Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing team sports in the U.S., primarily due to the increase in the number of youngsters that are playing. The sport was highly popularized in 1904 and by 1908, it was being played in the Summer Olympics. It’s been steadily growing ever since. What originally began as a Native American game has transitioned into a sport with an increasing number of devotees.
The number of youngsters playing traditional team sports has been steadily decreasing for more than 10 years. One of the reasons is new information available about the rate of traumatic brain injuries associated with football and similar sports. While any sport has the potential for an injury, lacrosse is safer than most contact sports and it’s a factor that plays a large role in parental acceptance and enthusiasm.
Fun for All
Another reason for the popularity of the sport is that it can be played by anyone, regardless of age or gender. It’s the fastest growing sport in schools and colleges, helped in large part by a love of the sport developed in childhood. Children can play the game no matter what their physical framework. Lacrosse players don’t have to be extremely tall to be successful.
Lacrosse matches are now televised events at the college and professional levels. It’s afforded the sport with a higher profile and platform with which to introduce gameplay to those that may not be familiar with it.
As lacrosse has gained in popularity, more opportunities for play have emerged with new teams being formed at all age levels. Where schools aren’t supporting play, after-school leagues are being initiated.
Traditionally played in elite East Coast academic institutions, the sport is now being seen across the U.S. Even young men from the Army and Navy Academy in California requested the sport be added to the school’s roster of competitive sports. Lacrosse has moved into the mainstream and is taking its place across the U.S.