The students will know the rules and the regulations needed to play the game
of lacrosse and the students will be able to referee a game with the knowledge of
The students will be able to explain the skills that they perform in the game of
The students will be able to describe principles of training and conditioning for
the game of lacrosse.
The students will also be able to explain some offensive and defensive
strategies of the game.
The students will be able to perform cradling while playing the game of
The students will be able to demonstrate that they are able pass/throw/shoot
the lacrosse ball.
The students will be able to catch the ball when it is thrown to them.
The students will be able to scoop the ball when it is on the ground during the
The students will be able to perform a face off to start the game and after
The students will demonstrate fair play while playing the game of lacrosse.
The will show cooperation when playing the game of lacrosse.
The students will follow all rules when playing the game of lacrosse.
The students will exhibit fair play when playing the game of lacrosse.
Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement
patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts,
principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and
performance of physical activities.
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical
Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that
respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment,
challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Skills/Tasks: Skills/Tasks: Review: Review: Skills/Tasks:
-equipment -cradling -cradling -cradling -rules and
-cradling -passing -passing -passing regulations
-passing -catching -catching -catching -safety
-catching -scooping Skills/Tasks: -scooping -positions
Activity: Activity: -scooping -shooting -the field
-students will run -practice -shooting Skills/Tasks: Activity:
across the field scooping the Activity: -face off -circle passing
cradling the ball ball off the -steal the bacon Activity: -3 person
as they move ground - squares -Stations- weave
-students will (stationary and -3 person cradling, -rapid fire
pass back and moving) weave passing, shooting
forth with a -partner -shooting for scooping, -bowling
partner passing accuracy drill shooting Standards: # 1,
Standards: # 1, -cone weaves -2 on 3 scoring -face off 2, 3, 5
2, 3, 5 (obstacles) activity practice Assessment:
Assessment: while passing Standards: # 1, -partner passing -peer evaluation
-peer evaluation to a partner 2, 3, 5 while moving -journals
-can they cradle Standards: # Assessment: -accuracy *hand out study
the ball as they 1, 2, 3, 5 -journals shooting drill guide
move across the Assessment: -peer -3 on 3 modified
field, can they -peer assessment game
pass and catch evaluation Standards: # 1,
the ball -can the 2, 3, 5
perform the -journals
skills -teacher rubric
Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10
Skills/Tasks: Activity: Activity: Review: Indoor Activity:
-offensive and -6 on 6 games -6 on 6 games -cradling -strength
defensive Standards: # Standards: #1, -passing training for
strategies 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 2, 4, 5, 6 -catching lacrosse
Activity: Assessment: Assessment: -scooping -stations in the
-Stations from -journals -journals -shooting weight room
day 4 Standards: # 1, -relays
-4 on 4 modified 2, 3, 5, 6 Standards: # 1,
games Indoor Activity: 2, 3, 5, 6
Standards: #1, -Stations from Assessment:
2, 5 day 4 -journals
Assessment: -scooping relays
-journals -steal the bacon
Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15
Activity: Activity: Activity: Review: Test:
-steal the bacon -6 on 6 -6 on 6 games -study guide -written lacrosse
-3 on 3 modified games Standards: # 1, Activity: test
games Standards: # 2, 3, 5, 6 -6 on 6 games Activity:
Standards: # 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 Assessment: Standards: # 1, -6 on 6 games
2, 3, 5, 6 Assessment: -journals 2, 3, 5, 6 Standards: # 1,
Assessment: -journals Assessment: 2, 3, 5, 6
-journals -journals Assessment:
Name: Date: Class Period: Lacrosse Unit
Activity: How many steps Heart Rate: How do you feel
did you take Slow about the activity?
