a lacrosse stick


1. Each team has ten players, a goalie, 3 defenders, 3 midfielders, and 3 attackmen

2. Collegiate games are 60 minutes long, with 15-minute quarters. Generally, high school games are 48 minutes long, with 12-minute quarters. Likewise, youth games are 32 minutes long, with eight-minute quarters. Each team is given a two-minute break between the first and second quarters, and the third and fourth quarters. Halftime is ten minutes long.

3. The game starts with a face-off, where two opposing players line up with their sticks close to, but not touching the ball, and the referee blows the whistle to start movement. There is a player on both wings for each team with their feet behind a designated line. When the whistle starts there is a battle for possession and when one team has it then play begins.

4. Four players must remain on the defensive side of the field at all times. Three players likewise must stay on the offensive side of the field at all times. The midfielders can run on both sides of the field. The field is separated in two halves by the midfield line, and if too few players are on one side, the penalty is offsides and the other team gets the ball.

5. Physical body contact is allowed if the opponent has the ball or is 5 yards of a ground ball. Body checking, like hockey, is only allowed from the front or side and failure to do so will result in a penalty in which the guilty player must sit out of the game for 2 minutes.

6. A check must be below the shoulders and above the waist. It is illegal to hit someone with two hands on the stick when it is stretched out horizontally. This is called a cross-check.

7. Checking with the stick is completely legal as long as the stick does not hit the other players’ helmet. However, errant checks that are not even close to hitting the opposing player’s stick will warrant a “slashing” penalty.

8. An attacking player can never step inside of the goalie circle, which is known as the crease. This infraction will result in the other team getting the ball.

9. A pass or ground ball that goes out of bounds is given to the other team. However, a shot on goal that goes out of bounds is given to the player who is closest to the ball when it goes out.

10. There are specifications for the length of a stick and the depth of the pocket. For more information read this wikipedia article: Stick Regulations