The Metro Area Box Lacrosse Academy, (The “MBLA”) is the DMV Region’s sanctioning body and operating entity that will monitor, manage, and expand Canadian Box lacrosse in the VA, DC-Baltimore Metro area. The MBLA has the below stated goals:
Preserve and promote the rules, culture, and traditions of the game of Canadian Box Lacrosse
Provide leadership, oversight, and structure, in order to protect and serve the mutual interests of the six member MBLA clubs
Provide instruction and coaching standards to member clubs to ensure proper and safe Canadian Box Lacrosse
Create accountable governance, rules, and officiating to maximize the enjoyment of Canadian Box Lacrosse
Oversee and manage the Metro Area Box Lacrosse League, promote competition, and name a DMV Canadian Box Lacrosse Champion at each age group
Assist recreational programs, club programs, and field programs to become meaningfully involved in Canadian Box Lacrosse
At all times maintain the core principals of fair play and sportsmanship
Be active stewards for the sport of lacrosse and provide developmental opportunities for players, coaches, officials, and volunteers to become more deeply engaged
Respect and love the game
There are 6 member clubs to be named under the MBLA. The number six is significant and correlated to the Haudenosaunee tradition of its Six Nations in the Iroquois Confederacy: The Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. In these Six Nations is where the game and traditions of Lacrosse originated.
Three teams are currently sanctioned by the MBLA and its Canadian Parent, the ULL in Ontario. The Maryland Arrows, Warthogs Box Lacrosse and Blue-Collar Box have collaborated to bring a totally unique Canadian Box Lacrosse experience to the area. The MBLA will name an additional three member organizations, totaling six travel club teams, regionally placed to provide equal coverage throughout the area.
As the MBLA is true to its roots, all are welcome to play, regardless of age, gender, or experience.