We all know that becoming a Lacrosse player automatically labels you as what we know as a Lax Bro, or Laxer. I'm only here to discuss what that means, and how it has, and will benefit for the game growing.
Now I come from a school where the game of lacrosse is not respected at all due to the actions of upper class men in recent years leaving this vicious stereotype, for kids coming in, that all lacrosse players are drunks, smoke and engage in other other socially unacceptable activities. This got me thinking. Why does it have to be this way? And how did it happen? So, I looked at all of those irresponsible players and saw the often referred to themselves as "LaxBros", dressed themselves like one (In the classic pinnie, crazy shorts and midcalfs). Now don't get me wrong, I like dressing like that too. The real problem is how they carry themselves, acting disrespectful to others, applying no effort in the class room, and like I said, drinking, smoking, ect. This is when I got down the real question: What does it mean to be a Laxbro?
I had a coach from my summer club team explain to us once how back before lacrosse became popular, back when you really only played it if your family already did or you maybe live in a hotspot, one (of the several) factors that began to "grow the game", was the laxbro. How? It began to modernize the game, in the past it was a bunch of guys running around with sticks, but now people can begin to join the game because of the possibility of "picking up the ladies", walking around with a sleeveless shirt and everything else. It became to look good which encouraged people to play. Thats how I believe it started.
Let's fast forward to today. I think the laxbro has gone too far, I look around, my school, the area, and (it's 2013 people we all do) the internet, twitter, Instagram, ect. I see one of the most notorious "Laxbros" on my club team telling tales of him stealing his parents car at 5AM before he has as much of a permit. Online, often those with "Laxbro" in their username I don't even bother looking at because in the past, those people don't ever do things I'd like to see a member of the lacrosse community doing. My other teammate from my school team is your classic Laxbro and he isn't worried about school, he is lucky to make merit roll, whereas some of my best friends and teammates that will agree with me, are responsible, and make honor roll no problem. Am i saying there are no exceptions, that if you are a laxbro you automatically don't do well in school? No. What is important is how you carry yourself. These two individuals do not carry themselves well at all.
Everyone knows the origins of lacrosse, it was war, and it was religion, in its beginnings. Those that played Lacrosse for their tribes were among the most respected around. We should not change that. Lacrosse shouldn't be all about the ladies, and the glamorous lifestyle, It needs to be about having fun and carrying yourself with respect, for others, the game, and for yourself.
At the end of it, I did put this post in the "Grow The Game" category meaning we can't forget the game does need to remain appealing for others in order to grow, so not every single last drop of the glamor can be exiled from the meaning of the Laxbro, just become more subtle. This is why i believe what it means to be laxbro needs to be changed, not gotten rid of. It needs to be less, swag, and disrespect, and more responsible, respectful and hard working, without the good times being cussed out. What I ask of you, the Lacrosse Community, is to go and change the meaning of "Laxbro", go carry yourself well, and strive to become a team leader and set an example for others to pass on to the school, to siblings and anyone else encountered in life, change the mandatory label awarded to a lacrosse player, from bad, to good!