Posted by: fountaincolby | April 12, 2013

Grow the Game!

Lacrosse is one of the oldest games in the United States. Many people don’t realize it but, the sport of lacrosse is older than football, basketball, and baseball. The sport originates within the Native American Culture. The Native Americans played this ‘sport’ to settle disputes among rival tribes. The game would be played on a three-mile long field and, would consist of hundreds of people. The losers of the game would then be sacrificed.

Fast forward to today. Many of the rules have changed, protective equipment has improved and, the number of players has decreased. The game of lacrosse is quoted as being “the fastest game on two feet.” Having played the sport all through college this is true. Furthermore, the game is growing at an exponential rate. The exciting part of the growth, it is expanding to other countries. Japan, Europe, South America, and Australia have all adopted the game and complete nationally. The major sponsor for this tournament is US Lacrosse (the national governing body for the sport of lacrosse).

Where lacrosse can go from here? I see lacrosse just increasing over the next few years. The introduction of the game to high schools and the creation of younger youth leagues has been essential to the growth. I am excited to say I’ve played and left the game better than when I first joined.

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Photo Credit: http://laxallstars.com/grow-the-game-invitational-first-thoughts-and-reflections/

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