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Contents

1 AYL LACROSSE BOARD OF DIRECTOR GUIDELINES..............................................................................................2

1.1 LACROSSE BOARD VICE PRESIDENT..............................................................................................................................2 1.2 LACROSSE BOARD SECRETARY ....................................................................................................................................2 1.3 LACROSSE SCHEDULER ..............................................................................................................................................2 1.4 MEMBER CLUB INFORMATION ...................................................................................................................................3 1.5 RULE CHANGES .......................................................................................................................................................3 1.6 SEASON SCHEDULE REQUIREMENTS.............................................................................................................................4 1.7 EVALUATION OF OFFICIALS ........................................................................................................................................4 1.8 PROTEST PROCESS ...................................................................................................................................................4

1.8.1 Protest Guidelines .......................................................................................................................................4

1.9 CONCUSSION CERTIFICATION .....................................................................................................................................5

2 PARTICIPATION STANDARDS .............................................................................................................................6

2.1 AGE REQUIREMENTS ................................................................................................................................................6

2.1.1 Proof of Grade.............................................................................................................................................7 2.1.2 Grade Play-Ups/Play-Downs.......................................................................................................................7 2.1.3 Conferences ................................................................................................................................................8

2.2 CONFERENCES GUIDELINES ........................................................................................................................................8 2.3 PLAY-OFFS .............................................................................................................................................................9

3 ROSTERS..........................................................................................................................................................10

3.1 OFFICIAL AYL ROSTERS...........................................................................................................................................10 3.2 LACROSSE ROSTERS STANDARDS ...............................................................................................................................11 3.3 ROSTER CHANGES ..................................................................................................................................................11

3.3.1 Roster Mix Remediation............................................................................................................................11 3.3.2 Roster Moves ............................................................................................................................................11 3.3.3 Roster Add On ...........................................................................................................................................11 3.3.4 Roster Violations .......................................................................................................................................12 3.3.5 Grandfathered Rosters..............................................................................................................................12 3.3.6 Roster Team ..............................................................................................................................................13

4 RULES OF PLAY ................................................................................................................................................14

4.1 EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS....................................................................................................................................14

4.1.1 Mouth Guards...........................................................................................................................................14 4.1.2 Eye Black ...................................................................................................................................................14 4.1.3 Crosse Dimensions ....................................................................................................................................15 4.1.4 Official Lacrosse Ball .................................................................................................................................15

4.2 FIELD REQUIREMENTS.............................................................................................................................................15

4.2.1 Field Size ...................................................................................................................................................15

4.2.2 Coaches and Players Box...........................................................................................................................16

4.3 GAME PLAY GUIDELINES .........................................................................................................................................16

4.3.1 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade (U7/U8/U9) Substitutions .............................................................................................17 4.3.2 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade (U7/U8/U9) One Pass Rule ...........................................................................................17 4.3.3 Length of Games .......................................................................................................................................17 4.3.4 Advancing the Ball ....................................................................................................................................17 4.3.5 Number of Players/Delays ........................................................................................................................18 4.3.6 Personal Fouls/Ejections/..........................................................................................................................18 4.3.7 Mercy Rule ................................................................................................................................................21 4.3.8 Game Times/Location ...............................................................................................................................21 4.3.9 Game Officials...........................................................................................................................................21

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4.3.10 Roster of Players .....................................................................................................................................21 4.3.11 Uniforms .................................................................................................................................................22 4.3.12 Postponed Games ...................................................................................................................................22 4.3.13 Rescheduling of Games...........................................................................................................................22 4.3.14 Sideline Safety.........................................................................................................................................22 4.3.15 Home Team.............................................................................................................................................23 4.3.16 Tie Breaker Rules.....................................................................................................................................23 4.3.17 MINI PLAY-OFF GAMES ...........................................................................................................................23

5 SPORTSMANSHIP.............................................................................................................................................24

5.1 EXAMPLE CODE OF CONDUCT ..................................................................................................................................25

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February 1, 2019
Dear Arapahoe Youth League Families and Volunteers:

The Arapahoe Youth League (AYL) was established in 1967 and over time has experienced a good deal of growth and change over the last 52 years. The one thing that has not changed is the way we do business as a youth sports organization. Our commitment to integrity and ethical behavior in everything we do has enabled the AYL to establish a reputation of high character and commitment to our communities. This way of providing the best youth sports experience to the children of our community is vital to maintaining the respect and trust of our volunteers, commissioners, competition and most importantly our children.

