This weekend, I was lucky to host my twin sister and her family. Julie’s boys are Lacrosse players in the summer and hockey players in the winter. Her oldest son, Sebastien, who is 12 years old, was participating in a Lacrosee tournament here in Niagara!
I’ve seen my two nephews play in Lacrosse practice, but I had never seen an actual game before this weekend. Let me tell you, Its. One. Exciting.Game! It’s not very popular but I think it’s a growing sport! It’s a very physical game, meaning there is lots of pushing and hitting each other with sticks so it’s not for the faint of heart.
My nephews are more passionate about Lacrosse than they are about hockey! Here is why Sebastien and his little brother Felix love the game:
- It’s fast paced
- It’s physical, (cross checking and hitting other players is allowed)
- It’s intense
The tournament was quite an exciting one. Watching them get in the rink looked like little warriors going into battle. The Rockhounds (my nephew’s team) met the host team in the finals. They were two strong teams battling for gold medals.
They were tied after the third period, so they played a fourth, for sudden death! Although very well matched, The Rockhounds came out victorious in the very end.
Last year, Sebastien’s team, the Rockhounds, were featured on the local news. Here is a clip of an interview with the team. They are so darn cute, I had to share this video.
Brief History of Lacrosse
Many of my readers are not Canadian, so for their benefits, here is a brief history of Lacrosse (brought to you via Wikipedia). According to Wikipedia, Lacrosse, an aboriginal game, has been a well established sport in North America since the seventeenth century. Lacrosse was an Olympic Sport in 1904 and 1908 and a demonstration sport in 1928, 1932 and 1948. In 1994, the Government of Canada declared Lacrosse as Canada’s National Summer Sport.
The specific type of Lacrosse that my nephews play is called Box Lacrosse and it’s played in a hockey arenas (where the ice is removed of course). What else are they going to do with arenas during the summer? Seems like a great way to promote an otherwize underutilized facility in the Summer! The other type of Lacrosse is Field Lacrosse, played on a sports field.
A little know fact is that St. Catharines, the biggest city in Niagara (where I live) is home to the Lacrosse Hall of Fame! I have to say that even though I’ve known about the Lacrosse Hall of Fame for many years, I have never made the trip. Now that I have been exposed to the sport and found it quite to my liking (unlike American football), I think I might just go and visit the museum!
Well, Lacrosse might not be very popular yet, but they gained a new fan this weekend! How about you, are you a Lacrosse fan? Would you let your children play this physical sport?