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Southport Fightin' Cardinals Lacrosse Club
Get the Facts About Lacrosse
Welcome to the Southport Cardinals Lacrosse Club's website!  
We are in our sixth year of competition in the Indiana High
School Lacrosse Association.  Our league currently consists of
40 Indiana High Schools from Central, Southern and Northern
Indiana.  Local schools in our league are Roncalli, Center Grove,  
Bloomington and Lawrence North High School.

Lacrosse uses the skills of soccer, football, and hockey.  Physical
size doesn't matter. It is the perfect sport for the high school  
athlete who can't find the sport that fits them the best.  We
encourage any potential player to come to preseason workout
and give it a try!

As of 2010 season, Southport Lacrosse is an official school club
sport thru Southport High School.  The team is follows all rules
and regulations that current IHSAA Varsity Sports follows.  This
sport is also a "Lettered" sport in which varsity players can earn
school letters, chevrons, MVP awards, and captains stars.

We welcome any current Southport High School Student (male or
female) to be a part of our 2014 season.   
Southport High School

Lacrosse Club
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey.
Anyone can play lacrosse-the big or the small. The game requires and
rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two
highly prized qualities in lacrosse.



An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints
up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and
dodges are routine in men's and women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is played
with a stick, the crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw,
catch and scoop the ball.

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States.
Youth participation in the sport has grown over 500% since 1999 to nearly
250,000. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10
years and there are now an estimated 200,000 high school players.
Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last six years at the
NCAA level, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 500
college club programs, including nearly 200 women's teams that compete
at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates level.


Brief History
With a history that spans centuries, lacrosse is the oldest sport in North
America. Rooted in Native American religion, lacrosse was often played to
resolve conflicts, heal the sick, and develop strong, virile men. To Native
Americans, lacrosse is still referred to as "The Creator's Game."

Ironically, lacrosse also served as a preparation for war. Legend tells of as
many as 1,000 players per side, from the same or different tribes, who took
turns engaging in a violent contest. Contestants played on a field from one
to 15 miles in length, and games sometimes lasted for days. Some tribes
used a single pole, tree or rock for a goal, while other tribes had two
goalposts through which the ball had to pass. Balls were made out of wood,
deerskin, baked clay or stone.

The evolution of the Native American game into modern lacrosse began in
contest in what is now southeast Ontario, Canada. At that time, some type
contest in what is now southeast Ontario, Canada. At that time, some type
of lacrosse was played by at least 48 Native American tribes scattered
throughout what is now southern Canada and all parts of the United States.
French pioneers began playing the game avidly in the 1800s. Canadian
dentist W. George Beers standardized the game in 1867 with the adoption
of set field dimensions, limits to the number of players per team and other
basic rules.

New York University fielded the nation's first college team in 1877, and
Philips Academy, Andover (Massachusetts), Philips Exeter Academy (New
Hampshire) and the Lawrenceville School (New Jersey) were the nation's
first high school teams in 1882. There are 400 college and 1,200 high
school men's lacrosse teams from coast to coast.

Men's and women's lacrosse were played under virtually the same rules,
with no protective equipment, until the mid-1930s. At that time, men's
lacrosse began evolving dramatically, while women's lacrosse continued
to remain true to the game's original rules. Men's and women's lacrosse
remain derivations of the same game today, but are played under different
rules. Women's rules limit stick contact, prohibit body contact and,
therefore, require little protective equipment. Men's lacrosse rules allow
some degree of stick and body contact, although violence is neither
condoned nor allowed.

Field lacrosse is sometimes perceived to be a violent and dangerous game,
however, injury statistics prove otherwise. While serious injuries can and
do occur in lacrosse, the game has evolved with an emphasis on safety,
and the rate of injury is comparatively low. Ensuring the safety of
participants is a major focus for US Lacrosse and its Sports Science and
Safety Committee, which researches injury data in the sport and makes
recommendations to make the game as safe as practicable.
UPDATED
8-10-2013
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