It is my hope and expectation that the AYL Lacrosse Rules will be marginalized by the way we conduct ourselves at a higher standard in the course of each season, not because we mandate it, but because it is the right thing to do for our children.

AYL Lacrosse will be a celebration of our commitment to all of the children in our communities.

Sincerely,

Craig Randall
President Arapahoe Youth League

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1 AYL Lacrosse Board of Director Guidelines

The AYL Lacrosse Board of Directors will be responsible for establishing and enforcing specific rules, and coordinating all Lacrosse related activities. The Board is comprised of one representative from each participating Member Club, a sport Vice President, and a sport Secretary.

1.1 Lacrosse Board Vice President

The Lacrosse Board Vice President will be responsible for the oversight of the sport specific board in accordance with all AYL By-Laws, General Principles of Operation, fiduciary responsibility and sport specific rules. The Sport Board Vice President will report into the AYL President for all issues that are presented to the Board of Directors. The representatives; from each participating Member Club, elect the Lacrosse Board Vice President to a Two-year term

Current Lacrosse Board Vice President (Term 2014-2019)

Craig Randall

1.2 Lacrosse Board Secretary

The Lacrosse Board Secretary is responsible for roll call, meeting minutes, and the administration of all league paperwork. Representative of each participating Member Club selects the Secretary.

2019 Lacrosse Board Secretary

Kristen Coffey

1.3 Lacrosse Scheduler

The Lacrosse Scheduler is responsible for scheduling all regular season, makeup and playoff and championship games. This also includes the rescheduling of any games that have been cancelled.

2019 Lacrosse Scheduler

Rob Gormley

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1.4 Member Club Information

If you believe you have an issue that needs AYL Board attention please contact your club representative first, if you do not get a response in a timely fashion please send an email to the VP of Lacrosse (Section 1.2). In the event you have an issue with registration, rules of play or questions regarding lacrosse please contact your club representative.

Club contact information can be found on the AYL Website: www.aylsports.org1.5 Rule Changes

  1. a)  Member clubs may submit rule changes, new rules, modifications, and additions for the next season during the current season only. The current season is defined from Oct 1stthrough September 31st. Clarification: Rules submitted after September 31st 2015 will take effect starting Oct. 1st 2016. All rules (new rules, modifications, and additions) require at least one week for review by member clubs. Rules must be submitted and seconded during an approved AYL Lacrosse Board meeting, allowing at least one week for review before a final vote can be approved.

  2. b)  The Board of Directors will take no action on submitted rule changes for the current season unless a National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) rule creates undue hardship and/or expense for the member Clubs and participants. Thirty (30) days or more must remain prior to the first game of the respective season in which the proposed NFHS rule would affect the clubs.

  3. c)  The Lacrosse Sport Board has an unstated goal of being consistent and extremely accurate in all endeavors throughout the entire lacrosse season. Should obvious errors occur in the creation, application, or omission of our lacrosse specific rules and the result is inconsistent with the stated purpose of serving the youth or our territories, the Lacrosse Sport board reserves the right to make any corrections, additions, or deletions of our sport specific rules as the Lacrosse Sport Board sees fit. The approval of any change to the current rules within the 30 period prior to the start of the season or during the season will require a Super Majority (>65% in favor) vote of all Member Clubs in good standing.

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1.6 Season Schedule Requirements

The AYL Board of Directors shall have the right to change the following dates.

  • The 1st game may start as early as Saturday in mid-March.

  • The Season may be played on the last Saturday of May.

  • Games may be played on Sundays.

  • Mini play-offs will be played on Sunday after the last game.

    PLEASE NOTE – THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE THAT PLAYOFFS WILL INCLUDE SUNDAY GAMES!

