What is Lacrosse?

Learn about the roots of the Creator's game and what lacrosse looks like today!

More than a Game.

 

From stories about the first game played among the animals to the ongoing practice of holding medicine games to heal the sick, lacrosse is much more than a game to the Native Americans.

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Oldest game in the Americas.

 

What began as stickball, a native American Indian contest played by tribal warriors for training, recreation and religious reasons, has developed over the years into the interscholastic, professional and international sport of lacrosse

Check out the evolution of the lacrosse stick!

Europeans colonize the game.

 

In 1856, William George Beers, a Canadian dentist, founded Montreal Lacrosse Club, adapting the rules, changing the stick and using a rubber ball. During the 1860s lacrosse became Canada's national game. 

 

"Young Canadian" Team, 1885

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Modern women's game created.

 

St. Leonards School, in St Andrews, Scotland claims to be the first girls’ school to have played lacrosse in 1890. The headmistress was inspired after watching a men's game in Canada. Over time, the rules have evolved and expanded! 

 First women's lacrosse team, 1890

What does lacrosse look like today?

Boys Game

While the game has changed, ​equipment and rules added, the sprits of the game has remained the same. Rules vary at every age group and level of play, with links included below.

 

Watch Nation's United play! 

Girls Game

As with the boy's game, the girl's game has changed dramatically over the years and is still evolving into a more physical and engaging game. Check out the rules below to see how the game varies at ​different levels.

 

Nation United's women's team.

Land Statement

Detroit, Michigan sits on Land that was formed by warm shallow seas and slow moving glacial formations, with the most recent glaciers receding 14,000 years ago. This is the ancestral Land of the Indigenous Peoples of the Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi, who are the People of The Three Fires, the Anishinaabe. This Land is still the contemporary dwelling of the Anishinaabe people.