ALL ABOUT LACROSSE
INFORMATION AND ARTICLES DEALING WITH THE GAME OF LACROSSE
Lacrosse is a hugely popular sport across North America, and many people feel that this is the oldest sport on the continent. Although there is not a set date at which the sport became popular – it has been observed as early as the year 1400 – it was only in the 1600’s that the sport started to grow. This growth was started when Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit priest, became fascinated by the stick used in a Native Indian game. The rules of the game as we know it today were already present in this form of the game, but by 1867 the rules had been formalized. The sport soon grew into the vicious, demanding game that we know and love today – a modern extension of the tradition of training for war by competing in sports.
Recent rules have been passed to make sure that girls playing lacrosse at the high school level wear protective eyewear when playing the game. This rule was added in the interest of the players’ safety, and has already been implemented in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, where the majority of high school lacrosse for girls is played. By 2005, this rule would be applied across the country.
The Minnesota Storm, one of the NLL’s most popular teams, recently bolstered their squad by adding some of the prime draft picks from the 2005 NLL Entry Draft which took place at Rexhall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The addition of Nolan Heavenor, Nate Andres, Tyler Perry, Dean Hill and Mike Leong is indicative of the balanced approach that the Swarm are looking to take in feature clashes.
The American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) is a body that was formed in 2001 in order to manage the structures that were implemented to run women’s collegiate lacrosse across the United States. The 6 founding schools – Johns Hopkins University, The Ohio State University, Penn State University, Northwestern University, Ohio University and Vanderbilt University – were recently joined by Florida and South Carolina, who joined the conference in 2010.
Lacrosse is a game that requires unique applications of your coordination, strength, stamina and perseverance. If you are serious about furthering your career in this sport, then it is imperative that you attend a college training camp. This will help you to pick up all of the necessary skills, in every position, but more importantly, it will showcase your talent for the college coaches that go to these camps in order to scout out real talent.
Unlike most of the major sports codes in the United States, getting recruited to a collegiate lacrosse team requires a lot of work and a proactive approach on the side of the player. It is not enough to have talent and hope that someone hears about you – you need to do as much as you can. Get to training camps and showcases, particularly over the summer, keep yourself fit, and make a video that you can send to potential coaches – getting noticed amongst all of the vicious competition is not easy. Treat recruitment like a match – do what you must to win and get noticed!