SJYLAX Rules 2013 Season
Youth Girls

The SJ Youth Girls Lacrosse Program will follow rules written by US Lacrosse Women’s Division and ratified by the US Lacrosse Youth Council which were standardized for youth girls.  The SJ Youth Lax League has elected to slightly modify aspects of the standardized youth rules to best support our program needs. 

Below reflects the SJ Youth Girls Modifications adopted by the league.  Refer to page 2 and on for the Official Rules for Girls Youth Lacrosse published by US Lacrosse.  

General 

  • Division of play will be based on grades 
    • U-11 (US Lacrosse Level C; one level for SJYL) 
      • 10 years old or younger as of August 31 of the previous year
    • U-13 (US Lacrosse Level A;  A, A/B and B skill levels for SJYL) 
      • 12 years old or younger as of August 31 of the previous year
    • U-15 (US Lacrosse Level A;  A/B and B skill levels for SJYLL) 
      • 14 years old or younger as of August 31 of the previous year
    • U-15 (US Lacrosse Level FC) 
      • 14 years old or younger as of August 31 of the previous year
  • A player may “move up” a level, but never “down” a level 
  • 5 minute half time
    • Maybe extended for a couple minutes, provided agreed upon by both coaches – i.e. one team is short players and needs more down time. 
  • Maximum goal differential in a game is 10 (ten). If a team exceeds 10 points in a game, one point will be deduced from the end of season standings for each occurrence. 
  • Game play will occur with a running clock, even after goals 
  • During the last 2 minutes of each half, the clock will stop on whistles
  • Ball color should be yellow or orange for games 
  • All coaches and officials will receive a copy of the SJ Youth Girls adopted rules 
  • Rosters must be present at each game. Laminated copy with Player’s name and DOB (mm/yyyy) will be held at timekeeper’s table.

U-13 and U-15 level

  • Will play US Lacrosse Women’s Level A rules with modified checking unless. Game play will consist of 2*25 minute halves
  • 7-8 A level FULL CHECKING
  • Modified checking use the 3-second count for good defensive position and both hands are on their stick—use verbal count and hand count
  • Referee fees:
    • $60 per team per game when 2 referees are present 
    • $45 per team per game when 1 referee is present 
  • Referee fees must be paid at start of each game by check or cash. 
    • For the couple leagues that pay by vouchers, the league should make every effort to pay the referees promptly. 
  • NEW…5-6 grade level…. 2 -pass rule. Offense needs two passes or attempts to complete a pass, (doesn’t catch the pass but scopes up the ground ball and keeping team possession) before taking a shot. The goalie clear counts as a pass. Call out the count and visibly show the pass count….”That’s one (1 finger showing above your head) “that’s 2 (2 fingers showing above your head)
  • EXCEPTION: When there is a team change of possession in the offensive end, (offense is re-defending). If defense gains possession of the ball before it crosses the restraining line the defense can go to goal without completing the 2 pass rule. It is key that you know that the ball did not cross the restraining line.
  • Penalty: If a shot is taken before 2 passes give the ball to the goalie and move shooter 4m behind the goal circle.

U-11 level 

  • Will play Level C rules with no checking
  • 3-second count for good defensive position and both hands are on their stick—use verbal count and hand count
  • 2 pass rule required before scoring… use a verbal count and hand count
    • A team must maintain possession through a 2 pass attempt (includes goalie clears) before scoring
    • Possession is lost when the other team gets the ball 
  • The center line/midfield line will be a restraining line 
  • The field may not be any smaller then regulation size and no larger than 70 x 50 with 10 yards behind each goal.
  • Youth sticks (mesh allowed) or regular women’s crosse, modified pocket.
  • Game play will consist of 2*20 minute halves 
  • Standard goal nets will be used and requires a goal keeper 
    • If a team does not have a goalie then one of the following may occur:  
      • Play without a goalie and place an extra girl on the field (8 instead of 7)  
      • Borrower a goalie from the other team 
  • No deputy allowed
  • Referee fees:
    • $30 per team per game when 2 referees are present 
    • $22.50 per team per game when 1 referee is present 
  • Referee fees must be paid at start of each game by check or cash. 
    • For the couple leagues that pay by vouchers, the league should make every effort to pay the referees promptly.

