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The Sport Of Lacrosse

There are four types of lacrosse played in Canada:
  • Box
  • Men's Field
  • Women's Field
  • Inter Lacrosse.

Box Lacrosse

Box Lacrosse is played on a standard sized arena floor and features 6 players (goaltender and five runners) of an 18-20 player team on the floor at one time.

The strategy of Lacrosse is similar to that of basketball, with all five runners involved in the offense and the defense. Added to the appeal are the speed and excitement created by a 30 second shot clock. The combination of action and reaction makes Box as much fun to play as it is to watch.

Men's Field Lacrosse

Men's Field Lacrosse is played outdoors on a 100m x 55m field. Team rosters consist of 20-23 players, with10 players on the field at a time. The team on the field consists of a goaltender, attackmen, midfielders and defencemen.

Men's Field is very similar to Box in the fundamental skills of passing and catching, and the physical nature of the play. The games differ in the style of play and strategy. There is no controlling shot clock in Men's Field and the game is more strategic and relies more heavily on possession and control of the ball.

Women's Field Lacrosse

Women's Field Lacrosse is a quick, free-flowing game which is easy to understand and watch. The game is played on a 100m x 55m field with 12 players aside on the field. The full roster of a Women's Field team is 16-20 players.

Unlike Men's Field or Box Lacrosse, Women's Field is a non-contact sport. There is no aggressive checking with either the stick or the body. This results in a fast-paced, polished game centred on ball movement

Inter-Lacrosse

Inter-Lacrosse is the newest form of the game. Participants use a molded plastic stick and a soft, air-filled ball. The game is easy to play, adaptable to many environments, and participants quickly learn the fundamental Lacrosse skills of scooping, cradling, passing and catching the ball.



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