This article was donated by a longtime Philly high school and club coach
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 7/29/14
By a Lacrosse Coach and Father
As I enter my 26th year in coaching this sport I have seen and lived it all. It’s when you witness what I witnessed last Thursday night under the lights at West Chester’s Kelly Field in the 1st annual Father vs. Son game sponsored by Fossil Lacrosse group that makes you take a deep breath and just smile because it was all about having fun.
Looking across the field I had the pleasure of watching lacrosse players from the age of 5 to 55 doing battle for dinner table bragging rights. This was a real game with officials, face-offs, goalies and THE DESIRE TO COMPETE.
The quality of the game play was surprisingly high even when the littlest laxers were on the field. The Dads played physical and the sons played fast. The fathers used there IQ and the boys used there skill set. When the dust settled the game was won with 7 seconds left by the sons on a great split dodge from the top. As in most pickup games the last goal always wins regardless of the true score and this played true on this night.
I hope all of you get to share in many of these quality moments this sport has to offer. There’s nothing like the backyard catches or trick shots in your basement with mini lax nets. Remember that in the end with all the stress and pressure, lacrosse brings so much to the table from fitness, camaraderie, academic accountability, friendship, all the way to dinner table bragging rights and so much more.
A big Thanks to Mike Bauer for supporting this event and to all the dads who have spent the time to build these great little gamers.