Lacrosse: What It Is And How To Play It

Lacrosse is a field game, like football or basketball, which began within the Iroquois nation of Native Americans and involves the use of a small rubber ball and a specialized stick known as a crosse, although protective gear is usually just as important. In a similar method as being restricted to the use of legs in the sport of soccer, only the crosse is valid for any sort of maneuver, be it holding, catching, or hurling the ball. However, bodily contact is perfect accepted within the sport, usually as a means of “negotiating” a switch in control of the ball or hampering a potential point. Points are scored by successfully throwing the ball into the opposing team’s goal.

Like most field sports, a lacrosse field consists of four zones: attack, defense, goalie, and midfield. The standard field lacrosse play utilizes 10 players, breaking down from there into three on each non-goalie position. The crosse of an attacker or midfielder, known as a short crosse, is no more than 42 inches in total length, while the crosse of a goalie or defender is known as a long crosse, no more than 6 feet in total length. A proper lacrosse field is 100 m x 55 m, with goals being 5.5 m in diameter. Each quarter and goal scored triggers a face-off, where two players scrap for the ball, hoping to flick it to one of the players on his side of the field. Notably, neither attacks nor defenders can cross the midfield line until a midfielder has acquired control of the ball.

Although the sport of lacrosse has a uniform name, there are actually four separate forms of its play:

• Men’s field lacrosse
• Women’s lacrosse
• Intercrosse
• Box lacrosse, also known as boxla

The last two items differ from the standard form of play as follows; intercrosse is a non-contact version of the sport that is mildly popular in Europe, while box lacrosse is simply an indoors version of the sport popular in the United States.

The amount of variation with this sport, coupled with the opportunity for lots of physical activity, means that there are more than enough options for a person to not only get a good workout and maybe even make some new friends on the field.

Opposing team coaches go at it!

Des Moines Magicians Victory Against Gazelles

Amateur sport team the Des Moines Magicians won a lacrosse victory against the Gazelles. The team’s hard work and dedication throughout the season paid off.

The Magicians are known for their speed and agility, both of which are extremely important when playing lacrosse. The Magicians’ goalie showed expert skill in defending the team’s goal, as the Gazelles were only able to make an average of one goal per quarter. Defensemen for the Magician’s were able to sense the strategies of the opposing team and could anticipate many of the Gazelles’ plays with finesse.

Even though the Gazelles tried many times to get the ball out of the Magicians’ stick, even by using physical force, this tactic continually failed. Magician team members cradled the ball expertly. It was clear that the Des Moines team had been practicing cradling the ball and had the tactic down a science by the time they played the Gazelles.

The middle for the Magicians was also prepared for the abundance of outside shooting that occurred during the game. The middle for the youth sport team played as though he was completely aware that any missteps on his part would cause the defense to rethink and re-execute their entire strategy. This is another key component that helped the Magicians secure their victory was the team’s ability to get past the defenseman by using a variety of dodging techniques. The team’s keen eye for open spaces to shoot the ball into the goal was remarkable. The Magicians used the face dodge and split dodge moves were instrumental in helping them win the game by a landslide.

The Des Moines Magicians also made it very clear during the game that handling the lacrossse stick and ball were essential parts of their pre-game practice. Players brought the ball in slowly before hitting with with precision and force in the desired direction. Scoping out the true location of the ball and facing the passer when hitting the ball helped the Magicians make goals with nearly every hit.

“We’re extremely proud of our teamwork,” one Magician noted. “We’ve been working really hard this season, and that was obvious during our game. We hope to be just as successful next season.” Pride for the Des Moines Magicians was apparent, as friends, parents and family members flooded the team with hugs, cheers and admiration immediately following the game.

The youth lacrosse team is continuing to hone their skills to achieve more victories in the coming season.

Coach will traverse anything to make it to practice

New Coach Brings Magic to the Lacrosse Team

Today the Des Moines Magicians are excited to welcome Ted Overfelt as our new coach for the high school lacrosse team. Coach Overfelt comes to us after six successful seasons of heading the lacrosse team for the Mallards, where they made the playoffs a respectable five out of six seasons. In 2013, he was recognized as Coach of the Year for his dedication to the youth sport.

Coach Overfelt’s love for the amateur sport began in junior high school and continued on through all four years of high school. His dedication to lacrosse paid off when he was appointed as the team captain for his junior and senior years. His appreciation for good sportsmanship earned him a special award of recognition in his senior year of high school. During the summers as a junior and senior, he also volunteered at a lacrosse camp as a junior camp counselor.

After high school, he attended Michigan State University and received a Bachelor degree in kinesiology in 2002. His major provided him with a specialization in coaching while his minor was in educational studies. He also played on the Michigan State University Men’s Lacrosse Team. In his final year at MSU, he participated in the development and implementation of a lacrosse program for low-income junior high and high school students in the Detroit area.

While Coach Overfelt headed the Mallards, he was responsible for the organization of all lacrosse events and off-season programs, activities and workouts. Prior to coaching the Mallards, he spent four years as varsity assistant coach for North Point High School in Indianapolis.

With our team, Coach Overfelt will provide instruction on physical training and different lacrosse strategies that will keep our sights on successful playing. He will work with the fundamental skills we already have and build on them. As Des Moines Magicians, we will show our new coach what we have learned about values, individual accountability, working together and supporting each other.

Now that Coach Overfelt is heading the Des Moines Magicians, we are ready to benefit from his past lacrosse experiences, education and love for the sport. We were undefeated last season and have every intention of continuing to work hard towards making the playoffs yet again. We are also excited for the new lacrosse workout programs Coach Overfelt is bringing to our high school and want to see what else he can teach us about lacrosse, integrity and team loyalty.