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What is Lacrosse?

The oldest American sport, lacrosse has a long history in the Northeast. The women's game can be compared to field hockey and basketball with finesse and speed being major components of the game. Below are a field diagram and position definitions as well as information on the equipment and skills used in lacrosse.

How about the rules?  Women's lacrosse has unique rules and the youth program has even more. Here is a link to the rules made easy. You can also find other information about Women's Lacrosse at the US Lacrosse website and another at Lacrosse with Trish Cummings



The Field


Women's Lacrosse Positions

First Home:
The first home's responsibility is to score. Located in front of the goal, the first home must continually cut toward the goal for a shot, or cut away from the goal to make room for another player. She should have excellent stickwork.

Second Home:
The second home is considered the playmaker. She should be able to shoot well from every angle and distance from the goal.

Third Home:
The third home's responsibility is to transition the ball from defense to attack. She should be able to feed the ball to other players and fill in wing areas.

Attack Wings:
The wings are also responsible for transitioning the ball from defense to attack. Wings should have speed and endurance and be ready to receive the ball from the defense and run or pass the ball.

The point's responsibility is to mark first home. She should be able to stick check, body check and look to intercept passes.

The coverpoint's responsibility is to mark second home. She should be able to receive clears, run fast and have good footwork.

Third Man:
The third man's responsibility is to mark third home. She should be able to intercept passes, clear the ball, run fast and have good footwork.

The center's responsibility is to control the draw and play both defense and attack. She should have speed and endurance.

Defense Wings:
The wings are responsible for marking the attack wings and bringing the ball into the attack area. Wings should have speed and endurance.

The goalkeeper's responsibility is to protect the goal. She should have good stickwork, courage and confidence.

Women's Lacrosse Equipment

The Crosse (Stick):
The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood, or synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. A girl's crosse must be an overall length of 35 1/2 - 43 1/4 inches. The head of the crosse must be seven to nine inches wide. The pocket of the stick must be strung traditionally; no mesh is allowed. The top of the ball when dropped in the pocket must remain even with or above the side walls. The goalkeeper's crosse may be 35 1/2 - 48 inches long. The head of the crosse may be mesh and up to 12 inches wide.

The Ball:
The ball must be yellow and made of solid rubber. The ball must be 7.75 - 8 inches in circumference and weigh 5 - 5.25 ounces.

The Mouthpiece:
All players must wear mouthguards.

Protective Equipment:
Close-fitting gloves, nose guards, soft head gear and eye guards are optional, and may be worn by all players.

The Goalkeeper's Equipment:
The goalkeeper must wear a face mask and helmet with a mouth guard, throat protector and chest protector. The goalkeeper may wear padding on hands, arms, legs, shoulders and chest which does not excessively increase the size of those body parts.


Lacrosse Skills

  • Cradle: The act of moving the stick from side to side causing the ball to remain in the upper part of the pocket webbing.
  • Checking: The act of using a controlled tap with a stick on an opponent's stick in an attempt to dislodge the ball.
  • Catching: The act of receiving a passed ball with the stick.
  • Cutting: A movement by a player without the ball in anticipation of a pass.
  • Dodging: The act of suddenly shifting direction in order to avoid an opponent.
  • Passing: The act of throwing the ball to a teammate with the stick.
  • Pick-Ups: The act of scooping a loose ball with a stick.
  • Shootings: The act of throwing the ball at the goal with the stick in an attempt to score.