Ninh explains the RULES of Indoor Lacrosse
Indoor lacrosse, more commonly known as Box Lacrosse is a game that’s usually played
on an ice rink, with the ice covered up with turf. The surface is usually about 200ftx85ft.
Indoor lacrosse is played with two teams of 18, with six (6) players on the surface at
any one time. They consist of 1 goaltender and 5 runners.
The objective of the game is for your team to score more goals than the opposing team.
To score a goal, a player must use his lacrosse stick and shoot the ball into the goal.
The ball must completely cross the goal line and the shooting player must not step into
the crease for a goal to count. Goals are 4’9” wide and 4 feet high, and
the goal crease is 9’3”. The game starts with a Face Off.
Once a team has possession of the ball, they have up to 30 seconds to shoot the ball towards
the opposing goaltender. Failure to shoot the ball within this time results in a shot
clock violation and the other team is awarded possession of the ball.
You can pass the ball directly between teammates, bounce pass to them or cradle the ball and
run with it. The idea is to set up in good position to be able to shoot the ball towards
the goal. The opposing team will try and stop you by
cross checking, body checking or stick checking. They will try and take the ball away from
you so that they can score themselves. The game is played in 4 x 15 minute quarters,
for a total playing time of 60 minutes. Highest score at the end of time wins. If you watched my Rules of Ice Hockey video,
you’ll realise that these two sports are very similar.
And like Ice hockey, indoor lacrosse is filled with things that you can and cannot do.
Should you break one of these rules, you will serve a time penalty
leaving your team with one less player, and your opponents with a man-advantage.
The team with the man advantage is known as the ‘extra man offense’ or ‘man-up’.
This makes it easier to score a goal as there is one less player to defend the net.
The team with a man in the penalty box is known as ‘Man Down’ and usually they defend
like crazy until the time of the penalty expires. The length of the time of the penalty depends
on the infraction made: These Minor infractions results in two minute
minor penalties. Slashing, Tripping, Elbowing, Roughing, Too
Many Players, illegal Equipment, Holding, or Interference.
When a goal is scored by an extra man team, the penalty time is cut short and the player
is let out of the penalty box. These Major infractions results in 5 minute
major penalties. Violent versions of minor penalties, intent
to injure, Fighting, Unlike Minor penalties, a major penalty can
only end when the time of the penalty runs out, or if the other team scores three goals.
Misconduct penalties result in you being ejected from the game. Two majors equals a misconduct. This sounds easy enough, but there’s a few
other rules you’ll need to understand before going to a game. For example: Three-man down.
By the rules of indoor lacrosse, a team must have at least three runners on the surface.
If a team already has two players in the penalty box and is assessed a third penalty – a
penalty shot will be awarded instead of taking a third man out of the game. Penalty Shot
A penalty shot is awarded for a three-man down penalty or to an offensive player if
an opponent has unfairly obstructed a legitimate chance to score.
On a penalty shot, the shooter starts from the centre circle and is only allowed one
shot, even if there is a rebound. Any shot that goes in counts as a goal. Sudden Death Overtime
There are no ties in box lacrosse, so overtime periods are played to determine a winner.
These periods usually last a maximum of 5 minutes. First team to score a goal, wins. 8-Second Violation:
If a team with possession of the ball fails to advance the ball past midfield within 8
seconds, this is an 8 second violation and the other team is awarded the ball. That’s a lot to take in, but as you watch
or play indoor lacrosse, the rules will become clear.
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