Box lacrosse, which is also known as indoor lacrosse, is a fast-paced version of lacrosse played indoors. This version of lacrosse is popular in North America and is usually played by men.
Box lacrosse was developed in Canada in the 1930s and is the most popular version of lacrosse there. This sport is usually played on an ice rink, with the ice removed or covered. The area where they play is called the box, as opposed to the open playing field on the lacrosse field.
Box lacrosse is played by two teams with six players on each team. The team consists of a goalkeeper and five runners. The five running backs are the forwards, the transition players and the defenders.
The object of the game is to use a long-handled racket, which is called a lacrosse stick, to catch, carry, and pass the ball so they can score. Players score by throwing a solid rubber lacrosse ball into the opposing team’s goal.
Box lacrosse is a fast-paced sport due to the shot clock, which gives teams only 30 seconds to make a shot on goal once the team gains possession. There is also out of bounds, so the game can continue without interruption.
The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is held every four years. In each of the four tournaments held so far, Canada has won, followed by the Iroquois Nationals team, with the USA third. Canada has been undefeated in all tournaments.