Lacrosse is a team sport played between two teams. Each player has a long handled stick with a net called a lacrosse stick or a crosse. Players use this stick to pass, catch and cradle a small rubber ball and the objective of the game is to outscore your opponent by shooting the ball into the opponent's goal.
The stick can be used to check an opponent's stick to prevent them from scoring. Whilst men's lacrosse involves more body contact and hence the use of more protective equipment, the women's game does not allow any rough body contact.
Lacrosse was originally played by the indigenous peoples of North America as early as 1100AD. Modern day lacrosse was established in the 17th Century and it is now played in over 50 countries worldwide.
Lacrosse was included in the 1904 and 1908 Olympics with teams from Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. It was contested as a demonstration sport in the 1928,1932 and 1948 Olympics.
A standard lacrosse field is 110 m by 60 m. Field lacrosse can be played on either grass or artificial turf. Different versions of lacrosse are also played indoor on roller hockey rinks or sports halls.
The most essential equipment for men's and women's lacrosse is a lacrosse stick. For men's lacrosse, helmets, shoulder pads, arm pads, as well as gloves are required. For women's lacrosse, only mouth guards are required but most players would also wear goggles and gloves.