History of lacrosse

• Its origin lost in the antiquity of myth, Lacrosse remains a notable contribution of the Native culture to modern Canadian society.
• Lacrosse was named Canada’s National Game by Parliament in 1859.
• The National Lacrosse Association became the first national sport governing body in North America dedicated to the governance of a sport, the standardization of rules and competition, and the running of national championships to promote good fellowship and unity across the country.
The unforgettable motto of the organization was, “OUR COUNTRY ‐ OUR GAME”.
• In 1901 Lord Minto, the Governor General of Canada, donated a silver cup to become the symbol of the championship of Canada. The Minto Cup, today the symbol of supremacy in the Junior ranks, remains one of the proudest prizes of Lacrosse.

• The coming of the 1930s brought innovation once again to the sport. Promoters married the two most popular games, Lacrosse and Hockey, and created Indoor Lacrosse, also known as Box Lacrosse or Boxla.
• The Canadian Lacrosse Association today recognizes four separate disciplines in the game of Lacrosse: Box, Men’s Field, Women’s Field and Inter‐Lacrosse. Box Lacrosse is uniquely a Canadian game and is best described as a game of speed and reaction. Men’s Field Lacrosse is a game
of patience and strategy which focuses on control of the ball. The Women’s Field game has stayed truest to the original sport in its play; it is a game based on the skills of passing and ball control. Inter‐Lacrosse is a non‐contact version of the sport designed to be adaptable to the various
age and skill levels of the participants.
• Lacrosse was re‐confirmed by Parliament as the National (Summer) Sport of Canada in 1994.

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