Below reflects the Official Rules for Girls Youth Lacrosse published by US Lacrosse which were last updated in 2012. Website link: USLacrosse Best Practices for Girls (Official Rules for Girls Youth Lacrosse) 

Please refer to above link (or actual handbook provided with membership) for penalties specifics.
The purpose of the Official Girls Youth rules is to familiarize young players with the sport of women’s lacrosse by introducing them to the terms, the field, the playing positions, the concept of teamwork and the skills required to play the game safely and fairly. These rules were written by the US Lacrosse Women’s Division and ratified by the US Lacrosse Youth Council in an effort to standardize youth rules for girls throughout the United States.

US Lacrosse recommends age based divisions be used when forming or organizing teams (See Appendix F). We suggest the following guidelines: 6-8 year olds (Under 9), 9-10 year olds (Under 11), 11-12 year olds (Under 13), 13-14 year olds (Under 15). 

 

The girl youth rules are divided by levels (FC, A, B, and C). Level B and Level C rules do not allow checking and do allow certain stick modifications to make throwing and catching easier for the beginning or younger player. Level A rules allow for modified checking and require the use of a regulation crosse and pocket. Level FC rules allow for full checking for leagues meeting stringent requirements. Details are outlined in Level FC specifics. Leagues, tournaments and programs with players below the U13 (5th grade) level must use either Level B or Level C rules. Players in U13 and U15 divisions (5th grade through the 8th grade) should progress from Level B or C to Level A rules.

 

Any tournament play should follow an age/grade division and rule level format and announce to participants prior to the tournament which rule level (A,B,C) will be used at their event to avoid any confusion. The US Lacrosse Youth Festivals will use age divisions (U-13 and U15) and will follow Level A rules. Level FC rules may only be used if all teams in the tournament or separate tournament division qualify to use full checking.

 

It is strongly recommended that at least one US Lacrosse rated umpire be assigned to Level C games, and two US Lacrosse rated umpires be assigned to Level A and B games. Two Local (or higher) rated umpires must be assigned to Level FC games. A Junior Youth Umpire is under 18 years of age or in High School and is qualified to umpire Youth Level games. The Junior Youth Umpire should be at least two years older than the participants. For example, if the umpire is 16, the participants should be no older than 14 years of age.

 

 

PLAYING AREA AND GOALS (See US Lacrosse Women’s Rule 1).

 

The field should be marked according to US Lacrosse Women’s Rules including a restraining line. 

Team benches should be placed opposite spectators where possible.

 

U-13/U-15: Regulation size field with all appropriate markings

 

The US Lacrosse Women’s Lacrosse Rules shall be used for all Youth Games with the following modifications, notations, changes and/or additions:

 

9/U-11: Between 60-70 yards in length and between 30-40 yards in width. 

The field markings shall include: Goal circle and goal line, 8m arc, centerline only.

 

Note: U-11 teams have the option to play with 12 players. If the teams use 12 players, the game must be played on regulation-sized fields.

 

Coaching area

 

U-15: coaches may go from substitution area to end line on their own half of field

 

U-13/U-11: coaches may go the length of the field, behind opponent’s bench

 

U -9 : 1 Coach from each team is permitted on the field for the purpose of instructing players 

 

Violation of this rule is a misconduct foul.

 

The Goals

 

U-15/U-13 - Regulation lacrosse goal cages 

 

U-11/U-9 and Indoor - Smaller (street hockey type) cages may be used. The goal may be modified with a shooting net or turned over to present the triangle opening if no goalkeeper is present.

 

EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORMS (See US Lacrosse Women’s Rule 2)

 

Coaches are responsible for having their team in legal equipment and uniforms. 

 

The Crosse (Stick)

 

Stick must meet the criteria outlined in Rule 2 of the US Lacrosse Women’s rules with the following modifications:

 

U-15/U-13 - regulation stick (35.5”minimum and 43.25 “ maximum) and pocket

 

U-11/U-9 - regulation stick with or without modified pocket and may be cut to fit comfortably along the length of the player’s arm. Goalkeeper stick may be 52” or may be cut to fit. Mesh pockets are allowed for the goalkeeper only.

