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Lacrosse Rules and Equipment



There is no contact. Players need indoor running shoes (for gym use only), a helmet, jock and gloves - no other equipment needed.

Basic Rules

  • The game format is three 10-minute periods, no stop time.
  • A 20-second shot clock is used (regulation box lacrosse uses a 30-second shot clock).
  • Teams can be as small as 5 players – three on the floor plus two subs.
  • There are no goaltenders in the Mini Game format. Shooter tutors (of various sizes), shooting boards, Sniper Targets, ballons and other targets are used to challenge and develop shooting skills in Mini Game.
  • Before a team can shoot on net, the offensive team must complete three successful passes. The referee will call aloud the number of successful passes during each possession. All passes must be initiated from the overhand passing position.
  • All loose ball situations are governed by “first to trap” rule where the referee will stop play and award possession to a player who has successfully trapped the loose ball.
  • While the game scores are not recorded, goals are scored by introducing open net, target and/or shooting board challenges to the game. After each goal, the team that has been scored on initiates play from centre floor on the referee’s whistle (ball possession rules apply).
  • Should the ball go out of bounds during play, the referee will award possession to the player on either team, positioned closest to where the ball went out of play.
  • To facilitate skill development, body contact and stick-to-body contact is illegal. Only stick to stick contact is permitted.
  • All actions of players which would result in a penalty under regulation box lacrosse rules, will result in a penalty shot (instead of a time-served penalty) being awarded to the non-offending team. The player who was fouled will take the penalty shot, on the run, advancing directly toward the net from centre floor.
  • Other than exceptions noted, regular box lacrosse rules apply to Mini Game.
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Box Lacrosse

Box Lacrosse is played on a standard sized arena floor and features 6 players (goaltender and five runners) of an 18-20 player team on the floor at one time.

The strategy of Lacrosse is similar to that of basketball, with all five runners involved in the offense and the defense. Added to the appeal are the speed and excitement created by a 30 second shot clock. The combination of action and reaction makes Box as much fun to play as it is to watch.

Field Lacrosse

Field Lacrosse is played outdoors on a 100m x 55m filed. Teams consist of 10 players of a team roster of 20-23 players. The team on the field consists of goaltender, attack, midfielders and defense.

Field is very similar to Box in the fundamental skills of passing and catching, and the physical nature of the play. The games differ in the style of play and strategy. There is no controlling shot clock in Field and the game is more strategic and relies more heavily on possession and control of the ball.

Basic Rules

  • The game begins with a face-off. The ball is placed between the sticks of two squatting players at the center of the field. The official blows the whistle to begin play. Each face-off player tries to control the ball. The players in the wing areas can release; the other players must wait until one player has gained possession of the ball or the ball has crossed the goal line.
  • Center face-offs are also used after a goal and at the start of each quarter.
  • Players may run with the ball in the crosse, pass and catch the ball. Only the goalkeeper may touch the ball with his hands.
  • A player may gain possession of the ball by dislodging it from an opponent's crosse with a stick check, which includes the controlled poking and slapping of the stick and gloved hands of the player in possession of the ball.
  • Body checking is permitted if the opponent has the ball. However, all contact must occur from the front or side, above the waist and below the shoulders. An opponent's crosse may also be stick checked if it is within five yards of a loose ball or ball in the air.
  • If the ball or a player in possession of the ball goes out of bounds, the other team is awarded possession of the ball. If the ball goes out of bounds after an unsuccessful shot on goal, the player nearest to the ball when and where it goes out of bounds is awarded possession.
  • An attacking player cannot enter the crease around the goal, but may reach in with his stick to scoop a loose ball.

Player-Parent Guide

This guide explains the basics of the game, the skills needed, and the rules.

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