Medina Lacrosse Association
P.O. Box 1374
Medina, Ohio 44258
The Baggataway Lacrosse Festival is the largest youth lacrosse festival in Northern Ohio and was started by the Medina Lacrosse Association (MLA) in 1997. It was the original vision of the Medina Lacrosse Association to sponsor the festival to bring together people in the lacrosse community. A key part of that vision was to keep the event affordable for the participating teams and promote the great sport of lacrosse.
The Baggataway Lacrosse Festival has grown significantly since the early days with only a handful of teams coming together to play a round robin of games. The Baggataway event draws over 100 teams from across Ohio, Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania. Youth athletes includes boys and girls from third through eighth grades and it is estimated that the festival brings over 6,000 people to Medina for this two day lacrosse season opener. The sense of community created by the close proximity of all the fields makes the occasion special for the players and spectators of the game.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. With a history that spans centuries, lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America. Rooted in Native American religion, lacrosse was often played to resolve conflicts, heal the sick, and develop strong, virile men. To Native Americans, lacrosse is still referred to as "The Creator's Game." The word Baggataway is a Native American word for a “great gathering to play lacrosse.”
Youth participation in the sport has grown over 500% since 1999 to nearly 250,000. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years and there are now an estimated 200,000 high school players. Lacrosse is also the fastest-growing sport over the last six years at the NCAA level, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. There are more than 500 college club programs, including nearly 200 women's teams that compete at the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates level.