At the turn of the 20th century, lacrosse used to be the most dominant sport in Canada. The CLA has recognized four separate disciplines, including: box, women’s field, men’s field, and inter-lacrosse. Box gain popularity in the 1930s, as teams took advantage of vacant hockey field in the summertime. It’s still the most popular type of lacrosse in Canada, meanwhile Americans have always dominated in field lacrosse competitions.
Inter-lacrosse is the newest discipline, which is non-contact and very skill-oriented with the main function is to introduce the sport to a wide range of young athletes. It’s help young athletes get acquaintance to the skills of lacrosse and to provide an education tool to help develop conditioning and coordination in young athletes.
Lacrosse was recognized as Canada’s national game in 1859. However, in 1994, Canadian Parliament approved the Canada’s National Sport Act, which declared lacrosse the national summer sport, and hockey the national winter sport. The Canadian Lacrosse Association was founded the same year Canada became a country, so they will both celebrate their 153th birthday in 2020. A festival is usually hosted to celebrate the sport.
Founded by Paul St. John in 2011, the Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) was a male semi-professional indoor lacrosse league competed exclusively in Ontario, Canada. CLax reduced its operation on August 31, 2016 after the league’s single-entity ownership group, Charlesway Corporation Limited and Rodney ‘Demon’ Hill, realized the league’s business model to be no longer viable.
Clax played its regular season games in the winter with its playoff games and championship culminating organized in the early spring which is similar to the National Lacrosse League, and different from other Canadian leagues that compete in the summer. CLax hosted its inaugural season with six teams in three cities: Peel Avengers and Brampton Inferno in Brampton, Ontario; the Ohsweken Demons and Iroquois Ironmen in Hagersville, Ontario; and Oshawa Machine and the Durham TurfDogs in Oshawa, Ontario