Understanding the Basics of Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a great sport that can be a wonderful source of exercise and family fun—either watching or playing. If you are unfamiliar with the sport, it may be a bit confusing. Once you get the basics down, understanding lacrosse is easy and it’ll be an event you love as much other sports.


The object of lacrosse is to score a goal by shooting the ball in the opposing team’s goal. Players can pass, catch, and run with the ball in the crosse, which is the stick­like piece of equipment used in the game. Only the goalie may touch the ball with his hands.


There are ten total players on the lacrosse field. A goalie and at least three other players must remain on the defensive side of the field at all times. The three offensive players must stay on the offensive side of the field, and the remaining midfielders may go anywhere on the field.


Lacrosse is a physical sport, which can make it a tough event for parents to watch sometimes. Bodychecking is allowed if the opponent has the ball. Bodychecking is never allowed to occur from
behind, and shots must never be taken above the shoulders or below the knees. Stickchecking is also allowed, which is using the stick to knock the ball out of the other player’s crosse.


Men’s lacrosse is typically played for 48 minutes. There are four quarters of 12 minutes each. A two
minute water break is allowed between each quarter. A ten minute half time occurs between the second and third quarters. Each team has two time­outs to be used during each half.

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