LALL Middle School Lacrosse Rules
Rules for Boys Lacrosse
The following rules are an excerpt from the National Federation of State High School Associations' 2003 Boys' Lacrosse Rules Book, endorsed by US Lacrosse. For a complete listing of Boys' Lacrosse Rules, including the Rules for Boys' Youth Lacrosse, please refer to the 2003 Boys' Lacrosse Rules Book. Those with questions about the Rules for Boys' Youth Lacrosse should contact US Lacrosse Youth Council Youth Rules Committee chair Reed Schroeder at
Age Definition – Player Eligibility
Youth players will be boys age 15 years and under and further qualify as follows in order to participate in USLYC sanctioned youth lacrosse activities: (a) player has not attained 15 years of age as of December 31 in the year preceding a USL Youth Council sanctioned event; and (b) the player has not participated in any high-school program as a member of a high-school freshmen, junior varsity, or varsity team or practice squad.
Number of Players
10 players per side on the field for “A” Division. However games can be played with as few as 7 per side on the field if coaches agree for “B” Division play.
SECTION 1. Play on regulation size field is preferred, however the coaches and officials can agree to play on any size field available.
SECTION 2. Equipment will conform to NFHS crosse dimensions and equipment requirements, including NOCSAE- approved helmets, with the following exceptions:
a. Arm pads are required at all divisions for each player and are optional for the goalie.
b. Rib pads are strongly recommended!
Responsibilities of the home team
a. Game balls and adequate number of balls must be maintained at the end lines behind the goals during regulation play.
b. Score and time keeper
c. Home teams are responsible for providing ice and contrasting jersey colors and will wear pennies if needed.
Rule 3- Time Factors and Scoring
a. Four quarters, 10 minute stop clock, and sudden victory 4 minute overtime periods will be utilized for both “A” and “B” division play. If agreed by both coaches, “B” games may utilize 10 minute running time per quarter.
b. Overtime- in the event of a tie, two (2) four (4) minute (sudden victory) overtime periods will be played. If, after two (2) overtime periods the score is tie, additional sudden victory overtime periods may be played until a winner is determined; provided time permits and coaches and officials are in agreement.
c. Timeouts-two (2) timeouts are permitted per half. Time outs may be called anywhere on the field with possession of the ball.
Rule 4- Play of the Game
The game is to be played with emphasis on the proper development of stick, team, and sportsmanship skills:
a. All divisions will follow NFHS rules with the following exception: No 10-second count
b. Time serving penalties are enforced and man up situations will occur in the “A” and “B” Team division. In the “B” division the coaches may agree to use alternative structures such as fast breaks or no man down, but mandatory substitution in place of man up situations.
c. In any game and at any point during a game when there is more than a five-point lead (i.e. 7-1) the team that is behind may elect to receive the ball at the midfield line in lieu of a face-off as long as more than a five-point lead is maintained. No face-off is at the option of the trailing team.
d. In any game and at any point during a game when there is more than a five-point lead (i.e. 7-1) the team that is behind may elect to go to a running clock.
Rule 5- Personal and Expulsion Fouls
a. Personal fouls are to be taken seriously, including:
No take-out checks are permitted by any player: Players will be hit, knocked down and bumped, but not forceful take-out checks are permitted. Definition of a Take-out checks: Checks in which the player lowers his head or shoulder or raises his elbow with the force and intent to take out (*put on the ground) the other player, or hits a player below the waist, or hits a player after a running start of greater than 5 yards.
Illegal Body Checking: Occurs when any of the following actions takes place:
a. body checking an opponent who is not in possession of the ball or within five yards of a loose ball.
b. avoidable body check of an opponent after he has passed or shot the ball.
c. body checking an opponent from the rear or at or below the waist.
d. body checking an opponent above the shoulders. A body check must be below the shoulders and above the waist, and both hands of the player applying the body check must remain in contact with his crosse.
Slashing: Occurs when a player's stick viciously contacts an opponent in any area other than the stick or gloved hand on the stick. “Tomahawk” or checks initiated with the stick raising above a players head and one handed checks will be considered slashing in all cases.
Tripping: Occurs when a player obstructs his opponent at or below the waist with the crosse, hands, arms, feet or legs.
Cross Checking: Occurs when a player uses the handle of his crosse between his hands to make contact with an opponent.
Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Occurs when any player or coach commits an act which is considered unsportsmanlike by an official, including taunting, arguing, or obscene language or gestures.
Unnecessary Roughness: Occurs when a player strikes an opponent with his stick or body using excessive or violent force.
In addition to the NFHS rules, any player, spectator or coach who uses derogatory language (starting with damn) on the field or bench, whether addressing a player, coach or referee may receive: first offense, 1 minute non-releasable penalty (penalty will be assessed against the team of the spectator); a 2 minute non-releasable penalty for the second offense; and expulsion from the game and field area for the third offense.
c. Players illegally playing down to any division will be expelled for the season and the team will be eliminated from any playoffs and ineligible for any titles or awards.
Rule 6- Technical Fouls
a. Offensive stalling shall be enforced. The winning team is to keep the ball in the box during the last two minutes of the game.
b. Pushing from behind will be closely enforced.
c. Goalie interference – No part of the goalie and his equipment may be touched that is within the crease cylinder with or without possession of the ball. If the goalie stick is outside of the crease and the goalie does not have possession, the goalies stick may be check. For example, if the goalie has a clamp on the ball outside the crease, a player may slide his stick under the goalies stick to dislodge the ball.