Girls Division Specific Rules: LAXFEST 2019
ALL DIVISIONS: stick checks and equipment checks will not be done prior to the games. Coaches and players are responsible for making sure their equipment meets US lacrosse specifications, and that their players have no jewelry on etc. If an official sees that a player is not wearing approved equipment etc, play will be stopped, the player will be asked to leave the field (a sub may take her place) and a major foul will be assessed.
Players and coaches are reminded to respect all officials before, during, and after games. Red cards will be given for misconduct if deemed by the officials to be appropriate. Coaches are responsible for the actions of their fans on the sidelines, and can receive cards on behalf of their fans if necessary.
Legal contact can occur between opponents during the normal process of play (except at the U10 level). However, contact that occurs that physically forced the opponent off her position or path is illegal contact. Illegal stick to body contact (with the stick in the horizontal position) or any contact deemed dangerous should be called.
We will not be using self starts at any youth level. All starts are on the officials whistle.
2-4th Grade Girls Division- US Lacrosse U10 rules apply.
• Limited field (sideways field)
• 8v8 including goalies – offsides enforced (2 players back behind restraining line/midfield) A major foul for offsides will be call when a team has more than 5 players on their offensive end, and more than 6 9including the keeper) in their defensive end.
• Regulation sized goal, with dressed keeper. If one team is not able to field a keeper, both teams will play with a non-keeper format. In this case, shot blockers will be used.
• Coaches must remain on the sidelines and in the coaches box at all times.
• No checking, 3 seconds closely guarded is in effect (offense)
• Draws will be used to start the game and the half. One player from each team will be on the center line for the draw, and 3 players from each team will start inside the 8 meter arc on each end. Players inside the 8 meter must hold their position until the official has indicated possession has been attained.
•Players must play 1v1 defense in the midfield. More than one player can defend the ball in the critical scoring area (defined by the 8 meter).
• After a goal in scored, the team who was just scored upon will receive the ball at the center, and her defender will be placed 4 meters away towards the goal she is defending.
***If teams are playing without a goalie: After a goal is scored, or if the ball comes to rest inside the crease without crossing the goal line, the official will stop play, and award the ball to the nearest defender, move the defender 8 meters away from the crease along the goal line extended, and resume play.
• Hot pass rule is in effect at this level. There must be one attempted pass (not including a goalie clear) before a shot can be made. All fouls (major and minor) inside the 8 meter arc will be set up as indirect and a pass much be made prior to shooting.
• Substitutions allowed at any time during play
• A loose ball shall be contested by no more than 2 players. Kicking of the ball is permitted. If a third player comes into the scrum, then the whistle will be blown and the ball will be awarded via alternate possession.
• Three seconds (defense) and shooting space will be points of emphasis and will be called.
• Yellow cards will be given for dangerous follow through, dangerous propel, and intentional, dangerous, or excessive contact (Dangerous contact). If a card is given, the player must leave the field for 1 minute (for tournament play). The player is allowed to have a sub and the team DOES NOTplay down.
5/6 Division- US Lacrosse U12 Rules apply.
• Regulation field
• A draw will be used to start the game, the half, and after all goals scored, unless one team is up by 5 goals or more in which case the team who is down will receive the ball at the center line with her defender 4 meters away (in good defensive position).
• Modified checking is allowed at this level, if both coaches are in agreement. Only checks made BELOW the shoulder are legal, head sphere is 12” around the players head. Full checking is not allowed. 3 seconds closely guarded (offense) and forcing through will be called for good defense.
• There is no scrum rule.
• Three seconds (defense) and shooting space will be points of emphasis.
• A player’s stick may not follow through into the crease after a shot.
• Yellow cards will be given for dangerous contact, dangerous propel, dangerous follow through, dangerous shot, and slashing. The player will leave the field for 1 minute (tournament play) and her team will play short.
•4 players must stay behind the restraining line when the team is on defense. 5 players must stay behind the restraining line when the team in on attack.
*one pass (not including the goalie clear) is encouraged, but not required, prior to a shot.
7/8 Division- US Lacrosse U14 rules apply.
• Games shall be played with transitional checking (12” head sphere enforced). 3 second closely guarded no longer applies at this level
• A players stick may not follow through into the crease after a shot
• Illegal contact, and shooting space will be points of emphasis.
• Yellow cards will be given for dangerous contact, dangerous propel, dangerous follow through, and slashing. The player will leave the field for 1 minute (tournament play) and her team will play short.
•Mercy rule applies. If one team is up by 5 goals or more, the team who is down will receive the ball on the draw at the center line with her defender 4 meters away (in good defensive position).
The lead official and tournament directors will be available during games for any issues that arise that are not able to be handled by the on field officials. Please use the horn at the score table to signal for assistance. While supervising games the lead official has the authority to act as a referee.
Lastly - US Lacrosse points of emphasis:
1. Dangerous Follow Through
2. Dangerous Propelling
3. Shooting Space and Forcing through
4. Illegal contact
5. Sportsmanship- including all players, refs, coaches, and fans.
For further clarification of the US lacrosse youth rules: https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/2019-girls-youth-rulebook.pdf
Please note that we are also following the rule modifications made by Washington Schoolgirls Association (WSLA)
Ultimately the coach is responsible for knowing and following these rules as well as for the behavior and actions of their team.
For situations not addressed by NFHS or the above rules: the lead official/tournament director will have the final say.