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The Rules of Field Lacrosse – EXPLAINED!

The Rules of Field Lacrosse – EXPLAINED!


Ninh explains the RULES of Field Lacrosse
The objective of the game is for your team to score more goals than the opposing team. To score a goal, a player must use his lacrosse stick and shoot the ball into the goal. The ball must completely cross the goal line and the shooting player must not step into the crease for a goal to count. Goals are 6ft wide and 6ft high, and the goal crease is 18ft in diameter. The field is 110
yards long by 60 yards wide and the goals are located 15 yards in, at each end of the field. The game starts with a Face Off. Once a team has possession of the ball they will try and move the ball towards the opposing goalie and try and score. You can pass the ball directly between teammates,
pass along the ground to a teammate. or cradle the ball and run with it. The idea is to set up in good position to be able to shoot the ball towards the goal. The opposing team will try and stop you by blocking shots body checking or stick checking body checking or stick checking.
They will try and take the ball away from you so that they can score themselves. Field lacrosse is played with two teams with 10 players on the field at any one time. They consist of 1 goaltender, 3 defenders , 3 midfielders and 3 attackers.
The big difference between field lacrosse and box lacrosse is that in field lacrosse,
you must keep at least 4 players (including the goalie) in your defensive half of the field and you must keep 3 players in your attacking half of the field. The three midfielders, may go anywhere on the field they wish. Another difference is that up to 4 players on each team can use a long lacrosse stick. The game is played in 4 x 15 minute quarters for a total playing time of 60 minutes.
Highest score at the end of time wins. Just like Ice Hockey, Field Lacrosse is filled with things that you can and cannot do.
Should you break one of these rules , you will serve a time penalty. leaving your team with one less player, and your opponents with a man-advantage. The team with the man advantage is known as the ‘extra man offense’ or ‘man-up’. This makes it easier to score a goal as there is one less player to defend the net. The team with a man in the penalty box is known as ‘Man Down’ and usually they defend like crazy until the time of the penalty expires. The length of the time of the penalty depends on the infraction made: Technical Fouls such as holding and offside results in a 30 second penalty. Personal Fouls such as tripping and unsportsmanlike conduct results in a 60 second penalty. Major Fouls such as using illegal equipment and disputing the officials results in a 3 minute penalty. So that’s basically Field Lacrosse in a nutshell, but there’s a few more things you’ll need to understand before playing or going to a game. For example: Offsides.
As previously mentioned before, you must keep at least four players in your defensive half and 3 players in your attacking half. This means that you can have a maximum of 7 players in your defensive half. Any more than that, and the offending player will be called for offside, and the player is sent off for 30 seconds. Sudden Death Overtime
There are no ties in field lacrosse, so overtime periods are played to determine a winner.
These periods usually last a maximum of 5 minutes. First team to score a goal, wins. Substitution There are unlimited substitutions in field lacrosse, and can be made on the fly so long as it’s in the designated area. Shot Clock
In Major League Lacrosse only once you have taken possession of the ball, you have 60 seconds to shoot the ball at the opposing goal. If you haven’t shot the ball within 60 seconds the other team is awarded the ball. In Major League Lacrosse only, if you shoot the ball from outside this area and it goes in, this is worth two goals. This rule does not apply in any other lacrosse league. That’s a lot to take in, but as as you watch or play field lacrosse the rules will become clear. If you have found this video helpful please like, comment share and subscribe.
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If you’re also on Reddit, you can also post the video and discuss it there, but in the meantime, enjoy field lacrosse! Ninh Ly, www.ninh.co.uk, @NinhLyUK

Comments (100)

  1. My school doesn't have lacrosse, and I want to try out lacrosse. I think we are starting it first year ever in gym, but I wish my school had it as a team sport.

  2. Very help start for a dad with a kid who wants to play. Keep em coming

  3. I'm in Maryland where everyone plays lacrosse but I never did. I just now am deciding to pick it up and try out for my high school team. This video helped a lot. Thanks

  4. I really found this helpful. My high school is getting a lacrosse team and I know absolutely noting

  5. Thank man I really appreciate you for making this video

  6. so basically its hockey minus the skates and ice… NICE!!

  7. so is it 10 players on each team?

  8. Nice one mate and well explained as always. Cheers.

  9. your voice sounds a bit like slapped ham's voice (look him up he does countdowns and collabs)

  10. I never played sports in middle school or before that, and I just started playing soccer and some of my friends on the soccer team play lacrosse also. My sister played lacrosse a while back and I helped her practice at home, so I kind of know the basics of ball handling, and I wanted to play lacrosse too. My friends say that I shouldn't have started in high school, and they showed me the bruises they have from it. As a beginner, should I play?

  11. When you say body check. Do you mean light bumps with arms or shoulders? Or Can players hit each other hard like in ice hockey?

  12. Excellent work! Box Lacrosse next would be awesome!

  13. i am doing a science fair project on lacrosse and this helped a lot. Thanks!

  14. I still don't understand the whole keeping four players on the defensive side of the field and three players on the offensive side of the field I've no idea what that means does that mean the three players on the offensive part of the field can't leave a certain part of the field cuz it sounds like the midfielders are the only ones who can go anywhere they want to go on the field this makes no sense I don't get it. someone please help me understand.

  15. This vid really helped

  16. The ball is impossible to see. At least the sliotar in hurling is white.

  17. So do they defense always have to stay in the defensive side and offensive always have to stay on offense and middies always middle

  18. Im just starting out this is my first year doing it im a little scared but ill watch this video a couple more times thank you

  19. Do you have a video explaining the rules of field lacrosse as played by women? I have heard that the differences between the men's and women's games are as different has say rugby league and union or Canadian football and American football.

