What Boys Can Learn From Girls’ Lacrosse

Posted on April 25, 2012 by

Categories: Womens Lax


A men’s lacrosse game may attract larger crowds but listen up, boys– there is a lot that can be learned from girls’ lacrosse and by no means should the female version of the game be ignored or downplayed. There are some key differences between boys and girls lacrosse – from the physicality allowed to the sticks used to the rules enforced –that have changed the way girls are playing the game…and in a good way.

To begin with, girls’ lacrosse is a purer form of the game, with a lineage closer to the sport’s early history. In the female version of the game, players abide by rules that are closer to the original regulations, with being “out of bounds” only recently resulting in a stoppage of play. (More info: http://apps.uslacrosse.org/news/2005/hardboundaries.phtml)

The sticks used in girls’ lacrosse have a shallower pocket than the sticks boys use in their games. This lack of pocket depth forces girls to be more aware of where the ball is, since the ball is more likely to fall out of a shallow pocket. For this same reason, girls also must be aware of their body positioning, grip placement, and stick location at all times since any false movement could mean loss of the ball. From this, boys can see how increased awareness makes girls more attentive to the physical aspect of the competition and can learn to increase focus on the mechanics of the game.

Girls are also experts at defensive positioning. Much like in basketball, girls’ lacrosse players are not permitted to openly check each other so girls don’t have the option of knocking another player out of position. Instead, girls are always aware of their location and must be precise about their positioning. If boys can add this additional consciousness to their game, they would be able to improve their method of body-checking while remaining in proper position to defend their goal as necessary.

Teamwork is also hyper-important in girls’ lacrosse. In the girls’ game, each player needs to always be aware of their position on the field and communication plays a huge role in that. When the whistle is blown to stop the game, girls are not permitted to move. Therefore, they must think ahead when they see a ball going out-of-bounds. It can be easier to beat someone one-on-one without the physicality allowed in boy’s lacrosse, so girls rely on their teammates to let them know when their competitors are in their area so they can make the moves necessary to retain ball possession. Enhancing team communication for boys’ lacrosse can make a team stronger and more primed on both the offensive and defensive zones of the field.

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  • Guest

    It took me a while to really understand the girls game, but it really is a great sport.  There’s a ton of intricacies that are overlooked in the men’s game since they are overshadowed by physicality.  I actually liked when out of bounds was a guide rather than a rule. 

    The one thing that still annoys me about the women’s game is the freeze rule.

  • Guest

    It took me a while to really understand the girls game, but it really is a great sport.  There’s a ton of intricacies that are overlooked in the men’s game since they are overshadowed by physicality.  I actually liked when out of bounds was a guide rather than a rule. 

    The one thing that still annoys me about the women’s game is the freeze rule.

  • Bombers 5

    I completely agree with Celticlaxer, my lax has improved exponentially by coaching womens lacosse as well as using a womens stick. some of the games all time greats have moved into coaching womens lacrosse. Also my ball handling has got beter using a ladies stick and dont underestimate how much more power you can get once you have mastered how to throw a decent speed shot with a womens stick.

    finally I am saddened to be associated with lacrosse if playing mens means I am associated with some of the posts on here. I dont see women padding up with huge gloves, helmets etc but they use the same ball and some can throw some serious fire. 

    both mens and womens deserve respect for the skills they both require!

  • Abraham Lincoln

    As much as respect women’s lacrosse and agree that it does take a lot of skill and endurance to play. To say and argue that it is the purer form of the game is a fucking joke. No contact and penalty shots, can you even imagine how high scoring men’s lacrosse would be with those kind of rules. This is not to diss women’s lacrosse, but we have an old saying when girls say that they play lacrosse, “no you don’t, you play girl’s lacrosse, there’s a difference”. It goes both ways, just as hard it is for a guy to you a girls stick, it is equally difficult for women to use a men’s stick, they throw straight into the ground. This article completely discredits the skill and hardwork it takes to make it in lacrosse at any level. 

    The two sports are equally challenging, you cannot compare to unlike things, they are so different it’s like comparing apples to oranges. 

