How to Play Lacrosse & What Exactly It is?

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What is Lacrosse?

The lacrosse is a sport that shares similarities with hockey, but also with other forms of racket, and it is common practice in the United States and Canada. However, more and more countries, including Spain, have been encouraged to create their teams of this fast and fun game that consists of catching the rubber ball with a stick finished in a net to score goals on the contrary.

The origin of this sport is in the southern zone of Canada and the North of the United States, and it began to be practiced by the indigenous tribes, who knew it as ” Guh-Chee-Gwuh “as a practice related to their religious beliefs. Although much has changed since then – in those times, it was much more violent, and more than 100 people could play for days – it still maintains its essence intact.

In our country, it is little less than landing at a professional level, since it was not until 2017 when the Spanish women’s team premiered in the lacrosse World Cup in the women’s category. However, they could not go as a Spanish team. So far, only there are about seven teams, so the Higher Sports Council does not yet recognize it as such.

If you have been bitten by the bug and want to know more, read on to discover how lacrosse is played.

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How to Play Lacrosse

Lacrosse rules

According to World Lacrosse, the international federation of this sport, the laws of lacrosse can have modifications depending on the place where it is played, if it is outdoors or indoor (Box lacrosse), or if the participants are men or women.

However, the version female is the one that most closely resembles the original version of this activity. But in all cases, the main objective is to put the ball in the opposite goal to score a goal, all without touching it with your hands, but carrying it with a stick –a stick that ends with a spoon-shaped net, similar to a butterfly net – and the team that manages to score the most points in the established time will win.

The contact between the participants is one of the points that drastically differentiates both categories; According to what Cristina Grijalba, Team Manager of the Spanish Women’s Lacrosse Selection, has told us, in the men’s group it is very marked, almost as if it were American football.

In the female case, it is against all the rules to attack any of the opponents, either with the body or with the stick. Also, it emphasizes that there are many differences between the masculine and feminine modality of this sport, which make them seem almost different.

The matches officially last four quarters of 15 minutes each, with a 15-minute break, and ten players participate in the men’s version – one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and three attackers – and 12 in the female version – one goalkeeper, six defenders. And five attackers.

However, in Spain and in schools in countries where lacrosse is implemented, they can modify the time or the participants to adjust to their needs.

One of the characteristics of this sport is that it is not necessary to have a certain height, as happens in basketball, or a strong force or musculature, especially in girls, where there is no contact. It only takes an excellent resistance, since the players are practical all the time of the game running from one side to the other to steal the ball from the opponent, or score in the opposite goal.

Restrictions on the field of play

In lacrosse, you can pass the ball back and forth, just as you can move in both directions. However, there are some restrictions in the game, such as pushing, passing the stick near the opponent’s head, or throwing into the goal if there is a player in the path, in the female case, or hitting from behind or hit the stick above the neck area or below the hip, in the male modality. Need to wear attacking or defensive lacrosse gloves to play this game properly.

It should also be noted that when the referee whistles for the ball to come out of the lines of the field, all the players must remain still, since they will be the participant of the opposing team, and that they are closer to the area from which the ball was thrown. Ball, whoever gets possession, and this is proven by all remaining as statues. Don’t miss the next point if you want to know what it takes to participate in a lacrosse match.