    1.7 Evaluation of Officials

    The AYL Lacrosse Board in conjunction with the League Head Official continuously strives to improve the quality of our game officials. This effort requires that all Head Coaches must complete the AYL Official’s Evaluation Form upon conclusion of every game. This allows the Head Coach and coaching staff to evaluate each game official individually as well as provide an evaluation of the officiating crew as a single entity. The Lacrosse Sport Board will receive regular reports on the performance of all of our officials. Further, the Lacrosse Sport Board and the Head Official to assign game officials for our play-offs and Championships will use these official ratings.

    1.8 Protest Process

    Should the Head coach feel that a violation of the rules has occurred during a game, the protesting Head Coach or Member Club Delegate may file a Formal Protest. The Protesting Head coach and their Member Club Delegate must follow the Protest Process completely. Lack of adherence to this process will render the Protest invalid. The entire process is detailed in the AYL General Principles of Operation, Rule 6. This Lacrosse Rule only provides an overview of the AYL Protest process. Refer to AYL General Principles of Operation, Rule 6.

    1.8.1 Protest Guidelines

  • ONLY RULE VIOLATIONS ARE PROTESTABLE! Judgment decisions by officials are not something that can be protested.

  • When the occurrence of an alleged rule violation has occurred, the protesting Head Coach must immediately notify the Head Official and the opposing Head Coach that they are protesting the game.

  • The Protesting Head Coach also must immediately complete the “AYL Lacrosse Protest

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Form”, sign the form and have the Head Official and the opposing Head coach sign as well.

Each party will receive a copy of the signed AYL Protest Form.

  1. The Protesting Head Coach must contact their Member Club Delegate immediately following

    the conclusion of the game in question.

  2. Protests must be filed at the point in time of the alleged rule violation – any attempt to protest

    a game after its conclusion or later in time will not be heard by the AYL Lacrosse Board.

1.9 Concussion Certification

A bipartisan bill to help protect youth athletes with concussions was signed into law on March 29th, 2011 by Governor John Hickenlooper. Senate Bill 40 named the "Jake Snakenberg Youth Concussion Act" in honor of a past Arapahoe Youth League Player who died as a result of multiple concussions, helps protect youth athletes. The AYL is proud of this bill and Jake will be forever remembered in our league.

It is a mandate that all coaches are required to participate and verify that they have adequate met the requirement of attending concussion training. This training can be attended online, for free by going to http://www.nfhslearn.com/electiveDetail.aspx?courseID=15000. Upon successful completion of this training, you will be given the opportunity to print out a certificate of participation. This is mandatory to be a head coach in the AYL.

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2 Participation Standards

The AYL Lacrosse Program uses grade as the Participation Standards:

2.1 Age Requirements

The AYL Lacrosse Program is now grade based as of Spring 2019. No player in High School may play AYL Lacrosse.

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2.1.1 Proof of Grade

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If age/grade is questioned, an official report card must be presented.
See rule 3.3.4 Roster Violations for rules around any infraction regarding age and roster issues.2.1.2 Grade Play-Ups/Play-Downs

Players may play-up one grade at the discretion of the Member Club. The Lacrosse Sport Board must approve players wanting to play up two grades.

A player MAY be allowed to “Play Down” one grade with approval from the AYL Lacrosse board if they meet the June 1st birthdate guideline.

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2.1.3 Conferences

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It is the goal of the AYL lacrosse board to have like talent levels competing against each other each season. The AYL lacrosse board will make best effort towards dividing each age group into multiple conferences with the goal of playing like “talent” and “experience” levels against each other.

The Four Conferences will be: Red, Silver, White and Blue
The final placement of all teams in each grade division will be at the discretion of the AYL

Lacrosse board.

2.2 Conferences Guidelines

  1. The Red conference is the most competitive level of play in the AYL and will have divisions from 3rd grade through 8th grade. The Silver Conference is the next most competitive level of play and will have divisions from 3rd grade through 8th grade. The White conference is the next level and will have divisions from 2nd grade through 8thgrade. The Blue conference is intended as an early level of competition & will have divisions from 1st grade through 8th grade.

  2. The Red, Silver, White and Blue conferences will have separate play-offs and Championships if applicable.

  3. The Championships teams of each conference will move up to compete at the next higher conference level next season. If a club has 3 teams or more in an age division, they should use best efforts to field at least one Red level conference team.

