Why play lacrosse?

If kids aren’t playing lacrosse they are losing out on an opportunity to benefit from all that it has to offer.

Meet new friends

Playing a team sport can improve a child’s self-esteem, teach them about teamwork and help them develop self-discipline and social skills.

Become a better hockey player

Hockey and lacrosse are very similar sports. Hockey players excel in Lacrosse and, in turn, they become markedly better hockey players.

Comparatively, lacrosse is a much less expensive sport than hockey and uses much of the same protective upper body equipment.

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Learn from experienced coaches

Over the last decade, Mimico Lacrosse has seen a growing number of alumni coming back to coach at the minor level. Their hard work, dedication and leadership has had a positive influence on younger players who in turn wish to give back to the lacrosse community when they graduate.

Be the best in the world

Mountaineers Avery Hogarth and Brenna Shanahan helped Team Canada win gold at the FIL Women's World Under-19 Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Both girls received NCAA scholarships to play in the United States. Avery is attending the University of Southern California. Brenna is attending Canisius College in Buffalo.

Play lacrosse while attending university

Mimico Lacrosse has several alumni attending and playing lacrosse at NCAA schools at the Division I, II, and III levels.

Stay in Canada and play for a Canadian university

The Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) is the association of men’s field lacrosse teams connected with several universities in Ontario and Quebec. The Canadian university women's lacrosse teams compete in (OUA) Ontario University Athletics.

Play in the NLL

Eric Penney, Vancouver (above) and Jeff Shattler, Calgary (right) both grew up playing lacrosse in Mimico and now play in the NLL.

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) is a professional box lacrosse league in North America with 5 teams in the United States and 4 teams in Canada.

The Toronto Rock play their home games at the Air Canada Centre. For more information about the Toronto Rock visit their website: www.torontorock.com

What's the difference between Field and Box lacrosse?

Box lacrosse is the indoor version of lacrosse. The game originated here in Canada, where it is the most popular version of the game played in contrast to the field lacrosse game. There are six players on the floor for each team (5 players and 1 goalie) and is traditionally played in an ice hockey rink once the ice has been removed.

Lacrosse is a fast physical game encompassing specific skills, agility, team work, physical conditioning, discipline, trust and respect. Contact is introduced at the earliest levels of play, but Lacrosse is one of the safest sports with the fewest amount of youth injuries, ranking safer than hockey, soccer, football and basketball, despite the physical nature of the game and high pace.

Field lacrosse is the outdoor version of lacrosse and the fastest growing game in North America.

There are 10 players on the field; 3 attack, 3 midfielders, 3 defence and a goalie. Substitutions are done on the fly, mostly for the midfielders, who play the entire length of the field. The attack will generally remain on the offensive half of the field while the defense (long poles) will remain on the defensive half. Players may exchange positions as long as another player remains in the area as a temporary replacement.

Women's lacrosse was introduced in 1890 in St Andrews, Scotland. The women’s game is played with twelve players on each team and the rules of women's lacrosse differ significantly from men's field lacrosse. There is no body contact.

Equipment required to play is also different from the men's. Women are only required to wear a mouthguard, and protective goggles. The stick has a shallow pocket and is checked before every game and after every goal for conformity to the rules.

Brendan Shanahan, 3x Stanley Cup Champion and President of the Toronto Maple Leafs
"There is no question that lacrosse helped me become a better all round athlete but more important to me are the memories. Small town rinks, competing for my community, summer fun at tournaments, teammates and family. These are some of my fondest memories of my Mimico Lacrosse days.

– Brendan Shanahan

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