American Stick Arts: Lacrosse?

Note the Guy at Right: Can You Say "Rifle Grip"?

Old Dave posted the following as a comment, and I think it deserves a post of its own.

“Yes, indeed, lots of good information on this blog! Here’s a heads up on a “Fast Stick Game” that has some parallels to Big Stick Combat…it’s the NCAA Lacrosse tournament on ESPNU the next two weekends. Darrin, you should be pleased to know that this is a genuine all American game. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lacrosse
“Lacrosse is a very physically demanding sport that requires not only fitness but also good stick work.”

The ball, or anyone with it, draws a crowd in a hurry…stick and body checking is legal to separate the ball from whomever has possession. I’ve seen the stick knocked out of the grip of an opponent with a hard strike, and I’ve seen a player whacked and body checked to the ground roll over and come up running still controlling the ball. The power of the stick is mostly demonstrated by the velocity of the shots taken on goal. Often it is difficult to see the ball except on the replays. And there is lots of control and accuracy on both the shots and passes.

And as the pictures show, the techniques are woven into the flow of movement…not much happens that isn’t generated by quick running, even sprinting, and lots of turning and twisting to gain a open shot on goal. The sticks range in length from 42 to 72 inches. Sometimes a defenseman gets a chance to wind up with his long stick, but mostly the shots are taken by attackers with the shorter sticks and little indication (other than he’s in a decent position).”

In my exploration of the big stick, I have studied American baseball. There may be a lot to learn by studying lacrosse, and playing lacrosse may help the stick fighter with overall endurance, conditioning, hitting while moving, defending, and hitting a moving target.

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3 Responses to “American Stick Arts: Lacrosse?”

  1. jimmyfatwing Says:

    Have you also looked at Hurling (Camogie for women – check spelling) and the links (?) to Irish stick fighting?

  2. Old Dave Says:

    Darrin,

    Thanks for putting my comment up on the daily post. I thought that you would find it interesting, and especially pick up on the hand placement. Your last paragraph captures my thoughts well on the benefits. I like the last picture, where the attacker is up in the air and “unwinding” his hips, torso and shoulders to fire the ball.

    The problem with playing the game is finding a group or club (other than the major college programs, mostly in the east) in many parts of the U.S. or Canada. There are some pockets of activity around the country, and this web site may be a good starting point to explore: http://www.uslacrosse.org/TopNav/Chapters/USLacrosseChapters.aspx#northwest

    I see that Idaho may have some activity, but alas, it doesn’t appear the Montana has anything. Have a good weekend, and hopefully we’ll all see some good games on ESPNU.

  3. Here in Idaho I sometimes see teams playing at the high school near my house.

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