The Intercollegiate Men’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IMLCA) has given its endorsement to the US Lacrosse Official Rules for Boys’ Youth Lacrosse.

“US Lacrosse is excited to have the support of the IMLCA on this important initiative,” said Rick Lake, senior manager of men’s game administration for US Lacrosse. “Their endorsement shows the commitment of the coaches at the highest level of the sport to proper player development and player safety at all age groups.”

The US Lacrosse youth rules cover competition from the 6U to 14U age groups and have been designed to align with the principles of the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model.

“We are glad to support the US Lacrosse rules set for youth boys' lacrosse,” said J.B. Clarke, president of the IMLCA. “Building a strong foundation for young players to learn the game properly and safely is a good step in the healthy development of our sport.”

In recent years, US Lacrosse rules have limited body and stick checking at the younger age groupings to help players develop better fundamentals while improving player safety. During an annual rules survey deployed after the 2017 season, the first year new checking rules were introduced, the changes received an 85 percent approval rating from parents, coaches and officials.

US Lacrosse Boys' Youth Rules can be accessed via the US Lacrosse web site at

Rule questions can be directed to Rick Lake at [email protected]

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