  4. Any Red, Silver, White or Blue conference team may switch conferences by petitioning the Lacrosse Sport Board prior to game scheduling.

  5. All conferences will use strength of schedule (ranking from last year) for scheduling. If a conference in a division has less than nine (9) teams, then they will need to play some teams twice.

  6. New teams will be added to the Blue conference. In an age division the Red, Silver, White and Blue conferences will contain a minimum of five (5) teams and at the discretion of the Sport VP may have more than nine (9) teams for scheduling purposes. If the age division cannot field at least five (5) teams, then all will be rolled into one division. A SILVER, WHITE or BLUE conference team may petition the AYL Board to be included in a higher conference, thus, increasing the number of teams in the RED conference. The AYL Board will review the number of teams in both conferences along

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with other circumstances. The AYL Board may reject the petition, expand the number of teams in the RED conf., or swap teams in the RED, SILVER, WHITE, or BLUE conferences at the board’s discretion.

  1. A RED conf. team (last year) will always rank higher than a SILVER WHITE or BLUE conf. team (last year). If a SILVER, WHITE or BLUE conf. team moves to the RED conf. then they will be at the bottom of the RED rankings. If an RED conf. team swaps with a SILVER conf. team they will be seeded 3rd in the SILVER conf.

  2. Any teams wanting to enter the AYL that have played Lacrosse together in another league must enter the AYL no lower than the top WHITE conference team. A team consists of a head coach and four (4) players that have played together the previous year.

2.3 Play-Offs

  1. The top eight (8) teams in each conference for 1st through 8th grade divisions will qualify for the playoffs.

  2. At the discretion of the Lacrosse Sport Board, additional teams may qualify for the play- offs.

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3 Rosters

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In accordance with the AYL General Principles of Operation, the AYL Lacrosse Board has established roster guidelines that include players from within a Member Club territory boundary and players from outside the Member Club territory boundary. This “roster mix” of inside territory and outside territory players is outlined below:

See Rule 3 Zoning, Paragraph A, Line 1A of the AYL General Principles of Operation for the definition of in territory player designation.

3.1 Official AYL Rosters

  1. Member Clubs are responsible for preparing official AYL Rosters using the AYL form provided by the Lacrosse Secretary. At a date set by the VP, each Member Club will provide the Lacrosse Secretary with an electronic copy of each roster.

  2. Member Clubs are responsible for submitting their official AYL Rosters on the date and time designated by the Lacrosse VP. Member Clubs will be fined $250 for each roster not submitted on the date and time designated by the Lacrosse VP.

  3. Member Clubs are responsible for submitting completed and accurate official AYL Rosters. Member Clubs will be fined $10 for each incomplete or blank field on the official AYL Roster.

  4. Out of territory players will be identified on the AYL Roster utilizing Bold type on the official roster form

  5. A team may be formed from two or more Member Clubs who cannot absorb additional players under the following conditions:

    1. Each member club roster must be full (minimum of 22 players in that age group).

    2. As a guideline each club wishing to combine players will have to have 6 players

      without a team to play.

    3. The formed team must participate in the White, Silver, or Red conference.

    4. The sport board must approve the roster.

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3.2 Lacrosse Rosters Standards

This “roster mix” of inside territory and outside territory players is 70% for the Blue, White and Silver conference teams. The “roster mix” of inside territory and outside territory players is 50% for Red conference teams only.

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Roster Size

Maximum OUT of Territory Players

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16

4

17-19

5

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20+

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3.3 Roster Changes

Rosters must maintain the minimum number of in territory players at all times. If a roster falls below the minimum number of in territory players, it is the responsibility of the Member Club to bring the roster back into compliance with the roster mix requirement. An illegal roster can be protested.

3.3.1 Roster Mix Remediation

If an in territory player quits for reasons other than season ending injury (a note from a Doctor is required), and that causes the roster to be in violation of the roster mix, a new in territory player must be added to make the roster legal. Note that new players may not be added after the 4thgame of the season.

