The premise of lacrosse is simple: one player must use a stick to toss a ball into a goal; the opposing players must try to prevent the goal from happening while trying to take possession of the ball themselves. However, as you know, the rules of the game are not so simple. You can enhance your team’s chances of winning by avoiding mistakes associated with not knowing certain rules. Unfortunately, several lacrosse myths have developed that confuse what you can and cannot do on the lacrosse field. To help you prevent your team from making common mistakes, keep the following three lacrosse myths in mind while you lead your team to victory.
LACROSSE MYTH NUMBER 1: YOU CAN’T PLAY LACROSSE WHILE YOU ARE ON THE GROUND
When a player has any part of his body other than his feet on the ground, it is a common belief that he cannot be stick checked or body checked, and he cannot pass catch or cradle. However, there is actually no rule at all that prohibits normal play while a lacrosse player is on the ground.
LACROSSE MYTH NUMBER 2: THE BALL ONLY HAS TO TOUCH THE GOAL LINE FOR A SCORE
This myth is exacerbated by other popular sports like football and tennis, where all you need to do is touch any space on, within or above the goal line to score. However, in lacrosse the entire ball must cross the invisible plane within the goal in order for a score to occur. This also applies to the pipes — people often make the mistake of believing that hitting both pipes counts as a score, but this is not so. The only way to score a goal in lacrosse is to cause the ball to cross that invisible plane.
LACROSSE MYTH NUMBER 3: ON A SHOT THAT GOES OUT OF BOUNDS, THE PLAYER CLOSEST TO THE END LINE GETS AWARDED THE BALL
It is actually the player who is closest to the ball itself whose team gets awarded the ball after a shot goes out of bounds. This is an easy mistake to make, because in most cases, the player closest to the end line will in fact be the one who is closest to the ball already.
AVOIDING MYTHS WILL HELP YOU AVOID DEFEAT
By busting lacrosse myths like these, you can give your team the competitive advantage needed to win.