To inform my audience of the history of lacrosse Thesis:
Lacrosse has been around since the 1400’s, and is coming back today as one of the U.S.’s most popular sports I. Introduction
A. Attention Getter:
“Lacrosse: Legally beating men with sticks since the 17th century” B. Reason to listen:
Lacrosse is one of the oldest sports in history, and it is interesting to see how the sport has changed since it was created. C. Thesis Statement:
Lacrosse has been around since the 1400’s, and is coming back today as one of the U.S.’s most popular sports.
D. Credibility Statement:
1. I have played lacrosse since I was in 6th grade.
2. I have read quite a few books and online articles on the history of Lacrosse.
Preview of Main Points:
1. First, I will discuss the history of Lacrosse.
2. Second, I will discuss the game of lacrosse and how it is played.
3. Third, I will discuss the equipment you will need to play lacrosse. II.
A. Lacrosse dates back to the 17th century, when the Native Americans developed it.
1. Earlier versions of this game were played by lots of Native American communities, who had names for it such as “little brother of war” and “bump hips”. a. According to The Colonial Williamsburg Journal, they used two trees that were close together to serve as goalposts. b. They used rackets formed from tree branches, which were soaked in water and curved with pockets on one end to catch the ball with, and ranged anywhere from two feet long to five feet long. c. The balls they used were made from animal hides stitched together, usually filled with animal hair. Some tribes used wooden balls as well. 2. The colonists became interested in Lacrosse because of two different things: The game during the Seven Year War at Fort Michilimackinac, and how civilized the Native Americans seemed when playing lacrosse. a. During the summer of 1763, the Fox played the Ojibwa Indians in a game of lacrosse to commemorate the birthday of King George III. The soldiers who were watching the match were so fascinated by something so new, and so focused on betting on their favorite players, that they didn’t notice the Native American women sneaking weapons into the fort. The Native American players proceeded to drop their sticks and pick up their weapons, and slaughter all of the colonists at the Fort. b. The settlers were also captivated by the idea of a civilized sport created by the Indians. They thought of the Native Americans as a brave and noble warrior.
3. After the incident during the Seven Years War, the sport of lacrosse was picked up as a “sport for gentlemen” in Ontario, Canada. a. After crossing over into New York State, lacrosse then traveled into the urban areas of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Annapolis. b. The synthetic lacrosse stick was developed along this journey, making it easier for more people to participate. c. Gone were the days of uneven fields with trees marking goal posts; the modern day fields look more like a hockey setup. Transition:
Now that I’ve told you about the history of Lacrosse, I will discuss the game of Lacrosse and how it is played. B. Lacrosse has many similarities to basketball and hockey when it comes to game rules.
1. Whoever gets the most goals during a 60 minute time period wins the game. a. According to Understanding How Lacrosse is Played: for Dummies, the men’s games are 60 minutes, which is broken up into four 15 minute time periods, usually with a short halftime. b. Women’s games are usually two 20 or 25-minute halves, with a short halftime as well. They can range anywhere from 50-60 minutes. c. Minor League games come in a wide variety of lengths, depending on the circumstances of a match. For instance, Grand Valley State University hosts an Invitational every...
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