Lacrosse was originally played by First Nations peoples and has since become Canada’s National Summer Sport. However, very few people know what it is, let alone how to play it!
Lacrosse is played with a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the ball. The objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball.
Now you have an opportunity to learn how to play! There is a group in the area called Kentville Lacrosse (which can be found on Facebook under the same name). There are teams for all ages and they usually practice at the Kingstec Campus, NSCC in Kentville.
The Western Valley Lacrosse Association is a mixed introductory and competitive program open to youth ages four to 16 years. Players come from Kings and Annapolis Counties and practice in Berwick and Kingston (www.valleylacrosse.ca).
Laura Churchill Duke