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Rules Breakdown and Game Expectations

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Tomorrow is the big day because its GAME DAY! That’s right, Atlanta Youth Lacrosse’s Fall Ball season gets underway Saturday with U9, U11, and U13 games. With games comes responsibility. Everyone, including players, coaches, parents, fans and staff must take responsibility for following the rules for games and conduct at our fields. So let’s breakdown the rules for each division with this handy chart:

rules-chart

If anyone has any questions about the rules of the game, feel free to email me at rules@ayllax.com or find me or Andy Halperin at the fields. We are always willing to answer questions.

Also, if you are new to the game please check out Tadpole Lacrosse. This is a document that I put together that is an introduction to lacrosse for new players and parents.

Now onto rules for everyone while down at our fields:

  • Unless you are a Pre K (Incredibles) parent, we ask that you stay behind the fence surrounding the fields. Our STAR volunteers will be on hand to assist players with gearing up.
  • No dogs, unless you have a service/assistance dog.
  • No score. We will not be keeping score during any of the games. We want Fall Ball to be centered around player improvement. Having a score gets in the way of what players should be focusing on during games.
  • We are guests of Riverwood High School. Please do not leave any trash at these facilities. We expect everyone involved with our program to be respectful and courteous to all Riverwood staff.
  • Please park only in the upper parking lot.
  • Please review the Positive cheering and How To Yell When Watching From The Sidelines posts. We expect all fans to be good sports before, during and after each game. We do not want to stop or terminate a game because of poor behavior from one individual or group of people, but we will do so if necessary.

I believe that covers everything. If I missed anything, we will notify everyone via our weekly newsletter. I hope everyone is as excited for the first day of Fall Ball as I am. Let’s make tomorrow a great day for everyone involved!

Cheers,
Gordon

No Goal!

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Rule 4, Section 8 – “A goal is scored when a loose ball passes from the front, completely through the imaginary plane formed by the rear edges of the goal line, the goal posts and the crossbar of the goal, regardless of who supplied the impetus” (NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rulebook 2011).

This rule causes some consternation. Every so often, a ball will bounce off some player’s leg and roll towards the goal. It keeps rolling and comes to a stop with half of the ball over the goal line, and half the ball in front of the goal line. The closest attackman is yelling, “Goal,” but the referee is not signaling a score. Because, according to the above rule, the entire ball must cross the imaginary plane formed by the back of the goal posts.

To help illustrate this point, I put together the diagram below for Tadpole Lacrosse. The red line is the imaginary plane “formed by the rear edges of the goal line.” Notice where the ball is in the “Goal” diagram on the right versus the “No-Goal” diagram.

No Goal versus Goal

No Goal versus Goal

This is a difficult concept to understand, especially if you follow football. Because to score a touchdown in football, the offensive player just has to break the plane of the goal line with any part of the football. That is why you see so many running backs reaching forward when they are tackled at the one-yard line. If they can get the front of the pigskin to barely cross the line, they score a touchdown.

Reaching Ball Over Line

Reaching Ball Over Line

To recap, scoring a goal in lacrosse requires the entire ball to completely cross the very back of the goal line. Just touching the line does not score a goal according to the NFHS rulebook.

Featured Image Credit – www.blog.syracuse.com

Cheers,
Gordon