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GNLL Pre-Season Youth Box League

The Great Northern Lacrosse League (GNLL) Spring Box Season provides a fun, safe and supportive environment where area youth teams compete, learn and grow. 

Participating teams play 8 regular season games throughout March and April at conveniently located regional indoor arenas. Games run hourly on Saturdays & Sundays between 9:00 a.m. at 6:00 p.m. Teams also have the option to participate in a post-season tournament which offers a 4-game guarantee. 

The league provides the following for each game:  
    •    Certified UMLOA officials
    •    Certified EMT's equipped with AED's 
    •    Professional Site Managers / Scorekeepers
    •    Online team statistics, standings, schedules and updates 

Games follow US Lacrosse indoor guidelines. USL membership is required for all players and coaches. Click here for a detailed break-down of league structure, rules and requirements. 

Mark Hellenack

Mark Hellenack


Phone: 952-938-2723

Brent Walby

Brent Walby

League Director

Phone: 612-823-3919




Team Sign Ups: November 9 - January 31, 2016 *Game schedules released in mid-February.

Box Coaches Clinic: Tuesday March 1, 2016 at Hopkins Pavilion. Click here for more information. 

Regular Season: March 12 - April 24, 2016. *Games run on Saturdays and Sundays between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.‚Äč

Post Season Tournament: April 30 - May 1, 2016 *Sites TBD. Team participation is optional. 

GNLL Spring Box Season games overlap with GNLL Spring Field Season Games scheduled in April (April - June), however, associations leaders can easily schedule their field games around their box games which will already be set at the time of the Spring Field Season scheduling meeting. 

Summer (July - August), Fall (September - October) and Winter (January - February) seasons follow.  

Divisions & Eligibility

U15, U13, U11 and U9 Divisions will be offered.

A / B Levels will be offered if demand allows, however, it is likely that most associations will use this time as a pre-season wherein players and teams are split evenly. 

If A / B levels are offered there will be no mandatory team placements. Association leaders may select the level which best fulfills their goals for player development. Associations running multiple teams at different division levels may move open players up in the mid season but may not move elite players down. 

Age Guidelines

The league follows US Lacrosse age & eligibility guidelines

U15: Born on or after 9/1/2000

U13: Born on or after 9/1/2002

U11: Born on or after 9/1/2004

U9: Born on or after 9/1/2006

*Capacity within each arena / region is limited. Team slots are awarded on a first come first serve basis. 

Team Participation Fees

Regular Season Team Fee: $1650 
Post-Season Tournament Team Fee: $850

*A $250 deposit is required for each team registered. Deposits are non-refundable after January 31, 2016. Remaining is balance due by March 1, 2016. 

Homegrown Lacrosse is a registered 501c(3) non-profit organization. Team fees cover facility, officials, EMT, field staff, equipment and league administration costs. Additional proceeds and sponsorships sustain, expand and develop service based initiatives throughout the region. 

Team Registration

Opens: November, 9, 2015
Closes: January 31, 2016

*Leagues and events often fill to capacity. Registrations are accepted on a first-come-first serve basis. Teams are not considered fully registered until deposit payments are received. The final payment of the balance and team rosters are due March 1.

Free Agents

Free Agent registration is available for players whose home associations are not sponsoring teams. Free agents are paired with host teams / associations who are looking to fill roster openings with players from nearby communities that are not entering teams in the GNLL. Participation fees vary by team and average between $175 and $250 per player.

We will know after January 31 what teams are looking for extra players and notify free agents with contact information for those teams.

Free Agent Registration

Opens: December 1, 2015
Closes: February 21, 2016

*Team placement is not guaranteed. Players will be notified of placement or lack thereof at least one-week prior to season start. 

2016 Committed Teams


Big Lake
Maple Grove
St. Cloud 
Sartell / Sauk Rapids
St. Michael-Albertville




Champlin (CPYLA)
Coon Rapids
Elk River
Spring Lake Park 
Mounds View



Armstrong/Cooper (ACYLA)
Hopkins/St Louis Park
Twin Cities Native


Chisago Lakes
Forest Lake
White Bear Lake


Rural / Other

ROCORI (Richmond/Cold Springs)