  • Abraham Lincoln

    As much as respect women’s lacrosse and agree that it does take a lot of skill and endurance to play. To say and argue that it is the purer form of the game is a fucking joke. No contact and penalty shots, can you even imagine how high scoring men’s lacrosse would be with those kind of rules. This is not to diss women’s lacrosse, but we have an old saying when girls say that they play lacrosse, “no you don’t, you play girl’s lacrosse, there’s a difference”. It goes both ways, just as hard it is for a guy to you a girls stick, it is equally difficult for women to use a men’s stick, they throw straight into the ground. This article completely discredits the skill and hardwork it takes to make it in lacrosse at any level. 

    The two sports are equally challenging, you cannot compare to unlike things, they are so different it’s like comparing apples to oranges. 

  • Abraham Lincoln

    As much as respect women’s lacrosse and agree that it does take a lot of skill and endurance to play. To say and argue that it is the purer form of the game is a fucking joke. No contact and penalty shots, can you even imagine how high scoring men’s lacrosse would be with those kind of rules. This is not to diss women’s lacrosse, but we have an old saying when girls say that they play lacrosse, “no you don’t, you play girl’s lacrosse, there’s a difference”. It goes both ways, just as hard it is for a guy to you a girls stick, it is equally difficult for women to use a men’s stick, they throw straight into the ground. This article completely discredits the skill and hardwork it takes to make it in lacrosse at any level. 

    The two sports are equally challenging, you cannot compare to unlike things, they are so different it’s like comparing apples to oranges. 

  • Abraham Lincoln

    As much as respect women’s lacrosse and agree that it does take a lot of skill and endurance to play. To say and argue that it is the purer form of the game is a fucking joke. No contact and penalty shots, can you even imagine how high scoring men’s lacrosse would be with those kind of rules. This is not to diss women’s lacrosse, but we have an old saying when girls say that they play lacrosse, “no you don’t, you play girl’s lacrosse, there’s a difference”. It goes both ways, just as hard it is for a guy to you a girls stick, it is equally difficult for women to use a men’s stick, they throw straight into the ground. This article completely discredits the skill and hardwork it takes to make it in lacrosse at any level. 

    The two sports are equally challenging, you cannot compare to unlike things, they are so different it’s like comparing apples to oranges. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristopherh Kristopher Hovland


    This lack of pocket depth forces girls to be more aware of where the ball is” That’s because girls don’t have to worry about a 250 pound kid charging at them. The boys lax I played was brutal and is almost a completely different sport then girls lax.

    GUESS THAT MAKES ME SEXIST HUH

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristopherh Kristopher Hovland


    This lack of pocket depth forces girls to be more aware of where the ball is” That’s because girls don’t have to worry about a 250 pound kid charging at them. The boys lax I played was brutal and is almost a completely different sport then girls lax.

    GUESS THAT MAKES ME SEXIST HUH

  • Andrewhwagner

    Girls lacrosse is nothing more then organized freeze tag, girls and boys lacrosse shouldn’t even be compared. 

    this is what girls lacrosse sounds like to me…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=feTytlRd2KY&feature=related

