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About the Author:
The author, David Wilbur, is the father of three male lacrosse players and one, female, soccer player. He has logged thousands of miles, watched hundreds of lacrosse games in both fair ...
About the Author:
The author, David Wilbur, is the father of three male lacrosse players and one, female, soccer player. He has logged thousands of miles, watched hundreds of lacrosse games in both fair weather and foul. Years of discussion on the sideline have confirmed the general confusion among the game's greatest supporters. This book is his effort to share what he has learned. He lives with his family in Bucks County, PA, an up-and-coming hotbed of lacrosse.
A Career in Lacrosse
Lacrosse is a fraternity and lacrosse players share a bond. Your son is a member of this club the first day he steps on the field. Older players help younger players, sometimes a little roughly, and everyone knows everyone else. It is usual and common to see opponents on the field having conversations when the play is not coming their way.
The inclusive nature of the sport manifests itself in many ways, some quite surprising in today’s sports-crazed world. For instance, the stars of the game, past and present, are very approachable. It is a rare thing to see a star turn his back on a young player. Normally, the biggest stars give their time and attention to the up-and-comers well beyond the call of duty.
With everyone talking to one another, however, a sort of ruthless peer pressure is exerted. Players and coaches with hot tempers are well known. Dirty or selfish players are acknowledged and anticipated. Reputations, good and bad, are made and last a long time. A good piece of advice from a parent to a young player would suggest that the opponent they face today may, one day in the future, end up a teammate. So, behave accordingly.
A successful career in lacrosse typically entails picking up the game anywhere from age 7 to 15, playing in a municipal league, then high school. The player will then attend a college offering an opportunity to play, will graduate, take a job and join a men’s club to continue to play until age 50 or so. If, along the way, the player becomes a parent in their own right, they will participate in the youth program as a coach or a referee.
As with other sports, there are different levels of participation. The highest levels include all-star clubs and elite tournaments, state championships and division-1 and division-3 colleges. Beyond that, there are professional lacrosse leagues, both indoor and outdoor. These leagues resembles the old professional football league, in that, the majority hold down regular jobs, as well. Lacrosse is not an easy sport with which to try to make a living.
Everyone is impressed by the all-star organizations, in awe of the state championship high school teams and dreams of playing for the 5 or 6 best college teams. Truth be told, however, they are also content just to play. The passion for the game does not diminish according to the level of the play and at least in college, the highest levels can be a distraction to the more serious business of obtaining a degree. Lacrosse players graduate, keep in touch and tend to hire one another.