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GTG: Thailand Give Away Contest

18 - Published January 5, 2011 by in ,

A lot of goodies to go around...

Everyone at the LAS network always believe it rewarding our loyal readers, constantly giving away great gifts (goodies/swags.. whatever you want to call it) as if it’s Christmas everyday. So to celebrate Thailand Lacrosse becoming a member of the LAS family, we’re giving away great memorabilia from the TLA. Pictured above are the Team T-shirts, Game shorts, and the event poster ALL are available for the fans who wants them. All we ask in return from you avid readers is to answer one simple “Grow the Game” question:

“In your view, how can we best grow the game beyond continental United States?”

Please submit your “Grow the Game” answer down below in the comment section of this post, we’ll pick 10 best answers from all the comments down below at the end of this month. However, make sure that you’re either a member of Thailand Lacrosse Facebook Page or Thailand Lacrosse Twitter follower to be eligible to win this contest, so go sign up!

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18 Responses to GTG: Thailand Give Away Contest

  1. Timo Samson January 5, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    Just keep doing what you are doing right now! Get some Laxallstars to give clinics around the globe & make the world know we mean business in becoming the 2nd biggest sport in the universe…Liv Life 2 the Lax!!!

  2. Pat January 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    How about some NHL-style overseas games in the early part of the season?

  3. LiveLaxBlog January 5, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    To grow the game we need to grow it at the grassroots level first. Making stronger youth teams leads to stronger National teams and a better World Championships. With Canada and the USA dominating right now, the game cannot grow. The best way to help that is for the two big countries (and the Iroquois) to spread their expertise through coaching and player development clinics in foreign countries.

  4. Hwalters January 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    The best way to grow the game overseas is to bring an LXM type showcase over to other countries. Because it combines lacrosse and music, many people may come just for the concert, knowing nothing about lacrosse, but they also will see the great lacrosse environment and game itself.

    Also bringing MLL showcase games overseas would be fun. Have the MLL teams, maybe as a preseason deal, play a few games in the top lacrosse developing countries. If you give the people somebody to idolize, somebody to aspire to within lacrosse, they will be more likely to pursue it.

    Part of both of these ideas should be clinics in the countries. Clinics are a great way for kids to meet these famous players and be introduced to the sport. Getting real hands on experience from the best lacrosse athletes in the world is hugely important in the kids personal development as lacrosse players, and into growing lacrosse as a whole.

  5. Anonymous January 5, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    Speaking from experience, the #1 barrier to entry for a new lacrosse team is the cost of equipment. This may come as a surprise to most East Coast inhabitants who’s standard of living is much higher than that of the rest of the United States (and the Far East like we’re discussing), but average salaries/hourly pay is less. For a new player to get in the sport, they’re easily looking at $300 for starter gear and a helmet. That’s rough on the pocket book.

    The BEST way to grow the game would be for retailers to cut their prices, but that will never happen. The next best way to GTG is equipment donations, Even if its old stuff, it gets a stick in someone else’s hands. Be honest – how many sticks do you have? How many sticks do you use? How many sticks do you need?

    Now ask yourself – How many sticks does a 15 year old in Thailand need? Would you mind sending one their way?

  6. Myongue January 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    It’s all about operating within a countries ability to sustain a sport. In Europe, it rests upon working with the sports clubs. Every major sport in Europe revolves around organizations that manage teams in football, rugby, cricket, and increasingly more in basketball. If teams can be set up within these club organizations in England, Spain, Germany, etc. you have an instantaneous network of competition already in place and the fervor to compete. Basketball accomplished this in Spain, Turkey, and other European countries, growing the game exponentially overseas.

    The other extremely important element is a continuance of these “mission” like trips abroad by US club teams and players. Even players that go abroad as students should be encouraged to join local teams that may operate, usually within the major cities where they study. I know Italy has at least one operating team that a teammate of mine played with while abroad. Giving US support to foreign teams gives a great base for these countries to work with.

