Girls Lacrosse
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General Information

The Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation Girls Lacrosse League is for the girl who wants to try something new, make new friends, stay fit, be challenged and grow.

What is Girls (or Women’s) Lacrosse?

Girls (or Women’s) Lacrosse, sometimes shortened to WLAX or LAX, is a sport played with 12 players on each team. Originally played by indigenous peoples in the Americas, the modern women's game was introduced in 1890 at the St. Leonard's School in St. Andrews, Scotland. The rules of Women’s Lacrosse differ significantly from men's field lacrosse, and the equipment required to play is also different from the men's. In the United States, women are only required to wear eyewear (or lacrosse goggles) and a mouth guard.

How do you play lacrosse?

The object of the game is to use a long-handled stick (known as a Crosse or Lacrosse stick) to catch, cradle and pass a solid yellow rubber lacrosse ball in an effort to score by hurling the ball into the opponent’s goal. Defensively, the object is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body positioning.

How many players are on the field during the game?

The sport is played 12 vs. 12 for Jr. High, High School, College and the Pros. The positions on the field are as follows:

            ▪           3 Mid Fielders

            ▪           4 Attackers

            ▪           4 Defenders

            ▪           1 Goalie

For the Los Angeles County program, we use 12U rules and going 8 vs. 8 instead of 12 vs. 12. The reason for this change of the number of players on the field is to accommodate our smaller field sizes, and small sided play is encouraged for our age groups.