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Men's Lacrosse Tips for the Fan

Like any sport, lacrosse is confusing to watch if you never played it yourself. Here are a few things you can do to learn more about the game.

1. Read about the game. Here are a few sites you should visit to learn more about the game:
SportSpectator Fan's Guide to Men's Lacrosse: Our 10-minute guide to the game.
Wikipedia: Good wiki community writeup on the sport.
US Lacrosse Men's Lacrosse Guide: A basic guide by the national governing body of lacrosse.
US Lacrosse Boy's Lacrosse Guide: A basic guide by the national governing body of lacrosse.

2. Watch a game with a player (current or former). At high school games, there are usually multiple levels (frosh soph, j.v., varsity) that play on the same day. Come early or stay late and watch the game with someone who can answer your questions. Also, at tournaments, there is plenty of time to watch games with coaches or players. Watch a competitor's game while you have a break.

3. Watch a televised game. Watching a game with the professional commentators will help you pick up the lingo. Here are a few good resources:
CSTV: College sports TV (CSTV) has free online clips of college and national lacrosse. Look on the main page for recent clips, or click on the "video" tab and sort by lacrosse. They also provide some coverage on their cable channel.
Box: Box lacrosse is a professional variation of the game. Although the game is different than outdoor lacrosse, you will still be able to pick up a fair amount about the game. The main league, Major League Lacrosse is televised on ESPN2 (schedule). The secondary league, National Lacrosse League, has weekly game coverage on VS (formerly OLN) (schedule).

4. Ask questions. If you have a question, don't be afraid to ask. Good resources are coaches or players. You can ask them in person, or contact us and we'll try to help you out.