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

    This is the stupidest fucking thing I have ever read.

    • gues

      I couldn’t agree more. Women’s lacrosse is inferior to men’s in every way, shape, and form.

      • re-laxin’ lady

        Way to represent yourself as a lame misogynistic boy who understands little about lacrosse or women… Nice one “bro”

        Enjoy being single

      • re-laxin’ lady

        Way to represent yourself as a lame misogynistic boy who understands little about lacrosse or women… Nice one “bro”

        Enjoy being single

      • re-laxin’ lady

        Way to represent yourself as a lame misogynistic boy who understands little about lacrosse or women… Nice one “bro”

        Enjoy being single

      • re-laxin’ lady

        Way to represent yourself as a lame misogynistic boy who understands little about lacrosse or women… Nice one “bro”

        Enjoy being single

    • gues

      I couldn’t agree more. Women’s lacrosse is inferior to men’s in every way, shape, and form.

    • Business Casual

      Is there a woman on earth who makes a living off of playing lacrosse?

    • Business Casual

      Is there a woman on earth who makes a living off of playing lacrosse?

      • Alexandra Jane

        Is there a man? Most have other jobs or forms of income.
        My guess is, you aren’t ever going to make a living off the game of lacrosse because you don’t even respect it.

      • Alexandra Jane

        Is there a man? Most have other jobs or forms of income.
        My guess is, you aren’t ever going to make a living off the game of lacrosse because you don’t even respect it.

        • Lax Lover

          It’s a sport people!! And it’s a relatively new sport at that! (I’m speaking in terms of national play, not history). It’s growing and evolving every year, and it really sets us all back when simple minds draw lines in the sand and say “mine is better because of X”
          Lacrosse is too beautiful to make it ugly with ignorance and hate – So all you boys who don’t get it, do the sport a favor and start playing baseball

        • Lax Lover

          It’s a sport people!! And it’s a relatively new sport at that! (I’m speaking in terms of national play, not history). It’s growing and evolving every year, and it really sets us all back when simple minds draw lines in the sand and say “mine is better because of X”
          Lacrosse is too beautiful to make it ugly with ignorance and hate – So all you boys who don’t get it, do the sport a favor and start playing baseball

        • Lax Lover

          It’s a sport people!! And it’s a relatively new sport at that! (I’m speaking in terms of national play, not history). It’s growing and evolving every year, and it really sets us all back when simple minds draw lines in the sand and say “mine is better because of X”
          Lacrosse is too beautiful to make it ugly with ignorance and hate – So all you boys who don’t get it, do the sport a favor and start playing baseball

        • Lax Lover

          It’s a sport people!! And it’s a relatively new sport at that! (I’m speaking in terms of national play, not history). It’s growing and evolving every year, and it really sets us all back when simple minds draw lines in the sand and say “mine is better because of X”
          Lacrosse is too beautiful to make it ugly with ignorance and hate – So all you boys who don’t get it, do the sport a favor and start playing baseball

        • Lax Lover

          It’s a sport people!! And it’s a relatively new sport at that! (I’m speaking in terms of national play, not history). It’s growing and evolving every year, and it really sets us all back when simple minds draw lines in the sand and say “mine is better because of X”
          Lacrosse is too beautiful to make it ugly with ignorance and hate – So all you boys who don’t get it, do the sport a favor and start playing baseball

  • Guest

    “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.” – WHAT?!? that makes the game harder? lack of physical contact..? seems to me that makes it so you don’t have to worry about getting blind sided by a 250lb defense man. i don’t care that women have their own sports, but please, don’t try to tell people it is more difficult than men’s, because we all know it’s a lie.

    • Meganne

      This article never said that womens lacrosse is harder than men’s. If you don’t think body poisition and stick skills are important then you have reason to discredit this article, but otherwise if you observe the article more closely, it just shows a positive side of women’s lacrosse that many people tend to mock.

      • vanilla fudge

         meganne, in the nicest way possible, please stop talking. in other words, shut the fuck up girls lacrosse is the worst sport on earth. i would rather watch a marathon.

      • vanilla fudge

         meganne, in the nicest way possible, please stop talking. in other words, shut the fuck up girls lacrosse is the worst sport on earth. i would rather watch a marathon.

