lacrosse does just that…

    TRANSITION | Score a goal and the ball comes out and goes the other way, no face-offs or draws to slow the game down. Attack, defense, middie, everyone plays offense and defense and everyone learns to transition the ball through the midfield.

    REACTION TIME | Our indoor lacrosse is quick. There is a shot on goal, the ball doesn’t have the option of going out of bounds. It is always in play and you have to react to where it goes.

    CONDITIONING | In Indoor Box Lacrosse the ball is always in play. You are constantly moving, transitioning from offense and defense and back again. Unlike field lacrosse, attack doesn’t get to sit and watch the defense or visa versa. You will have fun, you will enjoy the speed of the game and you will be dog tired when you come off the field.

     

    SUPERIOR FACILITIES

    Not all Indoor Box Lacrosse is the same…..the facility can make ALL the difference!

    TURF FIELD | Most Box lacrosse teams play in hockey rinks or basketball courts during the winter. Thunderbird Box Lacrosse is played on regulation sized indoor turf fields in a climate controlled indoor facility. These fields were designed specifically for lacrosse, with the same turf as outdoor fields.

    SUPERIOR LIGHTING | We play in a modern facility with the most up to date lighting technology.  Frankly, you will find the field brighter and without the glare that you can get from basketball courts or hockey rinks. Remember, “seeing the ball” is a large part of the game.

    FIELD LINED FOR LACROSSE | These fields are specifically designed and lined for indoor box lacrosse.

    With experienced high level coaching and superior facilities, this is your opportunity to quickly and significantly improve your on-field IQ and your stick skills, while having tons of fun!!!

    Take Your Game to the Next Level!! A few Sunday mornings in Fairburn will dramatically improve your game!!


    HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS WINTER INDOOR BOX LACROSSE RULES 

    Box Rules HS; (5 field players + goalie, no player back)

    Two 20-minute periods running time, 5 min in between periods. 1 timeout  per team (1 min stopped clock) each period.

    HS – 5 field players on field, no player back needed. Goalie is allowed to go over center line but one player must stay back. Goalie can shoot on goal.

    Full checking at HS. 3-second good defense in effect for all.

    Shooting space will be called often for safety, there’s no 8 meter mark so Officials will have discretion.

    One-pass rule anywhere on field, including goalie outlet. Any turnover or interception, a pass is required.

    Ball in play off the back of the black netting behind goals and off boards. A shot on goal or a pass that goes out of bounds is a turnover.

    Back Court Rule in effect: once ball advances over midfield line, it cannot go back backcourt unless shot off goal or goalie. Coaches not allowed on field.  All teams must supply a goalie, gear will be provided if needed.

    No stick inspection required before game. Sticks are expected to be legal, if found illegal by Official during game, player must fix and then can return. If after a goal scored by illegal stick, goal won’t count.

    All equipment rules are the same as regulation high school play.

    No Parents behind or near bench side, or behind goal area (black netting), or at scorer’s table/tent.

    Faceoff draws to start period, 5 goal differential is free outlet pass to teammate after a goal . Only 2 players at center taking the draw, everyone else behind blue line by goal. Subs on fly. Team must clear after every goal or change of possession in defensive half, 10 secs to clear ball over midfield once possession is gained.  

    Yellow card, player comes off, serves time, team plays man-down. If team gets three yellow cards, plays down a player on offense rest of game.

    Tied score at end, Brave Heart to determine winner, goalies must stay on their half.

    Scores will be kept (including 1/2) to determine games schedules at end of the season, no playoffs but balanced competition.

    Charles Best

    Co-Director of Lacrosse

    Phone: 678-696-0080

    Brian Garner

    Co-Director of Lacrosse

    Phone: 202-445-6138

    THUNDERBIRD LACROSSE WINTER INDOOR BOX LACROSSE 2016

    Registration is Now Open!! 

    Click the Button Below.

    2016 Winter Indoor Box Lacrosse for Girls

    Winter Indoor Box Lacrosse

    WINTER INDOOR BOX LACROSSE

    Over the past year we have had over 180 girls participate in our training and/or Teams; representing over 10 counties in Georgia and 20 different high schools. We anticipate that our Winter Indoor Box Program will be the best ever! Our incredible strength and diversity of players/teammates will only help your daughter advance her game that much faster! 

    Click above to find out more about playing Indoor Box Lacrosse this Winter!

    FALL PRACTICE SCHEDULE

    Weekly practices will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Blackburn Park (next to The Marist School) 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319.

    We will hold our Power Clinics on Sundays from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Power Clinics will be held at One Heart Church, 706 N Peachtree Street Norcross, GA 30071.

     

    *Practice times and locations may be subject to change after prior notice to players and families.

    FALL PRACTICE & CLINIC SCHEDULE

    Monday Practice Schedule

    Monday Practices will be held at One Heart Church at 706 N Peachtree Street, Norcross, GA 30071.

    September 12th

    September 19th

    September 26th

    October 3rd

    October 17th

     

    Tuesday Practice Schedule:

    Tuesday Practices will be held at Blackburn Park (next to the Marist School) 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319.

    August 30th

    September 6th

    September 13th

    September 20th

    September 27th

    October 4th

    October 11th

    October 18th

    Power Clinic Schedule:

    Sunday October 2nd

    Sunday October 9th* (Clinic will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Hillgrove High School)

    Sunday October 23rd

    Sunday October 30th