 

Ball

 

U-15/U-13 – Regulation ball

 

U-11/U-9 - may use a regulation ball, or a soft ball. 

 

Note: It is highly recommended that new or beginner programs use the soft ball until players have developed their throwing and catching skills. If a soft ball is used, it should be approximately the same size as a regulation ball. A regulation ball may be used for indoor play, however a no bounce ball is recommended.

Mandatory Protective Equipment:

 

The equipment requirements for all levels must be the same as outlined in Rule 2-8 and 2-9 of US Lacrosse Women’s’ Rules. Each youth player shall wear the following pieces of equipment, which shall be professionally manufactured and not altered: 

 

1. A professionally manufactured and properly worn mouth guard which shall include an occlusal (protecting and separating the biting surfaces) and a labial (protecting the teeth and supporting structures) portion that covers the posterior teeth with adequate thickness. Mouth guards cannot be clear or white or have protruding tabs except for the goalkeeper.

 

2. Eye protection or goggles meeting the ASTM certification for women’s lacrosse (F803), have been certified by an accredited testing facility approved by US Lacrosse and listed on the US Lacrosse website. 

 

3. Close fitting gloves and soft headgear are permitted; no hard helmets may be worn except by the goalkeeper. 

 

4. Goalkeeper must wear a lacrosse helmet designed for lacrosse with facemask and properly secured chinstrap, and it must meet the NOCSAE standard. Goalkeeper must also wear a separate throat protector, chest protector, abdominal and pelvic protection, goalkeeper gloves and leg padding on the shins and thighs and a mouthpiece. All protective devices should be close fitting, padded where necessary, and not be of excessive weight. 

 

Uniform

 

U-15/U-13: Must follow Rule 2: Uniforms

 

U-11/U-9: It is recommended that all visible undergarments match uniforms.

 

All youth players, including the goalkeeper, must wear uniform shirt on top.

 

Uniform shorts or kilt must be worn.

 

GAME PERSONNEL (See US Lacrosse Women’s Rule 3)

 

Teams

 

U-15/U-13/ U-11: 11 field players, one goalkeeper

 

U-11: may play with 7 field players on modified field – goalkeeper optional 

 

U-9: 7 players on modified field - goalkeeper optional

 

Sideline manager

 

Each team (home and away) will provide a sideline manager whose duty shall be to control effectively the actions of spectators not in conformity with the standards of proper conduct.

 

Scoring

 

A goal is scored when the ball passes completely over the goal line and into the goal cage. Scoring must be by an attacker’s crosse, and not off the body of an attack player. A goal may be scored off the defender’s body or crosse.

 

Duration of play

 

The home team will designate a timer.

 

U-15/U-13: 25 minute halves (maximum)

 

U-11/U-9: 20 minute halves (maximum)

 

All time is running time unless tournament rules dictate otherwise

 

NOTE: Running time for Youth games means that the clock will continue to run after goals. It will be stopped on every whistle in the last two minutes of each half. 

Exceptions: 10-goal differential and games being played with a central horn (tournament rules).

 

*No team timeouts may be called in the last 5 minutes of the game.

 

Games may end in a tie.

 

Overtime:

 

No overtime 

 

Start of the game

 

The procedure for the start of the game/draw shall be the same as outlined in Rule 5-1, 5-2 of the US Lacrosse Women’s Rules with the following modification: 

 

For U-13 and below: if score is kept, possession will be taken at the center by the team with fewer goals if a four or more goal differential exists unless waived by the coach of the trailing team. When this occurs positioning for the draw will apply with the defender standing 4m away at a 45 degree angle and all other players must stand. 

 

The player taking possession may run or pass, but may not shoot until another player has played the ball.

 

 

Start/stop play

 

All play is started and stopped with the whistle. All players must stop and stand when the whistle blows (to stop play). All may move again when the next whistle blows.

 

 

Substitution

 

Substitution is unlimited and the substitution procedure should be the same as outlined in Rule 5-21 and 5-22 of the US Lacrosse Women’s Rules.