  • Guest

    There are several arguments made in this post that I disagree with completely. First off, men’s sticks and women’s sticks throw and catch almost identically. When women’s heads started using new technologies to enable deeper pockets and increased ball control, while still being legal, they rendered the argument that women’s sticks are more difficult to manage obsolete. Regardless of that a good lacrosse player can quickly adjust and perform the same with a girl’s stick. Regarding the argument that women’s lacrosse is closer to the original game, though there are certainly some aspects that are (i.e. no pads and no boundaries until recently) similar women’s lacrosse is entirely different than the original game. Set aside the obvious difference that is the brutality of the Native American game, women’s lacrosse was actually created in Scotland and was based off of field hockey. Another argument that I take particular offense to, being a close defenseman/LSM, is that women’s lacrosse requires better defensive skill. Certainly there are aspects of the defensive game in women’s lacrosse that limit the defenders ability to prevent the offense from scoring, however these are greatly overcome by the rules that incentivize/enable poor defense. I will begin with one of my least favorite rules, the charge call. This occurs when a offensive player knocks over  her defender while dodging. If you get knocked over, run into, or in some instances take a flop (to draw a foul) on a dodge and the person you are guarding beats you then you are a bad defenseman. In men’s lacrosse if this happens you get scored on, in women’s you get rewarded with possession. Another rule that helps the defense is the shooting space rule. Although it is a defensive penalty it prevents the offensive player from shooting the ball because the sliding defensive player is too close. Lastly, there is my absolute least favorite rule, the dangerous shot rule. If you are running with the ball and there is a defender in between you and the goal you must make every effort to go around them before shooting and you hit them with the shot you get a penalty. In men’s lacrosse if you have a shot and the defenseman is in the way you still shoot and if it hits them, it hits them. It gets more ridiculous when shooting from a stationary position, in this instance you must have at least one body length between you and the defender and have a clear lane before shooting. Again this makes defense much easier because all you need to do is get too close to the offensive player and they can’t shoot. The last instance for this rule is, if you decide to shoot the ball into a crowd and it hits another player, you will receive a two-minute minor penalty. Even if you hit an opposing player, including the goalie, with the ball while trying to pass, you will receive a penalty. This brings me to my next point there are equal, if not more, lessons women’s lacrosse players can learn from men’s lacrosse. In particular shooting/passing mechanics, defensive positioning, and dodging. For example, the women’s lacrosse team at my college is taught to throw and shoot from the shoulder using a pushing motion, this decreases both power and accuracy. To properly throw and shoot you should be using your entire upper body and legs, pushing off from your back leg forwards to your front leg, corking you torso and following through with your arm coming over the top ending with your stick on the opposite side of your body (if you are throwing with your right hand the stick should be next to your left leg). As far as defensive positioning goes do not rely on the charge rule when defending up top, instead, approach from and angle, match hips with them and drive them down the alley. When dodging from up top if they come at you with square shoulders pull out to the top of the box sprint straight at them throw a head fake to one side and then split off the defenders opposite hip. I taught all of these to my girlfriend and she scored nine goals with three assists in one game in high school before going on to become one of the top players on her college team. Are there lessons for men’s lacrosse players to be learned from the women’s game, yes. Are there lessons for women’s players that can be learned from the men’s game, again yes. However, these can be learned more effectively through through good coaches teaching skills that are relevant to both sports, because after all the fundamentals that make a good men’s lacrosse player make a good women’s lacrosse player and vice versa.   

  • Guest

    There are several arguments made in this post that I disagree with completely. First off, men’s sticks and women’s sticks throw and catch almost identically. When women’s heads started using new technologies to enable deeper pockets and increased ball control, while still being legal, they rendered the argument that women’s sticks are more difficult to manage obsolete. Regardless of that a good lacrosse player can quickly adjust and perform the same with a girl’s stick. Regarding the argument that women’s lacrosse is closer to the original game, though there are certainly some aspects that are (i.e. no pads and no boundaries until recently) similar women’s lacrosse is entirely different than the original game. Set aside the obvious difference that is the brutality of the Native American game, women’s lacrosse was actually created in Scotland and was based off of field hockey. Another argument that I take particular offense to, being a close defenseman/LSM, is that women’s lacrosse requires better defensive skill. Certainly there are aspects of the defensive game in women’s lacrosse that limit the defenders ability to prevent the offense from scoring, however these are greatly overcome by the rules that incentivize/enable poor defense. I will begin with one of my least favorite rules, the charge call. This occurs when a offensive player knocks over  her defender while dodging. If you get knocked over, run into, or in some instances take a flop (to draw a foul) on a dodge and the person you are guarding beats you then you are a bad defenseman. In men’s lacrosse if this happens you get scored on, in women’s you get rewarded with possession. Another rule that helps the defense is the shooting space rule. Although it is a defensive penalty it prevents the offensive player from shooting the ball because the sliding defensive player is too close. Lastly, there is my absolute least favorite rule, the dangerous shot rule. If you are running with the ball and there is a defender in between you and the goal you must make every effort to go around them before shooting and you hit them with the shot you get a penalty. In men’s lacrosse if you have a shot and the defenseman is in the way you still shoot and if it hits them, it hits them. It gets more ridiculous when shooting from a stationary position, in this instance you must have at least one body length between you and the defender and have a clear lane before shooting. Again this makes defense much easier because all you need to do is get too close to the offensive player and they can’t shoot. The last instance for this rule is, if you decide to shoot the ball into a crowd and it hits another player, you will receive a two-minute minor penalty. Even if you hit an opposing player, including the goalie, with the ball while trying to pass, you will receive a penalty. This brings me to my next point there are equal, if not more, lessons women’s lacrosse players can learn from men’s lacrosse. In particular shooting/passing mechanics, defensive positioning, and dodging. For example, the women’s lacrosse team at my college is taught to throw and shoot from the shoulder using a pushing motion, this decreases both power and accuracy. To properly throw and shoot you should be using your entire upper body and legs, pushing off from your back leg forwards to your front leg, corking you torso and following through with your arm coming over the top ending with your stick on the opposite side of your body (if you are throwing with your right hand the stick should be next to your left leg). As far as defensive positioning goes do not rely on the charge rule when defending up top, instead, approach from and angle, match hips with them and drive them down the alley. When dodging from up top if they come at you with square shoulders pull out to the top of the box sprint straight at them throw a head fake to one side and then split off the defenders opposite hip. I taught all of these to my girlfriend and she scored nine goals with three assists in one game in high school before going on to become one of the top players on her college team. Are there lessons for men’s lacrosse players to be learned from the women’s game, yes. Are there lessons for women’s players that can be learned from the men’s game, again yes. However, these can be learned more effectively through through good coaches teaching skills that are relevant to both sports, because after all the fundamentals that make a good men’s lacrosse player make a good women’s lacrosse player and vice versa.   

