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Do many schools play Lacrosse these days, especially state schools?

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PoodleChops Mon 14-Jan-13 17:15:49

As the title says, really smile
I played lacrosse at my state GS and still miss it sad I still have my old wooden stick and black boots lol!
It wasn't all that common for state schools to play back in my day and because of that, we always had to travel hours and hours to play other teams. Nine times out of ten, it was always a private/indie school we played against.
Just intrigued to see if it's still played in general.

GrimmaTheNome Wed 16-Jan-13 20:06:52

DD is doing it this term (yr9) in her state GS - its with the plastic 'pop' sticks which she thinks are supposed to make scooping up easier <clueless, my state GS didn't do it>.

She likes it much better than hockey so far, but I'm not sure they do any more unless maybe there's an extracurricular club for the keen.

Suffolkgirl1 Wed 16-Jan-13 20:00:54

Ahh! they play DD's sixth former's occasionally. She went along to watch the last match against them (too small to play) and came home most disgruntled that the Essex Uni captain had asked if she was the team mascot!
I will have to ask her about the padding.

PoodleChops Wed 16-Jan-13 17:10:47

Suffolkgirl1 , it was Essex University where I saw the "padded-to-the-max" brigade wink ISTR that they used to play it at Bournemouth University, too.

Suffolkgirl1 Wed 16-Jan-13 16:10:11

DD's state grammar play, but find it hard to find other schools to play against. It seems popular at Essex uni as well.

PoodleChops Mon 14-Jan-13 19:33:18


Here's another OMG - I'm a lefty Lax player too! I struggled in the first year because I'm strictly right-handed for everything else. I used to stay close to the other 3 left-handers in my class in lessons as I initially felt too awkward. I felt a failure and the mistress made us four feel pretty inadequate. It eventually dawned on me that it might be to my advantage though. wink From the second year, it all slotted into place and I was on the team through to Lower 6th.

freerangelady Mon 14-Jan-13 19:30:07

I miss lax!! Played in a ladies league when I left school for a bit till I moved away. Shame it's not a bigger sport - IMO it's one of the best!

beachyhead Mon 14-Jan-13 19:24:53

The best bit was no pitch lines, so you could just run miles in any direction and behind the goalie as well... It was evil..

I didn't use Vaseline. We were given some thick gungy yellow stinky stuff to put on the leather. God knows what it was!
It's the only game I've ever played left handed, how strange is that...

daisydoodoo Mon 14-Jan-13 19:23:28

I played at my all girls private school. My middle children go to a c of e primary school (state) and they play lacrosse in year 6. Ds2 loves it so much hes joined a local team for training hopefully leading to a spot on the team.

They have an american teacher for lacrosse who is part of a team who have come over to promote lacrosse in this country.

wordfactory Mon 14-Jan-13 19:20:18

The Lax tournies DD goes to usually have one or two state schools (one of them is fabulous BTW and always does well)...the rest are private.

I think the other comps in our area play hockey.

stargirl1701 Mon 14-Jan-13 19:19:21

Yes. It is played in Perthshire & Kinross schools. Plastic sticks though.

PoodleChops Mon 14-Jan-13 19:17:41

Oh the feeling of a wooden lax stick whacked hard on a cold knuckle.... And the smell of linseed oil.... Aaahhh grin

OMG - that's what I tell my family!!! I regale them with tales of hands, bleeding and cut by the ridgid catgut but it's so cold that you don't feel the pain, until at least an hour after the game! Also, us "diehards" in the team, used to spend endless hours rubbing vaseline into the leather "thonging" to soften it up, in the vain hope that our cradling would be a bit more effective grin Our sticks were inspected by the Lax mistress and I so wanted to impress her with the state of my stick wink
Here's another memory; the pitch had millions of stud holes in it from muddy days, then you got a few frozen days in a row and you overturned your ankle cos a) the rubber studs made you unstable on solid ground and b) your studs got lodged in other studholes as you struggled to pivot away from a tackle!

We weren't even allowed to wear tracksuits bottoms unless it was pushing polar white-out grin. I can vividly recall my knees going all shades of red and purple, then burning like hell as they defrosted over the next few lessons indoors.
I love the speed of Lacrosse and I was always a little "gung-ho", so it suited me down to the ground. How I miss it. S'pose I could always start an "Old Girls' league lol! Anyone up for it?

snowybrrr Mon 14-Jan-13 19:10:42

Our state grammar school does, but only because one of the PE teachers is a keen player

Abra1d Mon 14-Jan-13 18:46:01

They have to wear goggles now, as well.

Toughasoldboots Mon 14-Jan-13 18:42:42

Dd1s non selective sec state school plays it in Kent.

Milliways Mon 14-Jan-13 18:38:30

DS's State Grammar school play - it is vicious! He saw some girls playing at a local private school and snorted "That's not lacrosse!". I think they onlt get matches against other private schools though.

OldBeanbagz Mon 14-Jan-13 18:23:30

LIZS your DD will need those gloves when the sticks start flying. A friend of mine plays and he broke his thumb playing lacrosse last year (that was wearinggloves too).

Think there's only one girls school in my area where it's played.

LIZS Mon 14-Jan-13 18:20:53

And I still haven't fully recovered from the cost of "lacrosse gloves" after I took pity on dd when the weather turning nippy - £31. Yes they're padded and leather but £31 worth!! shock

beachyhead Mon 14-Jan-13 18:14:31

Oh the feeling of a wooden lax stick whacked hard on a cold knuckle.... And the smell of linseed oil.... Aaahhh grin

BadgerB Mon 14-Jan-13 18:12:51

Quotation from I-can't-remember-where,
"posh girls' schools play lacrosse, VERY posh girls' schools play cricket".

Is it still true, I wonder?

PoodleChops Mon 14-Jan-13 17:49:34

tiddleypompom ad LIZS
You both made me laugh out loud with your "whack each other" and "no rules, imminent danger"! How true!
We live a couple of miles from a university sports' field and they way they play lax doesn't resemble how we used to play it grin How I sniffed with scorn when I saw them for the first time, padded up to the max wink The only person who wore padding at my school, was the goalie. We never wore mouth or shin guards, we were well'ard grin
I'm so pleased to hear it's still played, whether at state or private.

LIZS Mon 14-Jan-13 17:37:09

Sticks are aluminium now and mouthguards a requirement . The only rule seems to be you can't whack each other a la Endi Blyton !

tiddleypompom Mon 14-Jan-13 17:29:57

All the local private schools (girls) where I grew up played it (Worcestershire). The local state schools started also (though known as 'pop lacrosse' using plastic sticks & balls). Not sure how popular 'proper' lax is now - i.e. wooden sticks, teeth guards, no rules, imminent danger.

Shame grin

Abra1d Mon 14-Jan-13 17:28:23

My daughter's school only plays one state school each year.

Shame, it's a fun game.

Our local comprehensive does 'Lacrosse skills' but they never play matches. Seems pointless as there are no local clubs at all within about 45 miles.

Deux Mon 14-Jan-13 17:27:06

They play it at DD's state primary.

LIZS Mon 14-Jan-13 17:26:35

dd's (private) school does and there are plenty of opposing teams as well as at least 2 local clubs with junior teams.

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