is a team game where players pass the ball to each other using
a stick with a net. Goals are scored by shooting the ball
into a goal net.
Lacrosse is an athletic, physical and skilful game played
by males and females.
Men’s Lacrosse is played by teams of ten players a
side and substitution is normal . Men wear protective equipment
including helmets, gloves and arm padding which means that,
although physical, injuries are unusual.
Women’s Lacrosse is non-contact and a graceful and
skilful sport. Until very recently the playing field for women’s
Lacrosse did not have fixed boundaries which reflected the
native American origins of the game.
the 1980s the game of POP Lacrosse was introduced. This is
a non-contact game which uses inexpensive plastic- headed
sticks. POP Lacrosse has become very popular with primary
schools and is particularly suitable for delivering Key Stages
in the National PE Curriculum .
The ELA has recently introduced LAX which is a transitional
non-contact game using proper Lacrosse sticks. LAX makes the
transition between POP and men’s and women’s field
LAX is being increasingly played ,particularly in colleges
and universities, as Mixed Lacrosse.
Lacrosse demands on facilities are less onerous than those
made by many sports. Lacrosse requires good grass surfaces
and a number of Lacrosse clubs have moved onto fields which
have been vacated by hockey and other sports.
can be played on artificial surfaces and the last two men’s
championships have been played on them.
POP Lacrosse is ideal for school PE as it can be played on
a variety of surfaces either indoor or outdoor.
Basically, Lacrosse has the potential for considerable expansion
without requiring much expenditure on facilities provision.
National Governing Body
Lacrosse was originally played by Native Americans and was
called “Lacrosse” by Jesuit missionaries who first
observed the game.
The game was first codified and organised in Canada. Canadians
introduced the game to the UK in 1867.
soon began to form and the North of England Lacrosse Association
was formed in 1879.
England’s first international games were played against
Ireland (1881), Canada (1883) and USA (1884).
The English Lacrosse Union was formed in 1892 as the National
Governing Body for Men’s Lacrosse.
The Governing Body for Women’s Lacrosse, The All England
Women’s Lacrosse Association was founded in 1912.
In 1996, under the guidance of Sport England , the ELU and
AEWLA amalgamated to form the English Lacrosse Association.
the amalagamation process the association was chaired by a
Sport England Officer.