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Bandits Announce 2018-19 Jr. Lacrosse League

September 11, 2018 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Buffalo Bandits News Release

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Buffalo Bandits today announced the return of the Jr. Bandits Box Lacrosse League. Starting Nov. 5, youth players will have a chance to participate in a 12-session program coached by current Bandits players, including Josh Byrne and Dhane Smith.

Coaches will educate participants in the rules and basics skills of indoor lacrosse through practices and games. After two sessions of instruction and evaluations, participants will be placed on teams and compete for the league championship in February. Sessions will be held at the Epic Center in Williamsville, New York.

New this year, each game will be officiated by certified box lacrosse referees. Each game of the eight-game schedule will feature either two 20-minute halves or two 25-minute halves, depending on the time slot. This will include a three-minute warmup and three-minute intermission. Stop time will ensue in the final two minutes of the second half for any game that is within three goals.

Dates, times and other details can be found below:

Dates: Nov. 5, 12, 15, 19

Dec. 3, 10, 17

Jan. 7, 10, 14, 21, 28

Feb. 4, 11, 18

Times: All sessions will take place in the evening, but session times will vary by week.

Ages: Division 1 - Grades 4, 5 and 6

Division 2 - Grades 7, 8 and 9

Location: Epic Center - 2793 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville, New York 14221

All participants will receive:

Two evaluation dates, one team practice, eight games and two potential playoff games

Coaching from current Bandits players, including Josh Byrne and Dhane Smith

2018-19 team photo and yearbook

Select autographed Bandits player photo

Jr. Bandits Box League try-out/practice pinnie

Jr. Bandits Box League game jersey

Four 2018-19 Bandits ticket vouchers

2019 Jr. Bandits tryout fee waived

2019 Bandits Game Day Clinic and Summer Camp discounts

Chances to be a ball boy for a Bandits home game

League website with photos, stats and standings

End-of-year pizza party

Space is limited to the first 60 runners and four goaltenders per division. Players must provide own equipment including stick (no wooden sticks or long poles), gloves, helmet, shoulder pads, mouthpiece and footwear (sneakers only, no cleats).

Cost per participant is $275. For additional information, please contact Dan Ristine by phone at (716)-855-4409 or via email at

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