Cumberland Youth Lacrosse Association promotes lacrosse among children residing in Cumberland, RI and surrounding towns through grade-level programs

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The Basics of Lacrosse

Welcome to Northern Rhode Island & Cumberland Youth Lacrosse!   If you are a parent who has played Lacrosse in High School or College you know the excitement of the season to come (and you should be signed up as a coach)... if you have NO idea what this sport is all about then this little back corner of the website will hopefully help. So what is Lacrosse? As opposed to coming up with a definition I'll let Wikipedia do the work for me:
Lacrosse is a team sport that is played by ten players (men) or twelve players (women), each of whom uses a netted stick (the crosse) in order to pass and catch a very hard rubber ball with the aim of scoring goals (each worth one point traditionally, but also two in Major League Lacrosse) by propelling the ball into the opponent's goal. The team scoring the most points after two halves, of varying length from competition to competition, and overtime if necessary, wins.
In its modern form, men's lacrosse is played on a field of grass, artificial turf, or field turf. Each team is composed of 10 players on the field at a time: three attackmen, three midfielders, three defenders and one goaltender. In men's lacrosse, players wear protective equipment on their heads, shoulders, arms, and hands, as body-checking is an integral part of the game, and stick checks to the arms and hands are considered legal. Women's lacrosse is played in a similar manner except with two additional midfielders per team. Players of women's lacrosse need only wear protective eyewear (except for the goaltender, who wears additional padding, usually consisting of a helmet, shin guards, and chest pad, and most goalies do not wear arm pads), as contact is not permitted apart from minor stick-checks.
To explore the sport for each gender in more detail click on the "Boys' Game" or "Girls' Game" tabs under the the "Game Basics" tab on the left.