NCAA Lacrosse Rules
The NCAA Lacrosse rules are set into place in order to allow the game to be played with safety and the sport in mind. Both men and women play the sport of Lacrosse, and though men and women may have slight variations in their rules and regulations, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has laid out the basis to the game and those rules for men's Lacrosse are outlined below.
- Field Dimensions - Since Lacrosse is a sport played on an outdoor field, there are rules as to the size and shape that field must be. All games of lacrosse are played on a rectangular playing field with goals on either end, facing one another. For men, those goals must be 80 yards apart with 15 yards of open field behind each goal and net. The field must be 110 yards total in length, and 60 yards total in width.
- Player Numbers - Each game of Lacrosse consist of two teams, each with a certain number of players allowed on the field at one time. For man, the number of players on the field at one time is 10. This number includes one goal keeper, three attackers, three midfielders, and three defenders.
- Goal - The game of Lacrosse is all about points, which means making goals. In order to get a goal, a player must shoot the Lacrosse ball into the goal net, scoring a point. NCAA has set aside regulations on what the size of the goal must be. The goal is a net, with metal piping, and is to be 6 feet high and 6 feet wide. In order to win the game, a team must score more points by tossing their ball into the goal more than the opposing team.
- Proper Equipment and Body Contact - Playing the game of Lacrosse can be an interactive sport with contact against other players, and to stay safe doing so there NCAA has set aside rules as to what the proper equipment and contact can be on the field. In a men's game of Lacrosse, NCAA says that body contact through blocking and checking is allowed. Their proper equipment allowed on the field include a helmet with a caged face plate, proper Lacrosse gloves, shoulder pads, Lacrosse cleats and the Lacrosse stick.