The Iroquois Nationals put up an Iroquois Locker Room Video from this Summer’s World Lacrosse Championships and it’s really kind of amazing! So there is a lightning delay? WHO CARES? We’re going to have a good time in the locker room instead! That’s the winning attitude right there!
Locker room behavior is a component of team bonding and chemistry, and while a lot of the time spent there is just getting ready, it can also forge a stronger bond between players. The Nationals are clearly forming extremely close bonds through singing, plastic bucket drumming, and stretching?
I don’t really get the last part, but it’s not about what I get… it’s about the team coming together, which the Nationals did nicely this Summer, on their way to their first ever medal at the FIL World Championships.
Thankfully, someone who knows more than I do chimed in with some extra info:
– The Iroquois are singing Stomp Dance songs, and these are social songs for the people.
– The “stretching” is actually a game of Pick Up, where you have to pick a hat up off the ground with your teeth. You have to be limber to pull this off!
– The older man next to Haina (main singer w trash can) is the Iroquois’ spiritual advisor, Tracy Shenandoah.
Thanks to Valerie Taliman of ICTMN for all of that bonus info!
Iroquois Locker Room Video
So now I’m curious to know more about YOUR team’s locker room vibe and rituals? Do you guys blast techno? Is it metal music with lots of yelling? Or do you guys create your own sounds, or fill the room with laughter?
Whatever you’re doing, we want to know about it! Locker room chemistry, it’s not just for the Iroquois Nationals anymore!
And who knew these guys had such solid dance moves?
Now everyone knows! Don’t sleep on the Nationals… EVER!
Here are a couple more awesome videos worth watching. This one is from ABC News:
And here is Lyle talking candidly about his religion, and his culture, which is very cool to hear:
Nice job asking questions, Kevin McNally!