  • ALL AMERICAN

    Girls lacrosse isn’t a sport, it’s a JOKE! 

    • Aisha Sheikh (GK)

      Really? Have you played it before? Do you know how hard it is? How much skill women’s lacrosse really is? 

  • ALL AMERICAN

    Girls lacrosse isn’t a sport, it’s a JOKE! 

  • The Best

    Let’s be honest…if I was a great sport, MEN would play it. This is a mans world. Yes it’s sexist but true. Men are smarter, faster, quicker, stronger. 

    • Gabby

      you my friend are simply ignorant, I wish you the best of luck in life because with that low of brain capacity, you are bound to need all the luck you can get.

    • Gabby

      you my friend are simply ignorant, I wish you the best of luck in life because with that low of brain capacity, you are bound to need all the luck you can get.

    • Gabby

      you my friend are simply ignorant, I wish you the best of luck in life because with that low of brain capacity, you are bound to need all the luck you can get.

  • The Best

    Let’s be honest…if I was a great sport, MEN would play it. This is a mans world. Yes it’s sexist but true. Men are smarter, faster, quicker, stronger. 

  • The Best

    Let’s be honest…if I was a great sport, MEN would play it. This is a mans world. Yes it’s sexist but true. Men are smarter, faster, quicker, stronger. 

  • Guest

    Men don’t like Women’s Lax for two reasons pertaining to defense:

    1. It is virtually impossible to actually play defense without getting a penalty, so men get frustrated when offensive players don’t just run by the defender.
    2. On the flip side, defenders are protected by rules about shooting space and dangerous shots, which prevents the offensive player from making what men consider “logical” moves/shots.

    The frustration for men is that while the women’s rules are made for safety, they don’t seem to make sense when you think about “sport”. If the idea is to get the ball in the goal, why can’t I shoot it whenever I want, regardless of who is in the way? Or, if I am a defender, why can’t I physically keep a player from getting closer to the goal?

    The rules come off almost as rules for the sake of having rules (not saying that’s the case, but I have heard this said).

  • Guest

    Men don’t like Women’s Lax for two reasons pertaining to defense:

    1. It is virtually impossible to actually play defense without getting a penalty, so men get frustrated when offensive players don’t just run by the defender.
    2. On the flip side, defenders are protected by rules about shooting space and dangerous shots, which prevents the offensive player from making what men consider “logical” moves/shots.

    The frustration for men is that while the women’s rules are made for safety, they don’t seem to make sense when you think about “sport”. If the idea is to get the ball in the goal, why can’t I shoot it whenever I want, regardless of who is in the way? Or, if I am a defender, why can’t I physically keep a player from getting closer to the goal?

    The rules come off almost as rules for the sake of having rules (not saying that’s the case, but I have heard this said).