        • guest92

          Firstly, I question your judgement as a person for having chosen vanilla fudge over chocolate fudge (ya fraake).

          Secondly, there IS no polite way to tell someone to STFU, so don’t act like you’re not being an absolute CYUNNNNT.
          Lastly, Meganne made an unbelievably true and valid point in reference to the comment above, without the use of verbal abuse (ya slag) so now it’s yourr turn to put your finger over your lips and go sit in the corner. K?
          kthanksbye.

          • vanilla fudge

             k? did you just use the ‘word’ k?

          • vanilla fudge

             k? did you just use the ‘word’ k?

          • Laxmom

            Why is there such an argument here? These are two totally different sports. They can ’t be compared. None of the rules are the same… women would have off-sides, women would have man up or man down, men would get a penalty for hitting the goalie in the helmet, and men would fake shoot a lot to get a free shot on goal due to shooting space? I say if the women want to say they are on the same level then play the same level… not against men (Not fair), but with pads and just play the same game. I would enjoy watching that! I do not enjoy watching freeze tag…and i have watched it a lot.

          • Laxmom

            Why is there such an argument here? These are two totally different sports. They can ’t be compared. None of the rules are the same… women would have off-sides, women would have man up or man down, men would get a penalty for hitting the goalie in the helmet, and men would fake shoot a lot to get a free shot on goal due to shooting space? I say if the women want to say they are on the same level then play the same level… not against men (Not fair), but with pads and just play the same game. I would enjoy watching that! I do not enjoy watching freeze tag…and i have watched it a lot.

        • http://profiles.google.com/ian.chadwick22 Ian Chadwick

          Please look into getting your highschool diploma and learn how to have an intelligent conversation, that doesn’t involve cursing, before you decide to attack someone making a very valid point.

          As a matter of fact, I didn’t see where in your comment you made any attempt at making a valid argument.

      • vanilla fudge

         meganne, in the nicest way possible, please stop talking. in other words, shut the fuck up girls lacrosse is the worst sport on earth. i would rather watch a marathon.

      • vanilla fudge

         meganne, in the nicest way possible, please stop talking. in other words, shut the fuck up girls lacrosse is the worst sport on earth. i would rather watch a marathon.

      • ripthegnar

        I agree they tried to highlight the advantages from watching girls lacrosse to improve positioning and other aspects of a guys game. However, they require two different types of positioning. Girls dodging take different routes than guys dodging. The girls game has the charge call; the guys game does not. As a result, defense is played differently in both sports. Guys can understand some things from girls lacrosse positioning-wise, but all in all they are two completely different forms of the sport and are not similar at all.

        Also, girls do not require more stick skills than guys, and they don’t acquire more stick skills than guys because there is no contact. Girls can cradle their stick in one spot and the other defender can not touch her. Guys have to worry about sticks coming from all directions, and as a result their awareness is a lot higher than the awareness of a girl who doesn’t face the same challenges.

        All in all, it’s like comparing apples to bananas. They are both fruit and that’s about it.

  • Greyhoundmike

    For starters, did you mean basketball or hockey? I think you meant hockey. 2. You didn’t talk about angles, spacing, and the bigger importance of positioning and precise execution.

    Just like women’s basketball in comparison to men’s basketball, physicality is minimized so positioning is far more important. That’s what this article should have been about. 

  • Greyhoundmike

    For starters, did you mean basketball or hockey? I think you meant hockey. 2. You didn’t talk about angles, spacing, and the bigger importance of positioning and precise execution.

    Just like women’s basketball in comparison to men’s basketball, physicality is minimized so positioning is far more important. That’s what this article should have been about. 

  • wuddajoke

    hahahahahaha

  • wuddajoke

    hahahahahaha

  • Girlslaxblows

    this is a joke

  • Girlslaxblows

    this is a joke

  • Girlslaxblows

    this is a joke

  • Guest

    Hahahahaha wow this is soooooo fucking dumb

  • Guest

    How can you even compare freeze tag to mens lacrosse! they are two different sports! if you can even call womens lax a sport

  • Reichardt

    Obviously written by a women who doesn’t know much about mens lacrosse or its origins of war on many miles of field.

