Learn how to play lacrosse and enjoy the fastest game on two feet, the Creator's Game, and Canada's national sport.
Lacrosse is North America's oldest sport, founded by Native Americans as the Creators Game and the fastest growing sport in the United States. This action-packed sport combines aspects of basketball, soccer, football, rugby, and hockey. There's no better time to join the lacrosse movement, but where do you start as a beginner? Right here. We have gathered some of the best resources for you or your child to learn, ranging from equipment, to positions and rules of play, to where and when to watch your favorite professional. It's a great sport to challenge yourself, enjoy with friends and take up a new hobby.
Boys and mens field lacrosse is played on a 110-yard field, with 10 players on each team. Positions are broken down, similar to soccer, based on player role. Three attack man service on the offensive half of the field and focus on creating offense and scoring goals. Three midfielders roam the entire field of play, playing both offense and defense. Three defensemen stay on the defensive half of the field, focusing on defending the goal. One goaltender stays on the defensive side as well and protects the goal from oncoming shots from the opposing team's offense. The defense is permitted four long poles (6 feet in length) to help keep the opposing offense away from the goal. The game begins with a face-off at midfield. The game is played over four quarters with the home team generally playing in a white or light-colored uniform and the visiting team wearing dark.
Gameplay begins, based on the rules of play, with a single whistle signaling the start of play. Two players face-off, with a player to each side on the sideline fighting to possess the ball. Play ends when either a ball goes out of bounds, a penalty or stoppage of play occurs, or a goal is scored.
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