Box lacrosse, which is also known as indoor lacrosse, is a fast-paced version of lacrosse which is played indoors. This version of lacrosse is popular in North America, and is usually played by men.
Box lacrosse was developed in Canada in the 1930s, and it is the most popular version of lacrosse there. This sport is usually played on an ice rink, with the ice removed or covered. The area where they play is called the box, unlike the open playing field in field lacrosse.
Box lacrosse is played by two teams with six players in each team. The team consists of a goalkeeper, and five runners. The five runners are the forwards, transition players, and the defenders.
The aim of the game is to use a long handled racket, which is called a lacrosse stick, to catch, carry, and pass the ball so they can score. The players score by hurling a solid rubber lacrosse ball into the opposing team’s goal.
Box lacrosse is a fast paced sport because of the shot clock, which gives teams just 30 seconds to get a shot on goal once a team gains possession. There is also o out of bounds, so play can continue without stoppages.
The World Indoor Lacrosse Championship is held every four years. In each of the four tournaments held so far, Canada has won, followed by the team Iroquois Nationals, and third was the USA. Canada has been undefeated in all tournaments.
Other Versions of Lacrosse
- Field Lacrosse — a full contact outdoor men's version of lacrosse
- Women's Lacrosse — a limited-contact version of lacrosse.
- Sixes Lacrosse — a new smaller team faster paced lacrosse format making the sport more accessible.
- Intercrosse — a non-contact version of lacrosse.
- Ice Hockey — a contact sport which is played on ice while wearing skates and using a stick to hit a puck into a goal.