A new team sport Lacrosse, which could herald a new dawn in Kenya has started gaining inroads in Western Kenya with prospects that it could soon be introduced in the Kenya Secondary Schools of events Schools Association Games calendar of events..
The new game which could capture the attention of many youth who were undecided on which discipline to join, has been featuring in this year’s Kenya Secondary School Games Western Region in Mumias, albeit on exhibition basis.
The schools which came to showcase the new sport include Moi High School Nangili, Shibale, Mukumu and Bishop Sulumeti Kakamega. Nangili coach Joseph Okello said the game was introduced in these schools by a former player and coach in Wales United Kingdom, Storm Trethum.
Okello said the game will be introduced in the KSSSA calendar of events in 2019 in order to pick a team to represent Kenya in the World Lacrosse championships in Canada in August 2019.
He said Storm introduced the game especially in Mumias East, adding that as the son of Busia County he will endeavor to have it introduced in interested schools probably at Lwanya Girls and Our Lady of Mercy.
” The game among girls is simple. The equipment is free from our sponsor Ms Storm. It involves a lacrosse stick and a rubber ball. Players don’t need any protection. Only goalkeepers wear protective gear.
The game is played with 12 players on either side or seven aside. It is very interesting. The goal is six by six feet with the player netting a goal if he gets an opportunity,” he said.
Busia County Executive Committee Member for Sports Bernard Yaite interacted with players from Nangili where he tried the sport.
He said the game will get the nod of schools in Busia County when it is introduced.” I will take the initiative to ensure that the sport is embraced in the county.
According to Wikipedia, Lacrosse (disambiguation), is a team sport played with a lacrosse stick and a lacrosse ball. Players use the head of the lacrosse stick to carry, catch and shoot the ball into the goal.
The sport is governed by the Federation of International Lacrosse with Unite States as the sport’s home of origin..
It has four versions that have different sticks, fields, rules and equipment: field lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosses’.
The men’s games, field lacrosse (outdoor) and box lacrosse (indoor), are contact sports and all players wear protective gear: helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, and elbow pads.
The women’s game does not allow body contact but does allow stick to stick contact. The only protective gear required for women players is eye gear, while goalkeepers wear helmets and protective pads. Intercrosse is a mixed-gender non-contact sport that uses an all-plastic stick and a softer ball.