Lacrosse is a played with a lacrosse stick and a lacrosse ball.

It is the oldest organized in , with its origins with the indigenous of as early as the 12th century.

The game was extensively modified by European colonists, reducing the violence, to create its current collegiate and professional form.

Players use the head of the lacrosse stick to carry, pass, catch, and shoot the ball into the goal.

The has four versions that have different sticks, fields, rules and equipment: field lacrosse, women's lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse.

The men's games, field lacrosse (outdoor) and box lacrosse (indoor), are contact sports and all players wear protective gear: helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, and elbow pads.

The women's game is played outdoors and does not allow contact but does allow stick to stick contact.

The only protective gear required for women players is eyegear, while goalies wear helmets and protective pads.

Intercrosse is a mixed-gender non-contact played indoors that uses an all-plastic stick and a softer ball.

The modern is governed by World Lacrosse and is the only organization to recognize First Nations bands and tribes as sovereign nations.

The organization hosts the World Lacrosse Championship for men, the Women's Lacrosse , the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship for box lacrosse, and the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships for both men and women. Each is held every four years.

Lacrosse at the has been contested at two editions of the Olympic Games, 1904 and 1908.

It was also held as a demonstration event at the 1928, 1932, and 1948 .

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