Boys Varsity Lacrosse, Junior Varsity Lacrosse · Lacrosse – Why You Should Play!

Welcome to Lacrosse


My name is Coach Twitty.  I have 17 years of experience as a Lacrosse player in all positions on the field.  Additionally, I have 8 years of experience as a Lacrosse coach during both summer ball and regular season.  To include 5 of those years as an Assistant Varsity Coach and 4 years as the Head Varsity Coach for Winton Woods High School.  


What is Lacrosse?


The origins of the sport of lacrosse wins it some “cool points” for sure. Native Americans invented the game and used it as preparation for war as well as a means to solve conflicts.


Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick, mainly played in the United States and Canada. It is a contact sport which requires padding. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball. Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so. Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning.


Lacrosse is now the fastest growing team sport in America and is both exciting to play and thrilling to watch.  Played by men, women, boys and girls, Lacrosse offers the speed and power of football and hockey combined with the endurance, agility and strategy of soccer, basketball and many other sports.


Field Positions

Attack: The attackman¹s responsibility is to score goals and help his teammates score goals by passing the ball. The attackman generally restricts his play to the offensive end of the field. A good attackman demonstrates excellent stick work with both hands and has quick feet to maneuver around the goal. Each team has three attackmen on the field during play.

Midfield: The midfielder¹s responsibility is to cover the entire field, playing both offense and defense. The midfielder is a key to the transition game and is often called upon to clear the ball from defense to offense. A good midfielder demonstrates good stick work including throwing, catching and scooping. Speed and stamina are essential. Each team has three midfielders on the field.

Defense: The defenseman¹s responsibility is to defend the goal. The defenseman generally restricts his play to the defensive end of the field. A good defenseman should be able to react quickly in game situations. Agility and aggressiveness are necessary, but great stick work is more essential to attack. Each team has three defensemen on the field.

Goal: The goalie¹s responsibility is to protect the goal and stop the opposing team from scoring. A good goalie also leads the defense by reading the situation and directing the defensemen to react. A good goalie should have excellent hand/eye coordination and a strong voice. Quickness, agility, confidence and the ability to concentrate are also essential. Each team has one goalie in the goal during play.
Boys Lacrosse Overview

Boys lacrosse is a contact game played by ten players: a goalie, three defensemen, three midfielders(middies) and three attackmen. The object of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal and to keep the other team from scoring. The team scoring the most goals wins.

Each team must keep at least four players, including the goalie, in its defensive half of the field and three in its offensive half. Three players (midfielders) may roam the entire field. 

Collegiate games are 60 minutes long, with 15-minute quarters. Generally, high school games are 48 minutes long, with 12-minute quarters. Youth games vary by. Each team is given a two-minute break between the first and second quarters, and the third and fourth quarters. Halftime is 10 minutes long. Teams change sides between periods. Each team is permitted two timeouts each half.

The team winning the coin toss chooses the end of the field it wants to defend first. The players take their positions on the field: four in the defensive clearing area, one at the center, two in the wing areas and three in their attack goal area. Men’s/boys’ lacrosse begins with a face-off. The ball is placed between the sticks of two squatting players at the center of the field. The official blows the whistle to begin play.

Each face-off player tries to control the ball. The players in the wing areas can run after the ball when the whistle sounds. The other players must wait until one player has gained possession of the ball, or the ball has crossed a goal area line, before they can release. Center face-offs are also used at the start of each quarter and after a goal is scored.

Field players must use their crosses to pass, catch and run with the ball. Only the goalkeeper may touch the ball with his hands. A player may gain possession of the ball by dislodging it from an opponent’s crosse. A stick check is the controlled poking and slapping of the stick and gloved hands of the player in possession of the ball. Body checking is permitted if the opponent has the ball or is within five yards of a loose ball. All body contact must occur from the front or side, above the waist and below the shoulders, and with both hands on the stick. An opponent’s crosse may also be stick checked if it is within five yards of a loose ball or ball in the air. Aggressive body checking is discouraged.

If the ball or a player in possession of the ball goes out of bounds, the other team is awarded possession. If the ball goes out of bounds after an unsuccessful shot, the player nearest to the ball when and where it goes out of bounds is awarded possession.

An attacking player cannot enter the crease (white circle around the goal), but may reach in with his stick to scoop a loose ball.

A referee, umpire and field judge supervise field play. A chief bench official, timekeepers and scorers assist. There are personal fouls and technical fouls in boys’ lacrosse. The penalty for a personal foul result in a one to three-minute suspension from play and possession to the team that was fouled. Players with five personal fouls are ejected from the game. The penalty for a technical foul is a 30-second suspension if a team is in possession of the ball when the foul is committed, or possession of the ball to the team that was fouled if there was no possession when the foul was committed.


Why your child should play lacrosse?


Today, lacrosse is the fastest-growing youth, high school, and college team sport in the United States. The combination of gear, a fast-paced tempo and the physical nature of the game stands out as being a sport born from battle. 


Also known as “the fastest game on two feet,” lacrosse seems to attract any kind of athlete once they are exposed to it. THE GREATEST THING ABOUT GETTING YOUR CHILD INVOLVED IN LACROSSE, IS THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BE PHYSICALLY DOMINATING TO EXCEL. Many of the best players in the nation rely on speed, agility and determination, rather than strength or size. 


It is impossible to ignore the fact that while it is the fastest-growing sport, it is not yet as popular as sports like football, baseball, and basketball but in many areas, it is getting close! 


Many athletes who play those sports add lacrosse to their schedule as a means to compete, stay in shape, and develop important motor skills such as hand-eye coordination. Lacrosse has also become a MAJOR recruiting and college acceptance consideration at all levels of the game. As the sport of lacrosse grows there will be more and more opportunities for athletes at all levels to enjoy the sport born centuries ago on the plains of North America from warriors and tribes. Other sports use terms like “going to battle” but lacrosse might be the only one born from actual tribal conflicts, making its origin story pretty hard to beat compared to other sports.


Benefits of Athletics for middle school and high school students 


  1. Minimize the risk of health problems
  2. Keeps Kids off of the streets
  3. Self esteem
  4. Positive identity
  5. Teamwork.
  6. Leadership Skills
  7. Social Skills
  8. Discipline
  9. Brain Power
  10. Improved energy levels
  11. Career and Passion
  12. Managing Emotions


Youth who participate in sports through their schools are governed by state rules and regulations, as well as school rules they must follow to be eligible. This typically consists of a minimum grade point average, not failing any classes and being held to a higher standard for citizenship within their school and community. Students tend to work harder to maintain eligibility when playing sports, which results in accountability and pride.


Athletes are held to higher standards, as they are easily identifiable by the rest of the student body, especially when representing their teams and their schools.


Sports also provide additional role models and positive adult influences in the teens’ lives through coaches and the athletic administration staff. The more adults a teen has to turn to, the more likely he is to go to someone when he faces challenges and stay out of trouble.

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