2021 LaxFest Rules
Rosters have been provided to Spokane Youth Lacrosse. Any team knowingly or unknowingly playing a non-rostered player will face the following penalties:
• 1st offense: player ejected from the tournament and games that player participated in will result in a forfeit.
• 2nd offense: team is disqualified.
All games governed per NFHS and US lacrosse rules. Exceptions and additions to these rules are listed below.
Saturday Pool play points will determine seeding for playoff rounds. Seeding as follows:
- 3 points for a win 1 point for a tie and no points for a loss.
- Teams can tie in pool play, no overtime.
- Tie breakers for pool play will be in the following order.
- Head to head
- Goal differential - max of 6 goal differential
- Goals allowed
- Goals scored
- Finally coin toss
Play will consist of 20 minute running halves with a 5-minute halftime. All games will start at top of each hour and a central horn will be used.
One timeout per half, not in last 2 minutes. Game clock does not stop, but penalty time does stop.
Overtime in bracket play ONLY. Any playoff/bracket game that ends in a tie, there will be 1 extra period. 4 minutes in duration which will begin 1 minute after the final whistle. First score wins. If the overtime period ends in a tie, another extra period will be used. Extra periods will continue until a winner is determined.
All substitutions will be on the fly to keep play moving.
No one handed checks.
Penalties will be timed at 1 ½ times for running clock (30=45, 60=90, etc.)
Penalty time will not start until player takes a knee in the penalty box and the referee has whistled for play to resume. Penalty time will stop on all timeouts.
Mercy Rule: Teams down by 5 goals or more may elect to take the ball at midfield in lieu of a face-off. (pool play only)
Any player, coach or fan ejected from a game will not be allowed at any games the rest of the tournament.
Each team is asked to supply one volunteer to help at score table each game. No more than three coaches for each team are allowed in the bench area. Nor more than two volunteers for each team are allowed at the scoring table.
The team is responsible for the conduct of its fans. Unruly, disrespectful or threatening fans will be asked to leave the tournament facilities. The team may be penalized for the conduct of its fans.
Any game suspended after play has begun and is unable to be completed will be recorded with the score at the time of stoppage. Any game not able to be played (weather) will recorded as a 0-0 tie.
Any forfeit will count as a 1-0 win for the appropriate team.
Scorecards must be signed by each coach and the referee at the completion of a game. The winning coach is responsible for reporting the final score, either via text of completed score sheet or delivery of score sheet to the official tent.
Girls Division Specific Rules: LAXFEST 2021
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 (including a NOCSE certified chest protector for the goalie), and that their players have no jewelry on etc. If an official notices 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. Yellow and/or 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. 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 be using self starts at all levels. At U12 and U14, if a player self starts when a self start is not allowed, the ball will go to the opposing team. If this occurs at the U10 level, the official will reset the free position (no turn over)
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 including 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 is scored, play will start with a Goalie clear.
***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.
- 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 NOT play 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 the direction of the goal she is defending)
- Modified checking is allowed at this level. 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.
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 player’s 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 sideline official.
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:
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.