Skill: Passing check
Hands 6 to 8 inches apart
Hands close to end of the stick
Basket facing away from student
Arms make a throwing motion
Ball is released up high
Ball goes to intended target
4 Hands close to end of stick, hands 6-8 inches apart, basket in a
closed position, ball is released low, follow is low to keep the ball low,
ball goes where follow through goes and hits the goal, good weight
3 Hands close to end of stick, hands 6-8 inches apart, basket in a
closed position, ball is released low, follow through is low to high, ball
goes where the follow through goes but hits goal, no weight transfer
2 Hand position does not change, basket position does not change, ball
released low, follow through low to high, ball goes where follow
through goes but misses the goal, no weight transfer
1 Hand position does not change, basket position does not change, ball
released high, no follow through, ball misses the net, no weight
1. Describe the technique to properly cradle the ball in the basket.
2. List and describe the positions we discussed in class.
3. Label the lines on the field.
4. List and describe two personal fouls that can occur in lacrosse.
5. List all the equipment needed to play a professional lacrosse game.
6. Describe the technique used to properly pass/shoot the ball.
Offensive and Defensive Strategies
Skills and Teaching Cues
- two hands on the stick
- ball in the basket
- gently rock the stick side to side in front of your dominant shoulder with
the basket facing you
- move hands away from basket
- basket is facing away from you
- make a throwing motion with your arms, the crosse is just an extension
of your arm
- release the ball up high
- move dominant hand close to basket
- bend knees and “give” to catch the ball
- pretend the ball is an egg and try not to break the egg
- stick should be low to the ground
- bend knees and get low to the ground
- same as passing
- basket should be more closed
- release the ball low
- follow through low to keep the ball low
- turn basket away from you, so you can trap the ball
- bend knees and get low, so your opponent cannot knock you right over
- trap ball and shovel it away from the center dot so your teammates can
come and pick it up
Make a line with about 10 players standing about 4 yards apart. The rest of the
players line up with all the balls. One by one, each player weaves in between the
other players, back and forth, cradling from one side to the other. If the player is
dodging a person to their left, then they cradle to the right and vice versa.
There are four lines (A,B,C and D), each at a point on a square. Player A starts
with the ball and runs toward player B. Player B runs toward line C
(perpendicularly to player A's movement) and receives the ball from player A.
Player B continues with the ball as player C moves toward line D. Player B
passes to player C, who advances toward line D. The ball continues to be
passed around the square.
1. Add more than one ball
2. Change directions
4. Make the square smaller for tighter, faster passing
There are three lines of players (A, B and C) at the fifty yard-line facing the goal.
The middle line (line B) is supplied with all of the balls. The first players in each
line start down the field, the middle line cradling the ball. Player B passes the ball
to her left to player C, and runs behind her to take her place at the left wing
position. When player C receives the ball, she crosses the field to pass to player
A, then runs behind her to take the right wing position. When player A receives
the ball, she crosses the field and passes to player B, then runs behind her to
take her position, and player B crosses again to pass to player C.
1. Add 1, 2 or 3 defensemen
2. Finish with a shot on goal
There are two lines at the 50 yard-line and one person between them with all of
the balls. The middle person rolls a ball out ahead of both players and the first
players in both lines sprint for the ball, bending deep to scoop it. Whoever comes
up with the ball goes for the goal, while the other plays defense.
There are four people in each line (make as many lines as you need). Four balls,
each about 20 yards apart, are placed in front of both lines all the way up to the
opposite end-line. When the whistle is blown, the first person in line sprints for
the ball, picks it up and brings it back to his/her line. As soon as she has crossed
the line, the next player sprints for the next ball, scoops it up and brings it back to
his/her line. This continues until the last ball has been brought back and the one
who reaches the line first wins.
Steal the Bacon
A ball is placed at midfield and the players are divided into two teams. Each team
spreads out along opposing lines about 25 yards away from the ball (or around
the circle). Each player has a number and the numbers one team coincide with
those on the other. The coach calls a number and the two players who have
those numbers sprint for the ball in the center. The player who picks up the ball
must then cradle and cross his/her own line when a point is scored.
About 15-20 balls are lined up on the top of the arc. A player begins at one end
of the line of balls (depending on whether she is right- or left-handed), and when
the whistle is blown, he/she quickly scoops the ball and shoots at goal. He/She
goes around the top of the arc, shooting each ball one by one.
1. Put targets in the corners of the goals.
2. Put a goalie in.
3. Limit the time in which each player has to shoot all of the balls.
4. Shovel shots.
- Each team must keep at least four players, including the goalie, in its defensive
half of the field and three in its offensive half. Three players (midfielders) may
roam the entire field.
- Collegiate games are 60 minutes long, with 15-minute quarters. Generally, high
school games are 48 minutes long, with 12-minute quarters. Likewise, youth
games are 32 minutes long, with eight-minute quarters. Each team is given a
two-minute break between the first and second quarters, and the third and fourth
quarters. Halftime is ten minutes long.
