5 Things You Should Know About Lacrosse

Lacrosse 101

Here we highlight the basic rules of Lacrosse as well as give some tips of how to play this team sport.

The rules of lacrosse will vary between different leagues.

Lacrosse is the oldest sport in North America, rooted in Native American religion it was often played to resolve conflicts. To Native Americans lacrosse is still referred to as “The Creator’s Game”.

Official Ball Colors

The lacrosse ball is made of solid rubber and used along with a lacrosse stick to play this team sport.

  • Women’s Lacrosse use Yellow and Orange Balls.
  • Men’s Lacrosse use White, Orange, Yellow, Lime Green, and Pink Lacrosse Balls.
  • Girls NFHS and Youth use Orange, Yellow, and Lime Lacrosse Balls.
  • Boys NFHS use White, Orange, Yellow, and Lime Lacrosse Balls.
  • Boys Youth use White, Orange, Yellow, Lime Green, and Pink Lacrosse Balls.

Balls must be emblazoned with the words “Meets NOCSAE Standard” in order to be deemed legal for play by game officials.

10 Players on Men’s Lacrosse

  • There are 10 players on each Men’s lacrosse team.
  • 9 plus a goalie for the Men’s game.
  • 3 of the players must stay on the defensive half of the field  (defense).
  • 3 must stay on the offensive half (attack).
  • And 3 can go anywhere on the field (midfield.
Men’s Field

11 Players on Women’s Lacrosse

  • There are 11 players on each Women’s lacrosse team.
  • 10 plus a goalie for the Women’s game.
  • 4 of the players must stay on the defensive half of the field (defense).
  • 4 must stay on the offensive half (attack).
  • And 3 can go anywhere on the field (midfield).

The Game

  • Men’s Lacrosse game is  divided up into four 15 minute quarters.
  • Women’s & High School Girl’s Lacrosse game is  divided up into two 30 minute halves.
  • Each quarter in High School men’s lacrosse is 12 minutes long.
  • College lacrosse games are longer and kids games are shorter.
  • The men’s game begins with a face-off between 2 players on each team with the ball on the ground in between them and after every goal.
  • Draw Controls in the women’s game start the game at each half and take place after each goal. 
  • The referee blows the whistle. This signals both player’s start in order to retrieve the ball.
  • Only the goalie can use their hands to catch and throw the ball.
  • All other players must use a lacrosse stick to carry, pass, and shoot.
  • In Men’s Lacrosse body contact is allowed therefore they wear more protective gear.

How To Catch Correctly

  • When the ball comes towards you pretend you are catching an”egg” and give with the ball back to your ear.
  • Lower the stick as the ball falls in to prevent it from bouncing out.
  • The stick head should always be facing outward. This will prevent players from “Wrap” Catching. 

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