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New to Lacrosse?

Key Information

If you are new to the sport of lacrosse then this is the right place for educational resources.  Links to key information follow, along with a series of educational videos.

Lacrosse is a sport that can be started at any age and we always welcome new players! The AALA emphasizes foundational skill development while focused on fostering an environment where teamwork, respect, inclusion, sportsmanship, and hard work are expected, encouraged, and rewarded. Please do not hesitate to reach out to a member of the AALA Board with your questions!

Lacrosse 101

If you are new to the sport then this video is a great place to start! It includes a quick overview of the differences between girls and boys lacrosse and other foundational information.


Required equipment is different for boys and girls. These links will take you our pages which describe what is needed. 


Rules are different between boys and girls lacrosse, and by age group. The below links provide detailed information about the rules of lacrosse.

Foundational Skills

This series of videos focuses on short introductions to the foundational skills of scooping, cradling, passing, catching and shooting. These skills can be practiced at home, as shown in the drills within the videos.


The lacrosse scoop is a technique used to gain possession of the ball when it is on the ground. The player should face the ball, bend the knees and get low and move the stick towards the ball. Quickly scoop up the ball.


Lacrosse cradling is a technique for maintaining the lacrosse ball in the pocket of the lacrosse stick. To cradle the ball, the player rapidly rotates the stick in half-turns while holding it nearly upright while running. The centrifugal force developed keeps the ball in the pocket of the crosse and also puts it in position for accurate throwing.


Passing is the act of throwing the ball to a teammate with the crosse. Typically teams must attempt one pass before taking a shot on goal.


This video demonstrates proper catching technique when a pass is attempted from a teammate, or to intercept an opponents pass.


This video demonstrates proper technique and drill options when attempting a shot on goal.