AYL 2011 Spring Boys’ Rules

To view these rules outside of the blog visit: http://ayllax.com/leagues/spring/rules.

In an effort to provide greater understanding of the rules we have posted the specific US Lacrosse Youth Rules that Atlanta Youth Lacrosse supports and enforces. If you have any questions about the rules below please contact our Head Official Gordon Corsetti at rules@ayllax.com.

Rules in RED are US Lacrosse Rules that were modified from the 2010 season. Any rules specific to Atlanta Youth Lacrosse are noted in BOLD GREEEN.

Age Definitions:
Middle School:

Senior Division: 15 and Under. May have competitive divisions grouped by ability.
Junior Division: 13 and Under. May have competitive divisions grouped by ability.

Note: Players 13 years old may have difficulty playing with 15 year old players.

Elementary School:
Lightning Division: 11 and Under. Non-competitive. It is recommended that when multiple teams exist within a program, teams should be balanced as to physical size.

Bantam Division: 9 and Under. Non-competitive. It is recommended that when multiple teams exist within a program, teams should be balanced as to physical size.

Examples, using the U-13 category:

1) A player is 12 years old on 12/31/09 and turns 13 on May 15, 2010. This player is qualified to participate.

2) A player is 13 years old on 12/31/09 and turns 14 on May 15, 2010. This player is NOT qualified to participate.

Format of this Section: Existing NFHSA Rule Section referencefollowed by the corresponding USLYC rule section modification.

Rule 1 – The Game, Field & Equipment

Printable Field Diagram (PDF). View the Field Tutorial.

NFHSA Rule 1, Section 1 — The Game
Lacrosse is played by two teams of 10 players each.

Number of Players
RULE 1 SECTION 1.

10 players per side on the field, however games can be played with as few as 7 per side on the field if coaches agree. All USLYC sponsored events will be played with the regulation 10 players per side.

Field – RULE 1 SECTION 2.

Play on regulation size field is preferred; however the coaches and officials can agree to play on any size field available. USLYC sponsored events will be played on regulation size fields for all groups.

Equipment – RULE 1 SECTIONS 6 & 9.

Equipment will conform to NFHSA crosse dimensions and equipment requirements, including NOCSAE — approved helmets, with the following modifications:

a. The length of the short crosse may be 37 to 40 inches for offensive players in the Lightning and Bantam Divisions and defensive players in such divisions may use a stick with a length of 37 to 72 inches. AYL only allows defensive players to use a long-stick starting in 3rd Grade. Players may not use a long-stick in preK through 2nd Grade.

b. Rib pads are strongly recommended.

Game Jerseys – RULE 1 SECTION 9 ARTICLE 1.

The provisions of the referenced rule subsection need not be strictly enforced at the youth level. A team’s game jerseys should be of a single, dominant color with numbers on the front and back of sufficient size to be clearly visible by game officials anywhere on the field.

RULE 1 SECTION 12.

Spectators and fans will be placed on the opposite side of the field from the table and bench areas. If the field is laid out in a manner that does not allow spectators and fans to be located on the far side of the field, the referee can waive this requirement. When stands or seating facilities are not provided on the opposite side of the field, spectators, fans, and parents will observe the 6-yard spectator limit line on the far side of the field.

Rule 2 – Game Personnel
NFHSA Rule 2, Section 4 — Home Team’s Responsibility

Responsibilities of the home team – RULE 2 SECTION 4.2

a. Home teams are responsible for contrasting jersey colors and will wear pinnies if needed.

b. Sideline Managers – Each team will be asked to provide a designated Sideline Manager (one adult per team, on site, per game-day contest) to help encourage, maintain and manage the sportsmanlike behavior of spectators and fans. See the “Boys’ Youth Rules Addendum”, below, for further information.

Rule 3 – Time Factors and Scoring

NFHS Rule 3 – Sections 1, 3 and 4 – Time Factors and Overtime

Length of Game – RULE 3 SECTION 1.

a. Senior and Junior Division — Two 22-23 minute running time halves. In the event of a tie, two 4-minute sudden-victory overtime periods will be played. If after two overtime periods the score is still tied, additional sudden-victory overtime periods may be played until a winner is determined (provided time permits and coaches and officials are in agreement). Overtime will only be used if time permits. The officials have the final authority to allow an overtime period, a braveheart, or no extra time. In the event that time does not permit an overtime period, the score will be recorded as a tie.

b. Lightning and Bantam Divisions — Two 22-23 minute running time halves. In the event of a tie, one 15-minute running-time overtime period will be played, with the team in the lead at the end of the overtime declared the winner. This is not a sudden victory period. If the score is still tied at the end of the overtime period, the game will end as a tie. Overtime will only be used if time permits. The officials have the final authority to allow an overtime period, a braveheart, or no extra time. In the event that time does not permit an overtime period, the score will be recorded as a tie. NOTE – Overtime is not used in the U9 (Grades 1-2). If the score is tied it will remain tied.

