A Canadian by the name of George W. Beers codified the rules for modern day Lacrosse in 1867, but the history of the sport goes back as far as 1000 BCE. Native Americans of the Northeastern part of North America called it “Baggataway” or ” Tewraraathon”. The equipment not that much different than today, a curved stick with a net of animal hide, a ball made of animal hide, stuffed with animal hair. The sport varied from tribe to tribe as to the size of teams and the rules of the game. Some of the tribes even took the game to heart, by coaching and providing extensive training.
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- Lacrosse – Wikipedia
Lacrosse is a contact team sport played between two teams using a small rubber ball (62.8–64.77 mm (2.472–2.550 in), 140–147 g (4.9–5.2 oz)) and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick.
- History of lacrosse – Wikipedia
Lacrosse has its origins in a tribal game played by eastern Woodlands Native Americans and by some Plains Indians tribes in what is now Canada. The game was extensively modified by European immigrants to North America to create its current collegiate and professional form.
- Origin & History of Lacrosse | FIL – Federation of International Lacrosse
Origin of Men’s Lacrosse: What began as stickball, a native American Indian contest played by tribal warriors for training, recreation and religious reasons, has developed over the years into the interscholastic, professional and international sport of lacrosse
- The Indian Origins of Lacrosse : The Colonial Williamsburg/a>
Another game is with a crooked stick, and ball made of leather stufft with hair: he wins that drives it from the other between two trees appointed for the goal.