Lacrosse is a team sport where players use a stick with a net to catch, scoop, and throw a ball into the opposing teams net. Considered to be the first sport in America, Lacrosse was originally invented by North American Native tribes, played by the French, and then widely adopted by the Canadians. Played on a field roughly the same size as a soccer field, two opposing teams fight for a solid rubber ball and attempt to shoot it into the opposing teams net to score. Often considered a violent game, lacrosse is a common high school and college sport.

How do you play lacrosse?

Much like soccer, lacrosse is played on a similar field with 20 players on the field. You have three attackmen, three midfielders, three defenders and a goalie. The goal is to get the lacrosse ball with your lacrosse stick and score it into the opposing net to score points.

How long is a lacrosse game?

There are four 15-minute quarters that equal out to 60 minutes of playing time. Halftime usually lasts 15 minutes in a regular-season game, but in title games, halftime is 30 minutes. Time is also affected if there are penalties/fouls or if the game goes into overtime.


Who invented lacrosse?

Lacrosse was invented by the North American Native Tribes and is the first national sport played in the United States. Lacrosse is also known as “the creators game or the medicine game” and is sought out to be a form of medicine for Native Americans when they were sick.

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2.47”-2.55” | 62.7-64.7 mm (Diameter)
5-5.2 oz | 140-147 g
Lacrosse Ball
6.470
0.147
8600
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Lacrosse BallPerspective view of a 3D model of a Lacrosse BallPerspective view of a 3D model of a Lacrosse Ball
Lacrosse Catching
30
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Lacrosse Catching
Lacrosse Cradling
250
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Lacrosse Cradling
180’ (60 yd) | 54.86 m
330’ (110 yd) | 100.59 m
59,400 ft² | 5518 m²
Lacrosse Field
5486.000
10059.000
5518.00
1100
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6’ | 182.9 cm (Inside)
6’ | 182.9 cm (Inside)
7’ | 213.4 cm
35-115 lb | 15.9-52.2 kg
Lacrosse Goal
182.900
182.900
213.400
52.200
2000
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Lacrosse GoalPerspective view of a 3D model of a Lacrosse GoalPerspective view of a 3D model of a Lacrosse Goal
10”-12” | 25.4-30.5 cm
5”-5.5” | 127-139.7 mm (Pocket)
40”-72” | 101.6-182.9 cm
6-14 oz | 170-397 g
Lacrosse Goalie Stick
30.500
13.970
182.900
0.397
250
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Lacrosse Goalie Stick3D model of a Lacrosse Goalie Stick viewed in perspective3D model of a Lacrosse Goalie Stick viewed in perspective
Lacrosse Scooping
40
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Lacrosse Scooping
6.5”-10” | 16.5-25.4 cm
2”-2.5” | 50.8-63.5 mm (Pocket)
40”-42” | 101.6-106.7 cm (Offense); 52”-72” | 132.1-182.9 cm (Defense)
5-12 oz | 142-340 g
Lacrosse Stick
25.400
6.350
182.900
0.340
14500
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Lacrosse Throwing
50
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Lacrosse Throwing
6’0” | 1.83 m
September 9, 1992
Lyle Thompson
183.000
1992.00
1400
3D
Lyle Thompson
5’11” | 1.80 m
October 29, 1982
Michael Powell
180.000
1982.00
5200
3D
Michael Powell
6’3’ | 1.91 m
December 14, 1985
Paul Rabil
191.000
1985.00
6900
3D
Paul Rabil
Lacrosse Stick
Size comparison diagram of the Lacrosse Stick compared to other similar sports equipment

A Lacrosse Stick is also called a crosse and is used in lacrosse sports for handling the ball and making a shot to score. It is also for passing the lacrosse ball or causing the opposing players to drop the ball. It is made from hickory trees and carries a unique shape composed of a head, roughly triangular woven in loose netting (also called pocket) to catch, pass, or shoot the ball. The shaft, which is the handle, can be of hollow metal. Women's and men's lacrosse sticks are similar but differ in pocket depth, which is much shallower in the former.

Lacrosse Sticks have a length of 40”-42” (101.6-106.7 cm) for offensive players, a length of 52”-72” (132.1-182.9 cm) for defensive players, widths between 6.5”-10” (16.5-25.4 cm), and pocket depths from 2”-2.5” (50.8-63.5 mm). The weight of a Lacrosse Stick is 5-12 oz (142-340 g).

Measured illustration of a Lacrosse Stick dimensioned with overall length, width and depth
A Lacrosse Stick is also called a crosse and used in lacrosse sports for handling the ball and making a shot to score. It is also for passing the lacrosse ball or causing the opposing players to drop the ball. It is made from hickory trees and carries a unique triangular shaped head.

Lacrosse Sticks have a length of 40”-42” (101.6-106.7 cm) for offensive players, a length of 52”-72” (132.1-182.9 cm) for defensive players, widths between 6.5”-10” (16.5-25.4 cm), and pocket depths from 2”-2.5” (50.8-63.5 mm). The weight of a Lacrosse Stick is 5-12 oz (142-340 g).

