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Playing Men’s Lacrosse in 1869 On LaxAllStars!

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Last week I did a post on LaxAllStars.com about the Original Game of Lacrosse. This week they posted my second article in my four-part series entitled “Playing Men’s Lacrosse in 1869“. This post is all about how the game was played after William Beers developed standardized rules. The most striking difference readers of this post will find is that the men’s game in 1869 bears a greater resemblance to the woman’s game today than the men’s. In fact, I assert that Beers would find the men’s game today as sloppy and unartful when compared to the women playing. All of this is because the men in 1869 played with crosses that did not have pockets (or bags as Beers described them).

Here is an excerpt from my LaxAllStars article:

Sportsmanship, while not termed exactly so by Beers, is huge to him and his contemporaries. They felt every player should always endeavor to be a gentleman on and off the pitch, and Beers emphasizes the sportsmanship (in his words – moral high ground) of lacrosse in this way: “It knocks timidity and nonsense out of a young man, training him to temperance, confidence, and pluck; teaches him to govern his temper if he has too much, or rouses it healthily if he has too little. It shames grumpiness out of him, schools his vanity, and makes him a man. It develops judgment and calculation, promptness and decision; destroys conventionality, and creates a sort of freemasonry which draws men of the same tastes and sympathies together” (50, 73).

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Accounts Of The Original Lacrosse Game on LaxAllStars!

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I’ve written a few posts on LaxAllStars over the last few months. Mostly dealing with rule questions from their avid readers. My longest post to date deals with the history of the game as played by the Native Americans:


This is the first post in a four-post series that will detail how the Men’s game evolved to what we have today at the high school, collegiate and professional level. I’m using a first hand account as my source for each of these posts by William George Beers who wrote, “Lacrosse: The National Game of Canada“. The copyright expired many years ago and now the book is on Google Books in the public domain. If you are a lacrosse fan I highly suggest downloading the book to your favorite eReader and get your learning on. Here is a short taste of the article on LaxAllStars:

With any historical account it is best to start from the beginning: “An Algonquin who was asked the origin of his race pointed to the rising sun. So may we as indefinitely answer the query, ‘When and how did the game of Lacrosse originate’” (5, 28)?

The actual origin of lacrosse is a mystery and to point at the rising sun is as good an answer as any. Plus it lends a great degree of mystique and intrigue to the game, after all we know when, where, and who invented basketball, but lacrosse has a history so long that it’s origins remain mythical.

I hope you all enjoy this post as it was a true joy to write. I learned a lot about lacrosse that I never knew, and I’m looking forward to the next three posts coming out each week for the next three weeks! If you really liked the post comment at the bottom of LaxAllStars – #GrowTheGame Cheers, Gordon

Learning the Field Dimensions

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As part of my work with the Georgia Lacrosse Officials Association I am pleased to provide this video tutorial to our players and parents. After watching this video you will have a solid understanding of the proper dimensions and measurements of an ideal lacrosse field.

To watch this video on youtube please visit this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MM88zAuUIU

To watch this video at the highest quality please select 720p from the video menu.

Cheers, Gordon