Lacrosse is the oldest team sport in North America. It was created by the Native Americans, commonly referred to as "The Creator's Game", but the exact origin of the sport is unknown as the game was played for many centuries prior to when it was first recorded in the 1600's. Today, lacrosse is the fastest growing team sport in the United States.
Lacrosse was played all over the modern-day United States by the Native Americans. Each region had different variations of rules and gameplay, but the main objective was the same. The object modern lacrosse is to score points against an opposing team by putting a ball in their net, opposing the other teams' net across the field, primarily using sticks with a net and cradle at one end. Original versions of the game stretched over playing fields miles and miles across, played for days, and resulted in casualties, trade, betting, peace, and the spread of culture. Original accounts of lacrosse reveal the common translation to english of the game's name was close to "Ball" with "Ball-players".
Today, there are 3 main variations of modern lacrosse. Field lacrosse, box (indoor) lacrosse, and women's lacrosse. Men's and women's lacrosse vary in rules and regulations, field size, physicality, and other small variables. The women's game is growing faster than the men's game and it is closer to the original Native American game with a longer field and less equipment but much less violent.
This awesome video was made by fellow colleagues of mine, TLN. It details the timeline of lacrosse's journey to the present day.