Can you guess what sport we are talking about this week? Here’s a hint… It’s Canada’s National Summer Sport! If you guessed Lacrosse then you’re correct! It’s also one of the oldest sports still played today, dating back to the 17th century!
So how did it become one of Canada’s National Sports? Well, it all started from a similar game commonly played by Native American communities. The sport developed into big events that lasted up to several days. Anywhere from 100 - 1000 people participated in the tournaments. The dimensions of the field varied, ranging from 460 m to 9.7 km!
The game was played with a few set rules that varied from each competition. They were set on the day before the game. Due to the teams being so large, the game was slow to move across the field. Passing the ball was perceived as an act of proving elite skill.
Pre-game rituals were taken very seriously with Lacrosse. A common one was a ceremony where players would bathe their sports equipment in a river. The reasoning behind this was to increase strategy and spirituality advantage over their opponent.
Lacrosse was practiced for many different reasons. It started as a form of exhibiting superiority or settling disputes between tribes. It was also utilized as training to prepare men for warfare. On the positive side, it was a method of religious celebration and festival entertainment.
According to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport! Today there are 3 different types of Lacrosse: Field, Box and Intercrosse. It was introduced to the Olympics in 1904.
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