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  • What is it Like to be a Professional Lacrosse Player?

    Posted on February 5, 2015 by Lax World

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    One thing that has helped spur the year-after-year growth in lacrosse participation has unquestionably been the implementation of the nation's premiere professional league, the MLL, or Major League Lacrosse. Founded in 1999, the league consists of 8 teams, and average attendance is about 6,500 spectators per game. Over the years, the MLL games have been increasingly televised on ESPN and CBS Sports Network, helping the league reach new heights. There's also the National Lacrosse League (NLL), which is played indoors. The NLL plays its season in the winter and spring, and the MLL begins in the spring and runs into late summer, enabling players to participate in both leagues.

    However, contrary to what many young lacrosse players might think, playing professional lacrosse in the MLL isn't at all like playing in the NBA, NHL, NFL and MLB - and for a variety of reasons. Here's a look: Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse News


  • These are the 10 Things that Lacrosse Players are Tired of Hearing

    Posted on January 29, 2015 by Lax World

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    There’s no denying that the lacrosse community is a tight one. It’s similar to the hockey community, in that, although becoming more popular, the game isn’t as “mainstream” as the likes of baseball, football or basketball. Because of this, players and coaches in the community know each other fairly well and get along pretty well in an effort to grow the sport.

    With that being said though, there are always naysayers spewing misinformation about the game or just “not getting it.” And this drives laxers crazy. Here’s a look at 10 things lacrosse players are tired of hearing: Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse News


  • Lacrosse vs. Softball - Why YOU Should Play Lacrosse!

    Posted on January 15, 2015 by Lax World

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    There comes a time in every athlete's life when they have to choose a particular sport to focus on, rather than play several different sports as they may have done growing up. Yes, while it's customary for youth female athletes to dabble in all sports - from soccer to softball to lacrosse - there comes a time later in life when they have to make a choice a to which particular sport they're going to stick with. This is especially true if said sports conflict with each other in season, as is often the case with softball and lacrosse, which are each played in the spring and summer months.

    You already know that women laxers have a bit of an ongoing rivalry with softball players, but it's time to settle the debate once and for all as to why lacrosse is the superior sport. Here's a look at some reasons why women athletes should go the lacrosse route over the softball one: Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse Tips, Lacrosse News


  • The Growth of Lacrosse in Recent Years

    Posted on January 8, 2015 by Lax World

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    With increasing participation at the high school level and more and more colleges adding the game as one of their varsity sports, lacrosse is arguably in the midst of a sports renaissance.

    And the participation numbers don't lie.

    Once considered primarily a regional niche sport, lacrosse is well on its way to becoming a major sport in the United States – that is, if you don't believe that it already is! There's a professional league - Major League Lacrosse (MLL), nearly 70 Division I college programs (not to mention hundreds more if you factor in Division II and Division III programs, as well), and record-breaking participation numbers on the youth circuit. In fact, according to U.S. Lacrosse, there are nearly 750,000 laxers competing on organized teams, as of 2013. That's a 3.4 percent uptick from the previous year, and considering that over 400,000 of these registered laxers are at the youth level, this number will likely only increase even more moving forward as more grade school-aged kids pick up the sport.

    So just why is lacrosse experiencing a participation and growth boom? Here's a look: Continue Reading

    Posted in Uncategorized, Lacrosse News


  • Lacrosse VS Baseball

    Posted on December 26, 2014 by Lax World

    lacrosse-baseballThe fall season is dominated by football. In winter, there's basketball and hockey. And in the spring, there's baseball... and lacrosse. Yes, while lacrosse may not have the title of being the "national pastime," us laxers have plenty to say about why our sport is better than baseball - and vice versa - in the battle for spring sporting supremacy. And while we're certainly biased here when it comes to the lacrosse vs. baseball debate, we’ve put together a nice list of reasons as to why a stick and pads tops a glove and bat any day of the week.

    Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse News


  • Learn How the Lacrosse Hall of Fame Works

    Posted on December 18, 2014 by Lax World

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    While it may not get as much attention as being inducted into Cooperstown, the Hockey Hall of Fame, or the Pro Football Hall of Fame, since 1957, outstanding lacrosse players and/or contributors have annually been inducted into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the mission of the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame is to honor the men and women laxers and coaches of the past and present who personify lacrosse into our way of life. Here's more information - and a timeline of events - about the Lacrosse Hall of Fame: Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse News


  • The Biggest College Lacrosse Rivalries

    Posted on December 4, 2014 by Lax World

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    While it's always fun to take in another team's lacrosse game, the action can be extra thrilling when you know that you are watching the next chapter unfold in one of the greatest rivalries. Here are some of the best lacrosse rivalries we know. They can teach you more about lax history, and provide some of the best entertainment in live games. Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse News


  • Lacrosse Around the World - See How it Compares with Lax in the U.S.

    Posted on November 13, 2014 by Lax World

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    Originating in North America, lacrosse has evolved into a global game. Explore how this exciting, fast-paced game is played in different areas of the world. Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse News


  • Lacrosse for Dummies - Learn the Basics of Men's Lacrosse

    Posted on November 6, 2014 by Lax World

    lacrosse-for-dummiesSo, you've heard about lacrosse, and someone you know is a serious lacrosse fan, or maybe they're a player. Maybe both! Here's a brief run-down of how men’s lacrosse is played and what to expect when watching the game. Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse Tips, Lacrosse News


  • The Lacrosse Shot Clock Debate

    Posted on October 31, 2014 by Lax World

    Lacrosse Shot ClockOne of the reasons why people love college basketball so much is the pace of the game. And a big part of this pace is the 35 second shot clock, in which teams possessing the basketball have either 35 seconds to score a basket, or rebound a miss. Should the shot clock expire, or the opposition snags a rebound, the opposition is awarded possession of the ball and takes their turn to score.

    To speed the pace of the lacrosse game, the NCAA lacrosse men's rules committee has been tossing around the idea of a shot clock for years. For reference, Major League Lacrosse (MLL) enforces a 60-second shot clock. In 2012, the NCAA rules committee - which meets once every two years - introduced a 30 second manual countdown, which was only enforced after the officials issued a stalling warning to the team possessing the ball. At the recent 2014 rules committee meeting, the committee took the shot clock a step further, requiring college programs to grandfather in a visible clock to account for the 30 seconds of time after the stalling warning. Continue Reading

    Posted in Lacrosse News


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