  20. Yeah I live in Ponte vedra where it's big too and this was helpful very helpful

  21. There's a few more rules you need to go over and the fouls are a bit off

  22. Fun to play. Not so much a spectator sport.

  23. Thanks Ninh for the video. From a LAX(lacrosse) player from Australia, you explained the rules pretty well.

  24. I get it now. You explained it very well

  25. Thank you. Wanted to learn lacrosse.

  26. Is there ice lacrosse?

  27. I prefer Indoor Lacrosse but that’s partially bc I’m a Canadian and the NLL actually has Canadian teams

    Lacrosse is way too underrated tho imo

  28. I've been trying to find something like this

  29. Can you make a comparison between Men's and Women's Lacrosse?

  30. What happens when the ball goes out of bounds

  31. in want to play lacrosse and my last name is lacrosse cray

  32. Thank you I have lacrosse today and I did not get a practice so first game and I’m in fourth grade

  33. Great job… very helpful

  34. Wish the ball was visible to be able to tell when it goes in the net

  35. The player in the thumbnail coached my lacrosse camp last year

  36. very helpful, its my first year of lacrosse

  37. It looks like a game I wish I would have had the option to play when I was in school I think I would have liked it course was little on the lazy and heavy side so I don't know how that works I could've been a goalie

  38. Love your videos! Show them to my P.E. classes all the time. Fantastic stuff Ninh.

  39. Normally how does one acquire the ball from the other team? It seems like you could just casually walk down and have only an aggressive shot.

  40. I have been watching lacrosse videos all night just so I can understand what my bf is talking abt 🤦🤦

  41. I fucking love lax

  42. Ok. Can someone pls respond to me so if your a defender can u run with the ball and score or u can’t and u have to pass it to your your teammates

  43. I have already played box for nine years, and wanted to try field. Thanks for this video, it was really helpful

  44. Good vid really helped

  45. This video was very helpful thanks

  46. So, it's basically field hockey on a stick?

  47. I'd like to try it, unfortunately it's not that common in London

  48. This reminds me of when my old University tried to start a lacrosse team. It eventually failed because the players just wanted to scrimmage instead of doing things like running drills or helping new players learn the game. They were more worried about how the uniforms would look than they were about finding a coach. With players like that trying to get it up and running, it was doomed to fail.

  49. why do some people dislike this video, there is nothing offensive or anything with it!

  50. "Lacrosse stick" doesn't sound right it should have some sort of special name

  51. thanks for making this it help a lot

  52. Thanks to Ninh for telling the games we never knew exist on Earth.

  53. Funny thing is the position of Posts. 😂😂😂

  54. Thanks really helped

  55. The red team is my team. Go outlaws

  56. How far can a player run with the ball?

  57. it helped good job

  58. The way that only certain about of players can be on the attacking zones. Maybe that’s part of the reason why a Defender/Defenseman hardly scores.

  59. I’m trying out for my High School team. Thanks for explaining it!

  60. Arena lacrosse is much more intresting to watch

  61. Always enjoyable and informative.

  62. Nice vid man I’m trying out in the spring so thanks for explaining it

  63. This was mad helpful "frfr" – Wiz Khalifa. Jkjk but thank u

  64. karma is isnt a thing, but good video

  65. Lacrosse is very popular in my city

  66. Aaaaaah… they give the goalie a bigger net…good for them, now they don't have to use the force.

  67. Thanks for the Help!

  68. Any workouts recommendations?

  69. I am watching this video because there’s a guy I like who plays this, and although I don’t have an interest in sports at all (I’m only a martial artist), I appreciate it. I’m clueless about basic sports including football, baseball, and tennis haha. I guess I didn’t want to be clueless about a sport my crush plays.

  70. Why not make a video about box lacrosse?

  71. Debating whether or not I should play 🤔

  72. I literary had one practice (this is my first time playing) my first games tomorrow…I'm soo dead

  73. The NCAA now has an 80 second shot clock. I think it's gonna be great for the game.

  74. This helped a lot thx sooo much

  75. Take a shot every time he says goal or ball

  76. Thinking about getting into this sport. I play ice hockey currently but this seems cool too

  77. I’m American and wanna play lacrosse how can I make this a possibility?

  78. Isn't the mll the only field lacrosse league with the long stick rule?

  79. Thank you for a better understanding of the game I just played my first game on Thursday and the rules were fuzzy.

  80. Okay so my coach told us you cant have your hands spread out on the stick while pushing a player (for defense) is this wrong or right

  81. I play field lacrosse and watch pros play it and there is no 2 goal line

  82. I played lacrosse. Is was ok

  83. Ball…the problem is to see the ball! But I'm kind of blind 😂

  84. Something like this on ice as well as roller skating/inline lacrosse in an indoor environment. Goal man bouncing passes off the glass on a fast break, skating your soul into oblivion as you barrel towards the crease, you leap into glory as you take your shot, and fall unto your untimely death as you fail to release the ball from a vicious cradle. A moment of silence is acknowledged by both teams… Right before their goalie is deleted. Total collision.

  85. So basically you can just run all the way if you're a midfielder?

  86. this is so helpful for us younger kids

  87. Seems like not a easy game to play

  88. Thank You .Helpful

  89. appreciated the video speed. except is it this hard to see the ball in real life?

  90. Awwww, I was hoping for Street Fighter music for this video too but you can't do it to ALL of them necessarily. :p

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