I was intrigued by the article in the most recent issue of Lacrosse Magazine, “Growing Concerns,” about the recent growth of lacrosse nationwide. This got me thinking about how our sport is doing here in Utah, and what we can do to grow the game here. I am a geography professor, which means that I my first instinct for any problem is to use data and maps. So here are some of both.
Utah Lacrosse compared to . . .
First, this map shows the general state of boys high school lacrosse across the United States, looking at state sanctioning status (blue vs. orange) and participation (number of teams). As you can see, Utah is doing fairly well; we have the highest participation rate (16 teams per million population) anywhere outside the Northeast, with almost twice as many teams as our much larger neighbor to the south. Comparing this map and the statistics in the Lacrosse Magazine article, we would do well to look at states like Minnesota, Colorado, and Illinois as models that we might follow toward official status.