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Roots Youth Box Lacrosse League powered by the Rochester Knighthawks and US Box Lacrosse is back for a sixth year, secure your spot for both today! 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 box 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 8 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 & other box experts. Ensuring quality coaches is key to ensuring that true box is being played, and not just field in the box! 

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Brad Gillies

  • Roots Founder

  • NLL Rochester Knighthawks 

  • RIT All-American

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Dan Coates

  • NLL Rochester Knighthawks

  • PLL Chaos

  • Team Canada Box

  • Former Colorado Mammoth Captain (NLL)

  • Canisuis Alum

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Ryland Rees

  • NLL Rochester Knighthawks

  • PLL Waterdogs 

  • Team Canada Field

  • Stony Brook Alum


Thomas McConvey

  • NLL Rochester Knighthawks

  • NLL First Overall Pick

  • PLL Waterdogs

  • Virginia Alum


Dawson Tait

  • NLL New York Riptide Draft Pick

  • RIT All-American

  • NCAA National Champion

  • Minto Cup Champion with Orangeville Northmen


Jordan Jarvis

  • Jr. A Burnaby Lakers

  • Sr. A Nanaimo Timbermen

  • Lindenwood Alum

  • Roots/Jr. Knighthawks Coach 6 Years


Ansley Jemeson

  • Syracuse Alum

  • Iroquois Nationals U19 Coach 

  • St. John Fisher Defensive Coach

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Cory Holbrough

  • Jr. A Box Burlington, ON

  • Boston Blazers MILL

  • Roots / Jr.Knighthawks Coach 7+ years

Fall 2023 YBLL 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 30, Nov 6, Nov 13, Nov 20, Nov 27, Dec 4, Dec 11, Dec 18

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




**GOALIES ARE FREE - USE THE CODE "fallgoalie2022" - limited leg pads and upper body pads available - please reach out!

  • 3rd/4th Grade (2032/2033)

  • 5th/6th Grade (2030/2031) 

  • 7th/8th Grade (2028/2029)

  • 9th/10th/11th Grade (2025/2026/2027)

  • 3rd/4th Grade - 5pm-6pm

  • 5th/6th Grade- 6pm-7pm

  • 7th/8th Grade - 7pm-8pm

  • 9th/10th/11th Grade - 8pm-9pm

  • 8 one hour sessions

  • Knighthawks/Roots Practice Jersey

  • Website with Stats and Standings

  • USBOXLA certified referees

  • Championship Team T-Shirts

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