Each team has 10 players. 9 field players and 1 goalie.
-Goalie(1)- the head of his stick is larger (like hockey) to allow him to save shots. The goal he defends is 6'x6' and is encircled by a crease that ONLY defensive players can go in. If an offensive player steps in the crease, the whistle is blown and the ball is awarded to the other team.
-Defenseman(3)- these players have longer sticks- 6' long and they are used to try to stop the attackmen (akin to forwards) from getting shots and scoring. They may not go across the midfield line, unless one of the midfielders (who I'll get to in a moment) stays back on the defensive half for the defender. (in essence, they are temporarily switching positions)
-Attackmen(3)- these players' have short sticks (about 40'' in length) and their only real job is to score goals and create offense. They are alike to forwards. Like defensemen, they may not go across the midfield line; (they are always on their team's offensive side of the field)
-Midfielders(3)- these players' play both sides of the field. They, like attackmen, have short sticks (40'' in length). They are allowed to play on both sides of the midfield line and will play on both offense and defense (but always with short sticks). In a way, they are alike to midfielders in soccer, who take the ball upfield from the defense to distribute to the forwards (attackmen in lacrosse aka lax)
The idea of the game is obviously to score more goals than the other team. You will notice an arched line in the MLL game. This is known as the two-point line (very similar to basketball's 3 pt line). A goal scored from beyond the 2 pt line will count as two goals, while a goal anywhere inside the line counts as 1 goal.
There is also a shot clock (45 seconds if I remember correctly). This is the same thing as in basketball. The offensive team (team with the ball) has 45 seconds to get a shot ON GOAL. If they get a shot on goal in that time, the clock resets, just like basketball. And if they don't get a shot ON GOAL in that time, the whistle is blown and the other team gets the ball.
As for the rule where the player closest to the ball when it goes out getting to keep the ball, this ONLY applies to shots. If a team passes(throws intended for another player; not shots) the ball out of bounds, steps out of bounds with the ball or just drops the ball out of bounds, the OTHER team gets the ball (just like basketball). If however, the ball is shot and it misses the goal, is deflected by the goalie, hits another player, or hits the post, the player who is closest to the ball when it goes out of bounds gets the ball. This rule is great because it encourages teams to shoot the ball hard without worrying about missing the goal and losing the ball. In MOST cases, the offensive team is closest to the ball when it goes out, so they keep it.
After EACH goal the ball is brought to the middle of the field and there is a a 'face off' (like a tip off in basketball). It is difficult to discribe, but essentially the 3 midfielders from each team try to get the ball, which starts from the ground. When a player scoops a ball off the ground, it is called a ground ball.
Also, teams have Timeouts (like football). I think its 3 timeouts each half per team, but I could be wrong. Timeout may be called ONLY when the team calling timeout has the ball or during a stoppage of play (i.e. after a penalty is called)
Penalties in a minute...
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