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Boys’ Rules of Play & Game Information

Update June 9, 2017

NFHS rules (as modified by US Lacrosse Rules) apply

GAME FORMAT

  • TWO 20-MINUTE HALVES/5-MINUTE HALF-TIME – teams change field direction for 2nd half.

  • RUNNING TIME, BUT CLOCK STOPS DURING TIMEOUTS (and injuries, in the discretion of official).

  • Officials start and end the game on their own clock.

  • PENALTIES: Penalized players must serve (except goalie); penalty time kept by officials on the field.

  • TIMEOUTS: Each team has one 30-second timeout per game. Playing time stops during timeout. Be quick, keep it short!

  • SUBSTITUTIONS: Players may substitute on the fly and on dead ball situations on sidelines (not endlines) but play will not stop or be delayed due to running clock, no horn!

  • ADVANCEMENT RULE

    • U13/U15: 20 second count to clear the midline; 10 seconds to advance into the box. Once a team advances the ball inside its goal area, the ball may be brought outside the goal area unless the team has been warned to “keep it in” (i.e. a stall warning has been imposed) or the “Box Rule” (below) is in effect.

    • U9/U11: Advancement/stalling rules do not apply at this level, but officials can command a team to “advance the ball” within 5 seconds

  • BOX RULE (U13 and U15 only): winning team must keep ball in the offensive box during last 2 minutes of play if the score differential is 5 or less.

  • OVERTIME:

    • POOL PLAY: 3 v 3 (plus goalie) sudden victory BRAVEHEART (click here/see below) for Braveheart Rules) for maximum of 2 minutes to determine the winner, if neither team scores, game ends in tie (4 players per side, no substitutions except for injury, goalie cannot cross midline unless a teammate stays back).

    • PLAYOFFS: There will be one 5-minute sudden victory OT period, followed by a 3 v 3 (plus goalie) BRAVEHEART format until winner is decided.

  • TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION – Points will be awarded after each game – 5 for a win, 2 for a tie, 0 for a loss.

  • TIE BREAK PROCEDURE: 1) head to head; 2) fewest total goals allowed; 3) coin-flip (1st team alphabetically calls the flip).

  • WEATHER CONDITIONS: Games times and format are subject to weather conditions and the tournament weather policy.

SPECIAL STICK LENGTH RULES (Please, no disputes here!)

  • U9  – crosses for all field players shall be 37 to 42 inches (consistent with US Lacrosse guidelines)

  • U11 – no sticks shorter than 37 inches; NOTE: defense sticks longer than 54 inches permitted (based on input from majority of registered teams) unless both teams agree before starting the game.

SPECIAL SAFETY-RELATED RULES

  • GOALIES are expected to use elbow pads. Make sure your goalies have them and wear them.

  • U9/U11 – NO BODY CHECKING (officials will be asked to call it close and discourage aggressive play; please control your parents who promote such play or loudly voice their objection over “soft” calls; we expect all participants and fans to honor the game and abide by our tournament philosophy)

  • U13/U15 – LIMITED/REASONABLE BODY CHECKING IS LEGAL

    • NO VIOLENT, AGGRESSIVE, BLATANT, RECKLESS OR MALICIOUS HITS; NO HIGH HITS OR HITS TO THE HEAD OR NECK; NO HITS BELOW THE WAIST; NO HITS TO THE BACK; NO LATE HITS; NO RUNNING OVER THE PICK MAN OR HITTING VULNERABLE OR DEFENSELESS PLAYER; NO BLIND SIDE CHECKS; NO TAKE-OUT CHECKS; NO INTIMIDATION; NO BAD ATTITUDES. GET THE PICTURE?

    • 3-YARD RULE – No body checks to any player unless the player is within 3 yards (not 5 yards) of a loose ball or ball in flight.

    • NOTE: Big hits and overly physical play (even within 3 yards from a loose ball), as well as excessive force, roughness, checking or hitting off the ball or any hits described above, constitutes unnecessary roughness in the Liberty Lacrosse Shootout and will result in either a 1 minute to 3 minute penalty in the discretion of the official(s), and may be made non-releasable in the judgment of the official(s).

Liberty Lacrosse Shootout directors expect tournament officials to “err” on the side of safety, we expect officials to use their reasonable judgment to flag body checking that is anything other than limited and reasonable, including hits that may technically be legal in league play or in other tournaments. All coaches involved with teams in the tournament are expected to understand, support and communicate our philosophy with regard to officiating and the promotion of player safety. They are expected to communicate our philosophy to their players and parents. Coaches, acting in good faith, are asked to report officials that they believe are failing to abide by tournament expectations for further investigation by the assignor of officials.