Stalling – Final Two Minutes of Regulation Play
RULE 3 SECTION 3.

This stalling rule shall be enforced for the Junior and Senior Divisions; however this rule will be waived for Lightning and Bantam Divisions.

Rule 4 – Play of the Game
The game is to be played with emphasis on the proper development of stick, team and sportsmanship skills. All divisions will follow NFHS “Play of Game” rules with the following modifications:

Facing Off – RULE 4 SECTION 3

In any game, at any point during a game when there is a five-point lead, the team that is behind will be given the ball at the midfield line in lieu of a face-off as long as the four-point lead is maintained, unless waived by the coach of the trailing team.

Advancing the Ball – RULE 4 SECTION 14 & 15

  • 7/8 Grade –
    • 10-second offensive count
    • 20-second defensive clearing count
    • 4-second goalie crease count
  • 5/6 Grade –
    • 10-second offensive count
    • 20-second defensive clearing count
    • 4-second goalie crease count
  • 3/4 Grade –
    • No offensive 10-second count will be used.
    • No defensive 20-second clearing count will be used
    • 4-second goalie crease count will be used
  • PreK – 2nd Grade –
    • No offensive 10-second count will be used.
    • No defensive 20-second clearing count will be used
    • No 4-second goalie crease count will be used

If a game official detects an effort to stall the advancement of the ball in either the defensive clearing area or the offensive zone outside the offensive box, the official will give a verbal command to “advance the ball” followed by a visual 5-second hand count. If the team so warned does not attempt to advance the ball within the 5-second count, a turnover will occur with restart at the point of the stalling infraction.

Time Out – RULE 4 SECTION 28

Timeouts — One (1) timeout is permitted per half. Time-out length is 1:15 minutes long and the clock DOES NOT stop. Due to a running clock teams/coaches will not be granted a time out if the game clock is below 5:00 minutes.

Rule 5 – Personal and Expulsion Fouls NFHS Rule 5, Section 3 — Illegal body check NOTE: Spearing
NFHS Rule 5, Section 3.1 — Body checking within 5 yards of a loose ball

Body Checking – RULE 5 SECTION 3

Body checking is permitted in Senior and Junior Divisions; however, no take-out checks are permitted by any player. A take out check is defined as any check in which the player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to put the other player on the ground.

Players in the Junior and Senior divisions may make contact in an upright position within five yards of the ball. No body checking of any kind (including man/ball “clear the body” type pushing) is permitted in the Lightning and Bantam Division. If a loose ball is not moving, the referee may re-start play following the alternate possession rule.

NFHS Rule 5, Section 6 — Slashing

Slashing – RULE 5 SECTION 6

Personal Foul/Slashing – For Lightning and Bantam Divisions: Any poke check making contact with an opponent (other than the gloved hand while holding the stick) will be considered a slash. Also, any one-handed check will be considered a slash for the Bantam Division.

NFHS Rule 5, Section 9 — Unsportsmanlike conduct

Unsportsmanlike Conduct – RULE 5 SECTION 9

Personal fouls are to be taken seriously. In addition to the NFHS rules, any player or coach who uses derogatory or profane language (starting with “damn”) on the field or bench, whether addressing a player, coach or referee may receive: first offense, 1 to 3-minute non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty; second offense a 3-minute non-releasable expulsion foul.

NFHS Rule 5, Section 11 — Ejection

Ejection Fouls – RULE 5 SECTION 11

Players illegally playing down to any division will be ejected for the season and the team will be eliminated from any playoffs and ineligible for any titles or awards.

Rule 6 – Technical Fouls
NFHS Rule 6, Section 10 — Stalling

Stalling – RULE 6 SECTION 10

Senior and Junior Divisions: the team with the lead must keep the ball in the goal area during the last two minutes of the game. Lightning and Bantam Divisions are excused from this rule.

