My son may be playing field this year for the first time. Although he has played box for 10 years, we have very limited knowledge of the field game. Can anyone explain some of the differences(other then the obvious grass/cement)regarding rules, equipment, checking, ball possesion and anything else. Is there any websites that I can read that outline the differences. Any help is appreciated.
A few of the most obvious points come to mind:
No shot clock will mean that there is a great deal of reliance on patience and playmaking. Possession is very valuable, and it can be minutes before a scoring opportunity is presented;
The body contact and checking rules are substantially different from box. No cross-checking, no off-ball interference, no fighting...But it is full contact, the stick checks (pokes/slaps/lifts) are used extensively, and there is free contact within 9 feet of a loose ball;
There will be a lot of running, as shifts will last much longer than box, and depending on roster size and position your son may find himself playing with limited substitution;
From an offence point of view, a much bigger (6' x 6') net with a much smaller goalie will look like a huge target - don't be fooled...;
Equipment will be pretty much the same as his box gear, but remember to add a good pair of cleats to the bag. There are many brands of equipment that offer field lacrosse-specific equipment (kidney pads, slash guards, shoulder pads are usually much lighter);
A quick way to get up to speed with field is to attend a game - you and your son should pick up many of the rules and procedures that way. A suggestion: Saturday August 27th is the opening day of the Senior Men's Field Lacrosse Season, taking place from 10am to 4pm at Fletcher's Fields in Markham. There will be countless players/coaches/referees that would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Have a great Fall season.