  • Brolax19

    I’m sorry but girls lacrosse just can’t compare to the male version. I’m not saying it isn’t a good sport but when my college can invite anyone to join a team and have people pick up and almost master the sport in the matter of weeks. It’s not sexist not ignorant but i dont feel that men can learn a whole lot from the women’s game

  • Brolax19

    I’m sorry but girls lacrosse just can’t compare to the male version. I’m not saying it isn’t a good sport but when my college can invite anyone to join a team and have people pick up and almost master the sport in the matter of weeks. It’s not sexist not ignorant but i dont feel that men can learn a whole lot from the women’s game

  • Guest

    As a female college lacrosse player, it is so hurtful when guys are saying that women’s lacrosse isn’t a sport. I am FULLY aware of the ridiculous rules, dumb skirts and differences between the two games. I challenge any male player to attempt playing under our rules and with our sticks and not get frustrated. You don’t think that we would prefer to put on some pads and have the opportunity to hit each other they way you do? We we love that chance, but we’re not going to get it, so we work with what we have. We are athletes and it takes skill and practice to play the way we do. You pigs are probably the same people that think women belong in the kitchen.
    get a fucking clue.

    • your future ex-husband

       either that or the laundry room

    • your future ex-husband

       either that or the laundry room

    • Laxerrrr

      i seriously couldnt agree with you more… im a college player too and i have dreamed of putting pads on…  haha my thoughts exactly in this rediculous mess. i freaking hate the skirts

    • Laxerrrr

      i seriously couldnt agree with you more… im a college player too and i have dreamed of putting pads on…  haha my thoughts exactly in this rediculous mess. i freaking hate the skirts

  • Guest

    As a mother of 2 young girls who play lacrosse, and love it,  I am appauled and disgusted by some of the comments that have been made by ignorant young men.  I would love to see the young punks who have posted such mean and hurtful things play with the sticks that the girls play with today.  They wouldn’t stand a chance.
    My girls play for the love of the game, and they play to be their very best.  The game of Lacrosse is made up of family….both boys and girls.  We should respect each side of it, learn from it, and support it.
    Its all about “One Love” nothing more, nothing less. 
    Shame on those who disrespect the game, and who disrespect these young ladies who strive to be their very best.  They work just as hard as the men, maybe even harder because it just doesn’t come that easy for them.

  • Guest

    As a mother of 2 young girls who play lacrosse, and love it,  I am appauled and disgusted by some of the comments that have been made by ignorant young men.  I would love to see the young punks who have posted such mean and hurtful things play with the sticks that the girls play with today.  They wouldn’t stand a chance.
    My girls play for the love of the game, and they play to be their very best.  The game of Lacrosse is made up of family….both boys and girls.  We should respect each side of it, learn from it, and support it.
    Its all about “One Love” nothing more, nothing less. 
    Shame on those who disrespect the game, and who disrespect these young ladies who strive to be their very best.  They work just as hard as the men, maybe even harder because it just doesn’t come that easy for them.

  • Guest

    As a mother of 2 young girls who play lacrosse, and love it,  I am appauled and disgusted by some of the comments that have been made by ignorant young men.  I would love to see the young punks who have posted such mean and hurtful things play with the sticks that the girls play with today.  They wouldn’t stand a chance.
    My girls play for the love of the game, and they play to be their very best.  The game of Lacrosse is made up of family….both boys and girls.  We should respect each side of it, learn from it, and support it.
    Its all about “One Love” nothing more, nothing less. 
    Shame on those who disrespect the game, and who disrespect these young ladies who strive to be their very best.  They work just as hard as the men, maybe even harder because it just doesn’t come that easy for them.

  • Guest

    As a mother of 2 young girls who play lacrosse, and love it,  I am appauled and disgusted by some of the comments that have been made by ignorant young men.  I would love to see the young punks who have posted such mean and hurtful things play with the sticks that the girls play with today.  They wouldn’t stand a chance.
    My girls play for the love of the game, and they play to be their very best.  The game of Lacrosse is made up of family….both boys and girls.  We should respect each side of it, learn from it, and support it.
    Its all about “One Love” nothing more, nothing less. 
    Shame on those who disrespect the game, and who disrespect these young ladies who strive to be their very best.  They work just as hard as the men, maybe even harder because it just doesn’t come that easy for them.

