© Manitoba Blizzard Lacrosse 2015
The Manitoba Blizzard work everyday to grow lacrosse in Manitoba. We believe to maintain a successful high-level program, we need to start at the grass roots level. Many of our coach's, players, volunteers and owners - coach, referee, conduct development camps and sit on boards like the RRLA and the MLA in order to give back to the Manitoba lacrosse community.
The Manitoba Blizzard belong to the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL), the most competitive Junior B lacrosse league in the prairies, spanning Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Our lacrosse program consists of top shelf coaches from the NLL, NCAA and Team Manitoba; our players come with a high level of skill and competitiveness and recognized as some of the best lacrosse players in Province of Manitoba and Western Canada.
Box lacrosse is a uniquely Canadian sport and is best described as a game of speed and reaction. It is a game based on the skills of passing and ball control.
The game originated in Canada, where it is the most popular version of the game played in contrast to the traditional field lacrosse game. It is played between two teams of six players each, and is traditionally played on an ice hockey rink once the ice has been removed or covered. The playing area is called a box, in contrast to the open playing field of field lacrosse.
At the highest level, box lacrosse is represented by the Senior A divisions of the Canadian Lacrosse Association (Western Lacrosse Association of the British Columbia Lacrosse Association and Major Series Lacrosse of the Ontario Lacrosse Association), and the National Lacrosse League (NLL).
While there are thirty-one total members of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL), only eight nations have competed in international box lacrosse competition. Only Canada, Iroquois Nationals and the United States have finished in the top three places at the ILF World Indoor Lacrosse Championships.
Lacrosse was re-confirmed by Parliament as the National (Summer) Sport of Canada in 1994. Today, more than 150,000 Canadians still adore this sport because it’s a fun and exciting way to stay active. Centuries in the making, lacrosse still remains our game.