Imagine speeding down a lacrosse field, covered head to toe in protective
equipment and padding. You know exactly who to fling your rubber ball to because they are wearing the same brightly colored uniform as you. You steer ahead, your plastic stick high above your head. You make a perfect shot and score. Sounds like a lot of fun, right? Well, lacrosse dates back to Native American times, and many parts of the uniform have changed.
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When the Native Americans first began playing the game, their
made out of wood, with a hand woven net at the end. They also used balls made out of deerskin. These sticks were used to whack their opponents. It must have hurt, because the Native Americans didn’t have any kind of protective gear. They didn’t even have an official uniform or SHOES! Men would play bare-chested, with little cloths covering their bottom. The also wore a feathered headband. Then in the year of 1867 the 1839 Montreal Lacrosse Club established rules, which also included a uniform.
Today the lacrosse uniform consists of a jersey, shorts, cleats, and face masks. They also use lots of protective equipment such as knee pads, arm pads and a mouth guard.So, as you can see, the lacrosse uniform has definitely changed for the better over the years.
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