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information for you.
Strategy & Tactics
Numerous tips from experienced players
Short Stick Defense
The Kick Save
Shooting Low to High
Many more strategy and instruction articles on this site, under the
Millon LaCrosse Tips
New 2005 Rules
All LAX America
See archives from several years on equipment/instruction here. Just
select the equipment/instruction tab from the dropdown menu.
US Club LaCrosse Association
This site lists many associations:
I don?t know where you live, but this site will tell you where some
LaCrosee camps are located in the US.
Nike LaCrosse Camps
You may be surprised to know that LaCrosse was an American native
game, although the French played a hockey game called ?jeu de la
crosse? which is where the name La Crosse may have originated.
?Among Native Americans, there were many versions of what we now call
lacrosse. Players in some tribes used two sticks, one in each hand.
Women and men sometimes competed together on the same teams, but women
had their own form of the sport in some areas.
The Cherokees called the sport "the little brother of war" because it
was considered excellent military training. A team consisted of
hundreds, even thousands, of players, often an entire village or
tribe, the goals were often miles apart, and a game might last as long
as three days. Since most players couldn't get anywhere near the ball,
they concentrated on using the stick to injure opponents.
The Six Tribes of the Iroquois, in what is now southern Ontario and
upstate New York, called their version of the game "baggataway" or
"tewaraathon". It was much more organized than in most areas of the
country. There were 12 to 15 players per team, and the goals were
about 120 feet apart.
According to most accounts, the first Europeans to see baggataway
being played were French explorers who thought the stick resembled a
bishop's crozier--la crosse, in French--so the sport was given a new
name. However, the French played a form of field hockey that was
called jeu de la crosse, and that's a much more likely origin of the
name.? Because of copyright laws, I may only post part of the site
information. You can read more by clicking the link below:
? Played throughout the world today, the sport of lacrosse is derived
from a Haudenosaunee game of great antiquity called, in Oneida,
Ga-lahs. This game required the greatest skill for catching, carrying,
and passing a ball using only the basketlike head of the lacrosse
stick. Quickness, stamina, and strength were equally important to play
the game well.
Oneidas and other Iroquois loved the game passionately as
entertainment and physical conditioning but lacrosse was also a
religious celebration. The Oneida Creation Story, for example,
describes a Spirit World which preceded our earth and hangs above it.
The residents of that sky land lack sickness and death. They know only
happiness -- possibly because they enjoy lacrosse.?
You?ll find several links to La Crosse history on this site:
Another interesting site with many history links
?With a history that spans centuries, lacrosse is the oldest sport in
North America. Rooted in Native American religion, lacrosse was often
played to resolve conflicts, heal the sick, and develop strong, virile
men. To Native Americans, lacrosse is still referred to as "The
Ironically, lacrosse also served as a preparation for war. Legend
tells of as many as 1,000 players per side, from the same or different
tribes, who took turns engaging in a violent contest. Contestants
played on a field from one to 15 miles in length, and games sometimes
lasted for days. Some tribes used a single pole, tree or rock for a
goal, while other tribes had two goalposts through which the ball had
to pass. Balls were made out of wood, deerskin, baked clay or stone.
The evolution of the Native American game into modern lacrosse began
in 1636 when Jean de Brebeuf, a Jesuit missionary, documented a Huron
contest in what is now southeast Ontario, Canada. At that time, some
type of lacrosse was played by at least 48 Native American tribes
scattered throughout what is now southern Canada and all parts of the
United States. French pioneers began playing the game avidly in the
1800s. Canadian dentist W. George Beers standardized the game in 1867
with the adoption of set field dimensions, limits to the number of
players per team and other basic rules.?
?Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United
States. Youth membership (ages 15 and under) in US Lacrosse has
doubled since 1999 to over 60,000. The National Federation of State
High School Associations reported that in 2001 better than 74,000
students played high lacrosse. With club teams, private schools, and
states not yet having sanctioned lacrosse, high school-aged
participation is actually much higher. Varsity collegiate
participation has grown by one-third since 1995, and collegiate and
post-collegiate club teams field thousands of players as well. More
data appears below.
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 250,000 active players.?
Magazine articles online
Books on LaCrosse
Run And Shoot (Links are broken, but you can glean some infor from this page.
Instructional CDs and DVDs
I find knowing the history of sports, as well as anything one is
interested in makes for a more enjoyable pursuit. Good for you for
researching your game! Check your local library too -- I'll bet they
have books and magazines, and maybe videos on LaCrosse!
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