  • Joke

    looks like the author of this is a feminist

    • guest92

      no f**king s**t sherlock!!!

    • guest92

      no f**king s**t sherlock!!!

  • Joke

    looks like the author of this is a feminist

  • Joke

    looks like the author of this is a feminist

  • Selina

    So true!

  • Sesh

    Hands down the worst post on lacrosseplayground I have read. I am actually disappointed in the crew for this. I am ok with arguments of why which for is better, (though I believe they are almost two different sports) as long as they are valid reason. This is just irrational and incorrect.

    • vanilla fudge

       worst article i have ever read period.

    • vanilla fudge

       worst article i have ever read period.

  • Pomartin18

    What a JOKE…..woman’s lacrosse is so lame………not exciting and absolutely……BORING. Men’s lacrosse takes a lot of skill and hard work, the woman just run around with their stick up in the air HOPING to catch the ball…..LOL !!! 

  • Jdc002

    Wow, girls are allowed to have shallower pockets because noone cant touch them. Women’s lacrosse takes zero skill. I’m sorry any sport that has a rule involving the goalie being moved out of the net and allwoing the opposing player to shoot on an open net is ridiculous. Not to mention some people still miss that gal. Women’s lacrosse is boring and will never compare to the Men’s game. Come on, they wear skirts for crying out loud!

    • Ekens13

      Not being able to touch them makes you have to have more skills you dumbass. You can’t just sit there and sack them you have to learn so many things correctly so why dont you stop being ignorant and learn something.

      • ripthegnar

         it would be alright if there was no contact but you could shoot from anywhere. With girls lacrosse, the dangerous shot rules takes a lot of the skill out of the game. Also, less contact leads to girls knowing where to carry the ball so they cannot be touched.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ian.chadwick22 Ian Chadwick

    I really just want to know how many of the people who commented on this article are under 18 years old….

    • Laxerrrrr

      Okay… except for the fact that there are plenty of grown men on this thread who have coached both sports saying that women’s lacrosse is respectable. Women’s lacrosse can be so intense if played the right way. If girls knew how to play by the rules then the game wouldnt be stopped so much. I play women’s lacrosse in college and my brother(who is the main coach at my school) who has played, coached, taught camps for girls AND guys says girls lax is pretty intense when played right. I mean its boring because there is no contact and we live in a world where that is exciting (im not going to lie, i love it to, im a huge hockey fan for just that) but to go to the extreme of comlpetely dismissing the sport in general is completey ignorant. Why the hell do people like basketball when there is no contact in that either… oh and by the way? im 19.

    • Laxerrrrr

      Okay… except for the fact that there are plenty of grown men on this thread who have coached both sports saying that women’s lacrosse is respectable. Women’s lacrosse can be so intense if played the right way. If girls knew how to play by the rules then the game wouldnt be stopped so much. I play women’s lacrosse in college and my brother(who is the main coach at my school) who has played, coached, taught camps for girls AND guys says girls lax is pretty intense when played right. I mean its boring because there is no contact and we live in a world where that is exciting (im not going to lie, i love it to, im a huge hockey fan for just that) but to go to the extreme of comlpetely dismissing the sport in general is completey ignorant. Why the hell do people like basketball when there is no contact in that either… oh and by the way? im 19.

    • Laxerrrrr

      sorry ian, i thought you were someone who had previously said rediculous things on this thread… ignore that comment below. i mean it still has good stuff in it haha

  • http://profiles.google.com/ian.chadwick22 Ian Chadwick

    I really just want to know how many of the people who commented on this article are under 18 years old….

  • Guest

    Wow. The comments on this article are representing male lacrosse players in such a arrogant manner. I don’t understand what the need is to get so defensive. Whether it is men’s or women’s lacrosse, it’s a great sport all around despite the differences. This article is merely just pointing out the differences and positive aspects of women’s lacrosse. You people need to relax.

  • Guest

    Wow. The comments on this article are representing male lacrosse players in such a arrogant manner. I don’t understand what the need is to get so defensive. Whether it is men’s or women’s lacrosse, it’s a great sport all around despite the differences. This article is merely just pointing out the differences and positive aspects of women’s lacrosse. You people need to relax.

