This section explains the simplified lacrosse rules UK for beginners. Follow this basic guide to lacrosse equipment, team tactics, and player strategies.
LACROSSE STICKS UK: Competitors play field lacrosse as a team game.
Teammates use a stick with a mesh or net at one end to pass a ball to each other. As a rule they do so around an outdoor rectangular playing field.
The sport originated around a thousand years ago in Native American communities. They used lacrosse as a training ground for tribal warriors battling for victory.
French Jesuit missionaries first witnessed (and documented) the earliest versions of the game. But in fact, the 'Laws of Lacrosse' got codified in Canada around 1867.
The present day game is fast paced and a frenetic contact sport. It requires the use of protective padding and helmets for the players.
Less common variations of the outdoor pastime are box lacrosse and intercrosse. But, this beginner section focuses on the basic rules and regulations for playing field lacrosse in the United Kingdom.
The simple aim of the game is to shoot a ball into your opponent's goal using a lacrosse stick - called a 'crosse'. Of course, you want to score more goals than they do to win the game.
Players use the stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball. Other player tactics include trying to stop the opponents from gaining possession. You also use the lacrosse stick to dispossess opposing players of the ball when they have possession.
Lacrosse's playing field should be a rectangle with white markings for boundary lines. The measurements should have 110 yard sidelines (100.58 meters) long by 60 yard end lines (54.86 meters) wide.
A heavy white line should mark the centerline (midfield line) of the pitch. The midfield line must be perpendicular to the sidelines. There should be a goal at either end measuring six feet by six feet. A circular 'crease' should surround each goal with a diameter of 18 feet.
A lacrosse team consists of ten players in total. There will be one goalkeeper, three defenders, three midfielders and three attacking players.
Team members must propel the ball from their lacrosse stick into the goal such that it fully crosses the goal line to score a legal goal.
Players are not allowed to score from inside the goal crease area. In this case the goal gets disallowed if a player enters the 'crease' before the ball crosses the goal line.
Lacrosse games get controlled by 3 referees as a rule and one will officiate as the head referee. Referees share equal duties. But, the settlement of any dispute gets decided by the head referee and his decision is final.
The winning team is the one scoring most goals within the allocated time frame of the game. An extra period of 'sudden victory overtime' may ensue if scores remain level after the game time is up.
During the extra period of play the first team to score a goal becomes the outright winner.
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