INTERSTATE BOX LACROSSE ASSOCIATION
ABOUT THE IBLA
The Interstate Box Lacrosse Association (IBLA) is the nation's largest adult box lacrosse league. The IBLA was formed to ultimately unify the system of Regional Box Lacrosse Leagues (RBLL) around the country. Each RBLL is its own state-wide league for the senior level of lacrosse for ages 18+ players. All RBLL's in each state use the same set of rules and follow similar regular season and playoff structures. These commonalities across all RBLL's is what brought the unification of the IBLA. In addition, the winner of each RBLL region each season, is granted the prestigious spot to compete in the IBLA Nationals. They play against the winner of each region within the IBLA network across the country.
In 2019 the IBLA became official partners with the National Lacrosse League. IBLA players, coaches, and officials now are able to have an opportunity to make the jump to the NLL.
The original state that started it all was RBLL Colorado. After an extremely successful inaugural season in 2016, RBLL Colorado expanded to four teams for the 2017 season. After seeing the huge amount of success and publicity that the league was receiving, a number of states showed interest in becoming the next RBLL state. After doing a lot of state-wide lacrosse and facility research, RBLL Minnesota was formed as it was seen as the state with the best facilities and player interest. Soon after, the IBLA expanded to the East Coast with RBLL- New England and RBLL- New Jersey, starting play in 2018. RBLL- Ohio and RBLL-Missouri were added in the midwest as well. In 2019, the IBLA added RBLL- Nebraska, and RBLL- California. During the offseason before the upcoming 2020 season, RBLL- Pennsylvania, RBLL- Michigan, RBLL- Empire North, and RBLL- Southeast were added.
With fifteen regions in operation, the IBLA provides a national system and an organizing committee to host a national championship every year. Nationals rotates to different locations each year.
The 2019 IBLA National Championships were hosted in California. In 2020 it was held in Pittsburgh, hosted by RBLL- Pennsylvania. Also in 2020, the IBLA developed IBLA 3's, a 3v3 half floor version of box lacrosse providing an exciting new version of the game, while growing the sport in new and existing regions. Starting in 2021, the IBLA has three new regions including RBLL- Louisiana, RBLL- Texas, and RBLL- Empire South.
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