  • Guest

    Wow. The comments on this article are representing male lacrosse players in such a arrogant manner. I don’t understand what the need is to get so defensive. Whether it is men’s or women’s lacrosse, it’s a great sport all around despite the differences. This article is merely just pointing out the differences and positive aspects of women’s lacrosse. You people need to relax.

  • Anonymous

    What a sad collection of comments. The comments alone show the ignorance of most “boys” reading Lacrosse Playground articles… Why don’t you little punks go tell Gary Gait that the girls game is hardly a sport, or some of the “girls” on the national team… They’d school you from one end of the field to the other. It’s comparing apples to oranges. The ONLY similarity is they both have “Lacrosse” in the name and the goals are the same, otherwise they are different. It’s a good thing you can sit behind your computer and type such ignorant things… Surprised by you fools!     RESPECT THE GAME-GROW THE GAME… MEN”S AND WOMEN’S

  • Anonymous

    What a sad collection of comments. The comments alone show the ignorance of most “boys” reading Lacrosse Playground articles… Why don’t you little punks go tell Gary Gait that the girls game is hardly a sport, or some of the “girls” on the national team… They’d school you from one end of the field to the other. It’s comparing apples to oranges. The ONLY similarity is they both have “Lacrosse” in the name and the goals are the same, otherwise they are different. It’s a good thing you can sit behind your computer and type such ignorant things… Surprised by you fools!     RESPECT THE GAME-GROW THE GAME… MEN”S AND WOMEN’S

  • Anonymous

    What a sad collection of comments. The comments alone show the ignorance of most “boys” reading Lacrosse Playground articles… Why don’t you little punks go tell Gary Gait that the girls game is hardly a sport, or some of the “girls” on the national team… They’d school you from one end of the field to the other. It’s comparing apples to oranges. The ONLY similarity is they both have “Lacrosse” in the name and the goals are the same, otherwise they are different. It’s a good thing you can sit behind your computer and type such ignorant things… Surprised by you fools!     RESPECT THE GAME-GROW THE GAME… MEN”S AND WOMEN’S

  • Guest

    The comments on this article are exceptionally harsh given that all it did was state that there are learning points from watching women’s lacrosse.  Discrediting the women’s sport as a whole simply because it is played differently than men’s is just as inappropriate as saying that both men’s and women’s lacrosse players have nothing to learn from one another.  I’ve played lacrosse for more than twenty years, I appreciate both men’s and women’s lacrosse equally despite their differences. The sport is growing worldwide for both men and women because it is entertaining and fun to play for both genders.  The sport is incredibly unique compared to most, and provides individuals at all levels of athleticism an opportunity to play a team sport that is inherently fun.  In my book, a lacrosse player is a lacrosse player whether they are guy or girl.  I’ve been all over the world playing lacrosse, and what I’ve found is that whether it’s a guy or a girl the majority of players share three common characteristics: a desire to be competitive, a desire to play an incredibly awesome sport and to do so while have a lot of fun.  Men and women lacrosse players should mutually support one another above anything else.  Failing to do so only hurts the sport and those who choose to play it.   

  • Guest

    The comments on this article are exceptionally harsh given that all it did was state that there are learning points from watching women’s lacrosse.  Discrediting the women’s sport as a whole simply because it is played differently than men’s is just as inappropriate as saying that both men’s and women’s lacrosse players have nothing to learn from one another.  I’ve played lacrosse for more than twenty years, I appreciate both men’s and women’s lacrosse equally despite their differences. The sport is growing worldwide for both men and women because it is entertaining and fun to play for both genders.  The sport is incredibly unique compared to most, and provides individuals at all levels of athleticism an opportunity to play a team sport that is inherently fun.  In my book, a lacrosse player is a lacrosse player whether they are guy or girl.  I’ve been all over the world playing lacrosse, and what I’ve found is that whether it’s a guy or a girl the majority of players share three common characteristics: a desire to be competitive, a desire to play an incredibly awesome sport and to do so while have a lot of fun.  Men and women lacrosse players should mutually support one another above anything else.  Failing to do so only hurts the sport and those who choose to play it.   

