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


    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

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


    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

  • Ever Wonder How Lacrosse Sticks Are Made? Here's a Look!


    Modern sticks offer many advantages over the traditional ‘crosse.’ Thanks to new materials they are lighter, stronger, easier to grip, and provide better ball control. The basic design hasn’t changed, though, and the 17th Century missionaries who first saw the game played would recognize them. Players still grip the stick, using a net to scoop up and hold the ball. What is different here are the materials and manufacturing processes. Continue reading

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


    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

  • The Growth of Lacrosse in Recent Years


    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

  • Lacrosse VS Baseball

    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.

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  • Learn How the Lacrosse Hall of Fame Works


    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

  • Lacrosse Attack Heads vs Defense Heads - What's the Difference?

    lacrosse-attack-defense-headsWhile the right lacrosse stick can help you perform your job better, the most notable impact can be found in the head. It's what many experts believe affects your accuracy, ball handling, shot velocity, and overall performance on the field. There are many subtle differences among lacrosse head styles. Today, we'll be showing you some of the most common differences between attack and defense heads. Continue reading

  • The Biggest College Lacrosse Rivalries


    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

  • Lacrosse or Field Hockey - Which One Should I Play?

    lacrosse-field-hockeyThe similarities between lacrosse and field hockey are striking. Both are played on fields where the ultimate goal is to either strike or shoot a small ball into the opponent's net. Both sports are played with sticks. Both sports feature a goaltending position. Both sports require a lot of running - and therefore a well conditioned athlete for optimum performance. And finally, both sports are also very popular among female athletes.

    But when it comes to making a decision between playing lacrosse or field hockey, what's a girl to do? Well, first of all, let it be known that you may be able to do both, as field hockey is traditionally played during the fall and lacrosse in the spring. But for the female athlete looking to commit to just one sport, here's a look at the key differences between field hockey and lacrosse. Continue reading

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