Each player hold on to a lacrosse stick which is used to carry, deliver, shoot, and pass the ball. Different from hockey, since the ball can be held fairly tight in a lacrosse stick’s pocket, there is a shot clock implemented.
Similar to basketball, a 30-second shot starts when a team gains control of the ball. This continues to tick down until the team loses its possession or puts a shot of the ball on goal. The 30-second clock starts counting again when a team regains possession.
There is also an eight-second timer in which a team must bring the ball across centre (into the offensive zone) after gaining possession. Failing to do so is a violation that results in the other team getting possession of the ball.
Just like in hockey, there are faceoffs to begin each play after a whistle, although there are far less stoppages in lacrosse than hockey due to no icings or offsides.
Bodychecks and stick-checks are also part of the match, and subsequently, penalties can be applied when an infraction occurs.
Players and salaries
NLL rosters comprised of 20 players although, as mentioned, only six can compete on the floor at once.
Different from the major sports leagues in North America, the NLL isn’t big enough to pay players with lucrative salaries. In fact, players don’t even get enough money to make a living off the competition.
Consider that in 2013, the average player salary was $19,100, with max salary (for the best players in the league) of around $35,000. That’s mediocure, which is why most NLL players have other full-time jobs when they aren’t playing.
The best of the best lacrosse players can play full-time thanks to endorsement deals, sponsorships, and outside merchandise.
But most have to grind, working nine-to-five jobs during the week days to live out their dreams on the weekends.