Rule 7 – Penalty Enforcement
NFHSA Rule 7, Sections 1, 2 & 3

Time Serving Penalties – RULE 7 SECTIONS 1, 2 & 3

Time serving penalties are enforced and man up situations are permitted in all divisions except the Bantam Division (U9), where there are no time-serving penalties; instead the player must be substituted for and the ball awarded to the other team at the point of the infraction. In the Bantam Division, if the official feels that a player should be removed from the field for a brief period of time so the coach may explain the reason for his penalty then that player will be removed from the game. That player is eligible to return after being spoken to about the proper way to check.

Game Termination

Officials will have authority to terminate a boys’ youth game in response to flagrant acts of unsportsmanlike behavior by coaches, athletes, spectators, or fans. A game termination will be the last resort in insuring the players’ safety and preserving the integrity of the game. If possible, game officials will issue at least one strong warning that the game is in danger of being terminated. However, it is conceivable that games may be terminated on the first instance of a flagrant unsportsmanlike act. Every effort should be taken to avoid game termination, including the enforcement of existing rules for team-conduct penalties, unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties, and ejection fouls. Mechanics for terminating a game for flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior can be found at the US Lacrosse webpage referenced above. All games terminated by a US Lacrosse Official, will result in a 1-0 victory for the team that is innocent of the terminal offense(s). It is recommended that the game should count in league statistics as a full game, and all goals, assists, saves, and other team statistics should count toward team and league records.

Boys’ Youth Rules Addendum
The US Lacrosse Youth Council has endorsed the addition of the following guidelines intended to address the issues of proper conduct both on and off the field at boys’ youth lacrosse events. These guidelines are designed to support the kind of environment for our youth athletes that will keep them playing lacrosse and provide them with such a positive experience that they will remain in the game and later give back to the sport as coaches, officials, and parents who encourage their own children to play.

Guideline 1 — Game Administration (Refers to Rule 1-12) Spectators and Teams on Opposite Sides of Field
Spectators and fans will be placed on the opposite side of the field from the table and bench areas. If the field is laid out in a manner that does not allow spectators and fans to be located on the far side of the field, the referee can waive this requirement. When stands or seating facilities are not provided on the opposite side of the field, spectators, fans, and parents will observe the 6-yard spectator limit line on the far side of the field.

Guideline 2 — Game Personnel [Refers to Rule 2-11] Sideline Managers
Each youth lacrosse team will be asked to provide a designated Sideline Manager (one adult per team, on site, per game-day contest) to help encourage, maintain and manage the sportsmanlike behavior of spectators and fans. These adults would be responsible for insuring that the spectators and fans support the athletes, coaches and officials in a positive manner and refrain from behavior not in conformity with the US Lacrosse Code of Conduct. The Sideline Managers will receive training prior to these contests by reviewing the document “Sideline Manager Job Description” provided by US Lacrosse and the US Lacrosse – Positive Coaching Alliance, available online, or by requesting a paper copy of this document through their local US Lacrosse Chapter. Sideline managers will introduce themselves to the officials prior to the coin toss, and follow those procedures outlined in the Sideline Manager Job Description, found at the referenced US Lacrosse website location. Sideline Managers will notify an unruly fan or spectator that unsportsmanlike behavior may lead to ejection and/or a game cancellation by the officials, under Game Termination – Guideline 4.

Guideline 4 — Game Personnel [Refers to Rule 7-14] Game Termination
Officials will have authority to terminate a boys’ youth game in response to flagrant acts of unsportsmanlike behavior by coaches, athletes, spectators, or fans. A game termination will be the last resort in insuring the players’ safety and preserving the integrity of the game. If possible, game officials will issue at least one strong warning that the game is in danger of being terminated. However, it is conceivable that games may be terminated on the first instance of a flagrant unsportsmanlike act. Every effort should be taken to avoid game termination, including the enforcement of existing rules for team-conduct penalties, unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties, and ejection fouls. Mechanics for terminating a game for flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior can be found at the US Lacrosse webpage referenced above. All games terminated by a US Lacrosse Official, will result in a 1-0 victory for the team that is innocent of the terminal offense(s). It is recommended that the game should count in league statistics as a full game, and all goals, assists, saves, and other team statistics should count toward team and league records.

Once again, if you have any questions about the above rules please contact our Head Official Gordon Corsetti at rules@ayllax.com.

Cheers,
Gordon

About Lou Corsetti

Gordon is a born lacrosse official who played for ten years before realizing he'd much rather ref the game than play it. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia and officiates youth, high school, and collegiate men's lacrosse games all over the southeast. His passion is educating and training officials, coaches, players, parents and all other fans on the rules of lacrosse, it's history, and how best to develop lacrosse in new areas.

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