by Danielle Dudley
“Hey Kieran, want to come play some trash can?”
This was just one of many statements overheard by spectators at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Colorado Cup lacrosse tournament. A game unfamiliar to most lacrosse players, the tournament had a trash can field overlooking the full-sized fields as a way to introduce players to a new and exciting version of the game.
Unlike other playing surfaces, the trash can field was a fraction of the size of a normal lacrosse field, with tipped-over trash cans replacing regular goals. Not only is the field smaller, but the play for this game is a lot different than field lacrosse. For Trash Can Lax, athletes play 3-v-3 with no goalie for more action, faster pace, and a great emphasis on stick skills, passing and dodging.
“I love playing trash can lacrosse…” said Noah of the Windsor Copperheads U13 team. “It’s chaotic but in a good way.”
During their downtime, players from all age divisions could be found challenging each other to matches and trying their hands at Trash Can Lax.
“It was fun,” chimed Dylan from Laxitude U13. “I got a lot of reps in. I get to play something else other than field lacrosse.”
This September, NDP Lacrosse and the Colorado Mammoth will co-host a Trash Can Lax tournament in Colorado. For more information, click here.