Lousia Lumsden brought the game of women's lacrosse to Scotland in 1890 after seeing a men's lacrosse game between a Native American Tribe and the montreal Lacrosse club. She largely based the women's game off of the mens and because of the physicality of the game it wasn't brought back to the United States until Rosabelle Sinclair established the first women's team at Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore. As a homage to our Scottish roots, the skirts that are part of the uniform standards today were for many years scottish kilts of colorful tartans that matched the team's colors.
The girl's game closely mirrored the men's through the 1930's when the men broke off and added in more physical contact. The stick the girl's play with today, while not wooden, still honors the equipment of our original game. The stick has a shallow pocket, sloped sidewalls, and a thinner shaft than the one used in the men's game. The girl's game rewards agility, quickness, and speed but no brawn.
Girl's Lacrosse in the NCJLA:
The NCJLA began including the girl's game in the late 1990's with one age division and less than 10 teams. Since then our portion of the league has grown exponentially. In the 2012 season there were 109 girls teams spread out across five age divisions (GHS, GU15, GU13, GU11, and GU9), and grew by 10 teams from the 2011 season (more teams than in our inagaural season).
Girl's are drawn to the game of lacrosse because while technically challenging it's a fast paced game which emphasizes opportunities for the girls to have fun, meet new friends, learn and imporve new skills, be affiliated with a team, and provides competitive challenges. In the NCJLA our focus is to help clubs create sustainable girl's lacrosse programs where the girls will continue to have a place to play for years to come.
If you have any questions regarding the girl's game please do not hesitate to contact the NCJLA Director of Girl's Lacrosse Kristine Love at:
, or 415-250-3203.