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Lacrosse 101 Presented by Justin Jenkins
Intro From Scituate, Massachusetts Defensemen at Elmira College, in Elmira, NY Div. III Empire 8 Conference Team Captain Junior and Senior year Past Work: Lacrosse Director at Camp Takajo in Naples, ME Lacrosse Instructor at Powell Brothers Lacrosse Camp Head Coach at Beaver Country Day School in Boston, MA I've been involved with the sport for over 16 years.
Tonight's Agenda 1. Introduction 2. History of the Game 3. Field Layout 4. Positions 5. Quick Overview of Common Penalties 6. Players Do’s and Don'ts 7. Parents Do’s and Don'ts 8. Key Words/Terms 9. Questions and Answers
History of the Game Lacrosse dates back to 1100AD, and was played by Native Americans Nicknames: “Creators Game” “ Baggataway” “Little Brother of War” “Fastest Game on Two Feet” First documented by French Jesuits in 1637 and they called it la-crosse (the stick).
History cont’d Reasons for the Game: Please the “Creator” Settle land/border disputes between neighboring tribes Prepare the tribe for war Games were played for several days with 100-1,000 players, the field would be 400 yards - 2 miles long and would be played on foot or on horseback. The ball was usually made from a rock wrapped in deer hide, and Parents - there was no equipment !!!
Field Layout Field is 110 yards long x 60 yards wide
Positions on the Field Attackmen: Typically spend their entire lives in the opponents end of the field. There are always at least 3 attackmen in the offensive end, and do not typically cross midfield. Midfielders :(also commonly known as Middies) roam the entire field. They play both off offense and defense. There are always 3 middies on the field during the game Defensemen: (Long Poles) They play defense, they are responsible for stopping the offense. There are always 3 defensemen on the field during the game Goalie: Responsible for stopping the opponents shots. Each team is allowed only 10 players on the field
Common Penalties Illegal Stick Body Checking Stick Checking Loose ball push
Stick Rules Stick Length: Attack/Middy: 40”-42” long Defense: 52”-72” long Goalie: 40”-72” long Lacrosse Head: Width: 6.5” or greater Throat: 3.0” or greater Strings- 2” maximum Illegal Pocket – The entire ball cannot be below the bottom sidewall All butt ends must be covered
Body Checking Any hits or blows to the head or neck will be a 1, 2, or 3 minute Unsportsmanlike Penalty and will be non-releasable (If the opponent scores the team still remains a man down) Legal Hitting Area – Shoulder to Waist Player must keep both hands on his stick when he hits Any player who has any part of his body other than his feet on the ground may not be checked. Ball must be within 5 yards(3 steps) of the player to make a hit These hits sound brutal, loud, and extremely painful, but if the hit is between the shoulder and the waist it is legal!!!!
Illegal Hit Legal Hit
Stick Checking What a player may do legally with the stick on defense is to strike an opponent's stick when that opponent has possession of the ball or is within five yards of a loose ball or a ball in flight. Slashing: Illegal stick check to the body of a player, that does not result in striking the stick or gloves. Remember the gloves are considered part of the stick. So hitting the gloves should not be a slash, unless it is done maliciously and repeatedly. Offensive side of stick checking is a term called Warding Warding is defined as: when an offensive player deliberately makes contact with a defender's stick to interfere with the attempted check
Loose Ball Push(Push from Behind) Occurs when there is a loose ball on the ground, a member of one team pushes or shoves the opponent from behind resulting in the player falling over.
Players Do’s and Don’ts Do’s : Wear your mouth guard Wear your cup Encourage good sportsmanship Listen to officials and coaches Hustle and work hard Inform coaches of any injuries Hydrate… a lot Have Fun !!!! Don’ts: Take your helmet off on the sidelines Wear jewelry while playing Talk back to officials, or coaches Talk to your parents on the sideline during a game Don’t have a bad or negative attitude No cell phones during games Never retaliate against another player
Parents Do’s and Don’ts Do’s: Encourage your student – athlete Encourage good sportsmanship Hydrate your athlete Report any injuries to the team director Encourage practice participation, (their playing time depends on it) Have fun and enjoy the game ! Don’ts: Belittle, harass or intimidate players, officials or coaches Walk across the field during quarter or halftime breaks Stand on the end lines, or coach area Don’t talk to officials under any circumstances