Lacrosse is a French-named field contact sport derived from Native American origin wherein two teams comprised of ten players apiece attempt to outscore each other by flinging a small rubber ball into the opposing team's net.
The concept is simple, but mastery of the sport requires high levels of both conditioning and finesse.
Teams are comprised of three attackers, three midfielders, three defenders, and a goalie.
Each player is equipped with protective gear and a lacrosse stick, or crosse. Midfielders and attackers typically carry a short crosse, and up to four players per team are allowed a long crosse. The goalies may carry a crosse fitted with a wider head to help block shots. Contest is begun with a face-off similar to hockey, and play is resumed with an additional face-off following every goal scored. The ball is placed between two opposing players with two more in the wing, and when the referee signals for play to begin the two attempt to flick the ball to one of their respective teammates waiting behind the restraining line. Once accomplished the teams are allowed to move about freely in an effort to score more goals than the opposition. Once play has commenced it is only stopped for penalties, timeouts, or if the ball leaves the area of play. There are no ties, so using time and possession to your advantage are key to scoring the W.
Once you have a general Idea of how the game flows, position independent skills are all that remain. Accuracy for attackers, awareness for midfielders, and positioning for defenders. Adequate passing is a must for all. It's more difficult to practise than to preach, but practice makes perfect.
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How to Improve Your Lacrosse Game
If you play lacrosse and are looking to better your game, this is the page for you. Whether you want to build up endurance or augment your power, the following list of exercises and techniques is sure to up your game:
Running. Lacrosse is a full contact sport which calls for constant activity across both ends of the court. Start with two mile running sessions, incrementally increasing the distance from two miles as you get comfortable. It's also a good idea to do these runs while wearing your equipment.
Weights. This advice has a variable amount of relevance, depending entirely on your position. Weight lifting is advised to give accuracy and distance when shooting the ball as well as to increase your success at tackling.
Mix Positioning. Mix things up and try out each position during practice sessions. Doing so will give you an idea of what your personal strengths should be focused on.
Replay Your Drills. When you're just starting out, go through each training drill slowly to make sure you fully grasp each element of the drill. Once you're comfortable enough with your drills, you can move on to putting them into practice with a proper game.
By following these tips, you should notice a tangible improvement in your lacrosse game.