The following is a list of terms you may frequently hear while watching a lacrosse game. Some, you may be familiar with, others, may sound a little odd at first. But all are part of knowing the game of lacrosse…
Body Check: Contact with an opponent from the front, between the shoulders and the waist, when opponent has the ball or is within five yards of a loose ball.
Box: An area on the sideline used to hold players who have been served with penalties, and through which substitutions “on the fly” are permitted directly from the sideline onto
Check-Up: A call given by the goalie to alert the defender to find his man and call out his number.
Clamp: A face-off maneuver executed by quickly pushing the back of the stick on top of the ball.
Clearing: Running or passing the ball from the defensive half of the field to the attack goal area.
Crease: A circle around the goal, nine feet in radius, into which only defensive players may enter.
Crosse (Stick): The equipment used to throw, catch and carry (cradle) the ball.
Defensive Clearing Area: The area defined by a line drawn sideline to sideline, 20 yards from the face of the goal. Once the defensive positioned correctly, usually due to a
loose ball or an unsuccessful clear.
Extra Man Offense: A man advantage that occurs following a time-serving penalty.
Face-Off: A technique used to put the ball in play at the start of each quarter, or after a goal is scored. The players squat down and the ball is placed between their sticks.
Fast-Break: A transition scoring opportunity in which the offense has at least one man advantage.
Goal Line Extended (GLE): An imaginary line, from the fron the the goal extending to each sideline. Being “Above GLE” puts a played in front of the goal. Being “below” GLE puts the player behind the goal
Ground Ball: A loose ball on the playing field.
Handle (Shaft): The pole connected to the head of the stick.
Head: The plastic or wood part of the stick connected to the handle.
The Hole: The area in front of the goal, to be protected at all times by the defense.
Loose Ball: A situation in which neither team has control of the ball.
Man Down Defense: The situation that results from a time-serving penalty which causes the defense to play with a least a one man disadvantage.
Midfield Line: The line bisecting the field of play.
On-the-Fly Substitution: A player substitution made during play. Usually executed while the ball is being handled offensively.
Pick: An offensive maneuver in which a stationary player attempts to block the path of a defender with his body.
Pocket: The strung part of the head of a stick which holds the ball.
Poke Check: A check that consists of “poking” the ball carrier’s stick in an effort to dislodge the ball. Effective poke checks disrupt a players ability to pass or shoot, are easy to execute on the run, and are low risk in terms of penalties!
Rake: A face-off maneuver in which a player sweeps the ball to the side.
Riding: The act of trying to prevent a team from clearing the ball.
Release: The term used by an official to notify a penalized player in the box that he or she may re-enter the game.
Tree: Something coach might make you run around at Horton field if you are talking when he/she is talking, or not ready for a drill when it is your turn!
Unsettled Situation: Any situation in which the defense is not positioned correctly, usually due to a loose ball or an unsuccessful clear.
“X”: The spot on the field directly behind the goal, but still in-bounds