Get Inspired: How to get into lacrosse

Young women playing lacrosse

How do I start?

Find your nearest lacrosse club in England,external-linkScotland,external-linkWalesexternal-link and Northern Ireland.external-link

What is it?

  • There are two opposing teams, with 10-a-side for men and 12-a-side for women.
  • Players use their lacrosse stick, which has a triangular shaped loose netting on the end, to try and get a rubber ball into the goal. The netting is known as the 'pocket' and can be used to pass the ball and shoot. The team with the most goals win.
  • Men's lacrosse is full-contact whereas the women's game is limited-contact.
  • For the full rules visit the English Lacrosse website. external-link

Is it for me?

  • Lacrosse is a fast sport which will help improve your fitness, but there are many variations of the game which cater for different levels and abilities.

What to expect when I start

  • You will need a lacrosse stick, ball and the padded protection to start playing - but don't worry, clubs will have these for you to use when you first start - just get yourself along to your first session.
  • Lacrosse is a great workout - non-stop running on a football-sized field is enough to get anyone's blood pumping - you could burn up to 533 calories an hour.
  • You will also work your arm, core and leg muscles, whilst improving your agility by sprinting in short bursts.
  • Lacrosse is very sociable with players and teams known for socialising off the field.
  • Also known as indoor lacrosse, Box Lacrosseexternal-link is a six-a-side version of the game usually played on a covered ice rink or roller arena similar to ice hockey.
  • POP Lacrosseexternal-link is an easy introduction to the game for primary school children. It is a non-contact version of the game using inexpensive plastic sticks, softer balls and pop-up goals.
  • English Lacrosse also run the Triple Arrow campaignexternal-link, training camps for girls aged between 10 and 16.

To get you in the mood ...

A beginner's guide to lacrosse

Are you inspired to try lacrosse? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the activity by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired,external-link visiting us on Facebookexternal-link or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

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