I have no clue whatsoever about team sports (with rugby being the only one that amuses me for its pointless violence) but somewhat strangely I ended up creating a new logo for my brother’s lacrosse team, Heidelberg Lacrosse. Lacrosse is a sport which is hardly known at all in Germany and whose ideas, techniques or even rules one is ignorant of.
As the German lacrosse championships took place Göttingen this weekend and the ladies’ team of ‘my’ club played there, I had the opportunity to have a closer look there along with a few hundred other spectators. The first impression to get was that the sport is very sexist. There are completely different rules and equipment for the guys and girls with nobody knowing the details of the others’ rules. The bottom line seems to be that the guys wear loads of padding and helmets and try to beat each other up as much as they can get away with while the girls don’t even have helmets and thus have to play ‘nice’ with the game being interrupted at all potentially dangerous times. For some very strange bit of legalese the Heidelberg team couldn’t even play with their usual player numbers (many of which are up in the 80s and 90s) while in the guy’s games people could play with those numbers.
Because I designed the club’s new shirts I had a look around at what the other teams were wearing. The vast majority of lacrosse shirts seems rather boring with a typical American college jumper style typefaces and two crossed lacrosse bats - or a single horizontal one - on the front and the name of the team joining them. Many small variations of that were seen and only the Bielefeld team seemed to have a nice execution with a lot of love for detail (and reasonably good printing) of that design idea.
Quite amusingly, my design now also decorates bedcovers they gave as a thank you to some of their leaving team members.
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