Why have lines on sports fields?

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Between the football and soccer teams, the new Heritage sports field has seen many games in just six months. With lacrosse season in full swing right now and soccer finishing up, the different color lines on the field may cause confusion to those watching. 

A difference between the old field and current one, as explained by Athletic Director Bruce Avens, is that “we now have more built in lines in the field. You’ll see lines for girl’s lacrosse, boys’ lacrosse, soccer, and football. It’s three different sports, but the boys and girls lacrosse are different fields so we did that differently so we don’t have to paint on the field – it’s all lined in.” Each sport gets its own color to separate it from the rest:

The lines for football are standard black and white with numbers indicating the yards on each line. The end has a black end zone for players to score touchdowns in. (Graphic/ Zoe Horwitz) 

The yellow lines are for soccer, featuring goal area, penalty area, penalty arc, center circle and halfway line. (Graphic/Zoe Horwitz)

Boys and girls lacrosse are both in silver. While both girls and boys lacrosse have the same concepts – throwing, catching, shooting – the field linings are a bit different. The lining for the girls is more intricate, with both an eight and 12 meter fan forming an arc around the crease, where the goal lies. These arcs do not exist in boy’s lacrosse. Both versions have a designated spot in the middle of the field for the faceoff to take place. (Photo and Graphic/Zoe Horwitz)

Zoe Horwitz, a junior at American Heritage, returns to the Patriot Post for her third year as the Sports Editor and Assistant Editor-In-Chief. Besides reading and writing, she spends her time playing with her dog or tutoring younger students through Learn with Peers, a non-profit organization she helped found in 2020. During her freshman year, she co-founded FALIA (Food Allergy/Intolerance Awareness) at school, a club that advocates for those with food allergies. Zoe also plays lacrosse, as she plays for a club team and American Heritage girls varsity lacrosse team. Zoe is very excited to be contributing to the Patriot Post.

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