  • Ripthegnar

    I’m pretty sure the sport’s earliest history was kill the enemy. girls lacrosse could not be farther from that. The communication needed in any sport is necessary, girls lacrosse doesn’t enhance your ability to speak to your teammates. Girls do need skill to cradle however the lack of contact does not enhance a girls positioning or location skills. If they keep their stick in one place, they can’t be touched and can run through everybody. I agree girls need to be masters at positioning, however positioning is a major aspect in guys lacrosse as well. The contact isn’t a major part of the defense, as many successful defenders don’t utilize contact.

    They are not comparable as the same sport. Comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges, the only similarities are the goals and the concepts. Otherwise they are different.

  • Ripthegnar

    I’m pretty sure the sport’s earliest history was kill the enemy. girls lacrosse could not be farther from that. The communication needed in any sport is necessary, girls lacrosse doesn’t enhance your ability to speak to your teammates. Girls do need skill to cradle however the lack of contact does not enhance a girls positioning or location skills. If they keep their stick in one place, they can’t be touched and can run through everybody. I agree girls need to be masters at positioning, however positioning is a major aspect in guys lacrosse as well. The contact isn’t a major part of the defense, as many successful defenders don’t utilize contact.

    They are not comparable as the same sport. Comparing the two is like comparing apples to oranges, the only similarities are the goals and the concepts. Otherwise they are different.

  • mcherenson

    The original Lacrosse IQ Blog from Building Block Lacrosse posted a reply to this comment thread. Click here to see it: 
    http://bblax.com/lacrosse_IQ/2012/04/27/boys-learn-comments-blog-post-girls-lacrosse/

  • ncc80

    I couldn’t read all the childish posts but as a guy who played lacrosse in the 70′s and still plays pickup now (sometimes with current MLL players and D1 captains) who has also coached boys and girls lax – I think the boys here don’t understand the girls game at all. As a coach, I didn’t worry if a boy got run over on the field or took a hard shot or a stick to the head because the boy is wearing an excessive amount of modern padding and.a protective helmet (not a bucket).  Although the girls are not supposed to check each other – they do wind up running each other over at full speed, taking sticks to the head, and catching lacrosse balls with their faces wearing only eye goggles – and they usually just play on after. Those of us who played playground basketball around new york city (or any other competitive spot) understand that you can get bones broken playing a game even if the rules don’t allow body checking and equipment.  the fact is, you have to be tough to play the girl’s game as well s the boy’s game (although some of us oldschooler’s would say you have to be less tough now to play the boy’s game than 30 years ago - unnecessary roughness?? – when did they start calling that one???).  I still have a couple of my 1970′s SL2′s and I consider that stick about halfway between a modern boy’s and girl’s pocket.  You barely have to know how to cradle with a modern boy’s stick but you definitely need to know how to cradle with a girl’s. I just hope that one day you boy’s grow up and see differences for what they really are instead of what your fragile ego projects them to be – now go play some D without your helmet and pads and have some real fun.

  • ncc80

    I couldn’t read all the childish posts but as a guy who played lacrosse in the 70′s and still plays pickup now (sometimes with current MLL players and D1 captains) who has also coached boys and girls lax – I think the boys here don’t understand the girls game at all. As a coach, I didn’t worry if a boy got run over on the field or took a hard shot or a stick to the head because the boy is wearing an excessive amount of modern padding and.a protective helmet (not a bucket).  Although the girls are not supposed to check each other – they do wind up running each other over at full speed, taking sticks to the head, and catching lacrosse balls with their faces wearing only eye goggles – and they usually just play on after. Those of us who played playground basketball around new york city (or any other competitive spot) understand that you can get bones broken playing a game even if the rules don’t allow body checking and equipment.  the fact is, you have to be tough to play the girl’s game as well s the boy’s game (although some of us oldschooler’s would say you have to be less tough now to play the boy’s game than 30 years ago - unnecessary roughness?? – when did they start calling that one???).  I still have a couple of my 1970′s SL2′s and I consider that stick about halfway between a modern boy’s and girl’s pocket.  You barely have to know how to cradle with a modern boy’s stick but you definitely need to know how to cradle with a girl’s. I just hope that one day you boy’s grow up and see differences for what they really are instead of what your fragile ego projects them to be – now go play some D without your helmet and pads and have some real fun.