 

FOULS (See US Lacrosse Women’s Rule 6)

 

Fouls shall be the same as those outlined in Rule 6 of the US Lacrosse Women’s 

 

Rules with the following modifications:

 

1. No checking (U-11/U-9). (Major Foul) 

 

2. Modified checking only (U-13; U-15 if criteria is not met). (Major Foul)

 

a. The entire stick must be below the shoulder 

 

b. The check must be down and away from the body

 

Note: Stick-to-stick contact is not necessarily a violation. A defense player who is holding her stick in good defensive position should not be penalized if the attack player cradles into the stick or follows through on a pass/shot.

 

3. Any initiated check to the head is a mandatory yellow card (Level FC – red card).

 

Note: Incidental contact with the head or contact initiated by the attacker should not be carded.

 

4. A field player must not enter or have any part of her body or crosse on or in the goal circle at any time, including on the shot and follow through. (Goal Circle Violation)

 

(See exception below)

 

5. U9/U11- Any player receiving a yellow or red card must leave the field for 2 minutes of elapsed playing time and a substitute will take her place.

 

6. No deputy allowed in goal circle (All Levels)(Major Foul)

 

Note: In a game being played without a goalkeeper, 1 defense player, as designated by the umpire, shall be allowed to go into the goal circle to collect the ball after it comes to rest in the goal circle. She must leave the goal circle with the ball in her stick within 10 seconds of the ball entering the goal circle. The opposing team may not deliberately block her exit from the goal circle.

 

If the defense player throws it out or does not carry it out within 10 seconds, a defense player other than the designated player goes in, or the defense deliberately puts the ball into the goal circle it is a goal circle violation. If the attack deliberately blocks her exit from the goal circle, it is a free position at the 8m for the defense with the attack player 4 m away.

 

7. On an 8m free position, a player may shoot provided there is a goalkeeper or a modified goal (i.e. shooting net) is being used. If there is not a goalkeeper or it is an open net, then the 8m free position shall be indirect (Major Foul).

 

8. Team Fouls/Offside and playing short below the restraining line rules are not applicable at games at the U-11 level and below that are played with 7 players on modified fields.

 

9. Player with the ball may not hold the ball for more than 3 seconds when 

 

a. closely guarded/marked (see definitions) 

 

b. the defense has both hands on her stick 

 

c. the defense is in position to legally check were checking allowed. (U-13 and below; U-15 if criteria is not met). (Minor Foul)

 

Note: If the player with the ball takes the stick to the other side of her body and thus away from the defender making a legal check impossible, the 3-second count would be over. If the defender adjusts her position to where a legal check could be made, or the stick is brought back to a checkable position, or another teammate joins the defender and that second defender is in good position to check, then the count starts again. The umpire will give an audible and visible 3-second count. The count should follow this sequence: one-one thousand, two-one thousand, immediately followed by a whistle when the third hand chop reaches its full extension thus marking count number three without saying three-one thousand.

 

PENALTY ADMINISTRATION (See US Lacrosse Women’s Rule 7)

The penalty for fouls is a free position with all players, including the offender, moving 4m away from the player with the ball. For specifics on major, minor, and goal circle fouls and carding, see Rule 7 in the US Lacrosse Women’s Rules. 

 

 OFFICIAL RULES FOR GIRLS YOUTH LACROSSE (See US Lacrosse Women’s Rule 8)

 

Closely Guarded/Marked - player with the ball has an opponent within a stick's length.

 

Free Position - penalty awarded for a foul. Player who has been fouled gets the ball and all others must move 4m away (minor foul) or behind (major foul).

 

Indirect Free Position - no shot on goal may be made until the player with the ball passes the ball to another player. 

 

NOTE: this is different than the Women’s game rules because of the checking restrictions on U-13 and below.

 

Modified Checking - checking the crosse only if the entire crosse is below shoulder level. The check must be in a downward direction and away from the body.

 

Modified Pocket – no more than half of the ball may fall below the bottom of the sidewall.

 

Pass - exchange of the ball through the air from one teammate’s crosse to another.

 

Possession - a player has the ball in their crosse.

