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Basic Lacrosse Rules

Learn the basic rules of lacrosse from coaches at Gameday Lacrosse in this Howcast video.


Hi, I'm Liz Kittleman Jackson. I'm the Head Lacrosse coach at Columbia Universityand I'm going to talk to you about a few basic rules of the game of Lacrosse. First, the field. Our game is played within a hundred yards with five yards behind each cage for play to happen behind the goal. Typically, the field is about 50 to 60 yards wide. There are twelve players on each team on the field at once, one goal keeper and eleven field players.

The field players are a combination of attackers, midfielders, and defenders. In the game of Lacrosse we have what's called a restraining line that goes across the 30 yard line on either side of the field. When your inside the 30 yard line, the game is seven attackers versus seven defenders. Once the ball is moved above the 30 yard line any number of players can be on the field.

But then again, when it goes below the 30 yard line it's seven attackers versus seven defenders. Different teams use different combinations of the field players. A typical setup is four defenders, three midfielders, and four attackers, plus the goal keeper, and you've got your twelve players on the field. So, those are the basic rules of woman's Lacrosse

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