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Lacrosse Stick
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6.5”-10” | 16.5-25.4 cm
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40”-42” | 101.6-106.7 cm (Offense); 52”-72” | 132.1-182.9 cm (Defense)
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2”-2.5” | 50.8-63.5 mm (Pocket)
Weight:
5-12 oz | 142-340 g
Area:

Shaft (Short Stick): 30” | 76.2 cm

Shaft (Long Stick): 60” | 152.4 cm

Shaft Circumference: 3.5” | 8.9 cm (Max)

Head Length: 10” | 25.4 cm
Materials: Aluminum, scandium, alloy, titanium, wood (traditional) shaft; leather or nylon string pocket; tape or rubber butt

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Lacrosse Scooping

Lacrosse Scooping is a way of gaining ball possession when the lacrosse ball drops to the ground. Usually, the athlete bends the knee while facing the ball, aiming low, and moves the stick close to the ball where he or she scoops it quickly and forces it into the pocket of the lacrosse stick and at the same time preventing the ball from rolling back. Once the ball is in the pocket, the player can now cradle, make a pass, or shot to score. When executed correctly, scooping can determine who may win the game. Nonetheless, avoid scooping with one hand or while standing straight.

Drawings of lacrosse players scooping in a range views
Lacrosse Scooping is a way of gaining ball possession when the lacrosse ball drops to the ground. Usually, the athlete bends the knee while facing the ball, aiming low, and moves the stick close to the ball where he or she scoops it quickly and forces it into the pocket of the lacrosse stick.

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Lacrosse Throwing

Lacrosse Throwing or Lacrosse shot is a way of passing a lacrosse ball to a teammate quickly or shooting the ball to score. In a lacrosse throw, your leading hand will do most of the work. To do a lacrosse throw: hold the tail of the stick with your non-dominant hand and your feet and chest to the side and positioned towards your teammate; step forward while maintaining the stick at a parallel position to the ground; and force your hand carrying the lacrosse stick to thrust it forward creating the throwing motion forcing the lacrosse ball to travel towards your target. Follow through with the head of the lacrosse stick pointing toward your target.

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Lacrosse Throwing or Lacrosse shot is a way of passing a lacrosse ball to a teammate quickly or shooting the ball to score. To do a lacrosse throw: hold the tail of the stick with your non-dominant hand and your feet and chest to the side and positioned towards your teammate.

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Lacrosse Cradling

Lacrosse Cradling refers to maintaining ball possession in a lacrosse game while moving with the lacrosse stick without the ball falling. The players are protecting and handling the ball while moving around the field. To effectively master this skill, you must grasp how to duck, check, escape hitting, shooting, and passing. You must hold the lacrosse stick with both hands, with the dominant hand holding the stick near its head and the other almost at the bottom. While performing a cradle, the stick needs to be in a parallel position to the body.

Set of illustrations of lacrosse players cradling as seen from various angles
Lacrosse Cradling refers to maintaining ball possession in a lacrosse game while moving with the lacrosse stick without the ball falling. The players are protecting and handling the ball while moving around the field. To master this skill, you must grasp how to duck, check, escape, shoot, and pass.

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Lacrosse Field
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A Lacrosse Field is a rectangular grass field defined by three main areas of play within the sport of Lacrosse. Depending on what team is playing, the opposing side is called the attack or goal area, the home side is called the defensive area, and the center is the midfield. Along the sides of the midfield are wing areas, and along the sides of the defensive and attack areas are sidelines. Unlike most field games, the Lacrosse Goals are located in the center of the attack and defensive areas and are placed in the middle of a circular area called a crease.

Lacrosse Fields have an overall length of 110 yards (100.59 m) and width of 60 yards (54.86 m) for a total area of 59,400 ft² (5518 m²). The crease has a radius of 3 yards (2.75 m) with a goal line in the center placed 15 yards (13.72 m) from the end line. The wing line is located 10 yards (9.14 m) from the sidelines with the restraining line at 20 yards (18.29 m) from the midfield line.

Top view drawing of a Lacrosse Field measured with length and width
A Lacrosse Field is a rectangular grass field defined by three main areas of play within the sport of Lacrosse. Depending on what team is playing, the opposing side is called the attack or goal area, the home side is called the defensive area, and the center is the midfield.

Lacrosse Fields have an overall length of 110 yards (100.59 m) and width of 60 yards (54.86 m) for a total area of 59,400 ft² (5518 m²). The crease has a radius of 3 yards (2.75 m) with a goal line in the center placed 15 yards (13.72 m) from the end line. The wing line is located 10 yards (9.14 m) from the sidelines with the restraining line at 20 yards (18.29 m) from the midfield line.

Top view drawing of a Lacrosse Field measured with length and width
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180’ (60 yd) | 54.86 m
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330’ (110 yd) | 100.59 m
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59,400 ft² | 5518 m²

Restraining Line: 60’ (20 yd) | 18.29 m (from midfield)
Wing Line: 30’ (10 yd) | 9.14 m (from sideline)
Crease: 9’ (3 yd) | 2.74 m (Radius)
Goal Line: 45’ (15 yd) | 13.72 m
Goal Width: 6’ | 182.9 cm
Field Markings: 2”-4” | 50.8-101.6 mm
Side Run-off: 18’ (6 yd) | 5.49 m
End Run-off: 15’ (5 yd) | 4.57 m
Surface Materials: Natural or artificial turf

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