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Intercrosse

Intercrosse is a modified non-contact version of lacrosse. The sport is also known as soft stick lacrosse, softcrosse, modcrosse, or pop lacrosse. The non-contact nature of the sport allows it to be used at a developmental level to transition players into lacrosse. The sport is popular in parts of Europe and Canada.

Intercrosse is played with equipment similar to that of lacrosse, but with minor variations in the sticks (with plastic head) and the ball used (soft, large and hollow).

The sport is played both indoors and outdoors, on a field that is 40 m X 20 m, with five players on each team. The goal posts used are of the same size as for indoor box lacrosse. The number of players and the match duration are all the same as in lacrosse.

children playing a modcrosse game children playing a modcrosse game

Since the sport is non-contact in nature, different tournaments adopt varying rules for facilitating change of possession. Some examples are, players cannot hold the ball for more than five seconds, or fixing a minimum number of passes before taking a shot at goal.

Intercross tournaments, conducted as part of the annual World Games event, is the highest level international competition for the sport. The other major international tournament for the sport is the biennial World Cup contested by several countries.

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