Tyler Spartan Lacrosse is a community based, non profit, lacrosse program. The Spartans mission is the promotion and growth of the game of lacrosse through out the East Texas area while staying true to the ideals of hard work, respect and honor. Currently several different high schools are represented as players for the Spartans. The Spartan team is open to any players from our region. As a Spartan, you will learn hard work, team cooperation, respect, and discipline. Tyler Lacrosse includes a high school level team (grades 9 – 12) and a junior high team (grades 6 – 8). The junior high team is part of Cumberland Academy, a charter school in Tyler Texas. There are currently 45 junior high players mostly from Cumberland Academy with a few players from other schools. The Cumberland Academy team is open to players from other schools as long as their school does not have a team. Cumberland Academy is in the process of building a high school which will have a lacrosse stadium, our future home field.

Our program started at T K Gorman three years ago but after one year the team voted to go club so as to make the sport more available to the athletes from the entire community. In 2014 we played in the Texas High School Lacrosse League but we also played several teams from Louisiana and had a winning season. We were then invited to play in the Louisiana High School Lacrosse League. For travel ease and convenience we have decided to play in the Louisiana League in the 2015 season but will still play teams from Dallas and fort Worth. All of the other teams in our division are Shreveport teams.

Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the nation. A high energy, fast paced sport, lacrosse incorporates elements of many other sports, soccer, football, baseball, and basketball. Though a team sport, lacrosse allows players to excel as individuals. Lacrosse, or “the Cross”, as named by French missionaries, is the oldest sport in America. Early French settlers found the Native tribes of North Eastern America playing lacrosse upon their arrival. Originally, these tribes played the game in honor of the one they worshiped as their Creator and at other tribal celebrations. Lacrosse was also used to settle disputes. In its original form, lacrosse could be played over many miles of terrain and included hundreds of Native warriors as participants.

As lacrosse has changed through the centuries, it has not ceased to uphold these central principles:Honor your team. Play your best. Respect your opponents. Balanced with the physical nature of the game, lacrosse has rules of conduct that promote honorable ideals and core values in its players. As such, it is easy to see why the overall goal of Tyler Lacrosse is to establish lacrosse as a premier sport among our youth in East Texas.

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