Jim Calder ’79, a member of the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame and parent of two William Smith lacrosse players, is the co-author of a new book entitled “Women Play Lacrosse – A History of the International Field Game.”
Calder and co-author Ron Fletcher put together the first book that captures the 125-plus years of history of women’s field lacrosse. It launched during the FIL U19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. Calder and Fletcher, who also teamed up to write “Lacrosse – The Ancient Game,” have compiled stories on some of the most important players, builders and moments in the women’s game. Calder will be on campus on Oct. 22nd for a book signing. More details will be shared as the date gets closer.
A short list of material covered in the new work includes: the game’s early beginnings throughout the British Empire, structure and direction provided by England, early touring on both sides of the Atlantic, survival of the game through WWII, a look at some of the most famous post-war tours, Title IX and the emergence of the USA as the world power, the creation of world championships and expansion of the game to nations such as Australia, Canada, Japan and the Haudenosaunee.
A two-time All-American in lacrosse, Calder was a member of the Statesmen’s NCAA Championship winning squads of 1976 and 1977. He was inducted into the Hobart Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003. The native Canadian was a member of the 1978 Canadian World Championship team that beat the United States 17-16 in overtime. Inducted into the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame as a member of that team, he also was selected to the 1982 Canadian World Team.
After his playing days ended, Calder remained active in lacrosse as the program coordinator for the Ontario Lacrosse Association from 1981-83. The World Lacrosse Games Associate Director in 1986, he also served as the general manager for the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union from 1986-1995. Calder also served as the driving force behind the 2004 ILF World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.
Calder’s two daughters, Geneva and Ella, are members of the William Smith lacrosse team.
The book will be available in North America in October 2015. It can be purchased online at www.lacrossetheancientgame.com and a list of retail outlets is available through the site. For more information contact Jim Calder at email@example.com.