For the last 2 weeks we have been lucky enough to participate in some Lacrosse Clinics held by the Woodville Lacrosse Club.
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse — the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility. Lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action.
Lacrosse may have been developed as early as 1100 AD among indigenous peoples on the North American continent. By the seventeenth century, it was well-established. In the traditional Aboriginal Canadian version, each team consisted of about 100 to 1,000 men on a field that stretched from about 500 m to 3 km long. These games lasted from sunup to sundown for two to three days straight. These games were played as part of ceremonial ritual, a kind of symbolic warfare, to give thanks to the Creator or Master.
How to play
Lacrosse is played between two teams using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball. The aim of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal past the goalie, using the lacrosse stick to catch, cradle, and pass the ball. You also need to keep the other team from scoring and to get the ball by stick checking and body contact or positioning. The sport consists of four positions: midfield, attack, defense and goalie.
During our clinics we learnt the rules of lacrosse and the different techniques on how to hold the lacrosse stick and pick up the ball. It was a lot of fun!