The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer, football and hockey. Known as the oldest sport in North America, lacrosse was played by Native American tribes probably for centuries before the first account of it was written in 1636 by a French Jesuit missionary in Canada. Among Native Americans, lacrosse was played by tribes throughout the Great Lakes region, and in what is now the southeastern United States, and all along the East Coast, a range which encompasses Maryland.
Lacrosse is played with a stick, the crosse, which is used by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball. 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 lacrosse.
There are 10 positions on a boys’ team and 12 on a girls’ team. The object of the game is to put a 5 oz. hard-rubber ball into your opponent’s net, while keeping your opponent from doing the same to you. Although similar, Boys and Girls lacrosse are also very different. The main difference is that Girls lacrosse does not allow for any bodily contact whereas the Boys do; hence the difference in equipment requirements.