    The last thing is to acknowledge the most obvious…lacrosse is an expensive sport. Pads, gloves, sticks, balls, goals…these things don’t come cheap. At least one or two of the major lacrosse companies need to reach out overseas and get equipment into people’s hands. It means either lowering the cost or even supplying free sticks to youth clubs overseas. Think about it…why is soccer the most popular sport in the world? It is the cheapest and easiest to play with a minimum of equipment. We need to pattern lacrosse in a similar light by making equipment available to the public.

  7. Bsmith_47 January 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    I think the best way to grow it is start playing over seas like you are doing with the summer team.. Also bring little camps and clinics to K-8th and high schools. I picked up lacrosse playing it in PE so do something like that!

  8. Pcooper January 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm #

    There are many ways to grow the game beyond the continental US. The first, most important step is holding exhibition games in large cities throughout the world, as well as increasing coverage of games on television. For people to want to play lacrosse, they first need to know what it is.

    Second, the price of gear needs to be lowered in some way. Lacrosse in the U.S. used to be only an elitist sport, but it is slowly developing in poorer areas. However, the cost for startup gear is so astronomical that many may steer away from playing lacrosse just because of the financial investment.

    Lastly, in my opinion, the most important step, is holding clinics and programs for youth, as well as starting clubs at the high school and college levels. Although at first, this will be costly, the overall long term goals will bring a higher level of lacrosse competition and lacrosse will become more well-known by the general community. There are currently a handful of programs where recent lacrosse college graduates can go coach lacrosse in england for room and board and a stipend. This has seen tremendous results, and should be used by other countries where lacrosse is developing.

  9. Redtdc January 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm #

    The best way for lacrosse to grow in other countries is to have players take the initiative, go abroad for a time, and put together camps, pick-up games, and just talk up the sport in general. This happened in California and that is part of the reason why it is probably the strongest lacrosse state in the west. Many MLL and big name college players wanted to move out there and have really created a great environment for the sport to grow and prosper.

  10. Kylerbishop22 January 6, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    welll in my opinon the first and most important things is to make it bigger in the US and it will grow just by people moving outside the country. I like the idea that people have said in the past of making the mll on sundays and college on saturdays during the spring so that there will be more viewers because the club level is only emerged inside are country and alot of my fellow teamates who dont play club would watch a ncaa game because its during the season buit they wont during the summber because thats when footballl starts and u can get more people all around the country watching it if u put it on espn during the season…. i also think the idea of MLL and NCAA coaches going to other countries to have lacrosse camp their instead of the countries like Thailand having to travel to the remote areas in the US or go to a west coast camp which is alot of money and a big risk if ur trying to get recruited and it doesnt work out…. i do think its helped jamaica get on the map by the creation of “rasta lax” that Adrenaline and Flow Society have promoted and are being worn by a ton of players in the south on club teams during the summer with the highly popular adrenaline socks that are the rasta theme. it all comes down to how the leaders of their society manage there teeams and club level players and how the greatest players in there society speak out to there fellow teamates. i know from alabama its a big deal that some of us are the players that we are in an area that is not the traditional lacrosse community with bama bring 6 players to high level camps like blue chip or top 205 and that has made alot of new players get bettter striving to be hte players that they are…. alabama went from180 lax players in 2006 to 3000 in 2010 and now has three club level teams and one BAMALAX which is my team that got a bid to the tournament of champions in tampa florida and thats alot of growth and i hope that the countries beginning this process can grow at that rate that quick and see them down the road at high level lax events. kyler bishop

  11. TB Sheets January 11, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    I have seen the growth of the game over my 20+ year involvement with the sport. I think the first World Games I followed may have seen 6 teams compete. The growth of the game has been steady and there are many trailblazers spreading the game across the globe. I think the best bet is to continue grassroots efforts and combine the growth of lacrosse with other philanthropic causes. Just don’t expect everything to happen overnight.

  12. talangan February 5, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    Have the winners been announced?

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