- Teams change sides between periods. Each team is permitted two timeouts
each half. - -- The team winning the coin toss chooses the end of the field it
wants to defend first.
- The players take their positions on the field: four in the defensive clearing area,
one at the center, two in the wing areas and three in their attack goal area.
- Men's lacrosse begins with a face-off. The ball is placed between the sticks of
two squatting players at the center of the field. The official blows the whistle to
begin play. Each face-off player tries to control the ball. The players in the wing
areas can run after the ball when the whistle sounds. The other players must wait
until one player has gained possession of the ball, or the ball has crossed a goal
area line, before they can release.
- Center face-offs are also used at the start of each quarter and after a goal is
scored. Field players must use their crosses to pass, catch and run with the ball.
Only the goalkeeper may touch the ball with his hands. A player may gain
possession of the ball by dislodging it from an opponent's crosse with a stick
check. A stick check is the controlled poking and slapping of the stick and gloved
hands of the player in possession of the ball.
- If the ball or a player in possession of the ball goes out of bounds, the
other team is awarded possession. If the ball goes out of bounds after an
unsuccessful shot, the player nearest to the ball when and where it goes
out of bounds is awarded possession.
- An attacking player cannot enter the crease around the goal, but may
reach in with his stick to scoop a loose ball.
- A referee, umpire and field judge supervise field play. A chief bench
official, timekeepers and scorers assist.
The Crosse: The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood or
synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. The crosse must be an
overall length of 40 - 42 inches for attackmen and midfielders, or 52 - 72 inches
for defensemen. The head of the crosse must be 6.5 - 10 inches wide, except a
goalie's crosse which may be 10 - 12 inches wide. The pocket of a crosse shall
be deemed illegal if the top surface of a lacrosse ball, when placed in the head of
the crosse, is below the bottom edge of the side wall.
The Ball: The ball must be made of solid rubber and can be white, yellow or
orange. The ball is 7.75 - 8 inches in circumference and 5 - 5.25 ounces.
The Helmet: A protective helmet, equipped with face mask, chin pad and a
cupped four point chin strap fastened to all four hookups, must be worn by all
men's players. All helmets and face masks should be NOCSAE (National
Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) approved.
Attack Goal Area: The area defined by a line drawn sideline to sideline 20 yards
from the face of the goal. Once the offensive team crosses the midfield line, it
has ten seconds to move the ball into its attack goal area
Clearing: Running or passing the ball from the defensive half of the field to the
attack goal area
Crease: A circle around the goal with a radius of nine feet into which only
defensive players may enter
Crosse (Stick): The equipment used to throw, catch and carry the ball
Face-Off: A technique used to put the ball in play at the start of each quarter, or
after a goal is scored. The players squat down and the ball is placed between
Fast-Break: A transition scoring opportunity in which the offense has at least a
Ground Ball: A loose ball on the playing field
Handle (Shaft): An aluminum, wooden or composite pole connected to the head
of the crosse
Head: The plastic or wood part of the stick connected to the handle
Pick: An offensive maneuver in which a stationary player attempts to block the
path of a defender guarding another offensive player
The attackman's responsibility is to score goals. The attackman generally
restricts his play to the offensive end of the field. A good attackman
demonstrates excellent stick work with both hands and has quick feet to
maneuver around the goal. Each team should have three attackmen on the field
The midfielder's responsibility is to cover the entire field, playing both offense and
defense. The midfielder is a key to the transition game, and is often called upon
to clear the ball from defense to offense. A good midfielder demonstrates good
stick work including throwing, catching and scooping. Speed and stamina are
essential. Each team should have three midfielders on the field.
The defenseman's responsibility is to defend the goal. The defenseman generally
restricts his play to the defensive end of the field. A good defenseman should be
able to react quickly in game situations. Agility and aggressiveness are
necessary, but great stick work is not essential to be effective. Each team should
have three defensemen on the field.
The goalie's responsibility is to protect the goal and stop the opposing team from
scoring. A good goalie also leads the defense by reading the situation and
directing the defensemen to react. A good goalie should have excellent hand/eye
coordination and a strong voice. Quickness, agility, confidence and the ability to
concentrate are also essential. Each team has one goalie in the goal during play.