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Sep, 2016

Lacrosse on the Rise

Lacrosse has never been more popular than it is right now. Thanks to every youth lacrosse parent who coaches, carpools or supplies the oranges, more than 800,000 athletes now enjoy America's oldest sport.

Youth Lacrosse More Popular Than Ever

Today lacrosse boasts more youth players than in any time since US Lacrosse began monitoring these statistics in 2001. There are nearly 450,000 youth lacrosse players in the United States under the age of 15, according to a recent study.

New York is home to more than 50,000 youth lacrosse players, while 13 other states, including New Jersey and Connecticut, have at least 10,000 youth participants.

America’s Oldest Sport is also its Fastest Growing


This year, the fastest game on two feet surpassed the 800,000 mark in total active participants at all levels combined. The sport of lacrosse added nearly 30,000 players in 2015, more than a two percent increase in growth just this past year.

High School

As more youth learn how to play lacrosse, participation has increased significantly for high school athletes.

For the first time, high school lacrosse participation topped 300,000 players. In the last five years, the number of boys’ high school lacrosse programs has grown by roughly 30 percent.

This rise in popularity is more than in any other sport, including baseball, basketball and football. The explosion of male and female lacrosse players comes at a time when participation levels in other sports have decreased.

Collegiate Lacrosse

College lacrosse, which now has nearly 40,000 male and female teams, has witnessed growth similar to high school.

Since 2000, 95 percent more men and 109 percent more women participate in NCAA lacrosse, according to a 2015 NCAA report. In 2015, the NCAA recognized 350 men’s programs and 470 women’s teams. An additional 57 new collegiate squads will begin to play in 2016, 2017 or 2018.

The appeal of the fast-paced game of lacrosse cannot be denied. The sport continues to attract kids of all ages in its traditional hotbeds, such as Long Island and Maryland, while teams and leagues have expanded into less likely locations like Colorado and California.

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