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Frequently Asked Questions

When does your season take place?

The MABLL has multiple seasons each year and partners with other leagues depending on loccation.  Seasons will be offered "year-round" on the following general schedule:

SUMMER - June, July, early August (off for Lake Placid and Ocean City Classic Tournaments)

FALL - September (after Labor Day), October, November (before Thanksgiving)

Winter – December (off for Christmas, New Years), January, February

Spring – March, April, May

Where does the MABLL play?

NORTH – Coppermine DuBurns Arena, Canton, Baltimore, Maryland

SOUTH – Dulles Sportsplex, Ashburn, Virginia



What days of the week are games played?

Days depend on location. For the leagues at Dulles Sportsplex, games are generally on Sunday nights.

How much does it cost?

Fees range by division, season length and time of year.  Arena time is more expensive in the winter.

College League have more overall games, coaching and which accounts for the increases cost.

Our goal is to keep the fees to approximately $15-$20 per hour of floor time.

How old is the league?

The MABLL was founded in 1975 by Byron Snyder who was a fan of the Maryland Arrows of the original National Lacrosse League. The league began play at the Bowie Ice Rink and moved to the College Park Ice Arena in 1978. In 1986, long time player Don West moved the league to Sports Network in Manassas, Virginia. In the fall of 2006, the league moved to The BOX in Chantilly, VA. In 2012 the league moved to its current home at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, VA. Indoor lacrosse has undergone many changes over the years and participation had dropped from its height in the late 90's. With the re-emergence of the MABLL and a private-run league, box lacrosse once again thrives in the DC area with over 200 members per season.

What are the age requirements?

Open: 18 and over but intended for players out of college

Collegiate: 18-23

Masters: 40+

What are the skill or experience requirements?

Individual Players: There are no set requirements for single players entering the league.  The league will be developing all of the players with training camps and coaching provided by the MABLL Academy.

Team Requirements: All team entries must be approved by the MABLL before participation.  Since the MABLL is a very competitive league, we request that all team core entries be composed of experienced lacrosse players. The MABLL reserves the right to reject any team entry based on inexperience or skill level.

What equipment do I need?

Most standard lax equipment will do the trick but here’s a breakdown of what you need. Stick (no long sticks), lacrosse gloves, athletic cup, arm pads, shoulder pads, rib and back pads, and helmet with cage or other full face guard. (Lacrosse helmets or ice hockey helmets with full face guards are fine.)  Please visit our Equipment page.

I want to play goalie. What equipment do I need?

Box lacrosse goalies are equipped similarly to hockey goalie. Full chest and arm protector, goalie pants, box lacrosse goalie leg guards, helmet, gloves, cup and a stick. Visit our Equipment page for more info.  Basic level goalie equipment is available for use for new goalies.  Goalies providing their own Cat 3 legal equipment will get a discount due to the high cost of equipment (~$1500)

How do I get on a team if I am new to the MABLL?

All players will be placed on a team and will sign up as a FREE AGENT. A draft combine may be helod for all divisions.

What are the requirements for entering a team?

Anyone wishing to enter a competitive team into the MABLL should contact the league directors.  Complete teams should have a goalie and at least 16 players.  The league reserves the right to add players should the 17 registered player minimum not be reached.

Can I come down and play just to try it without registering?

Only during Open Play weeks and for Combines.  Fees will be collected at the door for these events.

What rules does the MABLL use?

The MABLL will play under the US Box Lacrosse Rulebook with modifications.  A rules summary will be available for download.

Box lacrosse is actually safer than field lacrosse due to the contact rules and other small tweaks that are better suited to the indoor game. Some of the key rules are:

NO FIGHTING – Ejection and 1 Game Additional Suspension

BOARDING – Ejection and 1 Game Additional Suspension

LOOSE BALLS – Must Play Ball (No man, ball)

SLASHING – VERY tightly called in box

HIGH-STICKING – Checks to the head/neck area are MAJOR penalties

DIVES – Diving shots are permitted as long as no contact with the goalie is made