New in 2017
Kicked Ball Rule: The ball can be kicked intentionally into an open space. It cannot go out of bounds or into the goal.
Possession on the draw – only three girls can remain between the restraining lines until possession has been gained
GAME & PLAY:
All other US Lacrosse Girls Youth rules apply as per rule book: http://www.uslacrosse.org/rules/girls-rules.aspx
Field Dimensions and Goal Set-Up
Field Size: Regulation with all appropriate markings
· 2016 Change - Two circles have been added behind the goal for penalty administration. See below:
· Teams will play with 11 field players, and 1 goalie each (12 v 12)
· No deputy goalies are allowed at this level
· Regulation women’s stick and pocket
· US Lax approved goggles and mouth guards to be worn at all times. Mouth guards must fully cover the leading (anterior) dental arch and be of a visible color (not white or clear).
· No jewelry
· Game ball must be “NOCSAE” approved. May be orange, yellow, or lime green.
· 3 Second Closely-Guarded Rule: a player may not possess the ball for more than 3 seconds when closely-marked up by an opponent who is in a safe checkable position.
o Umpires should blow the whistle upon the count of 3 for girls who possess (cradle) the ball in one position while being closely defended. Players must shift the position of the stick relative to the defender or the whistle will be blown.
o The umpire must count out loud & physically and/or verbally signal indicating the player must move their stick out of a checkable position before blowing the whistle.
o When called, 3-seconds closely guarded constitutes a Minor Foul against the attack and results in an immediate change in possession of the ball (defender gets possession).
· Goal Circle (Crease) Rules:
o No follow through into goal circle, attack and defense.
o No deputy allowed in goal circle.
· 4 Goal Differential Rule: If the winning team is ahead by 4 or more points, the losing team will get the ball on the draw. If the winning team is ahead by 8 or more points, the losing team will get the ball on the draw PLUS the winning team must attempt 3 consecutive passes before shooting on goal. This only applies at the "B" level.
o Free position at center.
o May be waived by trailing coach.
o Violation of this is a minor foul: Other team gets the ball at the site of the shot on goal and any goal would not count.
· Modified Checking Rule: Checking is only allowed below the shoulders and away from the body.
· Dangerous Shooting Rule: if the attacker shoots over or through any player who is not within a stick’s length of the attacker, this is considered a Major foul on the attacker.
Yellow Card Rules
Yellow card rules are the same as all other youth leagues: if a yellow card is issued the player must stand next to the Timer Table for 2 minutes of elapsed playing time without a replacement substitute.
o Check to the Head
o Dangerous Follow Through
o Dangerous Propelling
o Rough/Dangerous Check
o Illegal Contact
o Illegal Use of the Stick
o Modified Checking Violation (repeated offender)
· Any player who receives 2 yellow cards shall sit out the rest of the game.
o A team will play short from the first red card issued (4 minutes) and the carded person is ejected and cannot participate in the following game.
o Coaches/Refs should report any red cards (player name & jersey number) within 24 hours under the "Game Results" tab on the MSLax website.
o Coaches are subject to the same red card and yellow card calls and penalties.
o Coaches can receive red cards as a result of unruly fans.
Game Information and Cancellation Policies
· Games will be 2 - 20 minute halves with running time with 2-minute stop time in last 2 minutes of each half.
o Each team is entitled to two - 2 minute time-outs per game.
If there is a tied score at the end of regulation play, the game will end with a tie. There will be no overtime play.
· Games may be played with fewer than 11 vs. 11 players upon mutual agreement of coaches. Otherwise, a team short of players will forfeit. It is encouraged that if a team has no substitutes and the other team has many, share some players for more playing time.
· If a team needs to reschedule due to poor weather, the home team Coach and/or Club Representative must contact the visiting team contacts to reschedule at a mutually agreeable time and place.
o The home team coach is responsible for notifying the assignor of changes who will try to assign the same umpires.
o If officials are not notified about a game cancellation and arrive at a field, they are entitled to payment. Also, if a game is called for weather and officials are on field, they should be paid.