FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS LACROSSE
What is different about Boys & Girls lacrosse? The rules are differ to ensure safety.
A) Girls Lacrosse: Equipment to play includes a girls lacrosse stick, goggles or helmet, mouthpiece & cleats. Girls wear less protective padding than in the Boys game. However, contact is limited in girls lacrosse and checking rules are more disciplined. The sticks differ based on the deepness of the lacrosse pocket. Girls lacrosse sticks require more balance and skill to control. Girls lacrosse games start with a draw and the ball pressed between two crosses in the air. Girls lacrosse uses an 8 & 12 meter arch around the cage.
B) Boys Lacrosse: Equipment to play includes helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, cleats & mouthpiece. The boys game as less restrictive checking rules & body contact standards. Boys lacrosse players may strike other players using their stick or throw body strikes like in football. Stick checks to the head & legs are prohibited. Hits from the back are illegal & strongly discouraged. Boys lacrosse games start with a face-off where the ball is on the ground & both players fight for possession.
WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF LACROSSE?
Box Lacrosse, Boys Field Lacrosse, Girls Field Lacrosse. Field Lacrosse is played on grass or turf outside. There is no enclosed space and the field is bigger than Box Lacrosse. Box Lacrosse is 5 versus 5 in an enclosed space (usually hockey rinks). Box Lacrosse uses a smaller goal and well padded goalies similar to hockey. Outdoor Boys Field Lacrosse is played on 110 x 60 yard dimensions. 10v10 (3 Attack players, 3 Midfielders , 3 Defenders, 1 Goalie). The average youth team is 15-22 players. Outdoor Girls Lacrosse field is 140 x 70 yards and variables may vary based on age level/modified rules. Girls lax is 12v12. Two teams compete with 12 players each (Goalie, 5 Attackers, and 6 Defenders). Adversely, you can also be categorized as Goalie, 3 attackers, 5 midfielders, and 3 defenders.
Youth rules are modified to accommodate smaller teams & create more touches.
HOW MANY COLLEGES HAVE LACROSSE?
Many universities have lacrosse at both the varsity and club level. The NCAA is the governing body for varsity college lacrosse. Every year, new NCAA Men’s and Women’s lacrosse programs & scholarship opportunities are popping up all over the United States. Currently, there are over 400 Men’s college lacrosse teams. There are over 500 Women’s lacrosse programs. College lacrosse players have an average graduation rate of 94-99%. There are numerous college scholarship and academic opportunities.
WHERE CAN I PURCHASE EQUIPMENT?
You can purchase equipment on the following websites:
Local Retail Stores:
30865 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Westlake Village, CA 91362
Dicks Sporting Goods
770 S Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245
19500 Plummer St, Northridge, CA 91324