WHY LACROSSE ?
Anybody can play lacrosse – boys or girls, big or small.
The game requires agility and coordination, not size. Lacrosse
is fast-paced and action-packed. It’s a great team sport
with a focus on individual skills. There’s lots of running,
quick stops and starts, dekes and dodges. Precision passes followed
by pinpoint shots. It doesn’t get much more exciting than
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in Ontario.
The object of the game is to shoot the ball into your opponents’
goal using a lacrosse stick. The ball is made of solid rubber,
about 150 grams in mass and is yellow, orange or white in colour.
The stick is made of wood or plastic and has a shaped net pocket
at its end to carry the ball. There are four separate categories
“Fun Fact: In 1994, the Government of Canada passed a
law recognizing lacrosse as Canada’s national summer sport.”
BOX LACROSSE A uniquely Canadian innovation, box lacrosse is
a combination of lacrosse and hockey. It is played on a hockey
arena floor and features a goalie plus five runners. Also known
as indoor lacrosse or boxla, it is a game of speed and reaction.
A 30-second shot clock cranks up the excitement factor even
more making it as fun to watch as it is to play. Males and females
6 to 65 play box lacrosse in leagues across Canada.
“Fun Fact: The Minto Cup is the 'Stanley Cup'
of lacrosse and it’s almost as old! Donated in 1901 by
Lord Minto, the Governor General of Canada, the silver cup is
awarded annually to the best junior box lacrosse team in Canada.”
MEN’S FIELD LACROSSE This outdoor version of
lacrosse is played on a 100 m x 55 m field. That’s a lot
of territory to cover, so passing is key to a successful field
lacrosse team. Ten players are on the field, consisting of goaltender,
attack, midfielders and defence. Field lacrosse is more strategic
and relies more on possession and ball control. In the last
few years, minor field lacrosse has become more popular with
kids 10 to 16-years-old competing.
“Fun Fact: One hundred years ago, thousands of Canadians
would flock to lacrosse games. The 1910 Canadian Championship
held in New Westminster, B.C. was attended by 15,000 fans even
though the population of New Westminster was less than 12,000.”
WOMEN'S FIELD LACROSSE A quick, free-flowing
game with 12 players aside, played on a 100 m x 55 m field.
Unlike men’s field or box lacrosse, there is no body contact
or aggressive checking. This results in a game that is fast-paced
and emphasizes passing skills and ball movement – making
it very entertaining to watch! Participation in Canada continues
to grow, while internationally Canada consistently places in
the top four at the world championships.
“Fun Fact: Two famous prime ministers were also known
for their lacrosse playing. Pierre Trudeau played the game during
his school days in Quebec, and Lester Pearson played and starred
with his Oxford University team.”
INTER-LACROSSE Also called inter-crosse, this
is the newest form of lacrosse and anyone can play it! It is
non-contact and is designed to be adaptable to the various ages
and skill levels of the participants. Players use a molded plastic
stick and a soft, air-filled ball. The game is easy to play
and participants quickly learn the fundamental lacrosse skills
of scooping, carrying, passing, and catching the ball. More
skills-oriented in nature, this versatile form of lacrosse has
become one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
“Fun Fact: The Mann Cup was donated by Sir Donald Mann
in 1901, to be awarded to the national amateur senior champion.
Today the gold cup is awarded to the best senior team in box
lacrosse in Canada.”
Receiving the ball with the lacrosse stick.
Dislodging the ball from the opponent’s stick.
The motion of arms and hands working together to keep the ball
secure in the pocket of the stick.
A movement by the offensive player without the ball toward the
opponents’ goal to be ready for a feed and a shot.
Passing the ball to a teammate who’s in position for a
good shot on goal.
Throwing the ball with the lacrosse stick to a teammate.
Picking up a loose ball with the lacrosse stick.
Throwing the ball with the lacrosse stick toward the goal, attempting