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Boys Youth Lacrosse Rules – Southwest Virginia
(U7, U9, U11, U13, U15)
Area Youth boys lacrosse programs contract with the Southwest Virginia Lacrosse Officials Association (SWVLOA) to provide boys lacrosse officiating services. For 2011, SWVLOA officials will use the following rules for all contracted boys youth lacrosse contests. In general, contests will use the National Federation of State High School Association Boys Lacrosse 2011 Rules Book and the U.S. Lacrosse Youth Council (USLYC) Boys Rules 15 & under-Current edition with the following modifications.
Rules Modifications for Boys Youth lacrosse in southwest Virginia:
Playing Time for Games
U7 – 10 minute running quarters, no overtime periods
U9 – 6 minute stop/start quarters, (1) 5 minute running clock overtime period, sudden death
U11 – 8 minute stop/start quarters, (1) 5 minute running clock overtime period, sudden death
U13 - 8 minute stop/start quarters, (1) 5 minute running clock overtime period, sudden death
U15 – 10 minute stop/start quarters, (1) 4 minute stop/start overtime period, sudden death
Upon completion of any overtime period with the score remaining tied, the contest ends in a tie.
Each team will be allowed (3) timeouts per game, and (1) timeout for the overtime period.
Play of the Game
Officials will use no time counts leaving the defensive zone or entering the offensive zone for U7, U9, U11. In cases where the officials feel there is a stalling attempt by the possessing team, they will use the “ADVANCE THE BALL” warning.
Regular 20 second and 10 second counts for U13 and U15.
U7, U9 may play 8v8
The alternating possession will used in “scrums” for U7, U9 to get the ball up and back in play.
Stalling warning will be used at 2 minutes for team ahead at all levels.
Fast breaks beginning 5 yards past the midfield line with single whistle for all time serving fouls (U7, U9, U11). Penalized player serves his time with a substitute on the field (no man down).
Time serving fouls will be served for U13 and U15 (man down).
Body checking is NOT permitted at the U7, U9, and U11 levels. Legal body checking is permitted at the U13 and U15 levels and no “take out checks” are allowed at any level. A Player may not hit the opposing player purposely to the ground without making an attempt to dislodge the ball. 5 step rule – no body checks with more than 5 step running start. 1 MIN Illegal Body Check
No wind-up checks past 90 degrees (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15) – 1 MIN SLASH
No one-handed checks (U7, U9, U11, U13, U15) – 1 MIN SLASH
Face off after every goal scored. Exception: If a team leads by 7 or more goals in the second half, the trailing team will get possession of the ball after a goal 5 yards past the midline.
Illegal sticks will be penalized per NHFS Rules. Players must play with rubber butt ends on shafts. Butt end violations disqualify a player’s stick for the game unless corrected.
Players receiving two (2) unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in a game will result in ejection from the game. This rule applies for all head coaches and assistant coaches. If any coach is ejected from a game, that coach must leave the venue. Ejected players are not required to leave the venue.
The Home Team is responsible for wearing contrasting colored jerseys. Example – Home team wearing blue. Visitors show up wearing blue. Home team must adjust their jersey color.
No high school JV or varsity level player is allowed to participate in any Youth lacrosse contest. The coaches and Administrators are responsible for enforcing this rule.
ON SITE GAME ADMINISTRATOR– All youth boys lacrosse contests will have a designated and trained Game Administrator on site for all. The Game Administrator will wear a yellow shirt that identifies him/her as the Game Administrator. Officials will ask each coach before every game to identify the Game Administrator. If there is no Game Administrator, the officials are instructed to delay the start of the game until one is designated by the Home Team coach. If the Home Team fails to provide a Game Administrator, the officials will leave the venue and the home team will be billed for officials as if the game has been played. Game Administrators are asked to pass out copies of these rules/modifications so that fans/parents understand the rules of the game. Officials will work with the head coach of the home team and the Game Administrator to control any fans/spectators that do not adhere to the USLacrosse Code of Conduct.
FANS/SPECTATORS– All fans and spectators will be located across the field from the bench areas. In venues where this is not possible, there must be a 10 yard neutral zone created behind the bench area – marked off with rope – to prohibit fan/spectator entry. Coaches are expected to communicate and enforce this rule. Officials will be instructed to suspend play and/or leave the venue unless the fans/spectators are properly located.
Failure to adhere to the above rules, rules modifications, and Home Team game administration requirements may result in suspension of officials from further contests.