3.3.2 Roster Moves

Generally, no roster moves will be allowed after DOB the official rosters are submitted to the Lacrosse Secretary. However, until Formal Roster Sign-off by the Lacrosse VP, changes may be proposed and voted on by the Lacrosse Board.

3.3.3 Roster Add On

  1. After rosters have been submitted to the Lacrosse Secretary, new players may be added up to the fourth (4th) game of the season.

  2. The Member Club must file a Roster Add On form with the Lacrosse Secretary for any new player added to a roster. A fee of $10 will be assessed to the Member Club for each

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3.3.4 Roster Violations

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  • The Lacrosse Sport Board will decide if a violation of the AYL roster policy has occurred. If a roster violation is found, the following will occur:

  • For the first offense, the Head Coach is suspended for one (1) game, and the Member Club is fined $100.

  • For the second offense, the Head Coach is suspended for one (1) year, the Member Club is fined $500, and the team is ineligible for any post-season playoffs.

  • For the third offense, the Member Club delegate is suspended for one (1) year.3.3.5 Grandfathered Rosters

    Official AYL rosters from the 2013 lacrosse season are grandfathered. These rosters are not subject to the in territory player roster mix provided that the rosters remain identical for subsequent Lacrosse seasons until they graduate from the AYL Lacrosse Program. Current Rosters will indicate Grandfathered players via “GF” added at the end of the player name section.

    Players from a previously approved AYL roster will be Grandfathered “Grandfathered” to stay with the Member Club for which they previously played, as long as they were Grandfathered in territory players on the previous roster, even if the family moves to another Club’s territory. This also includes younger siblings of the “Grandfathered” players that may not yet have participated in AYL Lacrosse. Member Clubs wishing to “grandfather” a player or sibling will be required to provide an approved roster from the same sport, in which the player or player’s sibling was approved as an in territory player. These “Grandfathered” players will be Grandfathered as Home Area players for the purpose of determining the roster mix on a specific Team roster.

    In order to remain as a “Grandfathered” player, the player must continue to play with the same Member Club for that sport without a break. Should the “Grandfathered” player cease to play for their original Member Club in that sport or chose to play for the Member Club in their new territory, they will no longer be considered “Grandfathered” and will be subject to the roster rules above.

    A Member Club may add a player to a Grandfathered roster. No out of territory players may be added to the roster until the roster conforms.

    If an out of territory player drops from a Grandfathered roster, the out of territory player must be replaced with an in territory player until the roster is compliant.

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3.3.6 Roster Team

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  1. When two or more teams are merged, the “new team’s” name (and schedule seeding) will be determined based by the team color with the largest number of players returning from the previous year’s roster. If the new team has a roster with a majority of new players, i.e. players that did not play in the previous year for that club, that team will be identified as a “new team”, with a new team designation, and seeded into the season schedule appropriately. All proposed “new team” final rosters will be reviewed by the Lacrosse Sport Board to determine that all roster criteria have been met. Rosters for “new teams” that have been reviewed and accepted by the Lacrosse Sport Board will carry the Sport VP’s or Secretary’s initials on the Official Roster near the Team’s Division, name, and color description. If a Club has an existing team that they wish to change the team designation of without any change in schedule seeding, the Club must be petition for approval by the Lacrosse Sport Board. If approved by the Lacrosse Sport Board, the Official Roster of the team involved will show both the “new” and the “old” team name on the roster form.

  2. An existing team name or team color is defined as 40% or more returning players from the previous year’s roster. Refer to chart below:

Previous Year’s Roster Number

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# of Returning Players that Define Existing Team

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6

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17

7

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18

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19

8

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8

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22

9

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24

10

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4 Rules of Play

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The AYL Lacrosse Rules of Play shall follow the National Federation of State High School Athletic Association and US Lacrosse 2019 Rules unless specifically stated in this document.

4.1 Equipment Requirements

Equipment shall conform to NFHS requirements, including gloves, arm pads, shoulder pads, mouth piece, shoes, and NOCSAE approved helmets, which must be properly fitted and worn, with the following modifications:

It is recommended that all goalkeepers wear arm pads.

