How to Play Girls Lacrosse

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Although the name of the game sounds French, lacrosse is a sport that's native to America. In the 1800s a French missionary saw Native Americans striking at a ball with sticks, and referring to it as lacrosse, the sport grew with the new settlers. Today, it's popularity is sweeping the nation and girl's leagues are sprouting up everywhere.

  • Take the draw at the center of the field. This is how both halves of the game start to play and it occurs after either team scores a goal. Similar to a face off in hockey, the girls stand facing each other with their sticks touching with the ball placed between the girls. Once the whistle blows, the object is to scoop the ball to get it over to a team member to put it into play.

  • Run to catch an out-of-bounds ball. Although many fields lack boundary lines, the official will blow the whistle when the ball strays too far from the playing field and the player closest to the ball determines what team gets the ball.

  • Stop, don't move and follow the stand rule. The stand rule is one of the most important rules that girls must follow when playing lacrosse. Anytime the whistle blows, all girls must stop exactly where they are on the field and not move until the whistle blows again, signifying the game resuming. If it's a time-out where the team needs to gather, the girls leave their sticks on the field in the exact spot where they were last.

  • Practice the throw, which is like a jump-ball in basketball. The officials select two girls, normally the girls involved in the play right before an official rules possession of the ball as indeterminable. The girls stand next to each other while the other players have to stand back. The umpire blows the whistle, tosses the ball towards the girls who then try to grab it and either run towards the goal or pass it to another player.

  • Understand the new modified checking rule in place for younger players up to 8th grade and its difference from the full checking rule for those in 9th grade and older. Designed for safety, this rule allows the girls to practice the fundamentals of lacrosse without fear of being struck. A legal check for girls in 8th grade and younger is below the shoulders, hitting away from the other player's body.

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