  • Guest

    The comments on this article are exceptionally harsh given that all it did was state that there are learning points from watching women’s lacrosse.  Discrediting the women’s sport as a whole simply because it is played differently than men’s is just as inappropriate as saying that both men’s and women’s lacrosse players have nothing to learn from one another.  I’ve played lacrosse for more than twenty years, I appreciate both men’s and women’s lacrosse equally despite their differences. The sport is growing worldwide for both men and women because it is entertaining and fun to play for both genders.  The sport is incredibly unique compared to most, and provides individuals at all levels of athleticism an opportunity to play a team sport that is inherently fun.  In my book, a lacrosse player is a lacrosse player whether they are guy or girl.  I’ve been all over the world playing lacrosse, and what I’ve found is that whether it’s a guy or a girl the majority of players share three common characteristics: a desire to be competitive, a desire to play an incredibly awesome sport and to do so while have a lot of fun.  Men and women lacrosse players should mutually support one another above anything else.  Failing to do so only hurts the sport and those who choose to play it.   

  • Guest

    The comments on this article are exceptionally harsh given that all it did was state that there are learning points from watching women’s lacrosse.  Discrediting the women’s sport as a whole simply because it is played differently than men’s is just as inappropriate as saying that both men’s and women’s lacrosse players have nothing to learn from one another.  I’ve played lacrosse for more than twenty years, I appreciate both men’s and women’s lacrosse equally despite their differences. The sport is growing worldwide for both men and women because it is entertaining and fun to play for both genders.  The sport is incredibly unique compared to most, and provides individuals at all levels of athleticism an opportunity to play a team sport that is inherently fun.  In my book, a lacrosse player is a lacrosse player whether they are guy or girl.  I’ve been all over the world playing lacrosse, and what I’ve found is that whether it’s a guy or a girl the majority of players share three common characteristics: a desire to be competitive, a desire to play an incredibly awesome sport and to do so while have a lot of fun.  Men and women lacrosse players should mutually support one another above anything else.  Failing to do so only hurts the sport and those who choose to play it.   

  • Psychofreek666

    Sadly, i believe that many of the comments below are pretty sexist and ignorant. I can see how the differences work, however, as far as i’m concerned i wonder why there even IS a difference in the game….i don’t see why the games should be any different…

  • Psychofreek666

    Sadly, i believe that many of the comments below are pretty sexist and ignorant. I can see how the differences work, however, as far as i’m concerned i wonder why there even IS a difference in the game….i don’t see why the games should be any different…

  • Psychofreek666

    Sadly, i believe that many of the comments below are pretty sexist and ignorant. I can see how the differences work, however, as far as i’m concerned i wonder why there even IS a difference in the game….i don’t see why the games should be any different…

  • Psychofreek666

    Sadly, i believe that many of the comments below are pretty sexist and ignorant. I can see how the differences work, however, as far as i’m concerned i wonder why there even IS a difference in the game….i don’t see why the games should be any different…

  • Psychofreek666

    Sadly, i believe that many of the comments below are pretty sexist and ignorant. I can see how the differences work, however, as far as i’m concerned i wonder why there even IS a difference in the game….i don’t see why the games should be any different…

  • Psychofreek666

    Sadly, i believe that many of the comments below are pretty sexist and ignorant. I can see how the differences work, however, as far as i’m concerned i wonder why there even IS a difference in the game….i don’t see why the games should be any different…

  • Psychofreek666

    Sadly, i believe that many of the comments below are pretty sexist and ignorant. I can see how the differences work, however, as far as i’m concerned i wonder why there even IS a difference in the game….i don’t see why the games should be any different…

  • Stinkygear

    Ok this is super lame. The only interesting rule is the one about going out of bounds. “When the whistle is blown to stop the game, girls are not permitted to move.”

    This would result is so many fast breaks in the men’s game.

  • Stinkygear

    Ok this is super lame. The only interesting rule is the one about going out of bounds. “When the whistle is blown to stop the game, girls are not permitted to move.”

    This would result is so many fast breaks in the men’s game.

