Each year the US Lacrosse Women’s Game Rules Subcommittee meets to review and discuss rule suggestions and new injury data before presenting any rule changes to the board of directors. To make it easier, we’ve compiled highlights on the girls’ rule changes for 2018.

Notable Rule Changes for 2018

  • Player’s sticks may touch the ground over the center circle and restraining line on the draw
  • During the draw, both sticks must be parallel to and above the center line
  • Early starts by players not takin the draw will result in the ball going to the on-offending team at the spot of the ball, not the spot of the foul
  • An illegal draw by a player will result in a free position at the center line with the offending player placed four meters away and illegal draws by both players will result in a redraw
  • Optional use of a 120- yard unified field for both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse to allow schools  the option of lining one set of shared field markings
  • No stick checks during timeouts
  • Table personnel can use a horn to notify officials of a timeout request by a coach

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Stick Stringing Specifications Overview

  • Sticks that are currently legal will remain legal
  • Stringing may start to look different because mesh can now be part of the pocket
  • The on-field pregame stick check will now look at depth and movement on both the front and back facing side of the pocket. 
  • Shooting string rules haven't changed- they must be attached directly to the sidewall

Game Format Overview

A quick reference for the game format for each age group.

 6U
  • Players: 3v3 with no goalie
  • Field Size: 60-70 yards x 35-45 yards (cross field)
  • Equipment: soft-type ball; eyewear allowable but not required
  • Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet
  • Play of Game: No Draw
 8U
  • Players: 4v4 with no goalie
  • Field Size: 60-70 yards x 35-45 yards (cross field)
  • Equipment: soft-type ball; eyewear required
  • Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet
  • Play of Game: No Draw
 10U
  • Players: 8v8 including a goalie
  • Field Size: 60-70 yards x 35-45 yards (cross field)
  • Equipment: NOCSAE lacrosse ball; USL specifications for sticks with modified pocket allowed; eyewear required
  • Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet (5x5 or 4x4 allowable)
  • Play of Game: Players must hold for possession on the draw
     
 12U
  • Players: 8v8 or 12v12, depending on size of field used
  • Field Size: 60-70 yards x 35-45 yards (cross field) or 110-140 yards x 60-70 yards
  • Equipment: NOCSAE lacrosse ball; USL specifications for sticks and pockets; eyewear required
  • Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet
  • Play of Game: Players must hold for possession on the draw
 14U
  • Players: 12v12 includes goalies
  • Field Size: 110-140 yards x 60-70 yards
  • Equipment: Traditional sticks and balls
  • Play of Game: Players must hold for possession on the draw