  • ONE HANDED CHECKS: One-handed stick checks are allowed at the U15 level unless they are “out of control” or otherwise illegal. One-handed stick checks are strictly prohibited at the U9, U11 and U13 levels, and will be called a slash whether or not contact is made with the opposing player.

MERCY RULE in effect during pool play but not during playoffs (applies when there is a 4 goal differential). Teams down by 4 goals or more will be awarded the ball at midfield after each goal. We believe a 4 goal “Mercy Rule” will help ensure that games remain competitive and will optimize participation. The second half starts with a face-off regardless of goal differential.

BALLS: All teams are responsible for balls on their offensive end-line (it is anticipated that field fences will stop many, but not all, of the shots). 

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY: US Lacrosse Boys 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.

THREE (3) COACH MAXIMUM: Please limit the number of coaches on the sideline to three (3). “Noisy” benches will not get away with having more.

SPECIAL U9 RULES

  • 7v7 (2A, 3M, 2D, G) – smaller field

  • No body checking; no one-handed checks

  • Ball is hot at all times (no minimum number of passes)

  • Advancement/Stalling Rule – does not apply at this level, but officials can command a team to “advance the ball” within 5 seconds

  • Penalties:  Player serves all penalties, team does not (i.e., no man-up/down).  Penalized player comes off the field and switches with another.  Ball is awarded to a non-penalized team player 5 yards from the midfield line, all attack and defensive players will be placed inside the box, all other players (midfielders) will be placed behind the midline.  The official restarts play and all players are released.  The non-penalized team will enjoy a 5 yard fast-break advantage from the midline.


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. Unreported scores will be treated as a tie for both teams.

  • FORFIETS: Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to compete in any playoff games. All forfeits will be considered a 3-0 victory for the team that is prepared to play.

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

  • HONOR THE GAME / THE BALL IS THE MEDICINE ™ – Good sportsmanship will be rewarded. Teams in each age group will be recognized for sportsmanship based largely on sportsmanship scorecards kept by certified officials, tournament marshals and staff after each game, taking into account the spirit of the game and conduct on both sides of the field, including coaches, assistant coaches, players and spectators. Our tournament is a Festival of Lacrosse. From our standpoint and despite the tournament structure, winning, frankly, is secondary! Please remember that!!

  • Poor sportsmanship, taunting, trash talking, fighting, obscene language or gestures or other unbecoming behavior on the part of players, coaches, parents or fans will not be tolerated.

  • Tournament organizers and officials reserve the right to (i) eject offenders from the game or from the tournament in its entirety, (ii) terminate a game and/or (iii) escort coaches, players, teams or fans from the premises.

  • If a coach is ejected from a game, he must leave the game area immediately. Additionally, he is suspended from his team’s next game and is not allowed in the vicinity of the playing field.

  • If a player is ejected from a game, he must leave the playing area in the accompaniment of his parent(s) or other responsible adult. If a parent or adult is not available, the player must remain in the bench area with his equipment off but his jersey on. Minimally, the player is suspended for the team’s next game, if any, and the player must remain in the bench area during his suspended game without his equipment but wearing his jersey.

  • Only head coaches are permitted to address the officials; coaches are expected to do so in a courteous manner.

  • Any questions or disputes will be discussed only by the head coach and the officials on the field. Disputes will be resolved on the field in the spirit of the game. Determinations of officials are final and binding.

  • All persons involved with the Liberty Lacrosse Shootout 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 SHOOTOUT.

  • PLEASE BE ADVISED WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO FOLLOW UP ON THIS WITH ANY GIVEN PROGRAM’S OFFICERS AND/OR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND HAVE DONE SO IN THE PAST.

  • Coaches are asked to make sure their players clean their bench areas of water bottles and other debris after each game.

BRAVEHEART” TIEBREAKER RULES

  • Each team has a goalie and any 3 field players (A, M, D, LSM, FOGO). Choose well, no substitutions (except for an injury, see below).

  • Officials may inspect field crosses before the tiebreaker begins; no coach-requested checks.

  • Teams defend the same goal they defended in the second half.

  • Teams must use the goalies on the field at the end of regulation.

  • The field players face off at center.

  • Goalies must be behind their restraining lines during the faceoff; goalies may not cross midfield at any time unless a teammate stays back.

  • The first team to score a goal wins.

  • There are no timeouts or substitutions permitted except in the case of injury (in which case the opponent may also sub a player).

  • If a team commits what would normally be a timeserving penalty during the tiebreaker:

    • Play is restarted with the offending player in his defensive half (for a technical foul) or in his defensive restraining area (for a personal foul).

    • The offended team’s field player in possession just outside the attack area.

  • All other standard rules apply, including counts.

  • Have fun, Honor the Game!


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