  • tisktisk

    Oh dear…dont get me wrong but the womens game is a perfectly respectable game without this type of drivel trying to boost its rep, when in fact it all it does is just embarrass it.
    Purer for of the game? What, because is formely had no “official” boundaries? What about physical contact? (girls is non-contact obviously), what about historically only men were permitted to play? Please tell me what else makes the womens game purer, cause id love to know..
    I just realised that I could rip this poor excuse for an article a new one, but just saw the usage of “hyper important” and realised you’re probably some prepubescent kid with too much time on their hands.
    So, let me do your job for you and put foward a case for womens lacrosse.

    ah-hem….

    Womens lacrosse.

    Yeah, we have different rules, different sticks, different ways to play the game. But in the end, its OUR game and we love it. Be it pro, DIII, club, social, JV, peewee, indoor, outdoor, rez ball, mens or womens, in China or in Poland, Lacrosse is Lacrosse. We are all bound by it, and by our love for it. Its gets inside you and wont let go. Thats how I feel about lacrosse and im a woman. If you dont like our game, then you dont really love lacrosse. So stuff you.
    See you on the field.

    There you go, much better. Now Lacrosse playground, stop hiring people who cant write to besmirch your name. It makes you look really bad.

    A concerner laxer.

  • tisktisk

    Oh dear…dont get me wrong but the womens game is a perfectly respectable game without this type of drivel trying to boost its rep, when in fact it all it does is just embarrass it.
    Purer for of the game? What, because is formely had no “official” boundaries? What about physical contact? (girls is non-contact obviously), what about historically only men were permitted to play? Please tell me what else makes the womens game purer, cause id love to know..
    I just realised that I could rip this poor excuse for an article a new one, but just saw the usage of “hyper important” and realised you’re probably some prepubescent kid with too much time on their hands.
    So, let me do your job for you and put foward a case for womens lacrosse.

    ah-hem….

    Womens lacrosse.

    Yeah, we have different rules, different sticks, different ways to play the game. But in the end, its OUR game and we love it. Be it pro, DIII, club, social, JV, peewee, indoor, outdoor, rez ball, mens or womens, in China or in Poland, Lacrosse is Lacrosse. We are all bound by it, and by our love for it. Its gets inside you and wont let go. Thats how I feel about lacrosse and im a woman. If you dont like our game, then you dont really love lacrosse. So stuff you.
    See you on the field.

    There you go, much better. Now Lacrosse playground, stop hiring people who cant write to besmirch your name. It makes you look really bad.

    A concerner laxer.

  • Celticlaxer

    Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, boys.  Nothing- and I mean NOTHING- has done more to make me a better men’s lacrosse player than coaching women’s lacrosse.    (For the record, I’ve played at 4 World Games (3 field, 1 indoor) and currently coach a pro box team.)  
    Pick up a girl’s stick to practice with, or at least tighten the pocket in one of your backup sticks all the way, then do everything you would with your gamer- hit the wall, shoot, do some mess-around dodging with your buddies.  After just a week or two you will have better ball, stick, and field awareness than you ever imagined.

    • vanilla fudge

       dont do drugs.

    • Confused

      Why is there essays on the comment section….

    • Confused

      Why is there essays on the comment section….

  • Celticlaxer

    Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, boys.  Nothing- and I mean NOTHING- has done more to make me a better men’s lacrosse player than coaching women’s lacrosse.    (For the record, I’ve played at 4 World Games (3 field, 1 indoor) and currently coach a pro box team.)  
    Pick up a girl’s stick to practice with, or at least tighten the pocket in one of your backup sticks all the way, then do everything you would with your gamer- hit the wall, shoot, do some mess-around dodging with your buddies.  After just a week or two you will have better ball, stick, and field awareness than you ever imagined.

