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2017 LAXFest Rules

 

SYL LAXFEST IS A GRADE BASED TOURNAMENT

 

Boys divisions as follows:

• 3rd - 4th Grade

• 5th - 6th Grade

• 7th - 8th Grade

 

Girls divisions as follows:

• 2nd - 4th Grade

• 5th - 6th Grade**

• 7th - 8th Grade

 

Any team knowingly or unknowingly playing a player in the tournament in the wrong division will face the following penalties:

• 1st offense: player ejected from the tournament and games that player participated in will result in a forfeit.

• 2nd offense: team is disqualified.

All games governed per NFHS and US lacrosse rules. Exceptions and additions to these rules are listed below.

• Pool play points will determine seeding for playoff rounds. Seeding as follows:

  - 3 points for a win 1 point for a tie and no points for a loss.

  - Teams can tie in pool play, no overtime.

  - Tie breakers for pool play will be in the following order.

▪ Head to head

▪ Goal differential - max of 6 goal differential

▪ Goals allowed

▪ Goals scored

▪ Finally coin toss.

 

• Play will consist of 20 minute running halves with a 5-minute halftime. All games will start at top of each hour and a central horn will be used.

• One timeout per half, not in last 2 minutes. Game clock does not stop, but penalty time does stop.

• Overtime in bracket play ONLY. Any playoff/bracket game that ends in a tie, there will be 1 extra period. 4 minutes in duration which will begin 1 minute after the final whistle. First score wins. If the overtime period ends in a tie, another extra period will be used. Extra periods will continue until a winner is determined.

• All substitutions will be on the fly to keep play moving.

• No one handed checks.

• Penalties will be timed at 1 ½ times for running clock (30=45, 60=90 etc)

• Penalty time will not start until player takes a knee in the penalty box and the referee has whistled for play to resume. Penalty time will stop on all timeouts.

  • Mercy Rule: Teams down by 5 goals or more may elect to take the ball at midfield in lieu of a face-off. (pool play only)
  • Any player, coach or fan ejected from a game will not be allowed at any games the rest of the tournament.
  •  Each team is asked to supply one volunteer to help at score table each game.

• The team is responsible for the conduct of its fans. Unruly, disrespectful or threatening fans will be asked to leave the tournament facilities. The team may be penalized for the conduct of its fans.

• Any game suspended after play has begun and is unable to be completed will be recorded with the score at the time of stoppage. Any game not able to be played (weather) will recorded as a 0-0 tie.

• Any forfeit will count as a 1-0 win for the appropriate team.

• Scorecards must be signed by each coach and the referee at the completion of a game. The winning coach is responsible for delivering the scorecard to the timing tent.

 

 

Boys Division Specific Rules:

 

3/4 Boys Division

• No long poles.

  • Limited field (sideways field)
  • 7v7 - offsides enforced (2 players back)
  • US Lacrosse 'small ball' rules apply - raking, limited stick checks (see points of emphasis below), and no body checks. We will use a scrum rule - after the third player joins a scrum the ref will start a 4 count and award the ball by alternate possession.
  • Hot pass rule - local rule - after crossing in to the offensive half of the field OR gaining possession in the offensive half of the field the offense must ATTEMPT ONE PASS. If the defense gains possession then loses it or the ball goes out of bounds, the offense must again 'get hot'. Refs will encourage the players to 'get hot' and raise their arm with a 'hot' call when the offense has attempted a pass.

 

     5/6 Boys Division

US Lacrosse youth rules apply - in particular limited stick checks (see points of emphasis below) and no body checks

No advancement rules will apply

Limit of 3 long poles

 

7/8 Boys Division

• 7/8 will play with the 20/10 failure to advance rules.

• Last 2 minutes of the game, winning team must keep the ball in the box, enforced in the 7/8 division only.

 

The lead official and tournament directors will be available during games for any issues that arise that are not able to be handled by the on field officials. Please use the horn at the scorers table to signal for assistance. While supervising games the lead official has the authority to act as an referee.

Additionally, the lead official will shadow refs during game play to ensure teams receive the highest level officiating possible. Most of our officials are High School players who do a great job. Please treat them with respect.

 

Lastly - US Lacrosse points of emphasis:

1. Violent Collisions

2. Slashing - 5/6 and below: In all cases, stick checks must be made with two hands on the crosse and to the crosse of an opponent or his gloved hand on his crosse. An opponent must be in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball. Only checks with the crosse listed below are legal:

  1. Lift the bottom hand or the head of the stick, whichever is below the chest area. (b) Poke the bottom hand or the head of the stick, whichever is below the chest area. (c) Downward check initiated from below both players' shoulders.

3. Sportsmanship

 

For further clarification please see http://www.uslacrosse.org/rules/boys-rules.aspx

 

Ultimately the coach is responsible for knowing and following these rules as well as for the behavior and actions of their team.

For situations not addressed by NFHS or the above rules: the lead official will have the final say.

 

 

 

Girls Division Specific Rules:

 

2-4th Grade Girls Division

• Limited field (sideways field)

• 7v7 - offsides enforced (2 players back behind restraining line),

• 3x3 goal, no goalie

• US Lacrosse 'small ball' rules apply: No checking, 3 seconds closely guarded (offense)

Draws will be used to start the game and the half as well as following all goals unless the score differential is at or greater than 5 points.  

Following a missed shot, when the ball comes to rest in the crease, a defensive player will be asked to pick up the deadball.  That player will be placed at the goal line extended hash mark with possession.  Her defender will be placed in front of her by 4 meters.  All other players will be asked to give 4 meters clearance, and a whistle will resume play.

• Hot pass rule will be enforced; 1 attempted pass will be required on the offensive side of the field before a team can legally shoot from the time that team is awarded possession and from a transition of possession.  

• Substitutions allowed at any time during play

• Mercy Rule: Teams down by 5 goals or more may elect to take the ball at midfield in lieu of a draw. (pool play only)

• A loose ball shall be contested by no more than 3 players. If a fourth player comes into the scrum, then the whistle will be blown and the ball will be awarded via alternate possession. Kicking of the ball is not permitted.  The official shall stop play and award the ball via Alternating Possession Rules.

 

    5/6 Division** (not enough teams for a tournament)

• Modified checking is not allowed, 3 seconds closely guarded (offense)

• US Lacrosse (12U) youth rules apply

 

7/8 Division

• Games shall be played with modified checking. Full checking is not allowed. 3 seconds closely guarded (offense)

 

The lead official and tournament directors will be available during games for any issues that arise that are not able to be handled by the on field officials. Please use the horn at the scorers table to signal for assistance. While supervising games the lead official has the authority to act as a referee.

 

Lastly - US Lacrosse points of emphasis:

1. Dangerous Follow Through

2. Dangerous Propelling

3. Sportsmanship

 

For further clarification please see http://www.uslacrosse.org/rules/girls-rules

 

Ultimately the coach is responsible for knowing and following these rules as well as for the behavior and actions of their team.

For situations not addressed by NFHS or the above rules: the lead official will have the final say.