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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