The rules have been established to create the following experience for our young lacrosse players:
Ensure their safety
Enable a free-flowing, fast paced, creative game
Facilitate as many “touches” of the ball as possible per player
Games will consist of one (1) period, running clock with 2 minutes between games (1 master game clock will be kept for all games).
In case of a tie, a 3-minute sudden-death OT will begin immediately (no break). If no goals are scored during OT, game will end in a tie.
6v6 including goalie (NOTE: If either team has less than 8 total players, move to 5v5 format including goalie). Short sticks only. New goalie per team, per half – MANDATORY.
No off-sides. Everyone is a “midfielder.”
Face-off will start the game and half-time (no face-offs after goals). The face-off set up will consist of 1 face-off man per team only. The remaining 4 field players per team will line up behind goal-line extended with 2 on the defensive end and 2 on the offensive end. They can only release once possession is called.
After a goal has been scored the scoring team must drop back past the midfield line. The goalie will then re-start play with an outlet pass. The defensive team can release across the midfield line once possession has been gained by a field player.
Standard out of bounds rules apply, including closest to shot. Side “curtains” are out of bounds. Once the ball or any body part/stick with possession hits the curtain it is an immediate dead-ball and goes to opposing team. Make sure to enforce defender giving 5 yard cushion on re-start. Cones will be used to mark end-lines and side-lines with no curtains.
ABSOLUTELY NO BODY CHECKING OF ANY KIND. (NOTE: this includes what would be considered a “legal” body check in typical field play.)
If a multi-player ground ball “scrum” exceeds more 5-7 seconds blow whistle and apply “alternate possession” rule (BLUE team is awarded first possession).
NO one-handed stick checks and NO slashing. This includes stick checks anywhere other than the gloves or elbow pads. (NOTE: Please have a quick whistle on slashes. Including once the glove and/or elbow checks become excessive. Again, player safety first in this league, so let’s call this tight).
All penalties will incur a 1-minute, releasable man-down. Penalty clock to be kept by game ref.
Subbing through box on the fly or on dead-balls. Alert ref if subbing on dead-ball so he can hold-play (NOTE: Please sub quickly in order to keep game moving).
Sportsmanship is mandatory at all times. At the ref or coach’s discretion a player exhibiting poor sportsmanship will be subbed out immediately and go to the end of the substitution line. 3 unsportsmanlike conducts result in removal from game.
Fighting of any kind results in immediate removal from game.