I left this comment on a recent LacrosseAllstars.com post discussing the reputation of lacrosse around the sports community.

“There has been a ton of damage to the reputation of lacrosse over the years - starting with its appropriation from the Native Americans, its niche community hold in prep schools and the Ivy League giving it that snotty air (which is still healthy with that horrible A&F video), a situation made worse by the Duke Scandal, certainly not helped at all by the NLL (which makes it uber-violent) or the MLL (which just makes it uber-desperate for ___________ [Fill in the blank: fans, $$, a website that works, players who care…]) and finally made worse by tragic marketing (here and worse here) by the likes of Warrior.

Lacrosse is one of the truly great games on this planet and lacrosse players are real athletes.  While it’s a shame that we have a bad reputation around town, it’s not insurmountable.

The fix(es)?

- Be a great lacrosse player.  Play hard on the field and outwork every other team around you, regardless of sport.

- And be a great person, too.  Sure, start your usual shenanigans, but when you tally it up at the end of the day, don’t be a douche.

- Coach younger kids!  Help improve play at every level and we will all be better for it.

- Be an ambassador!  I was once somewhat ashamed to be a lacrosse player, given the reputation on campus at the time.  I didn’t tell people I played, because I didn’t want it to reflect poorly on me.  Wrong approach!  If you’re a good guy, there’s no reason to be ashamed!  Tell people you’re a lacrosse player and next time you invite people to a game they’ll say “Oh I know one of those guys, he’s cool.  Yeah, I’ll go to their game.”

These are just a few things we can do.  I don’t have the time to write out the solutions for the NLL/MLL/marketing debacle (though I’ll find some soon).”