Woodville Lacrosse Club Inc - Adelaide, South Australia - est 1899


Information for New Players

About Lacrosse

Lacrosse was born of the North American Indian, christened by the French, and adapted and raised by the Canadians. Modern lacrosse has been embraced by athletes and enthusiasts of the United States and the British Commonwealth, including Australia, for over a century.

The sport of lacrosse is a combination of basketball, soccer and hockey. Anyone can play lacrosse - the big or the small. The game requires and rewards coordination and agility, not brawn. Quickness and speed are two highly prized qualities in lacrosse. An exhilarating sport, lacrosse is fast-paced and full of action. Long sprints up and down the field with abrupt starts and stops, precision passes and dodges are routine in men's and women's lacrosse. Lacrosse is played with a stick, the crosse, which must be mastered by the player to throw, catch and scoop the ball.

Men's and women's lacrosse were played under virtually the same rules, with no protective equipment, until the mid 1930s. At that time, men's lacrosse began evolving dramatically, while women's lacrosse continued to remain true to the game's original rules. Men's and women's lacrosse remain derivations of the same game today, but are played under different rules. Women's rules limit stick contact, prohibit body contact and, therefore, require little protective equipment. Men's lacrosse rules allow some degree of stick and body contact, although violence is neither condoned nor allowed.

Field lacrosse is sometimes perceived to be a violent and dangerous game, however, injury statistics prove otherwise. While serious injuries can and do occur in lacrosse, the game has evolved with an emphasis on safety, and the rate of injury is comparatively low.

About the Woodville Lacrosse Club - The Warriors

The Woodville Lacrosse Club is a member of the Lacrosse SA association of clubs, and is located at Findon Reserve on Drummond Avenue, Findon. The Club has a long and proud history, stretching back to 1899, and is one of Australia's premier lacrosse clubs.

New members are always welcome to the Club, either as playing or social members. For more information, please refer to the contact details below.

Starting out in Lacrosse

Lacrosse in South Australia is governed by Lacrosse SA and consists of eleven member clubs, including Woodville. Lacrosse SA covers both women's and men's lacrosse and also supports other forms of lacrosse, such as box lacrosse and mixed non-contact indoor lacrosse.

The women's and men's lacrosse season runs from April until September, with games played on Saturdays. Men's lacrosse is played on a home and away basis, while all women's lacrosse matches are played at a central venue in the Adelaide parklands. Both men's and women's competitions have three senior divisions (State League, Division 1 and Division 2) and four junior divisions (Under 18, Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11). Junior lacrosse from U11 to U15 is played with progressively modified rules.

Adults new to lacrosse will find that they will slot into Division 2 or even Division 1 grade with not much difficulty as the standard of play is not far beyond beginner's level. Most Division 2 players are in fact either new players, junior players coming up the ranks or older players who enjoy having a social run.

Many new players have started lacrosse after playing in the social mixed indoor competition. This competition has been run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at different locations around metropolitan Adelaide, from early October until mid December. This form of lacrosse is played on a basketball court, with no stick or body contact allowed. This allows for both new and experienced players, both men and women, to play together in a fun, social environment.

More Information

If you are interested in playing lacrosse, please send us an e-mail at info@warriorslax.com. We are always looking for new players at both junior and senior level, and will make sure that we make your lacrosse experience as enjoyable as possible.