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Girls Lacrosse FAQ

General Information:

The clubs girls' teams feeds the Haslett-Williamston girls varsity and JV high school teams.  The girls program continues to grow and is one of the leading girls youth programs in the state.

Girls lacrosse is a non-contact game played by 12 players: a goalkeeper, five attackers and six defenders. Seven field players may cross the restraining line and four stay behind. The object of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent's goal. The team scoring the most goals wins.

The girls game is 50 minutes long, with each half being 25 minutes.  Total length can be from 110 to 140 yards, while total width can be from 60 to 70 yards. There is a circle in the center of the field where the draw occurs. Two arcs are marked from the center of the goal line. The eight meter arc with hash marks four meters away from each other bisect the arc. The 12-meter fan runs out from the goal line extended. Substitution area, used by both teams, is in front of the score's table and is indicated by two hash marks placed 5 yards on either side of the midfield line.

When a whistle blows, all players must stop in place. Rough checks, and contact to the body with the cross or body, are not allowed, however, incidental body contact may occur.

Field players may pass, catch or run with the ball in their cross. A player may gain possession of the ball by dislodging it from an opponent's cross with a check. A controlled check (cross to cross contact) is an attempt to knock the ball free. No player may reach across an opponent's body to check the handle of a cross when she is even with or behind that opponent. A player may not protect the ball in her cross by cradling so close to her body or face so as to make a legal, safe check impossible for the opponent.

What equipment does my daughter need?

Girls lacrosse players must have:

  • Lacrosse goggles
  • Mouthguard (cannot be white or clear)
  • Cleats (soccer cleats work well)
  • Girls lacrosse stick

Does the club provide any equipment?

Yes. Goalies are provided with a goalie stick, throat protector, and chest pads. All players must buy their own uniforms through the club.

Can I borrow equipment?

Yes. The club has a limited amount of equipment available for loan during the season for those with financial need. You will be required to provide a deposit at the beginning of the season which will be returned when all borrowed equipment is returned.

How safe is lacrosse?

Girls lacrosse has very few injuries. Coaches and umpires work hard to enforce safety rules to ensure that players do not get injured.

Where is our home field?

The girls will play their games on the same field as the high school varsity girls teams at the Williamston Middle School, 3845 Vanneter Road, Williamston.

Where are practices?

Practices are held at Towner Road Park (the old Applegate Driving Range).

Where does the registration money go?

The single largest cost is officials. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the state and finding officials can be challenging. Lacrosse officials understand the laws of supply and demand and have priced their services accordingly. The registration fee also includes the teams entry into festivals. The required US Lacrosse membership is included as well. Haslett Community Education also charges a small fee to help defray their costs. Finally, the cost of various supplies, such as balls, is included.

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