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LaCrosse

Lacrosse is a team contact sport played with a small rubber ball and a stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. The sport dates back to 1100 AD. In the past the Native Americans resolved their minor conflicts between tribes through this game. The sport is popular in Canada and the United States, with small but dedicated lacrosse communities in the United Kingdom and Australia.

The tip of the lacrosse stick has a loose mesh designed to hold and catch a lacrosse ball. The object of the sport is to score a goal by throwing the ball into the opposing team’s goal. Players use the lacrosse stick to carry, catch, and pass the ball to score a goal. From the defensive aspect, the objective is to prevent the opponent from scoring a goal and win the ball by using the lacrosse stick.

Depending on which version is being played, lacrosse is played by two teams with between 6 and 12 members on each team, including the goaltender. The sport can be played indoors on a lacrosse court or outdoors on a lacrosse field. Players equip themselves with a lacrosse stick and protective gear that may include a helmet, eye protection, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and sports gloves.