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Are you new to lacrosse?
Learn some of the most common terminology of the sport:

Attack Goal Area
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. At no time should a player initiate or receive body contact with his 
head.

Box
An area between the two team benches 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.

Cage
Another name for the goal or goal area. Often you may hear the coach yelling "to the cage." This means 
get down to the goal area.

Check-Up
A call 
given by the goalie to tell each 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 half of the field.

Crease
A circle around the goal with a radius of nine feet into which only defensive players may enter. 
Defensive players may not take the ball into the crease.

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

Defensive Clearing Area
The area defined by a line drawn sideline to sideline 20 yards from the face of the goal. Once the defensive team gains possession of the ball in this area, it has 10 seconds to move the ball beyond the Goal Area Line. Once beyond the Goal Area Line, the defensive team may not pass or run the ball back into the Defensive Clearing Area.

Extra Man Offense (EMO)
A man advantage that results from a 
time-serving penalty by the other team. Also known as "Man Up."

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 crosses.

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

Goal Line Extended
The imaginary line that extends from the front goal posts to the 
sideline on either side of the goal.

Ground Ball
A loose ball on the playing field.

Handle (Shaft)
An aluminum, wooden, or composite pole connected to the head of the crosse.

Head
The plastic or wood part of the stick connected to the handle used to catch, throw, and shoot.

Inside
The side closest to the goal. An offensive player cutting to the "inside" would be cutting between his defender and the goal. A defensive player "protecting the inside" would be ensuring an attackman cannot get between him and goal.

Man Down Defense (MDD)
The situation that results from a 
time-serving 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.

Outside
The side furthest from the goal.

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

Play On
If a player commits a loose-ball technical foul or crease violation and an offended player may be disadvantaged by the immediate suspension of play, the official shall visually and verbally signal "play on" and withhold the whistle until such time as the situation of advantage, gained or lost, has been completed.

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

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

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

Release
The term used by an official to notify a penalized player in the box that he may re-enter the game occurs at the conclusion at a time-serving penalty.

Unsettled Situation
Any situation in which the defense is not positioned correctly, usually due to a loose ball or broken clear.