In boys lacrosse, like any other team sport, understanding the function, role and importance of every position is necessary for a team to function properly. The positions in a boys lacrosse team are that of goalie, defenders, midfielders and attackers. Each position has a specific role to play in the game and requires different skills for children occupying the position.
There is one goalie in a boys lacrosse game. As in football or hockey, the goalie’s position is between the goal posts and his job is to prevent the ball from getting into the net. The goalie, who has the best view of an opposing team’s attack, is also responsible for coordinating with the defense and alerting them about picks. The goalie also initiates an offensive play whenever he blocks a shot by passing the ball to a midfielder in the right position to start an attack. The goalie must be ready to intercept shots from all directions. This requires excellent hand and eye coordination as well as quick reflexes from any player who wants to assume the position of goalie in a boys lacrosse team.