New rules in Canada: Help or hindrance?

Are the new fighting rules in Canada having the desired effect on the game? (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax.com)
Are the new fighting rules in Canada having the desired effect on the game? (Photo: Tim Prothero, VintageLax.com)

Fighting. Cages. Controversy. There’s been plenty of it this summer in Canada, and a lot of fingers are pointing to the Canadian Lacrosse Association. Jesse Thomas of MyKawartha.com and an occasional ILIndoor contributor, is asking the same questions many fans and players are asking: If it’s not broken, why fix it? “The new ban on fighting brought down by the Canadian Lacrosse Association in an effort to clean up the game is transforming the Major Series Lacrosse into a lowdown, dirty, slash happy, cheap shot lumberjack feud … The popularity of the sport seems to be growing but lacrosse is still recognized as a niche game. The CLA keeps trying to fix the game but is bringing the game down and giving it negative publicity.” Is the game we know changing for better or for worse? It’s a subjective and perhaps rhetorical question, but the fact that it’s even being asked may be cause for concern.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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