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How to Avoid a Penalty in Lacrosse

Learn how to avoid penalties in lacrosse from the pros at Game Breaker Lacrosse Camps in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Taylor Nissi, Director of Operations for Game Breaker Lacrosse. I'm here today with Nick Schmidt who's one of our great regional directors. Please visit our website To avoid penalties in lacrosse it's important to understand the rules of the game. Additionally, playing under control, and having good field awareness can help you avoid penalties. Some of the most common penalties in the sport are slashing, which is to maliciously hit your opponent with your stick, whether he has the ball or does not, cross checking, holding, which is holding your player back from getting into the play, and tripping. Some penalties that award the other team possession but don't result in the removal of a player from a play, is a loose ball push, which is when the ball is loose, neither team has it, I push my opponent to the ground, my opponent is awarded the ball. Interference is when I interfere with a player getting to the ball when it's in my team's possession. Goalie interference occurs when the goalie has the ball in his possession, in his crease, and is attempting to make a pass. Any contact with his body or his stick results in a free clear and the goalie's team has the ball at the midfield line. Those are some of the most common penalties in lacrosse and, as I said, the best way to avoid ending up in the box or giving up a possession is to understand the rules of the game and what's happening at that moment in time.

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