  • Bob

    I can’t believe I wasted 5 minutes reading this crap. Only thing we can learn from girls is how to cook and clean. Get off the field and back in the kitchen ladies.

    • Mary

      Bob your mother would be proud. 

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never understood why lacrosse has such different rules for men than women. Rules for most other sports are the same – or have only minor differences. The only major women’s sport with radically different rules is baseball/softball. The rules of women’s lacrosse restrict the athleticism of the players too much. It reminds me of the old archaic rules for women’s basketball that restricted players to only one side of the half court line. Once women started playing hoops by the men’s rules, the sports popularity exploded. Same thing with hockey. Women play by the men’s rules, including the physical checking style. Woman’s hockey is now growing quickly too.

    Bottom line, women and men should play by the same set of lacrosse rules.

  • Pimp Daddy

    Why did people take the time to write essays here

  • Pimp Daddy

    Why did people take the time to write essays here

  • BuzzK


    To begin with, girls’ lacrosse is a purer form of the game, with a lineage closer to the sport’s early history. In the female version of the game, players abide by rules that are closer to the original regulations” – Wow…such BS. Please go re-learn your lax history, as the sport of lacrosse was not intended to be anything like girls lacrosse. The only thing that resembles the original lacrosse are the sticks. 

    I actually respect the stick work required in girls’ lax, but don’t overemphasize things just for the sake of an argument. The truth is, girls lacrosse sucks because of how many safety rules they have. You have to remember, this is lacrosse, not basketball, lacrosse. The message that I get from girls’ lacrosse is that girls aren’t capable of competing with the same tenacity as boys, which is not true. Again, the only thing I respect about girls lacrosse is the stick work, and that’s it. Everything else is a complete joke.

  • BuzzK


    To begin with, girls’ lacrosse is a purer form of the game, with a lineage closer to the sport’s early history. In the female version of the game, players abide by rules that are closer to the original regulations” – Wow…such BS. Please go re-learn your lax history, as the sport of lacrosse was not intended to be anything like girls lacrosse. The only thing that resembles the original lacrosse are the sticks. 

    I actually respect the stick work required in girls’ lax, but don’t overemphasize things just for the sake of an argument. The truth is, girls lacrosse sucks because of how many safety rules they have. You have to remember, this is lacrosse, not basketball, lacrosse. The message that I get from girls’ lacrosse is that girls aren’t capable of competing with the same tenacity as boys, which is not true. Again, the only thing I respect about girls lacrosse is the stick work, and that’s it. Everything else is a complete joke.

  • Lori

    Men or women, Lacrosse is still better than baseball

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  • Nathan

    How do you take the ball in girls lacrosse? Besides the offensive player just screwing up…

  • Nathan

    How do you take the ball in girls lacrosse? Besides the offensive player just screwing up…

  • Nathan

    How do you take the ball in girls lacrosse? Besides the offensive player just screwing up…

  • Nathan

    How do you take the ball in girls lacrosse? Besides the offensive player just screwing up…

    • Katelyn Avery

      You can check the other persons stick. Same as the guys, it can’t be between the hands.

    • Katelyn Avery

      You can check the other persons stick. Same as the guys, it can’t be between the hands.

    • Katelyn Avery

      You can check the other persons stick. Same as the guys, it can’t be between the hands.

    • Katelyn Avery

      You can check the other persons stick. Same as the guys, it can’t be between the hands.

    • Katelyn Avery

      You can check the other persons stick. Same as the guys, it can’t be between the hands.

  • Nathan

    How do you take the ball in girls lacrosse? Besides the offensive player just screwing up…

  • Katelyn Avery

    Women’s lacrosse seems fun, but I won’t play because of the skirts. Same as field hockey, and those stupid elastic shorts in volleyball. Whose the sicko who won’t change the rules?

  • A Laxer

    I believe that boys lacrosse is more physical and harder at some points. But stick skills are more essential in girls. But I do respect both sports, boys more because I play it.

  • A Laxer

    I believe that boys lacrosse is more physical and harder at some points. But stick skills are more essential in girls. But I do respect both sports, boys more because I play it.

  • A Laxer

    I believe that boys lacrosse is more physical and harder at some points. But stick skills are more essential in girls. But I do respect both sports, boys more because I play it.