What is lacrosse? Lacrosse the oldest known sport in North America, and is also the fastest-growing. The game was initially played by native Iroquois tribes dating back 500 years or more. The modern game has been popular in the Eastern US and Canada for many years and has been spreading throughout the US at all levels. Lacrosse is a fast-paced field sport, with elements that are similar to soccer, basketball, and ice hockey.
How do you play lacrosse? Lacrosse is played on a field similar in size to a football or soccer field, with 6'x6' goals at each end. Players use sticks of different lengths with a mesh net at one end. A hard rubber ball is thrown, caught, and carried using the stick. The objective is to outmaneuver the defense and shoot the ball into a 6’ x 6’ goal, defended by a goalie. Lacrosse is a relatively high scoring sport, with scores often exceeding 10 goals per side during a game.
Is lacrosse a physical game? It depends! First of all, men’s and women’s rules are different, with minimal contact allowed in the women’s game. Men’s lacrosse allows more contact, including some forms of body-checking. Youth lacrosse uses modified rules that progress from very limited contact at the U8/U10 ages up to full contact at the high school level. Contact is generally more that you would see in soccer or basketball, but less than in football or hockey. Additionally, physical conditioning is an important aspect of lacrosse, as it is a fast-paced full-field sport.
What sorts of skills are needed to play? While players of all abilities can enjoy the sport of lacrosse, the most successful players will demonstrate skill in speed, hand-eye coordination, footwork, agility, tenacity, and teamwork. Throwing and catching are basic skills that we emphasize at all levels. Footwork and agility are important on both offense and defense. Tenacity is about playing hard and giving your best effort. Lacrosse is a team sport, requiring everyone to play for the benefit of the team. Above all else, we want our players to have a fun and positive experience. We encourage players to play other sports outside of lacrosse.
What is the best age to start? The earlier the better, but any age is good. We have had players as young as seven, and we have had others that did not start until high school.
What equipment is needed? Boys need a stick (boys/girls sticks are different!), gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, mouth guard, helmet, and athletic cup. Rib pads are optional. Girls need a stick, mouth guard, and eye cage. Players should wear plastic cleats if they have them.