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Work In Progress Hypothesis

  • I believe that women’s lacrosse is arduous as a result of the strict regulations put in place in order to protect the female athletes from long term injuries like their male counterparts.
  • Lacrosse is an aggressive sport both physically and psychology, when it comes to women’s lacrosse
  • Any women athlete not satisfied with psychologically devastating her opponent on the battlefield can join a Roller Derby club. 
  • Blood Lust vs Psychological Warfare

Paragraphs Topis Ideas

  1.  Show the difference between girls and boys,through rules and clarify why the difference shows that girls have to use more skill work than boys
    1. Use rule books to compare the major differences
      1. Also explain how boys could be better due to today’s sports standards favoring those that are more contact inclusive (Do this first)
  2. Lead into how the increase of skill allows for plays and games that finish with less injuries to the players than boys
    1. Compare injuries between boys and girls
  3. unknown

 References

KERR, Z. , LINCOLN, A. , DODGE, T. , YEARGIN, S. , COVASSIN, T. , NITTOLI, V. , MENSCH, J. , ROOS, K. , DOMPIER, T. & CASWELL, S. (2018) . Epidemiology of Youth Boys’ and Girls’ Lacrosse Injuries in the 2015 to 2016 Seasons. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50 (2), 284-291. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001422. https://tinyurl.com/yvczbx9m

Koukouris, K. (1994). Constructed Case Studies: Athletes’ Perspectives of Disengaging From Organized Competitive Sport. Sociology of Sport Journal, 11(2), 114–139. https://tinyurl.com/4k5adsbt

World Lacrosse Women’s Rules Sub Committee. (2021, February). CLARIFICATION FOR WOMEN’S RULE BOOK, 2019-2020 [Memo]. https://tinyurl.com/jfsc7vts 

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee, & Scroggs, W. (2019). 2019 and 2020 NCAA MEN’S LACROSSE RULES AND INTERPRETATIONS (A. Supergan, Ed.). NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION. https://tinyurl.com/3njy5att  

Dymowski, C. (2016, April 20). Lacrosse has different rules for men and women. The Ithacan. https://theithacan.org/sports/lacrosse-has-different-rules-for-men-and-women/ 

Carey, J. (2012). New directions of play: Native american origins of modern lacrosse (Order No. 1518272). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (1039261901). Retrieved from http://ezproxy.rowan.edu/login?qurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.proquest.com%2Fdissertations-theses%2Fnew-directions-play-native-american-origins%2Fdocview%2F1039261901%2Fse-2%3Faccountid%3D13605

Claydon, J. (Ed.). (2021). Origin of Men’s Lacrosse. World Lacrosse. https://worldlacrosse.sport/about-world-lacrosse/origin-history/

Hamilton, M. (2017, August 28). Lacrosse Has Untapped Potential as TV Sport, ESPN Producer Says. USA Lacrosse Magazine. https://tinyurl.com/2ppjy46k 

Sanches, M. (2017, April 12). Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse: Same Name, Different Sports [Video]. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i39zllGnJkI 

Lacrosse All Stars. (2014, October 24). 2015 NCAA Faceoff Video – Notre Dame vs. Team USA – Lacrosse Best Moments [Video]. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL1z6a96Y1w Roberts, R. (1992). Women’s Sports [Review of Women’s Sports: A History, by A. Guttmann]. Reviews in American History, 20(2), 242–246. https://doi.org/10.2307/2703108

Mental Statues While Writing

Starting the writing process is always difficult for me, especially when I don’t fully know what exactly I am going to discuss in the paper. Of course you have to do research and find the sources that will go into the paper, and sometimes the search allows us to find a new take on the topic we are discussing. This process of finding sources as one of the first steps, although helpful, is very frustrating to me. I think very differently than others, I need to have a good idea of what exactly I’m writing about. I need to keep reminding myself about what I’m writing. I need to see a list of the points I will talk about in order to stay focused on writing. Even though we are practicing all the parts of our paper before we will actually write the real deal, I still don’t understand the concept or purpose of the arguments we need to write about. I just can’t write this way.

Definition Paragraph

“The Creator’s Game,” natively known as Baggataway or stickball, is now known as lacrosse. Originally designed by the natives across North America it was slowly adapted throughout the centuries leading to the lacrosse we know today. “From the seventeenth century, when the game was played exclusively by Native Americans, to the early decades of the twentieth century… While the game was first developed by Native Americans well before contact with Europeans, lacrosse became standardized by a group of Canadians led by George Beers in 1867, and has continued to develop into the twenty-first century,” Jeff Carey states in his thesis New directions of play: Native american origins of modern lacrosse. 

Lacrosse in basic terms is a team sport, the objective is to get the ball into the opponents goal using a stick with a triangular net piece known as a crosse. Each team has ten to twelve players on the field at a time, depending on men’s or women’s lacrosse. Regardless of gender both men’s and women’s have a defense, mid field, attack and a goalie on field at all times.

Women’s and men’s lacrosse have one leading difference that shapes how each game is played, contact. Similar to popular sports like football, men’s lacrosse can be more physical with their opponents than in women’s. While men’s lacrosse is able to hit and body check with some restrictions, women’s lacrosse highly restricts physical contact between players. Women are allowed to have minimal contact while defending and chasing the ball, there are rules against getting too close to the face and body. Despite these differences the game’s objective and tactics remain fairly similar, yet men’s lacrosse is more mainstream than women’s, which generates the idea that it is the superior twin.  

