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!

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 of lacrosse.

“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.”

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 to score.