Lacrosse is the oldest sport native to North America, dating back centuries with Native Americans playing various forms of the sport. Over the last two decades, lacrosse has been the fastest-growing team sport in the United States.

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The rules of lacrosse govern games and equipment used. US Lacrosse, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NCAA write rules for our sport, as per the following breakout. The organizations often work together on rule development and player safety.

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Lacrosse 101

Never seen a lacrosse game? Watch this short video to learn a little bit more about how and why the game is played.


US Lacrosse publishes an Equipment Fitting Guide to help provide first-time buyers, parents and players with suggested guidelines in purchasing equipment. Designed to help both the boys’ and girls’ youth player, the guide explains how lacrosse equipment should feel when properly worn.

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