Lacrosse is an ancient sport with long traditions in North and South America. The sport is played with a ball about the size of a tennis ball. However, the ball is much harder and bouncier than a tennis ball. Each player has their own stick with a tight net pocket at the end, also known as a “stick”. Players are also equipped with a helmet, protective cup, gloves, elbow pads, and chest protection. This protection is absolutely necessary as the sport is very physical. Within certain limits, it’s allowed to body-check opponents with full force, as well as hit an opponent’s stick with one’s own.
The sport can be played both outdoors and indoors. Outdoors, we play on a full 11-a-side field with 10 players on each team, while indoors we play on a full handball court with 5 players on each team. We play about as much indoors as we do outdoors, depending on which tournaments we are training for.
We train about 2-3 times a week, roughly as much outdoors as indoors. Training sessions take place at Stemmemyren and in Lehmkuhlhallen right next to the school.
The sport requires absolutely no prior knowledge, but it’s an advantage to have been actively involved in sports before. It can be especially beneficial to have participated in sports that function with eye-hand coordination and/or endurance sports.
We try to participate in one tournament each semester. In the fall, we play the National Championship in Bergen, and every other fall we play a tournament in Stavanger. Both of these tournaments are played outdoors.
The years when there isn’t a tournament in Stavanger, the Bergen Challenge (BC) is organized here in Bergen. This tournament is also played in the fall and is indoors. Traditionally, we’ve performed well in this tournament, securing second place in the last two editions.
Although we aim to excel in lacrosse, the social aspect is absolutely paramount for our team. In addition to attending all school parties, we organize fraternizations with other teams, as well as team trips domestically and abroad. We also have long-standing traditions with the school’s softball team and organize various events together throughout the year.