WHAT IS LACROSSE?
Lacrosse is believed to be the oldest form of organised game known to mankind.
In the ninth century, Icelanders played a game resembling lacrosse, which they called “knattliekr”. Later in the eleventh century a different version was discovered being played by the Vikings in Scandinavia.
Early North American explorers found different forms of lacrosse widely played by the Indian tribes. Their game was called “baggataway”. Often hundreds of players were involved in games lasting days and played on fields with goals up to a mile apart—the game had much spiritual significance linking with positive values such as team work, effort and tribal relationships.
The name lacrosse was first identified in 1636 when a French missionary saw the Huron Indians in Canada using sticks that resembled a bishop’s crozier—hence the change to “la crozier” and eventually lacrosse.
In Australia, lacrosse had its origins as early as 1874 in Victoria. It was introduced into Western Australia in 1896, having its first outing during the gold rush days in Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie.
Lacrosse, the ultimate action team sport is now played in all states.
The game is played by two teams of players who use lacrosse sticks to move the ball by carrying, passing, rolling, batting or kicking it in any direction, in their endeavours to out position their opponents and thus score goals by throwing the ball into the goal net.
The ball may not be touched by hand, except by a goalkeeper who is within his goal crease. Players can incur penalties (time serving or loss of possession of the ball) for violations of the rules.
Technical fouls are those of a less serious kind and may result in the loss of possession of the ball, or a 30-second penalty when the opposition is in possession of the ball.
Personal fouls result in that player being suspended from the game for a period of 1 to 3 minutes, depending on the referee’s diagnosis of the severity and intention of the foul.
At junior level, a player incurring four personal fouls is “fouled” out and may not take any further part of that game. At senior level, five personal fouls are permitted.
The lacrosse stick is the main item of equipment and is carried by all players. The stick is used to catch and throw a solid rubber ball, which can be propelled on the run at high speed with great accuracy.
Men’s lacrosse is a physical contact game. Protective helmets and gloves are compulsory for the safety of players. Players in grades under 15 and upward may wear armguards and other protective equipment.