like this guy said^^ of course those places will stay hotbeds but good lacrosse players are starting to consistantly come out of fla so it could potentially turn into a hotbed. not that it is right now tho
what will crush the growth down there and prevent them from becoming complete power houses is meat head football coach/people afraid of something new. I promise you down there they get the coach that will make them lift all year round, and tell 5'10 150lbs kids they have a shot at playing d1 football, when if they are a really good athlete they would have a much better chance all things constant of a d1 shot at lax or d2 then they ever would at football, it sucks that football coaches don't realize how good of a cross training sport lacrosse is, and unless you are 6'5 220, have kids try and do new things
I live just outside of orlando. The way it works down here, or in central florida at least, is you take the 5'10" kid that plays baseball, down here, baseball is king and there are a lot of athletic fast kids that play baseball and all it takes to get them to drop it forever is to put a stick in their hands for an hour. That's how I started playing lacrosse. we're trying to grow the sport down here. It just takes time. I play for team KOA and we played in this tournament.
I am a rising Junior who plays out of Sarasota, Florida. All of you are mostly correct. Football coaches discourage athletes from playing lacrosse and look down upon those who do. I am a member of Team Tampa, a U-19 team run by Paul Goldsmith. We attended the King of the Hill tournament in Philadelphia. The margin of skill between our team and the majority of the northern teams was great. Not necessarily from an athletic standpoint but from a lacrosse IQ and general fundamentals. We were competitive but went 1-4. Granted many teams who attended, Long Island Express, Top Gun Clams, Trilogy, Laxachussets, were comprised of players who had played together in highschool for sometime and had chemistry unlike our team, basically a gathering of Tampa area lacrosse players. But given time and commitment, and a few souls willing to work towards lacrosse growth in the South, hopefully the sport will spread. I am actually done with football, lacrosse is so much more enjoyable!
it seemed to me like the only real good lax played was in the last game for the championshp or whatever. but i think those might have been the oldest kids so i can see why. but if they were then the other kids need some more practice. no offense
i am one of the players in the championship game and i can say i agreed with you for the most part however florida lax is growing. for now however the majority of florida lacrosse talent is centralized to a small area. and no we werent, we were of the U17 age group, and i start on the team as a 15 year old we were most definatly not the oldest.
lets hope that as the youth lacrosse talent spreads, so does the interest in playing in college and watching professional games. This will help expand the sport on a larger scale, where it will reach kids through television, not just word of mouth
Unbelievable...HATERS EVERYWHERE...wow last time I checked fellas we all play the same sport. I think the my dad can beat up your dad attitude of kids in lacrosse is part of what is hindering the growth and spread of lax. When you guys graduate college and grow up, you will realize that the more kids that get into the sport the better off we and the sport of lacrosse will be regardless of area or state. Everyone has to start somewhere, start being lax bros and chill...hate on other sports. I have never heard of so much division among fellow athletes in sports...not even football and baseball hate on eachother this much