Lacrosse, considered to be America's first sport, was born of the North American Indian, christened by the French, and adapted and raised by the Canadians. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in men's and women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch, and scoop the ball.
The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer, and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse--the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not necessarily brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. Youth participation in the sport has grown by leaps and bounds since 1999 to nearly 800,000 in 2016. No sport has grown faster at the high school level over the last 10 years with lacrosse set to become an officially sanctioned IHSA sport in 2018.
The game is played with 10 players on a field for each team, a goalie, three at defense, three at midfield, and three at attack. Ideal team size is 18-22 players, this ensures ample playing time for all involved as well as plenty of rest.
The official field is 110 yard by 60 yards. In the northern Illinois area most of the fields are smaller, to utilize existing soccer and football fields.
Coaching will be an all volunteer group. A coach’s manual, including guidelines, rules, safety, diagrams of drills, plays and special situations, is in the process of being assembled. Coach’s clinics will be offered to coaches of any experience level, from teaching the coaches the basic fundamentals to more advanced plays.
It is the goal of this program to provide the players with the best possible lacrosse experience. Through learning the basics of play to developing the physical attributes needed for play and above all, the honor of teamwork and sportsmanship.
The US Lacrosse website is a great resource we recommend to parents and coaches who are are interested in learning more about lacrosse.