The most popular sports today have some form of contact, football and hockey being at the top while sports like soccer, basketball and baseball lean towards the bottom. Despite this, lacrosse is still a very popular sport that is streamed for the public, yet men’s is regarded higher and viewed more. Women’s sports in general suffer from mainstream media not displaying or advertising enough to encourage viewers. One of the reasons men’s lacrosse does better is due to “the level of contact and physicality determines the amount of fans that come… the more contact there is, the more spectators we will draw to our games,” as opinionated by Ithaca’s former attackman Connor Hulme in Cal Dymowski’s Lacrosse has different rules for men and women. Men’s lacrosse is perceived better due to the lack of regulation that allows for the game to flow better than women’s. In Jane Claydon’s Origin & History, a girl writing for the student magazine at St. Leonards School, in St Andrews, Scotland reported that “after our crosses having undergone a severe inspection i.e. our referee holding them up one by one and squinting with one eye to see if that which ought to be plane surface was not a curved one.” Even before the game starts, the equipment worn by the players are inspected to prevent any harm or cheating from occurring. While this may indicate that the rules in women’s lacrosse should be revised in order to allow for better flowing gameplay, it can show how much harder the girls have to work compared to men. Women have to jump more hurdles in order to play, it in turn forces the players to come up with more creative plays in order to score.

Rebuttal Argument

Women have to work harder in every aspect of life. Thankfully in today’s world, the fight for gender equality has progressed greatly. Despite this progression, there are still some kinks to work out, even in something that unites the world like sports. Throughout the years sports organizations and media have been under fire about the unfair treatment of genders and lack of female representation in televised sports. Women in sports have constantly fought to be represented and respected by not only their male counterparts but the world as a whole. 

Men on the other hand have plenty of representation and screen time. They have more viewers when their games are on TV, and they are given more opportunities to compete. In general, lacrosse has grown in popularity in recent years for both genders, and the women’s college NCAA championship has even drawn more viewers. In 2017 Matt Hamilton reported in Lacrosse Has Untapped Potential as TV Sport, ESPN Producer Says, that in “the [2017 NCAA] women’s lacrosse championship game between Maryland and Boston College drew 88,000 viewers on TV and streaming… the men’s lacrosse semifinals and final had an average (260,000).” Men have a high rating when it comes to televised games as well as in person audiences. If this is the case, men’s lacrosse is clearly the prefered version to watch. Their games are evidently more entertaining to the general public since they involve more physical contact and have more flow to them. 

Striking a player, also known as body checking, is frequently used during games as well as crosse checking also known as stick checking. Of course, like any game there is a limit of how much contact is allowed: “Body checking of an opponent in possession of the ball or within 5 yards of a loose ball, from the front or side above the waist and below the neck, is legal… A player may check his opponent’s crosse with his own crosse when that opponent has possession of the ball, when the opponent is within 5 yards of a loose ball or when the ball in flight is within 5 yards of the player,” found in the 2019 and 2020 NCAA MEN’S LACROSSE RULES AND INTERPRETATIONS (A. Supergan, Ed.). NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION by the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee. Men’s crosse checking is very lenient when it comes to contact between crosses, which is defined as a player may “check his opponent’s crosse with his own crosse when that opponent has possession of the ball, when the opponent is within 5 yards of a loose ball or when the ball in flight is within 5 yards of the player,” (NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee). The game starts with players going head to head, literally, the game begins with a face off which also allows physical contact between the opposing players shoulders and helmets while they try to retrieve the ball, as seen in Lacrosse All Star’s 2015 NCAA Faceoff Video – Notre Dame vs. Team USA – Lacrosse Best Moments video. 

Physical contact could be considered something you need some level of skill to successfully pull off, whether it is tackling someone or checking them with a stick. In a game you have to be precise, or else you risk getting penalized for your actions. Women’s lacrosse has the same restrictions but they are harsher than the men’s, they have to find ways around in order to retrieve the ball and defend their goal. Not only is there a rule against a player’s body having contact with their opponents, but there are guidelines on crosse checking. Crosse Checking as defined in the 2020–2022 WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL OFFICIAL PLAYING RULES by World Lacrosse is defined as “an extension of body checking whereby the defender attempts to dislodge the ball from an opponent’s Crosse by using controlled Crosse-to-Crosse contact.” The rules go over the “do’s and don’ts” of checking, whether it involves stick positioning or the position of your body when attempting to check. 

Compared to men, women have to develop patience and timing on top of finding ways to decrease the possibility of getting penalized. Physical contact is a way to retrieve the ball without needing much skill, however body checking is a short cut for players who do not have the proper stick skill to acquire the ball. Women need to develop these stick skills to recover the ball more creatively, while their male counterparts are allowed to slowly injure their opponents as the game progresses. They need to come up with plays to move the ball around the field while confusing the defense in order to score on the opposition’s goal. 

Despite the fact that the game times are exactly the same length with one hour game time and a fifteen minute half time, women’s games seem to go on forever. The players will then become angry at not only the referees, but at the rules themselves due to the overprotected nature of the sport. This, in turn, causes both the players and the audience to become frustrated throughout the game, and all of them become uninterested in the current play. Also, It is true that the game can easily come to a halt due to a minor call causing the players to freeze. Due to these frequent and inconvenient calls, the players must quickly adapt to make up for the game’s lost time. Of course this can occur in both mens and womens lacrosse, but female players once again have to come up with more inventive plays and creative strategies in order to make up for this lost time. So, not only does this cause the women players to develop quicker thinking skills, but it in turn will increase each player’s agility. Throughout the history of women’s lacrosse players and fans have tolerated these game stopping rules for far too long. Regardless of the lack of reform due to the conflicting ideas between players and committee members, women have continued to make this game their own.

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