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Laxfest 2018    Girls Division Specific Rules:

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. 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.

 

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.

• US Lacrosse 'small ball' rules apply: No checking, 3 seconds closely guarded (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 goalie of the team that was just scored upon will get the ball. All players from the opposing team will be moved ABOVE the 8meter area to allow for the goalie to make a “free clear” on the official’s whistle. After the ball is successfully cleared, the teams may resume normal play.

***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 encouraged, but not required at this level.  If a team is winning by more than 5 goals, the hot pass should be encouraged to develop individual and team skills. 

• Substitutions allowed at any time during play

• A loose ball shall be contested by no more than 2 players. If a third player comes into the scrum, then the whistle will be blown and the ball will be awarded via alternate possession. Kicking of the ball is not permitted.  The official shall stop play and award the ball via Alternating Possession Rules.

• 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 good defensive position).

• Modified checking will be allowed if both teams agree to this format. If modified checking is allowed, only checks BELOW the shoulder are legal.   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 players 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 modified checking (no checks above the shoulder). Full checking is not allowed. 3 seconds closely guarded (offense)

• A players stick may not follow through into the crease after a shot

• Three seconds (defense) and shooting space will be points of emphasis.

• 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 .

•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. Sportsmanship- including all players, refs, coaches, and fans.

For further clarification please see https://www.uslacrosse.org/sites/default/files/public/documents/rules/2018-Girls-Youth-Rulebook.pdf

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.