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This is Lacrosse: By US Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a fast moving and fast growing sport.

There are 10 people from a team on the field at a time (20 people on the field total). There are 3 attackmen, 3 middies, 3 defensemen and 1 goalie.Much like basketball, there are 4 quarters in a game, and the team with the most points at the end of the games wins.

A player scores by shooting the ball from their stick's pocket into the opposing team's goal. The lacrosse ball is about the size of a baseball. It is a solid rubber ball.

The other team can try to get the ball out of your stick by: hitting you with their stick, hitting you with their body. To prevent the ball from falling out, a player must cradle the ball. Outside shooting is also important for a middie. A good outside shooting threat can cause the defense to completely shift their game.

Play begins with a face off in the center Face-off square or circle. The lacrosse face off is similar to a hockey face off. Two opponents face each other and try to win possession of the ball. The lacrosse face off is different because the two players basically start on their hands and feet with their sticks laying along the center line, and the ball between the heads of the sticks. At the officials signal each player can employ a number of different lacrosse face-off skills and tactics to win possession of the ball, but there is no substitute for being quick or powerful. Most often the ball will be knocked or passed to a player other than the two fighting for the ball in the face off. Once a player is able to pick the ball up with their stick possession occurs. The object is to get close enough to the opponents net to throw the ball into the net scoring a goal. A goal counts as one point. In Major League (professional) Lacrosse there is a two point line where goals shot from behind that line score two points, but that is the only place the two point rule is in effect.

Offensive players maneuver down the field toward the goal by running with or passing the ball to a teammate. Players can run the entire length of the field as long as they are not offside's by not leaving


in the defensive end.

Offensive players cannot enter the crease area that surrounds the goal. The crease is a circle that surrounds the goal and it is where the goalie works.  Defensive players can enter the crease area. If an offensive player enters the crease, it is a crease violation and position goes to the opponent. Offensive players cannot go into their own crease either unless they gain possession while in the crease they can take the ball out. (from simplylacrosse.com)