– critical mass
Critical Mass: Simply put you should start with two teams that can compete on a regular basis. Having been in a situation where we could only equip one team it didn’t take long to figure out that this was a dead end. Having a rival team to compete against also adds to enthusiasm and gives everyone a reason to take their game to the next level.
Economics: Lacrosse is an expensive sport to play and the Federation of International Lacrosse and corporate sponsors can only do so much. At some point folks in country are going to have to pay for their own equipment for this reason it makes sense to target affluent schools or countries that are above a certain threshold of per capita GDP.
Enthusiam: This is a big intangible but however it manifests itself it has to be there. Young folks are understandibly naturally ethusiastic when it comes to new visceral activities such as lacrosse. However, if there is significant enough resistance from an older and entrenched sports community this can put a serious damper on things.
Expertise: Finally there is expertise and that is where the readers of this article come into play. It is no doubt best to have a relative expert in lacrosse live in the country in which lacrosse is ebing developed. While there is a whole lot one can learn on there own certain things often need to be diagnosed in person so as new players and coaches don’t run into too many stumbling blocks or perpetuate the wrong techniques.
If anyone reading this has a desire to live overseas and coach lacrosse I highly encourage them to do so. It can be a very exciting, interesting and rewarding experience. Some untapped countries that I think are ripe for the development of lacrosse are; Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and Chile. Perhaps while teaching English as a second language you become the catalyst for the creation of team Astana.]]>
China already hosting an annual lax tournament for local teams, and near by countries to join for a few years now. Not quite sure why they haven’t made a push to a national team conquest yet. But don’t count them out from the 2014 in Denver, once it became one of the national program… the chinese government will make sure the team will not be at the bottom of the ranking if they decide to enter the World Game.]]>
Also…. ladies and gents, Adam Edgington: A man who did so much with development of lax expansion in Iowa with very little to work with.
No need over the top budgets.]]>
3. Algeria (spelling?)
8. Brunei (Small nation, but filled with $$$$$$$$$$)
I left India, Singapore, and Malaysia out because of the dominance of Cricket in those countries. They have primarily focused on that one particular sport and haven’t branched out much; even in Soccer, the World’s game, they have been unable to field competitive teams with their hefty populations.]]>
@Iowcheeseforlife: Deep pockets is not an answer to everything, certainly helps. But far cried from a solution, not everyone throw money at the problem or hide behind it as excuse of why they can or can not do things. There are people who did so much with so little to work with, if thailand didn’t have people who’s passionate about lacrosse to play. It would be burning the money instead of “throwing” it.
Also, let me me correct a few misunderstanding… when I say assisting, yes donate some stuff (overstocked last season gears or whatever). But for most part these countries are willing to pay for it too, if the lacrosse companies perhaps selling it to them at cost or with alittle less profits that what they’re getting. After all they’re making these equipments in these nations already anyhow, perhaps even get them in the good will with the local… (depending on country ofcourse) No need for the “Federal Foreign Aid style” financial commitment, just take in a little less for “future investment” in the new market.]]>
It can get a bit confusing at this godly hours…]]>
Hooooooowever (I know, I know)
Yes, the service of the Americans are needed to help “start up” these new teams. By that I mean, the 3 years in between the World Game, and help the developmental side not just competition aspect of it. Certainly not just jumping on the team 2-3 months prior to the Game, then leave right after it’s over. And that’s what it’s like for the most part, since the American can not be there for the whole fiscal year. Or even if they wanted to, those “national team” doesn’t have the year round national program (some moved over to get a job in those countries, and help develop lacrosse at the same time. i.e. Steve Hess in Thailand, or a few fellow on the HK roster, who actually moved to and lived in HK).
The International will have “some” growing pain along the way, but it is nessesary for the future of lacrosse. I am not argue with you that we need “experience” players to help set the foundation for the new national teams. Where do we draw the line? how many year of “assistance” should these teams allowed? and are those players also serves as the catlyst for their development program as well? It doesnt call help growing the program, if some program been to 2 world games but still required Americans to be on the team. Chances are those respective teams, doesn’t bother with creating the development program in there countries.
Thailand is the biggest offender of all new teams, they’re employing the help of not just from “American” players. But the whole fleet of American division 1 players, 2 of whom won 2 national titles. However, these guys are on the “long term commitment” with the Thais, something call Development Officer. They’re coming and going between Thailand and the U.S. about twice a year to help aid the clinics/development, and train the national team. Thailand are working with the talents they got (Thais who studied in the U.S.) and you won’t see them straps up for the World Game in 2014.
Yes, you’re right we needed American players to fill in some of the team back in as early as 2002 world game. And that’s just it… since then those nations, should be moving away from that “excuse” it’s been almost 10 years since. Mostly those teams are Europeans (and New Zealander), who can certainly have several “exemption” to allowed more of the American on the team than the Asian countries… not only the fact that european team can get away with technicality side but also “physical appearance” side of American present of their team more so that the Korean or Hong Kong.
Japan for one doesn’t need American help to be in the Blue division, nor did any member of the Japanese national team played in the U.S. before. These are all home grown talents, that dropped a hammer down on a few mixed European teams at the world game. Now is it because Japan really push hard with their development program (of 20 years) or the Japanese are natually amazing at lacrosse?? Granted they’ve been working closely during the early years with then the Rutger head coach Tom Hayes (who’s now FIL director of development). But somewhere along the line, the feather grew on their wings, and they flew out of the nest of American assistance.
We as the whole have made progress… but it need to be much steeper growth curve. Because after all we’re playing catch up to every other sports. The IOC is extreamly political, there are some Olympic sports that doesn’t have as many nations playing as lacrosse (Bobsled or Curling anyone?). So it’s not all about quantity with the IOC, but qualities (…and something else too) it’s our job to meet it, if we want our beloved sport in the Olympics.]]>
Additionally, you seem discontent with Americans playing on these teams without warrant to do so, yet proceed to follow by demanding American lacrosse companies extend American material resources to help establish these same teams (I assume so that one day they might function without American talent). There are more talented American lacrosse players than there is money being made by American lacrosse companies. If American resources are necessary to promote international lacrosse at present, one would think America would offer the lacrosse resource it has in spades (talent) before it offers the one it still lacks (dollars). Yes, of course it would be nice if our lacrosse companies had the profit margins to toss Federal Foreign Aid style cash at other countries’ lacrosse programs, but if we care to be realistic and accept that as an impossibility from our lacrosse companies today, perhaps donating our talent isn’t such a bad thing after all; it is the only way American lacrosse can contribute to other national teams at present, which seems to be the overarching goal you’re after here.
Further, if American lacrosse companies WERE so profitable they could be throwing their weight around abroad, I would hope they would invest in their international market strategy only after investing in the players that have been investing in them, namely Americans.]]>