WHAT IS LACROSSE ?
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.
Box lacrosse is played in a hockey rink, 5v5 with goalies, smaller nets, goalies have bigger pads and there is a 30 second shot clock. The ball seldom goes out of bounds and the game is fast paced with lots of transitions, off-ball play and players play both offence and defense. The smaller space, quick pace of play and smaller numbers ensure lots more touches and more shots which is great for developing skills, improving decision making and overall lax IQ. All that action also makes it very fun to play and watch.
The National Lacrosse League is professional Box lacrosse in North America. You can learn more, watch highlights and follow games here.