 

Position to Check - player has an opportunity to legally check the crosse without fouling (the 3-second count starts when the umpire deems that the player with the ball could be checked legally if checking were permitted.)

 

SUMMARY OF RULES 

 

(See All Specifics above and in US Lacrosse Women’s Rulebook)

 

U-15 SPECIFICS

1. Will play regular US Lacrosse Women's Rules with the following modifications:

a. Any check to the head is a mandatory red card. 

b. No Deputy

c. 25 minute halves

d. No follow through into goal circle on a shot

2. Games must be officiated by two US Lacrosse rated umpires, one of whom must have a Local rating. If this criteria is not met, the game shall be played with modified checking. 

NOTE: If played with modified checking, a check to the head may be a yellow or red card.

 

U - 13 SPECIFICS

1. Eleven field players, one goalkeeper.

2. Regulation field with all appropriate markings

3. Regular women’s crosse, regulation pocket

4. Modified checking only.

5. 25-minute halves (max.), running time.

6. No Deputy

 

U - 11 SPECIFICS

1. Eleven field players, one goal keeper; Regulation field with all appropriate markings or 

a. Seven field players, use of a goal keeper is optional 

b. Field size: 60-70 yds. x 30-40 yds. 

c. Goal circle and goal line, 8m arc, center line.

2. Regular women’s crosse, modified pocket allowed. May be cut to fit comfortably along arm.

3. No checking.

4. 20-minute halves (max.), running time.

5. No Overtime

6. No Deputy

7. Carded player leaves field for 2 minutes. A substitute must take her place.

 

U - 9 SPECIFICS

1. Seven field players, use of a goal keeper is optional.

2. Field size: 60-70 yds. x 30-40 yds. 

3. Goal circle and goal line, 8m arc, center line.

4. Regular women’s crosse, modified pocket allowed. May be cut to fit comfortably along arm

5. No checking.

6. 20-minute halves (max.), running time.

7. No Overtime

8. No Deputy

9. Carded player leaves field for 2 minutes. A substitute must take her place.

 

These rules were written with the safety of all the players being of utmost importance. Youth lacrosse should be fun, challenging and safe. To that end, the umpires shall have the authority to penalize any foul, unsafe play, or unacceptable behavior not covered specifically in these rules. Play should be as continuous as possible, and any foul which does not gain an advantage for the offender or her team should result in a held whistle whenever possible.

 

 

These rules were written with the safety of all the players being of utmost importance. Youth lacrosse should be fun, challenging and safe. To that end, the umpires shall have the authority to penalize any foul, unsafe play, or unacceptable behavior not covered specifically in these rules. Play should be as continuous as possible, and any foul which does not gain an advantage for the offender or her team should result in a “held” whistle whenever possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Providing additional clarification on how to handle any player suspected of having a concussion. 

Any player who exhibits signs, symptoms, or behaviors consistent with a concussion (such as loss of consciousness, headache, dizziness, confusion, or balance problems) shall be immediately removed from the game and shall not return to play until cleared by an appropriate health care professional

 

GREEN CARD: presented to the captain indicating a team caution for delay of game. Next team offense

results in a green/yellow card.

YELLOW CARD:given as a warning to an offending player, coach, or team personnel and a player is suspended for two minutes of elapsed playing time. A substitute may not take her place, and the team must play short at both ends of the field. A second yellow card to the same individual will result in their ejection from the game

RED CARD: given to an offending player, coach or team personnel, who is immediately ejected and prohibited from participating in the team’s next game.

 

Head coach is responsible for the actions of anyone officially connected with his/her institution and will receive any card related to bench decorum.

 

Level A-Pockets must be attached using stringing holes along the bottom rail of the stick.

This will not be enforced immediately allowing time for new stick designs.

 

Level A- All sticks must be in compliance with shooting string regulations.

Field crosses shall have no more than two separate shooting/throw strings. Shooting/throw strings shall not be rolled or coiled or twisted more than twice between each thong. Flat laces may not be used as shooting/throw strings.

  

All Levels: 4 Goal Differential can be waved off by trailing team for all levels, if score is kept, possession will be taken at the center by the team with fewer goals if a four or more goal differential exists unless waived by the coach of the trailing team.

 

 

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