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Lacrosse Terms

The following is a list of terms you may frequently hear while watching a lacrosse game. Some, you may be familiar with, others, may sound a little odd at first. But all are part of knowing the game of lacrosse.

Body Check: Contact with an opponent from the front, between the shoulders and the waist, when the opponent has the ball or is within five yards of a loose ball.

Substitution Area (Gate): An area on the sideline used to hold players who have been served with penalties, and through which substitutions “on the fly” are permitted directly from the sideline onto the field.

Check-Up: A call given by the goalie to alert the defender to find his man and call out his number.

Clamp: A face-off maneuver executed by quickly pushing the back of the stick on top of the ball.

Clearing: Running or passing the ball from the defensive half of the field to the offensive side of the field.

Crease: A circle around the goal, nine feet in radius, into which only defensive players may enter.

Crosse (Stick): The equipment used to throw, catch and carry (cradle) the ball.

Extra Man Offense (EMO): A man advantage that occurs following a time-serving penalty -Man Up situation

Face-Off: A technique used to put the ball in play at the start of each quarter, or after a goal is scored. The players squat down and the ball is placed between their sticks.

Fast-Break: A transition scoring opportunity in which the offense has at least one-man advantage.

Ground Ball: A loose ball on the playing field.

Shaft (Handle): The pole connected to the head of the stick.

Head: The plastic part of the stick connected to the handle.

Loose Ball: A situation in which neither team has control of the ball.

Man Down Defense: The situation that results from a time-serving penalty which causes the defense to play with a least a one-man disadvantage.

Midfield Line: The line bisecting the field of play into two halves.

On-the-Fly Substitution: A player substitution made during play, usually executed while the ball is being handled offensively.

Pick: An offensive maneuver in which a stationary player attempts to block the path of a defender with his body.

Pocket: The strung part of the head of a stick which holds the ball.

Rake: A face-off maneuver in which a player sweeps the ball to the side.

Riding: The act of trying to prevent a team from clearing the ball to the offensive side of the field.

Release: The term used by an official to notify a penalized player in the substitution area (Gate) that he or she may re-enter the game.