Washington Park District Youth Athletics, Illinois

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Age Requirements for Spring 2018: Freshmen thru Senior

(Regardless of your age we ask that if you are in high school that you register for HS Boys)


Lacrosse a.k.a. LAX: Is a game invented by American Indians; now played on a rectangular field by two teams of ten players who use long-handled sticks that have a webbed pouch to catch, carry and throw the ball toward the opponents' goal.     


The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. The plays are similar to basketball, the skill/physical level is similar to hockey, and the endurance demanded on the body is similar to soccer. This sport is the fastest on two feet and is a true team sport. Anyone can play lacrosse - the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine. Lacrosse is played with a stick, which must be mastered by the player in order to scoop, throw, and catch the ball.


HS Boys’ Level:

At this level, the game is played with no adaptations of field size.


Games are officiated by refs and there is full contact.


Practice time will be focused on the basics: conditioning, scooping, throwing and catching, as well as, the IQ of the game and game plays.


WALL BALL is the one aspect of training that can help any player (new or experienced) develop and become the sure-handed, ball-control player, regardless of position. Wall Ball will improve your stick handling, hand eye coordination, passing, catching, shooting, fakes, and trickery. The beauty of “wall ball” is that you do not have to rely on anyone else to get better…just you and the wall. Find a wall in your area (it could be the side of a school, gym, handball court, etc) that is at least 15 yards long and ten feet high. 

Last Edit: 1/11/2017 MA