Lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play, though the game requires coordination and agility, and speed. It is fast-paced game and full of long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops. Precision passes and dodges are routine in men's and women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the Crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch, cradle, and scoop the ball.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States today. With club teams, private schools, and states not yet having sanctioned lacrosse, high school-aged participation is the highest level of participation. Varsity collegiate participation has grown by one-third since 1995, and collegiate and post-collegiate club teams field thousands of players as well. Once a minor pastime played in the shadows of baseball stadiums in the Northeast of the United States, lacrosse has become a national sport with more than 250,000 active players