When does your season take place?
The MABLL has 3 seasons per year. Summer (May-August), Fall (September-November) and Winter (December-February). The MABLL is off during the traditional spring field season.
What days of the week are games played?
Games are usually played on Sundays. This always works the best as it does not interfere with off-season outdoor leagues. We also make every effort to NOT schedule games over major outdoor tournament weekends.
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 skill or experience requirements? Individual Players:There are no set requirements for single players but registering does not guarantee you will play in the league. The majority of the players in our league have NCAA or Club experience, which makes for a very competitive atmosphere. Team Requirements: All players submitted as members of the team core (at least 11 and a goalie) must be experienced and skilled players. 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.
How do I get on a team if I am new to the MABLL?
One-way is to sign with a team if you are asked before the season starts. The second way is to be recruited from the list of FREE AGENTS. All team entries must have a core of at least 12 players. If we have enough interest and need a "NEW" team, we will start a new team based on players available that have signed up individually.
What are the requirements for entering a team?
Anyone wishing to enter a competitive team into the MABLL must submit a roster of at least 11 experienced forwards and one goaltender by the designated deadline. All submitted players must have all fees paid and registration forms completed before the draft date or they will be removed from the roster. New teams must submit a team logo and colors also by the designated date. In addition, one player must be designated as the team captain who will be held responsible for the team’s actions, MABLL team requirements, and all MABLL rulings. Failure to meet all of these requirements will result in the immediate nullification of the team entry request. 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 the lack talent and/or experience. Advice: If you need an experienced goalie, contact us and we can help you find one. Many existing teams have more than one goalie and it is easy to find a good goalie in search of more playing time.
Does the MABLL use the same rules as the NLL?
The MABLL uses the FIL (Federation of International Lacrosse) Indoor Rules and modifies them where appropriate. Cheap hits are not tolerated and severely punished. Fighting is a one-game suspension for the first offense and suspension for the rest of the season for the second offense.