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Lacrosse Rules and Basics in 10 Minutes with SportSpectator

SportSpectator guide to men's lacrosse
What does it mean to cradle the ball? How long does a typical game last? What are the roles of the defenders, midfielders, and attackers? What sends a player to the penalty box? The SportSpectator Men's Lacrosse Guide answers these questions and more! Below is the free online version of our printed educational brochure. Testimonial
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Fan's Guide to Lacrosse Page 1 of 5 (History & Object)

lacrosse1- History & Object
2- The Essentials (Offense & Defense, Scoring, Etc.)
3- Field Diagram and Positions
4- Fouls
5- Glossary of Lacrosse Terms


Perhaps the first sport in North America, "baggataway” was played by Native Americans as far back as the 1400s, often with thousands of people participating and goals spread miles apart. French colonists referred to the stick used to play as a “crosse” — French for a “bishop’s staff” — and lacrosse was created. A Canadian dentist, W. George Beers, established the rules in 1867 that formed modern lacrosse. Traditionally an East Coast sport, lacrosse has experienced recent growth at the high school and college levels, and the game has expanded across the country.

Object of the Game

Teams accumulate points by throwing the ball into the opponent’s goal. The team with the most goals wins the game.


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