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PYL Parent's Guidebook - Boys 2012
by posted 04/06/2012
 

 

Lacrosse

Lacrosse is considered to be America's first sport, this game has its origins from North American Indian, who used lacrosse contests to train warriors, fight battles and even heal illness. Missionaries and pioneers adopted lacrosse and eventually established basic rules to the sport. However, modern lacrosse has been embraced by athletes and enthusiasts of the United States and the British Commonwealth for over a century. The first U.S. college teams was in 1877, with high schools adopting it five years later and women's teams beginning in 1890. The information on lacrosse sport shared in this article will help you to know more about this game.

Lacrosse sport is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Basically, lacrosse is a ball and goal game usually played outdoors by two teams of 10 players. Two goals face each other apart. Teams direct their play toward advancing the ball so as to hurl or kick it into the opponent's goal. However, the team scoring the most points wins. Only the goalkeeper may touch the ball with his hands, and no other player may enter the crease area surrounding the goal. A game is divided into four quarters of 25 min each; two overtime periods of 5 min each are played in the event of a tie. Lacrosse game requires speed, strength, agility and coordination for success, making it a great sport for athletes of all shapes and sizes. Know more about lacrosse game.

In the game of lacrosse all the players have to wear protective gear, the most essential equipment of lacrosse game is the stick. This lacrosse stick has a pole with a basket at the bottom and is between 40- and 72-inches long. The basket is a web of strings forming a pocket used to catch and throw the ball. However, lacrosse players at attack and midfield generally use a shorter stick for better maneuvering while defense players prefer a longer one for checking opponents. There are four positions in lacrosse game positions. The goalie protects the goal and blocks the opposing team's shots from going in. The rest of the team is 3 attackers, 3 midfielders and 3 defense players. The attackers in the lacrosse sport play around the opposing team's goal and try to score. However, the defense plays around their own team's goal and help the goalie prevent the other team from scoring on them. The midfielders help the other two positions as needed and have free reign of the entire field.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse has some difference, women's lacrosse is a non-contact sport; thus women, except the goalie, do not wear the protective gear that men do. Women don't use the longer stick permitted in the men's game and have a more shallow basket at the end of the stick, making it easier for the defense to knock the ball out. Women's teams consist of 12 players as opposed to the men's 10. The women's game assesses penalties much like soccer, giving the ball to the offended team, while men penalize a player who commits the foul by making him sit out for a set amount of time. However, anyone can play lacrosse--the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse.


PYL Parent's Guidebook - Boys
Here's a great overview of the boys game including rules, equipment, skills, history of the game, and the Portsmouth Youth Lacrosse philosophy. For families new to the sport of lacrosse or just new to PYL, this is a must download and read
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