To examine the history of lacrosse, one needs to start with America. The sport's origins can be traced to the Native American Indians, from whom it was adopted by the French and other European followers. These followers migrated north to Canada, where they helped sportthe grow. Today the sport enjoys popularity all over United States and throughout Europe.
Lacrosse is a sport that combines soccer with basketball and hockey. It has become popular because it’s easy to pick up, offers great exercise and anyone can play. It is a game of speed, coordination and teamwork. Children and adults of all ages can enjoy playing this great sport.
As is said for many games that include a stick and ball, it is said that lacrosse was first played by workers wanting to develop strength and resolve disputes between families and villages.
Some historians believe that lacrosse was actually a precursor of combat. The development of the game was quite similar to hockey, in that villagers would span acres of field and the battles could take days to be decided. It goes without saying these first games were physically brutal and lacrosse has tamed down immensely.
George Beers is often referred to as the founder of lacrosse history or at least the first to begin modifying and standardizing the game. He came up with rules pertaining to the number of players on the field. A decade later NYU formed the first college team then a number of high school teams followed.
Early on the game was professionally only played by men. It wasn’t until the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that women’s teams were recognized at the high school and collegiate level.
The rules and equipment from that time have changed dramatically as well. The early games in lacrosse history essentially had no protective gear at all. It wasn’t until the 1930’s that basic gear was introduced.
The rules have always been slightly different for men and women. Men are allowed much more contact than women and therefore are required to wear more protective gear. But evidence shows that the sport is dangerous for no gender. Statistics show that it is much safer than football or hockey.
Today lacrosse is considered to be one of the fastest growing sports in the US. The sports participation has more than tripled in the past 8 years. Today, over 400 colleges across the country have lacrosse clubs. Its popularity owes to the fact that it is a fast paced sport, placing emphasis on sprinting and cutting with precision. The need for strong teamwork also serves to bring it all together.