Girls Lacrosse

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Girls lacrosse requires dexterity, speed, endurance, strength, and an understanding of the game. Each player on a team plays a unique position. Coaches assign positions based on the talents of the individual players, who, like all team players in other sports, are expected to accept their roles and play within the framework of the team.

While girls lacrosse is called a non-contact sport, plenty of contact does occur during a game. Stick checking is legal, and the referees know that light checks are unavoidable. There are rules against roughness and using lacrosse sticks in ways that may cause injury. Slashing and taking dangerously wild shots that put other players in danger (ladies do not wear hard helmets like men) are examples of major fouls.

Lacrosse teams run specific plays and impose different defensive sets to disrupt the opposing team's offense. The most skilled offensive player on a team often plays a position called first home. First home's role is to streak towards the goal and use her skills and athleticism to score. To defend against first home, the point, usually an agile defender who knows how to stick check and steal passes, shadows the opposing team's most potent offensive weapon.

Girls Lacrosse Equipment

Girls lacrosse players wear cleats, which should provide ample comfort and traction on all surfaces. Moreover, ladies wear gloves that are much less bulky than men's to protect their hands. Because girls do not have face masks, players are required to wear mouth guards. Due to the vulnerability of the girls playing the position, goalies wear extra equipment and padding.


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