I’ve seen my fair share of lacrosse fights, and I know (from personal experience) that games can get out of hand quickly. But the fight that transpires below is really leaving me scratching my head in a big way, because SO MUCH goes wrong, and in such a short period of time.
Watch the ridiculousness unfold below, and then allow me to count the ways in which this fight was particularly embarrassing for all involved.
1) The guy who starts the fight was on DEFENSE, and was the guy throwing slashes. I guess that wasn’t enough so he decided to take it a step further and start punching his opponent. Not a good start.
2) As the kids begin to tussle, the ref just stands there and blows his whistle. If the game gets THIS out of control, the ref is to blame at some level. For him to just stand back and not break up the fight immediately shows how this game got to this point.
3) Do I believe my eyes? At the :20 second mark, a fourth, or fifth, player in white enters the fray, turns his stick around, and proceeds to hit someone in the scuffle with the butt end. It is one of the most cowardly things I’ve ever seen. He then backs away with palms raised, the ultimate wimp move.
4) The zebras get touchy. The coach in blue, who is the ONLY one trying to break up the fight, gets escorted off the field by one of the refs with a slight push. So NOW you’re going to get physical, stripes?
5) The coach in red screams at the coach in blue. Um, excuse me, but wasn’t it YOUR boys who started this brawl and not the other guy’s? How about some accountability, red?
6) The refs send everyone to their benches. Honestly, the only right move at that point is to call the game, and walk off the field.
I was involved in a fight in a high school game once. It was in the days before cell phone video, but our coach let us know that if we EVER did anything like that again, he would quit and recommend that the school drop the program. He was embarrassed, and we embarrassed ourselves, and I was at the center of it all. It is easily in my top ten stupidest things done ever.
If you are a high school coach, I HIGHLY recommend you show this video to your players, and hopefully they will see how embarrassing this stuff can be. It’s not cool, it’s not tough, it’s simply a joke, and it has nothing to do with good lacrosse. Trust me on this, I know what I’m talking about from experience.