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Women's Lacrosse

May 10, 2008
Lacrosse has been a popular sport in North America for several centuries, and a sport generally played by men. Since the 1970's, women have gained more esteem and press as participants of the game of lacrosse. Women's lacrosse is the fastest growing segment of the sport and yet it still does not receive the same coverage as men's lacrosse. Fewer women play the game than do men and as with most women's sports, there are fewer spectators for women's lacrosse games.

The rules of lacrosse differ for men and women. Men wear padding and are allowed physical contact while women's lacrosse does not. Women wear safety gear like mouth guards and eye protection. Some women wear nose shields as well. The women's field is larger which helps limit physical contact. Women's lacrosse sticks have a more shallow pocket than the men's stick. This results in a greater degree of difficulty catching the ball which also can not be passed with much speed.

Another difference is the number of players on the field. Women's lacrosse teams have five mid fielders compared to the men's three. This means that seven players are on defense or attack during play leaving four players and the goalie behind the mid field line. These players cannot cross midfield without receiving a penalty.

Checking is the most noticeable difference between the men's and women's rules of lacrosse. Women do not check during play and lose control of the ball at the umpire's direction.

As lacrosse grows in popularity in North America and Europe, women have the opportunity to play lacrosse professionally. The fact that women's lacrosse rules differ from men's might be the reason for the difference in recognition between the two styles of play. Some have ventured that until the rules are the same, women's lacrosse will not receive the same status afforded to men's lacrosse. There is no evidence that the rules will change in the future.
About the Author
For more comprehensive details on the rules of Women's Lacrosse, visit K.L. Amadio's website: Lacrosse-Information. and discover how women play the game. See the store for lacrosse jewelry, books and gear.
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