The lacrosse community is probably one of the tightest groups with in sports and every now and then we hear things that just make us want to flip out. Here are some of those things...
1. You play lacrosse you MUST be a Lax Bro.
I know it's shocking but not every lacrosse player owns multiple pairs of pastel pants or a dozen pairs of boat shoes. Not that we hate that style, but some of us like a bit of variety in our wardrobe.
2. Lacrosse is only for the rich prep school kids.
In case everyone forgot, the Native Americans were playing the medicine game long before Christopher Columbus got even a whiff of this fine land. Back in the 1930's only private schools or wealthy towns had lacrosse, but in the past 20 years the growth of the game expanded tremendously. The game has grown out of the "Hot Beds" in the North East and Mid Atlantic and spread across the country to the West Coast, Midwest and South.
3. Lacrosse is just a bunch of people hitting each other with sticks.
Have you ever even watched a lacrosse game? Yes, we are known for throwing stick checks, but that is maybe 5% of what goes on in a game.
4. Neon makes me good, right?
No. Just because you have a neon shooting string or wear neon cleats does not mean you are good. Playing the game as a team and working hard will make you good.
5. Lacrosse is for kids that Can't Hit The Curveball.
Believe it or not, many of us have played both sports, and chose lacrosse because we enjoy it more. Lacrosse has a faster pace and some of us didn't like standing around waiting for the grass to grow in center field. Once you reach a certain age you have to pick between the two and we chose lacrosse.
6. If you play lacrosse it's a rule you MUST hate baseball/baseball players.
Going along with what I said in #5, just because we didn't like to PLAY baseball doesn't mean we hate the sport or the players at all. We also like going out to the ballpark to watch our home team and eat peanuts and cracker jacks.
7. When parents ask 'Do you weave your own basket?' or 'I need to replace my child's racket.'
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, SO MUCH NO! Rackets are for tennis, and baskets are for weaving. We string lacrosse sticks and need to have them restrung when our pockets get old.
8. I can't pass and shoot....
It's not the stick, it's the person controlling the stick. Like our good friends at Hogwarts say, "The wand doesn't make the wizard, the wizard makes the wand."
9. No one watches lacrosse!
Well, the MLL was only founded 14 years ago, but every year more and more people are watching and it's covered on almost every major sports network.
10. Lacrosse isn't a major sport.
All of the above pictured leagues and organizations are at least 50 years old. The MLL was founded in 1999 and already has major TV deals with CBS Sports and ESPN, as well as expanding to 8 teams spread out across the USA. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and will continue to grow to the areas which aren't "Hot Spots" of the game. .
11. Lacrosse players are lazy.
Well, most professional lacrosse players work a full time job as well as maintain being a professional athlete. A lot of the pros are teachers, realtors, investors or product reps in the lacrosse industry. These guy's are truly playing for the love of the game, not the money.
At the end of the day, we all love to be part of a huddle like the one you see above, which is what lacrosse is really all about. It's more than just a game, it's a community.
What are YOU tired of hearing? Let us know in the comments!