So many times I hear about the latest basketball game or the exciting football play last Friday night, and although I do love those sports, I have found myself looking for something different.
I searched through the sports at my school, looking for some excitement. The football season was already over. Baseball is the American pastime, but it was not my favorite. Swimming was fast-paced, but it was hard to travel to the pool whenever they had a meet. And I see a soccer game almost every weekend.
Then I heard a few of my friends discussing lacrosse. I had heard of lacrosse before, but I had never really looked into it, until now.
Lacrosse is a fast-paced, full-contact sport played on a field that is 110 yards long and 60 yards wide. At each end are goals much like soccer. Ten players are on the field at a time from each team. Each player wears a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, arm pads and gloves, and is armed with a lacrosse stick that can be various lengths and has a basket-like head.
The quest for each team is to get as many goals as they can by carrying and throwing a small plastic ball in their lacrosse stick. There are many ways of getting the ball into the goal, but a popular way is called "checking." Checking is the full-body contact part of lacrosse, where lacrosse players ram into each other and hit each other with their lacrosse sticks, trying to get the ball from each other.
Each game lasts about 60 minutes with four quarters of 15 minutes but mainly the game length depends on the points that each team possesses.
Lacrosse is actually an ancient sport that was created as early as AD 1100. It was created by Native American tribes and would be played from sunup to sundown. They also played as a religious thanks to their god.
"I love lacrosse because it's not just a game, it's a lifestyle," said Patty Karner, a soon-to-be junior at Weber High School.
Derek Marks, another junior at Weber, agreed and added, "It's also very fast-paced and you're always doing something. That makes lacrosse exciting."
Once you see a lacrosse game, you may realize that it is much like many other sports all put into one.
"The only difference it has from other sports is that you have your stick," Marks said. "You have to learn how to control and protect it when in contact with other players and holding the ball."
Unlike other sports like football or baseball, lacrosse can be played by both men and women, although the women's rules differ significantly from the men. You see these differences mainly in equipment and rules. Women are not required to wear the same amount of padding the men do because not as much physical contact is allowed in a women's lacrosse game.
And even though the sport changes from men to women, Marks would recommend lacrosse to any athlete.
"It's a sport you can learn a lot from," Marks adds. "It ties into a lot of other sports, so if you've played another sport before, lacrosse is a really good addition to your athleticism."
Most high schools and cities have lacrosse clubs that you can join and compete in. So, if you're like me and you're looking for something different -- but something that still holds the excitement and physicality of other sports -- consider lacrosse.
Krystal Ruiz will be a junior this fall at Weber High School. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.