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Girls’ Rules of Play & Game Information

US Lacrosse Youth Rules Apply (click to view)

GAME FORMAT

  • TWO 20-MINUTE HALVES/5-MINUTE HALF-TIME (teams change field direction for the 2nd half).
  • RUNNING TIME / NO TIME OUTS: Officials start and end the game on their own clock; they may stop clock during injuries.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS: All substitutions will be on the fly; a player must be off the field before another player can enter.
  • NUMBER OF PLAYERS:
    • U11: 7v7 (no goalie) – 2A/3M/2D; goals will be set up as triangles or goalie backstops will be used
    • U13 and U15: 12v12 (includes goalies)
  • CHECKING
    • U11: No Checking
    • U13 and U15: MODIFIED CHECKING – checking is permitted only if the offensive player’s stick is completely below her shoulder; any check must be in a downward motion away from the body. Once contact is made, the checking player must “release” her check, the check cannot be held.
  • THREE SECOND RULE IN EFFECT FOR ALL LEVELS: If a defender maintains good defensive position and mirrors her girl for 3 consecutive seconds in the judgment of the official, it is a turnover and the ball will be awarded to the defending team.
  • MINIMUM PASS RULE – U11 ONLY
    • U11: 2 attempted passes (passes do not have be completed); if attacking team can go to goal but loses the ball (on a shot, takeaway or turnover), the ball remains hot until carried or passed beyond the restraining line by the clearing team.
  • OFF-SIDES
    • U11: 2 players must stay back
    • U13 and U15: off-sides enforced (4 players back, even if a team receives a yellow card and is playing shorthanded)
  • PENALTIES: Major and minor fouls will be called consistent with US Lacrosse Girls’ Youth Rules
    • YELLOW/RED CARDS: 4 fouls receive automatic yellow cards in the judgment of the official – 1) check to the head, 2) crosscheck to the body, 3) dangerous propel, and 4) dangerous follow through. The carded player must serve a 2-minute penalty without a substitution, and a carded player risks ejection if she receives another yellow card. A red card will result if any player receives 3 yellow cards or exhibits un-sportsmanlike conduct.
  • DIRECT SHOTS PERMITTED ON A MAJOR VIOLATION FOR ALL LEVELS
  • CLOSEST TO THE BALL AS IT CROSSES THE ENDLINE rule applies to shots on goal.
  • MERCY RULE (applies when there is a 3 goal differential). Teams down by 3 goals or more will be awarded the ball at midfield after each goal. We believe a 3 goal “Mercy Rule” will help ensure that games remain competitive and will optimize participation. The second half starts with a draw regardless of goal differential.
  • OVERTIME: 3 v 3 (plus goalie) sudden victory BRAVEHEART for maximum of 2 minutes to determine the winner, if neither team scores, game ends in tie (4 players per side, start with a draw, see officials for BRAVEHEART Rules).
  • PLAYER ELIGIBILITY: US Lacrosse Girls’ Youth Rules for player eligibility govern. Exceptions may be made in the judgment of the Tournament directors on a case-by-case basis if circumstances warrant and to further the spirit of the game, but only if fully disclosed.
  • WEATHER CONDITIONS: Game times and format are subject to weather conditions and the tournament weather policy.

KEEPING/REPORTING SCORES

  • Officials are responsible to keep score on each field and to report scores following the games.
  • Following each game, coaches from both teams are asked to help facilitate the reporting of scores to the site headquarters.

SPORTSMANSHIP/CONDUCT/DISPUTES/SPIRIT OF THE GAME- OUR GOAL IS TO HAVE NO ISSUES!

  • All persons involved with the Chapter Challenge or visiting the facility are expected to “Honor the Game.”
  • Coaches (or others associated with any given team) who fail to control their team or otherwise fail to adhere to reasonable standards of conduct will not be permitted to coach in the event in the future and may jeopardize his or her program’s opportunities to participate in the chapter challenge.
  • Coaches are asked to make sure their players clean their bench areas of water bottles and other debris after each game.
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