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The Faceoff Begins the Game of Lacrosse

Lacrosse is a team sport that is often played as a contact sport. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball. Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so. Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to gain the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning. The sport consists of four positions: midfield, attack, defense, and goalie.

Let’s get started with some rules from the Federation of International Lacrosse about the balls to be used in the game of lacrosse. According to the 2005 rules posted on the FIL website:



14.1 The ball shall be of white or orange rubber and between 7.75 inches (19.69 centimetres) and 8 inches (20.32 centimetres) in circumference. It shall be between 5 and 5.25 ounces in weight, and, when dropped onto a hard wooden floor from a height of 72 inches (1.83 metres), shall bounce to a height of between 45 inches (114.3 centimetres) and 49 inches (124.46 centimetres).

14.2 Balls shall be supplied by the home team and the ball in use at the end of the game shall become the property of the winning team.

 14.3 The home team shall supply ball persons with extra balls at each side and each corner of the field. The ball persons shall wear helmets, gloves and, where appropriate, boxes/cups. The ball persons shall be a minimum of 10 years of age.

Federation of International Lacrosse – filacrosse.com
Photo – blog.comlax.com/ultimate-lacrosse-faceoff-techniques/

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