Lacrosse should be in the Olympics
Lacrosse should be in the Olympics
Lacrosse is exploding in popularity! Recently golf has seen a return to the Olympics, but what about lacrosse? Lacrosse has been on the Olympic stage before in 1904 and 1908 summer games but was later removed because of the lack of popularity. The sport is currently the fastest growing sport in the world and has been for the last 18 years.
GROWTH IN POPULARITY
Lacrosse has seen a huge increase in popularity across the globe. According to a study conducted by the NCAA in 2018, lacrosse is the fastest growing sport over the past 15 year with more than 36,000 athletes playing lacrosse at the college level today. The number of women’s lacrosse teams in the NCAA nearly doubled between 2003 and 2018, rising 97%. Men’s lacrosse has seen a 61% increase over the past 18 years. Laxallstars found 78 nations around the world that are playing lacrosse in some kind of fashion. The sport is growing in popularity so fastly that countries like Serbia, Uganda, Colombia, China and others were able to make it to Israel to play in the Lacrosse World Championship.
No major muscle will be left behind if you’re a lacrosse player. Lacrosse is a full contact sport and is believed to be the fastest sport on two feet because the ball is always traveling faster than the players. Lacrosse works on hand eye coordination, your cardio, physical dexterity, agility, speed, and strength. In the game you must be very fit because Players must have speed and strength to be able to run up and down the field. Playing lacrosse forces the body to burn many extra calories which deteriorates body fat and leads to weight loss. Also swinging a lacrosse stick and throwing the ball both work the upper and lower arms in biceps, shoulders, and triceps. You’ll find yourself in many athletic positions throughout a game or practice, your core will also become very strong, and your legs get an incredible workout with all the running you do.
SHOWCASES EXPERT STRATEGY / MAJOR FANBASE
Strategizing is a part of any team sport as players find different ways to score or play defense. Offensive strategies include never standing still and always working to get open for the ball for a good shot, pass, or just getting around your defender, making sharp quick passes, and always having a man behind the net to back up a shot if you miss to regain possession of the ball. The high energy sport has grown its fanbase on a huge margin. Nine months after the PLL launch or Premier Lacrosse League games have been broadcasting live on NBC. An early June game in New York one of the first games of the season, aired on NBC, averaging 412,000 viewers, making it the most-watched outdoor pro lacrosse game ever. The PLL championship game in July of 2020, Whipsankes VS Redwoods had an average of 334,000 viewers outperforming the 2019 Championship Game of around 276,000 viewers by an impressive 23%
CALL TO ACTION
There are many boys and girls around the world that have the dream to play lacrosse at the highest level around the world on the Olympic stage. By signing my petition at Change.org we can make that dream a reality. This sport has caught the attention of several countries, continents, and news stations, and the Olympics are next. Let's make the fastest growing sport in the world show its pottetal from one corner of the globe to another. I can’t do this without you so I need your help to make this dream of mine and to others possible.