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GIRLS GAME: Updated Rules 2019
by posted 04/29/2019

The following video was produced by US Lacrosse to explain the updated GIRLS rules for 2019.  The presentation will cover lots of basics, so it is 45-minutes long, but you can skip around to specific chapters as you wish.  Of course, it won't hurt to watch it all the way through.  As with any topic, repitition can be helpful in building your LaxIQ!

Please, be very careful while you're on YouTube as there are LOTS of great videos!  If this weather pattern keeps up, we're liable to get more time watching film than actual field time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u06l8t-kmEU

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Food for thought (calorie-free!)
by posted 04/11/2019

https://devzone.positivecoach.org/resource/video/why-its-important-play-other-kids-are-same-age

 

This Positive Coaching group provides a variety of podcasts available for whatever aspect of sports and life interests you.  Here is one on the benefits of having your player stay with their grade level teams.  Check out some others, too.

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EQUIPMENT NEEDS
by posted 03/11/2018

GIRLS must have:

Girl's stick

eye cage

mouth guard, neither white nor clear

uniform (supplied by Cocheco)

cleats

 

BOYS must have:

Boy's stick

Helmet

mouth guard, neither white nor clear

shoulder pads

elbow pads

gloves (with a gauntlet to protect their wrists)

protective cup

uniform (supplied by Cocheco)

cleats

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GIRLS Rules Cheat Sheet
by posted 04/06/2017

 Girls

Grades 1/2 or 8U - Short Field 

Grades 3/4 or 10U – Short Field

Players – 7 versus 7 of which one can be a goalie.   Goals may not be upside down

Players – 7 versus 7 of which one can be a goalie.   Goals may not be upside down

Field – 60-70 yds by 30-40 yds.  (roughly half of regulation)

Field – 60-70 yds by 30-40 yds. (roughly half of regulation)

Halves start with draw – after a goal, the team that was scored on gets the ball on the goal line extended.  All players 4m away.

Halves start with draw – after goal, draw

Three players allowed at draw.  All others to be below 8m arc until after possession.

Markings – Goal Circle, Goal line, 8m arc and Center line – used as restraining line with one back (plus goalie) 

*some fields will have a draw circle

Markings – Goal Circle, Goal line, 8m arc and Center line – used as restraining line with one back (plus goalie) 

*some fields will have a draw circle

Regulation or soft ball.  Eyewear and mouthguard required.

Regulation or soft ball.  Eyewear and mouthguard required.

Goals – 4x4 OR 6’ by 6’

Goals – 4 x 4' OR  6’ by 6’

20-minute halves, running time; No OT

20-minute halves, running time; No OT

Two time outs per game

Two time outs per game

No scoreboard; ref keeps time

No scoreboard; ref keeps time

One Pass Rule (at least)

One Pass Rule (at least)

Cards are not used.  Player might be asked to leave field briefly (for coach discussion) and be replaced.

NO CONTACT.  Intentional or dangerous contact and unsporting conduct are major fouls and player is off field for short time and replaced.

Carded Players might leave field (for coach discussion) and must be replaced.

 

 NO CONTACT – excessive contact cardable

One official required, two recommended.

One coach may be on the field for coaching,

One officials required, two recommended.

Coach on field if lots of newbies.  Cover in pre-game meeting.

Youth Rules
a. Contested ball by two players only.  Third player results in ball being awarded by alternate possession
b. 1 on 1 defense only
c. 3-seconds closely guarded results in a turnover
d. Players may not kick the ball nor cover the ball.  Flicking is allowed, but cross must be vertical.

Youth Rules
a. Contested ball by two players only.  Third player results in ball being awarded by alternate possession
b. 1 on 1 defense only 
c. 3-seconds closely guarded results in a turnover
d. Players may not kick the ball nor cover the ball.  Flicking is allowed, but cross must be vertical.

 

Girls
 

 

12U

14U

 

Players – 12 versus 12 including Goalie

Players – 12 versus 12 including Goalie

 

Field – Regulation: 

60-70' x 90-100'

Field – Regulation: 

60-70' x 90-100'

 

Markings – All Standard HS, including draw circle with line, 8 arc and 12m fan

Markings – All Standard HS, including draw circle with line, 8 arc and 12m fan 

 

Modified checking

Modified checking

 

Offsides:  5 players behind line when ball in offensive end, 4 players behind when ball is in defensive end.

Offsides:  5 players behind line when ball in offensive end, 4 players behind when ball is in defensive end.

 

 

Halves start with draw – after goal, draw.  Mercy Rule Applies at 4 goals.

Players below restraining line may not cross until possession is established.

Halves start with draw – after goal, draw.  Mercy Rule Applies at 4 goals.

Players below restraining line may not cross until possession is established.

 

 

Regulation ball.  Eyewear and mouthguard required.

Regulation ball.  Eyewear and mouthguard required.

