Field Lacrosse is spreading like wild-fire. With a record 38 teams in the last FIL World Championship it’s only the beginning. The world is hooked on Field Lacrosse. It can’t get enough and that makes me truly happy. Little by little it’s transforming people into fanatics. It looks like we are in the era in which Field Lacrosse might become an Olympic sport. That my friends, is epic.
The history of lacrosse came from the Haudenosaunee people and their culture. The official modern rules for Field Lacrosse were drawn up by a Canadian, William George Beers in 1867. Modern day Field Lacrosse is played on a 110 m X 60 m (120.30 yard X 65.62 yard) grass field or turf with 10 players on each side. Both teams have a goalie, three defenders, midfielders and attackmen on at the same time. Players battle for a rubber ball in which they pass around and shoot on the opponent’s net for a goal.
Click on the links below for more information about the rules of lacrosse and lacrosse positions. This section will just be covering the basics of field lacrosse.
Field Lacrosse – Rules and Equipment
Field Lacrosse players use either a short stick (40-42 inches) or a long pole (52-72 inches). For protection, players have a helmet with a lacrosse mask, shoulder pads, arms pads, gloves and some even use rib pads. In most leagues it is highly recommended that players wear a jock strap and a mouth guard.
Field in the USA
Field Lacrosse is growing, tis no myth. Youth teams are practicing all over the US, Canada and now internationally.
Lacrosse is really creating a good foundation for itself and for the future. With the Major Lacrosse league developing well in the US the sport can be watched all over the world. This helps a lot with the overall growth and promotion or the sport. Also, in the US, a lot of NCAA lacrosse games are televised. This inspires young players for years to come. One can easily see why the US has been such a powerhouse in the sport for the past decades. It has teams everywhere and people are hooked on the sport.
Field in Canada and International
Canada has been developing their Field Lacrosse game over the past two decades. From that they have a couple World Championships now under the belt. It has inspired a mainly Box Lacrosse country to also acknowledge its brother sport Field Lacrosse. With CUFLA (Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association) making a strong impact on the university scene in Canada the future is bright. Furthermore, in the past couple of decades many Canadian players have been going to play in he NCAA.
This can also be said for the Iroquois who have had amazing success with players like Cody Jamesion, Sid Smith and the Thompson brothers that have taken the NCAA by storm.
Even in Australia with the Australian Senior Lacrosse Championship and many bronze medals in the Field Lacrosse Championships, I can’t say it enough the sport is growing.
All that to say, the sport is strong and gaining much interest internationally. Support your local lacrosse team, watch games online, tell friends, family, training like there is no tomorrow. Grow the game, the game we all love. Lacrosse for life!