What is Lacrosse?
Lacrosse is a game developed in North America and one of the most popular sports in Canada. Many people have never heard about this sport but if you had a chance to watch the film “The Last of the Mohicans” in 1992, then you may remember the scene of lacrosse game. The rules of lacrosse was first standardize in written form in Canada in the 1860s.
The main purpose is to send the ball to the opponent’s goal and score more to iwin the game.
Players and Equipment
The Lacrosse is played by two teams consisting of 10 players. Players; 1 goalkeeper, 3 defences, 3 midfielders and 3 attackers. However, woman competitions can be played with 12 players.
The game is played with sticks that are attached to the net and have two varieties, short and long. The short stick has a length of 1.01 meters to 1.06 meters; the long stick varies from 1.32 meters to 1.82 meters. The width of the head of stick should not be less than 15 cm or more than 25 cm. A maximum of 4 players except the goalkeeper is allowed to carry a long stick.
The Lacrosse ball is made of hard rubber. The game is based on hard and physical fighting; therefore, helmets, safety goggles, mouthpieces, gloves and shoulder protection are used.
The team with the most goals wins the game. If there is a draw at the end of the period, the winner is determined by going to the extension.
- Lacrosse playground, measuring 110 x 60 yards.
- The game is played in the form of 4 periods of 20 minutes each.
- Both teams are allowed to take breaks but during the breaks the match time does not count.
- Players who violate the rule of game, such as holding an opponent by shoulder or cloths or offside, are penalised with 30 seconds penalty.
- The lacrosse stick is used for catching, driving, and throwing the ball.
- The game mostly played on the grass filed.
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