So, you are new to lacrosse. If you are like most people you are probably pretty unfamiliar with the game of lacrosse. Perhaps you’ve read about it, perhaps you’ve seen a Georgia Swarm game, perhaps you’ve caught a glimpse of a college game on TV. Perhaps your son or daughter has a friend who plays and now you’re faced with the prospect of driving to a season’s worth of practices and games, buying equipment, and being baffled by a game that you don’t quite understand.
The game is exciting, fast-paced, and best of all for the kids, fun. For whatever reason, it captured your child’s imagination. We’ve collected a little information to help ease your transition into the fastest growing sport in the United States.
What Is Lacrosse?
Lacrosse is our country’s oldest sport, developed and played by Native Americans for centuries and modified by European immigrants. The modern game of lacrosse has been played since the mid 19th century - largely on the East Coast and Canada and is now played extensively throughout the USA. The game is also played in Europe and many other countries. Lacrosse was an Olympic sport during the early modern games but was discontinued. It is now played at the World Games and plans are to include lacrosse in the Olympics again as early as the 2020 games.
Lacrosse has since developed into different forms – box and field lacrosse. At NGLA, our teams play field lacrosse. The game is played outdoors, usually, on a football-sized field, with between six and 11 players plus a goalie. Both the girls and boys games are fast-paced, requiring skill, stamina, and athleticism.
Is the Game Different for Boys and Girls?
YES! The boys game is a contact sport in which some amount of checking is allowed increasing with age level while the girls game is a non-contact game with some forms of stick checking allowed. Boys have 10 players on the field and girls have 12. As far as differences in equipment, boys sticks have a deeper pocket, wear pads and helmets and play with a slightly harder ball. Girls, meanwhile, wear a mouthguard and goggles.
Where Can We Buy Gear?
There are a few good places to buy gear. If your child is a first time player you’ll be tempted to purchase the least expensive gear you can find in order to minimize your investment if they decide the sport isn’t for them. If that’s the case, check out the NGLA gear rental program for our NEW boys players.
Otherwise, you can try Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, or Play It Again Sports. You can also check the NGLA Lacrosse Used Equipment Marketplace, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace for used equipment at a fraction of the cost.