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2018 Boys Lacrosse Rules

US Lacrosse Rules, NFHS rules, unless otherwise noted.

Tournament Director reserves the right of final say on all matters

2018 Rule Changes

4-3-3d The official shall make certain that the reverse surfaces of the cross match evenly in that the top of one head lines up with the throat of the other and and are perpendicular to the ground.

4-9-20 A goal will be allowed if the shot is released prior to the end of the period.

6-5-2x (Illegal Procedure) Failure to wear a required mouthpiece properly (unless it comes out during play)

7-8 Flag down slow whistle, attacking team is NO longer required to keep ball inside the box.

Game Time:

Games start on the hour and include 2 (two) 22 (twenty two minute) running halves and a 5-minute half time. The time will be kept by an on field official or at the table.

Teams not ready to face off on the hour, and at the start of the second half, will be assessed a 60-second delay of game penalty.

Game Clock will run unless an injury, time out or officials time out is called. Penalty clocks will stop during timeouts, injuries and official's time outs.

It is an unsportsmanlike conduct for a man-down team, to in any way delay the start of play after the ball goes out of bounds.

 

Time Outs: 

One 1-minute time out is allowed to each team per half. No timeouts under two minutes remaining. Official timeouts will stop the clock.

Games may end in a tie for the round-robin period.

Championship games will end in sudden death Overtime in 4 minute periods with 2 minute breaks until a team scores. Switch ends after every period.

Penalties:

Technical foul is 30 seconds; personal foul is 60 seconds. Unsportsmanlike conduct carries a mandatory 1-3 minute non-releasable penalty. If a player or coach has more than one of these in a game, it’s a mandatory ejection. Penalty will start when referee blows whistle to restart play.

        Fouling Out:  Any player who accumulates 4 personal fouls or 5 minutes in personal foul penalty time shall be disqualified from the game. A substitute for that player may enter the game when the disqualified player would have been permitted to re-enter had he not fouled out (US Lax 5-11).

        Ejections - in the event a player or coach is ejected from a game, the referee’s, head referee and tournament director will meet to discuss future game penalty, if any.

 

Point System:

All teams will play in a round-robin format. Each division may be structured differently based on the amount of teams registered. Each team shall be awarded points on the following basis: Win =2 points; Tie = 1 points; Loss = 0 points.

Tie breakers will be based on fewest goals allowed on their team, if a tie  then goals scored. At that point a team will be deemed the tournament champion.

 

 

 

 

U10-U15 (U9 7 v 7 below)

 

U15

U13

U12

U11

U10

Advancing ball (“counts”)

Goalie 4, Midfield 20, box 10

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

Over/back

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

Stick length.

FULL

FULL

FULL

FULL

37”-42”

Final 2 minutes.

Team in lead by 4 goals or less. “Get it in Keep t in”

YES

YES

NO

NO

NO

Stalling

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Faceoff

*Team behind by 6 may elect possession after goal.

Yes

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*

Yes*

Body Checking

*Take out checks considered unnecessary roughness

YES*

YES*

YES*

NO

NO

One handed checks shall be considered a “slash”

*(referee Judgement based on intent)

YES*

YES*

YES*

YES*

YES*

 

 

 

 

U9 ( 7v7)

        No Body Checking of any kind is permitted.  Legal pushes (RULE 6 SECTION 9, Pushing) and holds (RULE 6 SECTION 3, Holding, ARTICLE 3 a & d) are allowed, substitute 3-yards for NFHS 5 yards.

In all loose ball situations players should “play the ball,” but incidental contact, “boxing out”, or screening techniques during such play shall not be considered a violation of this rule.

If loose ball is not moving, stuck, or the players are having difficulty picking the ball up, referee may restart play following the alternate possession rule.

        Stick Length: 37” – 42” (US Lax Rule 1-6).

        One coach per team may be allowed on the field during play to provide instruction during the game

        Substitutions: Players are substituted every 3-4 minutes with “time breaks” announced by the time keeper  in order to foster equal playing time for all players; substitutions should be made during loose ball or out-of-bounds situations, i.e., not during possessions.

        Final Two Minutes of Game: Final Two Minute stalling rule shall NOT be enforced (US Lax Rule 3-3).

        Stalling: All NFHS Stalling rules are in effect, including NFHS Rule 6-10.

If if a game official detects an effort to stall the official will give a verbal command to “get it in/keep it  in” followed by a visual 10-second hand count. If the team so warned does not attempt to advance the ball to the goal area within the 10-second count, a turnover will occur with restart at the point of the stalling infraction (or laterally outside the goal area).  A defensive player must attempt to play the ball.

 

        ONE-PASS RULE: (Unless both coaches mutually agree to waive this before the start of the game or second half). After a clear change of possession, that involves transition from defensive side of field to offense, a team must complete a pass in their offensive zone prior to shooting. Only the receiver needs to be in the offensive zone. Dropped passes count. Pass not required on dead ball restarts.

        Advancing the Ball: 20 second/10 second rules do NOT apply (US Lax Rule 4-14 / 15).

        Get It In/Keep It In: RULE 4 SECTION 31 does NOT apply.

        Slashing: NO One-handed checks are allowed.  Any one-handed check will be considered a slash.

·       Time Serving Penalties: offending player must leave the field and remain out of the game for the length of his penalty time but his team may replace him with a substitute on the field. No man up situation should occur. Ball is awarded per NHFS rules (US LAX RULE 7 – 1/2/3).   The offending player must serve the full time of the penalty in the box and will release to his team area.  Timekeepers are reminded to track personal fouls and total penalty minutes.    

·       Fouling Out:  Any player who accumulates 4 personal fouls or 5 minutes in personal foul penalty time shall be disqualified from the game. For U9, a disqualified player must leave the field but his team may replace him with a substitute; no man up situation should occur (US LAX 5-11).  

 

        Goal size:  (Local tournaments use discretion). Must be reduced to 5’ by 6’.  Full size 6’ by 6’ goal frames should be used, with a one-foot tall strip of plywood or similar material used to block off the top 1’ of the goal for the full width of the goal.

        Player positioning:  Each team shall consist of two attack players, two midfielders, two defense players, and one goalie.  Offsides shall be enforced if more than four players occupy the offensive side of the field or more than five players occupy the defensive side of the field. 

        Faceoffs:  Will occur at the beginning of quarters only.  One midfielder will face off, the second midfielder shall be positioned to his left at the furthest edge of the field.   The attack and defensive players shall be positioned behind Goal Line Extended.  They are released upon the official’s whistle.     

        Restarts after a goal:  After a goal, possession is awarded to the non-scoring team at midfield.  Standard restart procedure including 5’ distance from all opposing players should apply.   

        Ball:  Regular NOCSAE approved lacrosse balls shall be used.

        Goalie equipment per rules, chest protector, throat, cup.

        Penalty enforcement The offending player shall be substituted out of the game but his team shall not play man-down.

        Over and back rule does not apply to 7v7 levels.