LACROSSE IN A NUTSHELL
The sport of American Indian origins is played with a long-handled-stick and a rubber ball. Teams of players -- 10 for boys, 12 for girls -- attempt to throw a ball into the opposing team's net. U.S. Lacrosse describes it as a "combination of basketball, soccer and hockey," rewarding "coordination and agility, not brawn." It can be played outdoors and indoors, with the size of the field and team varying by league type.
MINNESOTA ON THE RISE
Numbers based on Minnesota Lacrosse Association membership, a chapter of U.S. Lacrosse:
Membership, including players, coaches, officials and fans, from third grade to adult.
Percent of membership growth, 2011 to 2012 in boys division, grades 3-8.
Male youth players.
Female youth players.
Male high school players.
Female high school players.