Parent’s Guide to


Manalapan Youth Lacrosse Club

February 2020

Dear MYLC Parents,

The Manalapan Youth Lacrosse Club was organized in 2014 as a NJ nonprofit corporation and is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) tax exempt private foundation. Our mission is to promote the growth of the sport of lacrosse to youth boys and girls in Manalapan, New Jersey. We strive to teach our players to Honor the Game and value good sportsmanship.

Through our coaching staff and volunteers, we encourage players to develop a positive attitude, self-discipline, respect for others, and commitment to the success of their team and club.

The Manalapan Youth Lacrosse Club is a member of US Lacrosse, a national governing body of lacrosse in which all players, coaches and volunteers are also members.

This document serves as your guide to familiarize yourself with our organization and the sport of lacrosse.

We encourage you to read this Parents Guide and do whatever you can to support and encourage your child to practice and become an exceptional lacrosse player and to help yourself understand the game so you can enjoy watching your child practice and play the most exciting game on two feet.

We recognize that lacrosse is a new sport to most parents and encourage you to ask any questions that you have. We are happy to address any questions or concerns about the rules of the game, practice tips, equipment issues or anything else you are unsure about.

We also encourage you to get involved as a volunteer and we welcome your comments. Please visit our website regularly and feel free to send us questions via email at


The Manalapan Youth Lacrosse Club Board

Boys Lacrosse

About the Game

Boys (men’s) lacrosse is a contact game played by ten players: a goalie, three defensemen, three midfielders and three attackmen. The object of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal and to keep the other team from scoring. The team scoring the most goals wins.

Each team must keep at least four players, including the goalie, in its defensive half of the field and three in its offensive half. Three players (midfielders) may roam the entire field. Teams change sides between periods.

The players take their positions on the field: Four in the defensive clearing area, one at the center, two in the wing areas and three in their attack goal area. Men’s lacrosse begins with a face-off. The ball is placed between the sticks of two squatting players at the center of the field. The official blows the whistle to begin play. Each face-off player tries to control the ball. The players in the wing areas can run after the ball when the whistle sounds. The other players must wait until one player has gained possession of the ball, or the ball has crossed a goal area line, before they can release.

Field players must use their crosses (sticks) to pass, catch and run with the ball. Only the goalkeeper may touch the ball with his hands. A player may gain possession of the ball by dislodging it from an opponent’s crosse with a stick check. A stick check is the controlled poking and slapping of the stick and gloved hands of the player in possession of the ball. Body checking is permitted if the opponent has the ball or is within five yards of a loose ball. All body contact must occur from the front or side, above the waist and below the shoulders, and with both hands on the stick. An opponent’s crosse may also be stick checked if it is within five yards of a loose ball or ball in the air. Aggressive body checking is discouraged.

If the ball or a player in possession of the ball goes out of bounds, the other team is awarded possession. If the gall goes out of bounds after an unsuccessful shot, the player nearest to the ball when and where it goes out of bounds is awarded possession. An attacking player cannot enter the crease around the goal, but may reach in with his stick to scoop a loose ball.

There are personal fouls and technical fouls in boys lacrosse. The penalty for a personal foul results in a one-to-three minute suspension from play and possession to the team that was fouled. Players with five personal fouls are ejected from the game. The penalty for a technical foul is a 30-second suspension (similar to hockey) if a team is in possession of the ball when the foul is committed, or possession of the ball to the team that was fouled if there was no possession when the foul was committed.


Boys Lacrosse is broken down into four fundamental positions. Each position has a specific purpose and plays a key role in setting up plays during a game.


The attackman’s responsibility is to score goals. The attackman generally restricts his play to the offensive end of the field. A good attackman demonstrates excellent stick work with both hands and has quick feet to maneuver around the goal. Each team should have three attackmen on the field during play.


The midfielder’s responsibility is to cover the entire field, playing both offense and defense. The midfielder is a key to the transition game, and is often called upon to clear the ball from defense to offense. A good midfielder demonstrates good stick work including throwing, catching and scooping. Speed and stamina are essential. Each team should have three midfielders on the field.


The defenseman’s responsibility is to defend the goal. The defenseman generally restricts his play to the defensive end of the field. A good defenseman should be able to react quickly in game situations. Agility and aggressiveness are necessary, but great stick work is not essential to be effective. Each team should have three defensemen on the field.


The goalie’s responsibility is to protect the goal and stop the opposing team from scoring. A good goalie also leads the defense by reading the situation and directing the defensemen to react. A good goalie should have excellent hand/eye coordination and a strong voice. Quickness, agility, confidence and the ability to concentrate are also essential. Each team has one goalie in the goal during play.


The Crosse

The crosse (lacrosse stick) is made of wood, laminated wood or synthetic material, with a shaped net pocket at the end. The crosse must be an overall length of 40-42 inches for attackmen and midfielders, or 52-72 inches for defensemen. The head of the crosse must comply with all US Lacrosse requirements.


A protective helmet, equipped with facemask, chin pad and a cupped four-point chinstrap fastened to all four hookups, must be worn by all players. All helmets and facemasks should be NOCSAE (National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment) approved.


All players are required to wear protective gloves. The cutting or altering of gloves is prohibited.

Shoulder Pads

All players are required to wear shoulder pads that extend past the lower rib on the front and back. These are optional for goalies.

Elbow Pads

All players are required to wear elbow pads that cover the elbow or arm.


The mouthpiece must be a highly visible color and is mandatory.

Athletic Supporter

All players are required to wear athletic supporters and protective cups.

Other Protective Equipment

  • Rib pads are optional but are strongly recommended
  • The goalkeeper is required to wear a throat protector and chest protector, in addition to a helmet, mouthpiece, gloves and a protective cup.

Field Layout

The following image describes a typical field layout for lacrosse. The field size will be proportionally smaller for younger age groups when needed.

Glossary of Key Lacrosse Terms

Boys Lacrosse

Restraining Box:

The area around the goal defined by the endline, the Goal Area Line and the two broken lines located 20 yards on either side of the goal. Once the offensive team crosses the midfield line, it has 10 seconds to move the ball into its attack goal area.

Body Check:

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


An area 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.


A call given by the goalie to tell each defender to find his man and call out his number.


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


Running or passing the ball from the defensive half of the field to the attack goal area.


A circle around the goal with a radius of nine feet into which only defensive players may enter.

Crosse (stick):

The equipment use to throw, catch and carry the ball.

Extra Man Offense (EMO):

A man advantage that results from a timeserving penalty.


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 place between their crosses.


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

Ground Ball:

A loose ball on the playing field.

Handle (shaft):

An aluminum, wooden or composite pole connected to the head of the crosse.


The plastic or wood part of the stick connected to the handle.

Man Down Defense (MDD):

The situation that results from a timeserving penalty which causes the defense to play with at least a one man disadvantage.

Midfield Line:

The line which bisects the field of play.

On-The-Fly Substitution:

A substitution made during play.


An offensive maneuver in which a stationary player attempts to block the path of a defender guarding another offensive player.


The strung part of the head of the stick which holds the ball.


A face-off move in which a player sweeps the ball to the side. NOT a way to scoop ground balls.


The act of trying to prevent a team from clearing the ball.


The term used by an official to notify a penalized player in the box that he may re-enter the game.