Why play Lacrosse?
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse - the big or small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in men's and women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the Crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball.
Today's lacrosse enthusiasts play this primarily amateur sport for love rather than financial reward. Long after the more high profile collegiate athletes have used their skills to enter the professional sports arena, the finest men and women lacrosse players are using their talents in the dynamic amateur competition known as 'club' lacrosse
Lacrosse is considered one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. The cost of outfitting a lacrosse team is less than hockey and football. In the last decade, the number of high school and youth teams has increased by 65 percent and the number of college and club teams has risen by 62 percent. There is a growing interest in the game among countries around the world which have never before been involved. Once a minor pastime played in the shadows of baseball stadiums in the Northeast of the United States, lacrosse has become a national sport with more than 200,000 active players.
WHY HOCKEY PLAYERS SHOULD PLAY LACROSSE...
· Lacrosse and hockey are very similar sports
· U.S. College as well as Canadian University scholarship opportunities in lacrosse are available
· Hockey players excel in lacrosse
· It’s a great method to increase physical fitness in hockey’s offseason
· Team sports build self-esteem, respect, integrity, & fairness
· Lacrosse teaches leadership skills
· It helps prevent sport burn-out by playing a new, fast-paced sport
· Players of all fitness levels and abilities can compete in lacrosse
· A player can learn basic plays and strategies
· A player can learn to play both offensive and defensive positions and make a quick transition from defence to offence and vice versa
· It reinforces the importance of quickness and agility around the net
· Lacrosse increases hand-eye co-ordination when stick handling
· It teaches players to play with their head up and to be more aware of their surroundings
· Offensive scoring skills are honed by shooting at smaller targets and picking corners
· Defensive skills are taught with individual and team concepts
· Lacrosse teaches the creativity of fakes, back passes, & shots
· Lacrosse is run in 5-player units and helps the hockey player practice playing a team concept
· It is inexpensive to equip lacrosse players as most hockey equipment can be used in lacrosse
WHY HOCKEY COACHES SHOULD ENCOURAGE LACROSSE...
· Hockey coaches teach similar strategies of team play and special teams.
· Hockey coaches and players only have to look at players such as Gretzky, Sakic, Shanahan, Ronning, Kariya, Nieuwendyk and Oates as these great hockey players have one thing in common...they have all played lacrosse and have used the experience to enhance their hockey skills. You can share in their experience by playing lacrosse!
HOCKEY – Canada’s National Winter Sport
BOX LACROSSE - Canada’s National Summer Sport
CAN YOU THINK OF A BETTER PARTNERSHIP?
“The toughness and physical aspect of lacrosse has definitely had an influence on my playing ability in hockey.”
“Lacrosse was a great thing for me because it let me get away from hockey for the summer as a kid,” he says. “My mom never really believed in summer hockey. I needed a break and I always looked forward to the lacrosse season. And when hockey season came around I was really looking forward to that. It was good both ways to help myself in both sports.”
The first pick of NHL Entry Draft 2009
It is interesting to note what hockey great Wayne Gretzky wrote in his National Post column in March, 2000:
"If sport has a high point of the year, it must be the first week of spring."
"...When I was growing up, I used to love this time of year. It was when I put my hockey equipment away and I was absolutely ecstatic to see the end of the hockey season. One of the worst things to happen to the game, in my opinion, has been year-round hockey and, in particular, summer hockey. "All it does for kids, as far as I can tell, is keep them out of sports they should be doing in warmer weather. I could hardly wait to get my lacrosse stick out and start throwing the ball around. It didn't matter how cold or rainy it would be, we'd be out firing the ball against walls and working on our moves as we played the lacrosse equivalent to road hockey." "All the good hockey players seemed to play lacrosse in those days and every one of them learned something from the game to carry over to the other - things athletes can only learn by mixing up games they play when they are young."