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Lacrosse: How to Play

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Lacrosse, which originated as a native American sport, is a fast paced team sport that is played with a stick and a ball.  It is a thrilling sport that combines soccer, basketball and hockey and is played with a lacrosse stick and a rubber ball. This sport demands agility, speed, and precision making it a sport that many people are eager to try. 

Before hitting the field, it is important to be equipped with the lacrosse stick, a helmet, a mouthguard and cleats. Proper gear ensures safety and enhances performance while playing. According to Sport Stop, “Lacrosse is a dynamic and exhilarating sport, but safety should always be a top priority. By equipping yourself with the right protective gear, you’re not just guarding against potential injuries; you’re also ensuring that you can enjoy the game to its fullest.”

The primary goal of lacrosse is to score points by shooting the ball into the opponent’s goal. Like soccer, each team has a goalie who defends the goals and players who throw the ball with their sticks. 

In order to master the fundamentals of lacrosse, it is key to know how to pass, cradle, grip, and catch. 

To grip the stick, a player must hold the stick with both hands with the dominant hand on top for accuracy and control. Cradling involves maintaining the ball while running with the stick, rocking it back and forth. Practicing this skill is foundational to being able to pass and catch. 

Passing involves various techniques such as underhand, sidearm, over the shoulder, and many more that can go a long way in passing effectively. The underhand pass is often used when a defender is close and is similar to a golf movement. The sidearm pass is a good option when trying to pass the ball around another player and involves moving the lacrosse stick parallel to the ground to throw the ball on the side of the player. 

In addition, the over the shoulder pass is an effective way to pass the ball to a player on the same team. This pass releases the ball early allowing enough time for the receiver to catch the ball to keep their momentum. 

Catching is another important skill in lacrosse that uses hand-eye coordination to secure the ball upon receiving. A player must position their stick to receive passes or scoop up the ball when it is on the ground. 

By practicing many times, a player will master the fundamentals and techniques of playing lacrosse. According to Lax Camps, “If players can stay focused and approach practice as if it’s a game situation, then they’re more likely to see positive results on game day.” 

While practicing, a player must act as an offensive or a defensive player. To play as an offensive player, strategies such as dodging, cutting and setting creates scoring opportunities. For offensive players, working on ball movement and being able to pass/catch is key to winning. 

To play as a defensive player, techniques such as body positioning, stick checking and footwork is fundamental in not letting the opposition score. Body positioning allows a player to maximize their footwork and properly defend the goal. Stick checking is another common tactic that allows the defense to take the ball away from the offense. 

Overall, lacrosse is a sport like any other which requires respect for the opponents, teammates, coaches, and officials. Staying curious and open to criticism from experienced players can help improve a players skills. Whether someone is an experienced athlete or a new player, lacrosse can offer an interesting experience. 

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