The following excerpt is from Thomas Venum Jr.’s book,”American Indian Lacrosse: Little Brother of War“
“Lacrosse was one of many varieties of indigenous stickball games being played by American Indians at the time of European contact. Almost exclusively a male team sport, it is distinguished from the others, such as field hockey or shinny, by the use of a netted racquet with which to pick the ball off the ground, throw, catch and convey it into or past a goal to score a point. The cardinal rule in all varieties of lacrosse was that the ball, with few exceptions, must not be touched with the hands….”
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Rules of the Game
The sanctioning and modern day league rules of lacrosse vary from region to region but in the United States the national governing body is US Lacrosse. Each league that is a participating member of US Lacrosse may include additional varying rules by region and league.
Overall Men’s and Women’s rules can be viewed within the sub-pages herein.