To help girls in grades 1-8 who live in Dover or Sherborn learn to play and enjoy lacrosse.

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Welcome to DS Girls Lacrosse!
If you’ve never watched a girls’ youth lacrosse game, we thought we’d offer some help...
 
Pre-game
  • Please sit on other side of field from bench; otherwise it’s too distracting for players.
  • Make sure girls have goggles, mouth-guards and no jewelry.  Newly pierced ears cannot be covered with band-aids; umpires will insist they come out.
 
The game
  • Grade 3/4 plays 10v10 on the field – 3 Attack (left, center, right), 3Midfield (left, center, right), 3Defense (left, center, right) and a Goalie.  Left/Right as you face the goal you are attacking. Note that we encourage everyone to try goalie, even if they think they’ll be bad!
  • Game time = two 20-minute halves, running clock (does not stop for goals)
  • A “draw” starts each half and starts play after each goal (if 4 goal differential, trailing team can receive free position at midfield if they choose).  If you’ve played boys lax or hockey, please don’t call the draw a “face off.” 
  • Just like soccer or basketball, if ball goes out of bounds, the other team gets possession… unless it was a shot.  On a shot, if ball goes out, player closest to ball gets possession.
  • Our league has a 3-pass rule.  No player may shoot on goal until her team has attempted or completed three passes. Umpires use their judgment in determining what is a legitimate pass; they (not coaches or parents) are responsible for audibly counting pass completions. Please don’t yell, "shoot!” or "go to goal!"
  • Players must freeze on whistle.
  • Substitutions are done on the fly, not on a whistle.  (opposite of soccer)
  • There will be a lot of whistles.  The Umpires are all about safety and teaching the girls good habits.  Fouls are explained below.
 
Sportsmanship
  • Be a good influence on the sideline:  give encouragement, be positive, remember it’s about fun, reinforce positive behavior, don't be a sideline coach or umpire.
  • Our league does not keep track of wins/losses or standings. Home team keeps score for the umpire (in case of 4 goal differential) but scores are not posted or announced -- either during or after the game.  Parents are discouraged from keeping score.  However, the girls usually know if they win or lose and should learn to do both with respect.
  • Teams will adjust their play if the game is lopsided (e.g. more passes before shooting)
Fouls
Major Fouls are anything considered dangerous.  Examples:
  • * Slash (reckless/dangerous swing whether or not contact is made) * Mandatory card
  • * Dangerous follow-through & dangerous propel on shot * Mandatory card
  • Obstruction of free space to the goal aka “shooting space.” (You will see this a lot.) In other words, defender cannot be a “second goalie.”  If this is called while a goal is being scored, the goal is called back and the ball is given to the shooter at the 8M arc. There is no “held whistle” to see if a goal is scored; it would only encourage girls to shoot straight through the defender. 
  • 3-second rule (like basketball, in 8M Arc, defender must be within 1 stick length to attacker)
  • Dangerous shot (to goalie’s head)
  • Checking in Grade 3/4
  • Offensive foul: charge, backing into goal, illegal pick, pushing off
Cards
  • Yellow card = out for 2 minutes; team plays man down.
  • Red card = player is out for game.
Minor Fouls are anything not dangerous/not going to hurt anyone.  Examples:
  • Cover (cover a ground ball with foot or stick, rake the ball into the stick)
  • Illegal ball off body (kicking it, hitting it, etc.)
  • Empty crosse check (often happens during battles for ground balls)
  • Goal-circle foul (stick or body cannot cross goal circle line)
 
If you have any questions, please ask your coach.  Everyone is still learning!
Have a great season!