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Women’s NCAA Lacrosse Regulates Bounce at Specific Temperature

Women’s lacrosse is a sport played with twelve players on each team. The object of the game is to use a long-handled lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass a solid rubber ball in an effort to score by ultimately hurling the ball into an opponent’s goal. Defensively the object is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body positioning. Equipment required to play is different from the men’s. Women are only required to wear eyewear/lacrosse goggles, and a mouth guard. Their stick has restrictions too, it has to be a certain length and the pocket cannot be too deep but the lacrosse ball sizes are the same.

Colors appear to be tightly controlled in NCAA Women’s Lacrosse.  Starting in 2008, gray was added to the list of colors approved for the goalie’s uniform bottom.  Previously, the bottom portion of the uniform had to be either the team’s predominant color or black.  While it is not new in 2008, the color of the ball must be solid yellow.

Rule 2: Equipment and Uniforms
The Ball
SECTION 5. The ball is smooth rubber of solid yellow color, not less than 20cm (7-3/4″) or more than 20.3cm (8″) in circumference. It must weigh not less than 142gm (5oz.) not more than 149gm (5-1/4oz.). It must have a bounce of not less than 1.1m (43″) nor more than 1.3m (51″) when dropped from 1.8m (72″) onto concrete at a temperature of approximately 18 degrees C. (65 degrees F.) – 23 degrees C. (75 degrees F.).

References:
NCAA Women’s Lacrosse – http://www.ncaa.com/sports/lacrosse-women
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