  • Guest

    What’s clearly lacking among some of you is a trait called sportsmanship.
    The writer is not trying to get one over on men’s lacrosse or claim that women’s lacrosse is better.  
    What he/she is able to do, unlike some of you, is find adjectives that are effective without being offensive…!?
    It doesn’t matter what sport they are discussing, everyone should have an appreciation of other peoples game.  Yea girls are smaller, not as physically strong blah blah, we know it, but the girls game involves different constraints that result in a skill set that some guys could benefit from.  
    Bear in mind boys… if you want lacrosse to be an olympic sport, think of the huge variations between the men and women’s game, they won’t really work, will they?  So if it’s going to go to the Olympics it’ll have to change in some way, which way looks easier to move towards… I’ve already heard a rumor the field dimensions for men may change towards the women’s… 

  • Michaelc-m

    I agree with many of the points here, and I have employed the “shallow pocket/girls stick” training method in the past.  In fact, I prefer the quick, pure release that you get from a shallower pocket.

    The one point I hold in contention is that “out of bounds” is the only stoppage of play in women’s lacrosse.  As far as I can tell, from my limited knowledge of the nuances of the girls rules, and mostly from speaking with women’s lacrosse players, women’s lacrosse has far too much stoppage of play.

    • Zdblax33

       I agree, it seems that women’s lacrosse has just about the same amount of stoppage as men’s, if not more.

    • Zdblax33

       I agree, it seems that women’s lacrosse has just about the same amount of stoppage as men’s, if not more.

  • Dconner1

    As a man that coaches girls lacrosse I could not agree more. Girls LAX requires far more skill and finesse than the boys game. This sport will not grow until it no longer has the shallow attitudes displayed here.

  • http://twitter.com/MikeTobin505 Mike Tobin

    Listen up “lax bro’s”.  As a guy who grew up playing lacrosse, I never gave the girls game a second of my time, other than watching the girls in “skirts”.  Now, a little more than 10 years later, I’m a HS girls lacrosse coach and I’ve got a whole new appreciation for the girls game.  Don’t just write the girls game off so quickly and sound like an immature “bro”.  Time to grow up boys. 
     
    The girls game is a purer form of lacrosse, to baggataway, then the current guys game.  Someone already commented that the guys game was played to settle wars and was many miles long.  True, it was, but it was also played to help cure the sick on reservations.  Native American tribes played the game and believed that the harder they played, the better the sick would feel.  So it’s not just about war.
     
    Before I get to the girls game, I love watching the guys game and watch all the games on TV that are shown, so I’m by no means, against the guys game.  They are both great games to watch.  I also still play the guys game, field and box, so I’m around both games, a lot. 
     
    Back to the girls game.  Excellent post by the way LPG.  On the defensive side of the field, the girls game is very similar to basketball in that, you need proper feet positioning and stick position, if not, you’ll get beat, and you don’t have a 6′ pole to cover your mistakes.  Yes there are a lot of rules in the girls game and it makes it inherently more difficult to be a defensive player in the girls game, but there is nothing better than watching a team defense in the girls game.  The slides/crashes on the ball carrier, making sure you aren’t in “shooting space” and having the right positioning, make it extremely difficult.  Not that the guys defensive game isn’t difficult either, but that 6′ pole really gives you a lot of room for error.  The point, guys defensive players can learn from their girl counterparts, on body positioning, to be a better player.
     
    The offensive side of the ball in the girls game is a lot different.  Not only with all of the rules that the defender has to play by, but girls aren’t shooting from outside of the 8m arc.  So there’s a more creative aspect to getting open in the girls game.  Girls just can’t dodge from up top, get a step on their defender and rip it from 15 yards out (I know that’s not the only way to score in the guys game).  Girls have to set multiple picks at times, protect their stick and get a shot off, all within a much smaller area and usually with more defenders around them.  The team I coach, we play a form of a zone defense, so we’re packed in tight on the 8m arc and it makes it extremely difficult to get inside of the 8m, catch a pass and shoot, without hitting a defender with the ball or your stick on the follow through. 
     
    This also makes goalie play in the girls game different.  95% of the shots a goalie sees in the girls game is within 5 yards of the crease.  Granted, girls goalies don’t worry about an 80mph shot from outside, so I’m not going to say which is tougher to play.  Being a lacrosse goalie is crazy for both genders. 

