It's fun. It's fast. It's action-packed. It emphasizes skill and conditioning over height and brawn. And it has the coolest equipment in sports. Where else can you gear up with a flo bucket and rip top cheddar?
If you're looking for a sport to excel in or to keep you in shape between basketball and football, lacrosse may be for you.
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Lacrosse has elements of many sports depending on who you talk to: soccer, hockey, basketball, ... But the objective of the game is very simple. Place a rubber ball inside an opponent's goal more times than they do yours using only a lacrosse stick, your legs, and your teammates.
Although the objective is simple, the technical aspects of the game take time to learn. Here's the definitive guide from US Lacrosse.
For those new to the sport, lacrosse gear can be confusing. Don't let that stop you! We're here to help. Here's a quick summary:
For boys, lacrosse is a contact sport, but hitting is not a primary part of the game as in football. Stick checking is legal in all age divisions. Body checking is only allowed in older age divisions. Both have restrictions as mandated by US Lacrosse to avoid serious injury.
Helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, stick, cup, and mouthpiece
For girls, deliberate body to body contact is illegal. And although stick checking is legal, it can only be directed toward the head of the stick only.
Goggles, stick, and mouthpiece
For further info, check out the US Lacrosse website.
Honor the Game
The goal of AYLC is to develop skilled lacrosse players while promoting sportsmanship. Here's how:
Respect your coaches, teammates, opponents, officials, and the fans.
Compete with heart, honor, and hustle.
Honor the traditions of the game and respect the ancestors of the sport.
Have fun, be passionate, and adhere to the spirit of the game both on and off the field.