 

Goals – as high school 6’ by 6’

Goals – as high school 6’ by 6’

 

One Pass Rule

No Pass Rule

 

25-minute halves, running time

Two (2) three-minute sudden death overtimes.

25-minute halves, stopped time only for last two minutes

Two (2) three-minute sudden death overtimes.

 

Two time outs per game

Two time outs per game

 

Two officials required

Two officials required for full field; one must be adult-rated or above.

 

Keep score using time keeper and score keeper at table

Keep score using time keeper and score keeper at table

 

Carded Player leaves field.  Team plays short 2 minutes for yellow and duration of game for red.

Carded Player leaves field. Team plays short 2 minutes for yellow and duration of game for red.

 

Players may kick the ball to move, but not to score.

Players may kick the ball.

         

 

4.3.2. Pass Rule only applies to 8U, 10U, and 12U.  One attempted pass is required after the ball and the ball carrier completely cross their respective offensive restraining line before a shot can be taken at the goal.  An additional pass is not required until the ball leaves the offensive side of the field beyond the restraining line.  If a shot is taken before the pass is attempted, it is considered a goal circle violation and the ball is awarded to the goal keeper.

 

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Girls Headgear is Optional
by posted 12/13/2016

Please read through.  Copied from the USLax website, hoping to answer more questions than I create.  The short of it is that headgear for girls is optional for all youth players this year; but, it is expected to be mandatory for the 2018 season.  So if you buy, check that what you purchase will still meet next season's standards.  Key note is that some headgear incorporates eye protection, too, so what she'll be most comfortable in over the long-term is an important consideration.  Will provide more specifics asap!  Lisa   

Women's Lacrosse Headgear FAQs

Points of Emphasis

  • The use of headgear is optional in girls' and women's lacrosse.
  • Any headgear used after January 1, 2017 must meet the ASTM standard, F3137.
  • The ASTM standard, F3137, is a performance standard, not a design standard.
  • Product designs will likely vary from one manufacturer to another.
  • Products must provide full coverage of the head.
  • Products must be worn with required ASTM women’s lacrosse eyewear.
  • There must be marking on both the packaging and product that states that the headgear conforms to ASTM standard F3137.

What does the standard mean?
The ASTM standard is the first-ever performance standard for women’s lacrosse headgear, developed to help reduce impact forces associated with stick and ball contact in women’s lacrosse.

Will the new headgear prevent concussions?
The headgear standard was developed to decrease ball- and stick-to-head impact force. No headgear or helmet in any sport has been proven to prevent concussions.

Is the use of headgear required?
No. Headgear remains optional in the US Lacrosse Youth Rule Book and in the USL/NFHS Rule Book.

When will this headgear be available?
Headgear products have begun to be available in the marketplace, as of September 2016. US Lacrosse has created an online listing for headgear models that have submitted a passing report in compliance with ASTM standard F3137.

What does this mean for the 2016 season?
During the remainder of 2016, both current soft headgear allowable under the 2016 rules and any headgear that meets the ASTM standard will be legal for play. US Lacrosse encourages parents, program administrators and athletic directors to contact the manufacturer of gear already purchased for information on compliance to the new standard.

Will the new headgear be soft?
ASTM standard F3137 is not a soft headgear standard and the standard itself makes no mention of the word "soft." However, the testing protocol does require that the product meets a certain flexibility to insure that players who are wearing the product do not injure those who are not.

How much will the new headgear products cost?
Products vary in cost and design. Please contact the headgear manufacturers for more information.

What will the headgear look like?
The ASTM standard requires the headgear to fully cover the head, thus precluding the use of head band type products currently used by some players. All headgear must be worn with required eyewear, and some headgear models have integrated eyewear. The standard has two options, allowing manufacturers to make their headgear with eyewear implemented or a product that is compatible with various eyewear products currently on the market.

For further inquiries, please contact Caitlin Kelley, Women's Game Senior Manager at US Lacrosse, at .

Helpful Link from Cascade and Hummingbird  ... not endorsing, just FYI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BR1t99TPRyw Please don't hesitate to reach out and speak to our customer service team at 1-800-537-1702 Monday - Friday 9am-5pm (EST). Cascade

https://www.hummingbirdsports.com/blog/

 

 
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Officials' Hand Signals -- BOYS GAME
by posted 05/02/2016


Being familiar with these will increase your LaxIQ and greatly increase your enjoyment of every game. Naturally, they differ between the boys and girls games.

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Officials' Hand Signals - GIRLS GAME
by posted 05/02/2016


Being familiar with these increases your LaxIQ and will greatly increase your enjoyment of every game.

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Food for Thought
by posted 03/30/2016

These require zero talent:

 1.  Being on time

 2.  Work ethic

 3.  Effort

 4.  Body Language

 5.  Energy

 6.  Attitude

 7.  Passion

 8.  Being coachable

 9.  Doing extra

10.  Being prepared

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