    Being a girls lacrosse coach has helped me becoming a better player, especially on the defensive side of the field.  I’ve also become a better ball handler, because when I coach the girls game and warm up our goalies, I use a girls stick.  Cradling, passing and shooting with a girls stick is more difficult.  The release point on a girls stick is higher in the pocket and a pass can sail on you very easily if you aren’t paying attention to where the ball is sitting in the pocket.  I challenge any guy to practice with a girls stick, I promise you, you will become a better ball handler. 

    So guys, don’t just dismiss this post with some immature reply.  Learn to appreciate the girls game for what it is.  I can’t think of any other sport that is played by both men and women, that has so many diferences, but are both great sports to watch and play.  Remember, lacrosse is a community, there’s no need to disrespect the other, because you don’t understand it. 

  • http://twitter.com/MikeTobin505 Mike Tobin

    Listen up “lax bro’s”.  As a guy who grew up playing lacrosse, I never gave the girls game a second of my time, other than watching the girls in “skirts”.  Now, a little more than 10 years later, I’m a HS girls lacrosse coach and I’ve got a whole new appreciation for the girls game.  Don’t just write the girls game off so quickly and sound like an immature “bro”.  Time to grow up boys. 
     
    The girls game is a purer form of lacrosse, to baggataway, then the current guys game.  Someone already commented that the guys game was played to settle wars and was many miles long.  True, it was, but it was also played to help cure the sick on reservations.  Native American tribes played the game and believed that the harder they played, the better the sick would feel.  So it’s not just about war.
     
    Before I get to the girls game, I love watching the guys game and watch all the games on TV that are shown, so I’m by no means, against the guys game.  They are both great games to watch.  I also still play the guys game, field and box, so I’m around both games, a lot. 
     
    Back to the girls game.  Excellent post by the way LPG.  On the defensive side of the field, the girls game is very similar to basketball in that, you need proper feet positioning and stick position, if not, you’ll get beat, and you don’t have a 6′ pole to cover your mistakes.  Yes there are a lot of rules in the girls game and it makes it inherently more difficult to be a defensive player in the girls game, but there is nothing better than watching a team defense in the girls game.  The slides/crashes on the ball carrier, making sure you aren’t in “shooting space” and having the right positioning, make it extremely difficult.  Not that the guys defensive game isn’t difficult either, but that 6′ pole really gives you a lot of room for error.  The point, guys defensive players can learn from their girl counterparts, on body positioning, to be a better player.
     
    The offensive side of the ball in the girls game is a lot different.  Not only with all of the rules that the defender has to play by, but girls aren’t shooting from outside of the 8m arc.  So there’s a more creative aspect to getting open in the girls game.  Girls just can’t dodge from up top, get a step on their defender and rip it from 15 yards out (I know that’s not the only way to score in the guys game).  Girls have to set multiple picks at times, protect their stick and get a shot off, all within a much smaller area and usually with more defenders around them.  The team I coach, we play a form of a zone defense, so we’re packed in tight on the 8m arc and it makes it extremely difficult to get inside of the 8m, catch a pass and shoot, without hitting a defender with the ball or your stick on the follow through. 
     
    This also makes goalie play in the girls game different.  95% of the shots a goalie sees in the girls game is within 5 yards of the crease.  Granted, girls goalies don’t worry about an 80mph shot from outside, so I’m not going to say which is tougher to play.  Being a lacrosse goalie is crazy for both genders. 

    Being a girls lacrosse coach has helped me becoming a better player, especially on the defensive side of the field.  I’ve also become a better ball handler, because when I coach the girls game and warm up our goalies, I use a girls stick.  Cradling, passing and shooting with a girls stick is more difficult.  The release point on a girls stick is higher in the pocket and a pass can sail on you very easily if you aren’t paying attention to where the ball is sitting in the pocket.  I challenge any guy to practice with a girls stick, I promise you, you will become a better ball handler. 

    So guys, don’t just dismiss this post with some immature reply.  Learn to appreciate the girls game for what it is.  I can’t think of any other sport that is played by both men and women, that has so many diferences, but are both great sports to watch and play.  Remember, lacrosse is a community, there’s no need to disrespect the other, because you don’t understand it. 

    • baller

      get a life

    • baller

      get a life

    • Aisha Sheikh (GK)

      Well said!

  • 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.