Roots Youth Box Lacrosse League powered by the Rochester Knighthawks and US Box Lacrosse is back for a third year! Rochester's top box program will focus on teaching the fundamentals of the box games as well as gaining game experience. The league features the best box lacrosse coaches in Rochester with current and former NLL players, as well as other box experts. The USBOXLA certified referees promote a safe box environment, that way the skills of the sport are on full display.

Why Play Box?

Box has been coined the fastest game on two feet! When lacrosse is played inside, it becomes a fast, physical and fun brand of the game.  Box is played with a 30-second shot clock which keeps the pace of play very quick and everyone involved in the game. Playing inside a tighter space forces you to make quick decisions and play in a much tighter space, increasing stick skills and creativity. Players must play both offense, defense and transition the ball between ends, creating a well rounded lacrosse player. 

Why Roots YBLL?

Founded by current NLL Pro Brad Gillies, Roots is the proven and trusted box lacrosse experts in Rochester. Brad has been teaching box lacrosse in Rochester for 6 plus years and with his team of coaches you do not want to look elsewhere for box.

Roots is powered by the Rochester Knighthawks and USBOXLA. These partnerships give access to expert coaches and certified referees. The USBOXLA certified referees promote a safe environment and allow the skills of the sport to be on full display. These referees are trained in box and understand how to keep the kids safe. Players are broken up by age, not grade, ensuring kids are playing age appropriate. 

Roots YBLL Coaching Staff

The most important part of any box program is the coaches! Roots staff is full of coaches with a wealth box knowledge and experience, with current and former NLL players, PLL pro's, Team USA members and other box experts. Ensuring quality coaches is key to ensuring that true box is being played, and not just field in the box! 

Brad Gillies

  • Roots Founder

  • NLL Halifax Thunderbirds 

  • Former member of Rochester Knighthawks (2015-2019)

  • RIT All-American

Mike Manley

  • NLL Rochester Knighthawks

  • PLL Chrome LC

  • Former MLL Defender of the Year

  • Team USA Box and Field

Donny Moss

  • PLL Chrome LC

  • Team USA Box 2015

  • 9 Year MLL Pro

  • Roots/Jr.Knighthawks Coach 4 Years

Bradley Voigt

  • MLL Charlotte Hounds

  • Rochester Knighthawks Draft Pick

  • Syracuse Alum

Jake Pulver

  • PLL Chrome

  • Former New York Riptide and Philadelphia Wing (NLL)

  • Team USA Box 

Pat Cougevan

  • Knighthawks Hall of Fame

  • 10 Year Career with Knighthawks 

  • Syracuse Alum

  • Rochester US Lacrose Hall of Fame

Jacques Monte

  • PLL Chrome Coach

  • 13 Year MLL Coach Rochester Rattlers

  • 1992 Major Indoor Lacrosse Champion with Detroit Turbos

  • Rochester US Lacrosse Hall of Fame

Cory Holbrough

  • Jr. A Box Burlington, ON

  • Boston Blazers MILL

  • Roots / Jr.Knighthawks Coach 6+ years

Program Details




  • 8 week program - 2 box training sessions and 6 games (each game will have a training session prior to the start of the game) culminating in playoffs and Championship Game

  • Players are evaluated and placed on 4 even teams to ensure parity between teams, and then compete for a championship!

  • 8 Mondays – Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30, Dec 7, Dec 14

  • Location: Tri-County Sports Complex - 856 Walworth Penfield Rd, Macedon, NY 14502, USA 

Roots YBLL divisions are based on birth dates to ensure all players are age appropriate and a safe environment is promoted. Everyone in 3rd-10th grade should fall within the divisions outlined. 



**GOALIES ARE FREE - USE THE CODE "goalie2020" - limited leg pads and upper body pads available - please reach out!

  • 10U  - born after 09/01/2010 (3rd/4th Grade)

  • 12U - born after 09/01/2008 (5th/6th Grade)

  • 14U - born after 09/01/2006 (7th/8th Grade)

  • 16U - born after 01/01/2004 (9th/10th Grade)

  • 10U - 5pm-6pm

  • 12U- 6pm-7pm

  • 14U - 7pm-8pm

  • 16 U  - 8pm-9pm

  • 8 one hour sessions

  • Knighthawks/Roots Practice Jersey

  • Website with Stats and Standings

  • USBOXLA certified referees

  • Championship Team T-Shirts

  • MVP Prizes