Lacrosse is played in team, with a solid rubber ball and long handled racket which is called a crosse or lacrosse stick. A loose net is strung into its head, that allows the player to hold the ball. Offensively the aim is to use the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to score by ultimately hurling the ball into an opponent's goal. In defence the players stop the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact. The sport has four distinct versions: men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, box lacrosse and intercrosse (or sofcrosse).

In Native American society the sport used to be a religious ritual. Game was played on a pitch over a mile wide and sometimes lasted for days. Earlier lacrosse balls were made out of deerskin, clay, stone, and sometimes even wood. The sport has played a significant role in the community and religious life of tribes across the continent for years. Those who played did so with the goal of bringing glory and honor to themselves and their tribes. The game was believed to be played "for the Creator."

Intercrosse, also called sofcrosse, modcrosse, or pop lacrosse, is another form of lacrosse with a standardized set of rules using intercrosse equipment. Intercrosse is very popular in many continental European countries, as well as in Quebec.
An intercrosse stick differs from a normal lacrosse stick in that the head or "crosse" is made of plastic, while in traditional lacrosse the head has a flexible string or mesh pocket to carry the. The ball is larger, softer and hollow.