History of The Lacrosse Ball
Lacrosse, though yet to be an Olympic Sport, has earned its right to be one of the most popular ball and field games in the world particularly famous in North America, United States and in the United Kingdom. What makes this sport unique is the crosse or netted stick used by team players to score goals. What is even more interesting is the lacrosse ball, which is essential to any ball game there is. But just how “ball” is a lacrosse ball?
A lacrosse ball ‘s component was very interesting during the old times. One type of ball was made of a special wood and then burnt so that the charred area could be removed to make a fitting surface. Other lacrosse balls were even pierced to produce a whistling sound when it traveled on the air. Another variety of the ball was made out of a deerskin which was stuffed with hair, grass, and sand. There was even a lacrosse ball that was composed of an enemy’s head, or clay or even stone. Today, a lacrosse ball is made of hard rubber.
Typically produced in seven different colors – blue, neon green, orange, pink, purple, white and yellow. Specifications of a lacrosse ball like color, weight, and dimension vary depending on the rules of each lacrosse league. Even the rules governing as to who will provide the balls are independent of each league. In the Major League Lacrosse, players and coaches are big fans of the orange grippy ball. The ILF or International Lacross Federation choose orange or white-colored lacrosse balls and its circumference measures between 7.75 inches and 8 inches.
All that said …Most players given the option usually prefer white as the color of choice for a lacrosse ball. Its circumference varies from 7.75 to 8 inches depending on use. Lacrosse has three versions men field (outdoor), box lacrosse (indoor) and women lacrosse. An average lacrosse ball weighs between 5 and 5.25 ounces.
The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse opts to use lacrosse balls with the colors white, yellow, orange or lime green. The ball must be between 7 ¾ and 8 inches in circumference and between 5 and 5 ¼ ounces heavy. Women’s Lacrosse sticks to the color yellow while the Girl’s Youth Lacrosse recommends the regulation ball or a “soft” lacrosse ball and a “no bounce” ball which is right for their rookie players.
The lacrosse ball may take in different forms in different fields, but one thing remains the same. That the ball will be the center of attraction as the audience continues to sway their heads from their seats following the lacrosse ball’s track like a real lacrosse star.