Whether you are new to the game of lacrosse, or are unsure about what you’re seeing on the lacrosse field, here’s a brief Boys Lacrosse 101 to help you enjoy the game!
What is lacrosse? Lacrosse is a game played with a small, yet hard, rubber ball about the size of a baseball. Players each have a stick, or crosse, which consists of 2 parts: the head and the shaft. The head is strung with a net, and the shaft is of varying lengths based on the age and/or position of the player. Lacrosse is a healthy combo of hockey, soccer and basketball on a field that is size-appropriate based on the age of the players. Players advance the ball by cradling (running while protecting the ball) or passing to teammates until they can get a scoring opportunity and attempt to put the ball in the opponent’s net.
What equipment does my player need? In addition to a stick, each player needs a lacrosse-specific helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads and gloves. A protective cup and mouthguard are also required. While these items can easily be found at Dick’s Sporting Goods, we recommend a trip to a lacrosse specialty store (Northstar Lacrosse in Bloomington, or Lavin Lacrosse in Rosemount & Chaska) to be fitted by a lacrosse expert who is available to ensure proper fit and answer any and all questions you may have. PLAY Lacrosse also offers rental equipment on a first-come, first-served basis for a nominal fee.
What positions are there? On the boys side the four positions are Goaltender, Defensemen, Midfielder, and Attack. At the 12U and 14U levels there are 10 players on the field at a time. There is 1 goaltender and 3 each of D-men, Middies and Attacks. At the 8U and 10U levels there are 5 and 7 players on the field, respectively, with no goaltender at the 8U level.
What rules do I need to know? There are a lot of rules unique to lacrosse, and understanding them will add to the joy of watching the game. The best way to get a feel for the game is to watch this 12 minute VIDEO produced by US Lacrosse. It highlights specific points of emphasis, discusses rules interpretations and provides numerous video clip examples of what is a foul, and what isn’t, as well as how the game is played.
USE THIS CHART TO SEE A GRID BREAKDOWN OF DIFFERENT RULES FOR 8U TO 14U IN MINNESOTA
What are some terms I’ll hear often? Below is a small list of common terms you may hear during a game:
ENJOY THE GAME OF LACROSSE!!!!