NOTE: Many coaches believe youth level goalkeepers benefit from wearing shin, knee, and thigh pads. Such pads are authorized for youth play, so long as they do not significantly increase the Size of the limb protected (e.g., no ice hockey, field hockey, or box lacrosse goalie pads)

A protective cup is required for all players.

NOTE: The officials are not required to inspect the wearing of a protective cup, and may rely on the coach’s certification and/or a player’s statement regarding satisfaction of this requirement.

Rib pads are recommended for all players.

4.1.1 Mouth Guards

  1. Mouth guards are mandatory. No warning need be given.

  2. The mouth guard must be of any readily visible color, other than white or clear.

4.1.2 Eye Black

Eye black can be used but cannot have numbers or letters.

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4.1.3 Crosse Dimensions

AYL recommends that coaches assess players’ size, strength, and skill in determining proper long crosse length for defense players, within NFHS rules. Crosse dimensions will conform to NFHS or NCAA requirements, with the following modifications:

4.1.3.1 5th Grade (U11)

The length of the crosse for field players may be 37 to 42 inches or 47 to 54 (“long crosse” for purposes of NFHS RULE 2 SECTION 1 ARTICLE 2). Many coaches find that the use of a 37 to 42 inch crosse is best for players’ defensive development in the Division

4.1.3.2 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th (U7, U8, U9, U10)
The length of all crosses for all field players shall be 37 to 42 inches.

4.1.4 Official Lacrosse Ball

The ball shall be white, yellow, orange, or lime green and meet NOCSAE lacrosse ball standard. White balls shall be used unless both coaches agree prior to or during the game to use a yellow, orange, or lime green ball. Game balls shall be supplied by the home team. NOTE: Beginning in 2014, all game balls must include labeling which states: “Meets NOCSAE Standard

4.2 Field Requirements

The AYL Lacrosse Field Requirements shall follow the National Federation of State High School Athletic Association unless specifically stated in this document.

4.2.1 Field Size

Play on regulation size field is preferred; however, the coaches and officials may agree to play on any size field available. If a game is played with reduced numbers (e.g. 7 per side) it is recommended that field size be reduced as well

At Kindergarten/1st & 2nd Grade games will be played on a smaller field if available. Field size should be: 80x50 crease is 12 yards from end line.

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4.2.2 Coaches and Players Box

Only Coaches, Asst. Coaches, players will be allowed INSIDE this area.

At the 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade (U7/U8/U9) level, one coach per team may be allowed on the field during play to provide instruction during the game. Coaches are required to be on the opposite alley of the field, opposite of their teams bench and cannot cross the midfield line. They should not get in the way of players or officials.

4.3 Game Play Guidelines

Officials will meet with both teams, separately or together, near the team areas to explain any special ground rules, emphasize safety and fair play, and remind players that they must be properly equipped with mouthpiece in place at all times on the playing field. At this time the game officials will convey the equipment, safety, and fair play information, in addition to explaining any special ground rules as required under NFHS Rule 4-2.

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4.3.1 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade (U7/U8/U9) Substitutions

For 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade, stop play substitutions can occur approximately every 4 minutes when the officials have suspended play for a penalty, after the ball has gone out of bounds or other natural stop of play. The clock will not stop for these substitutions.

4.3.2 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade (U7/U8/U9) One Pass Rule

In the 1st, 2nd, 3rd grade divisions, one attempted pass is required in the offensive end before shooting. NOTE:

  • The pass has to be a legitimate overhand pass attempt; any blatant roll will not be considered a pass. Completed clearing pass, over midfield line or a pass attempt in the offensive zone, only during change of possession. Goalie can't score on himself.

  • If a penalty occurs while a player is “hot”, they are still “hot”. The penalty does not affect this. The only time you don’t become “hot” is at change of possession.

    4.3.3 Length of Games4.3.3.1 All Ages

    Game will consist of four 12-minute running time quarters (clock stops only for a team timeout, an official’s timeout, or an injury timeout).

    The Final Two Minute stalling rule shall be ENFORCED for 6-8th Grade Divisions

    4.3.3.2 Overtime

    In the event of a tie, one 4-minute sudden victory overtime period will be played. In sudden victory overtime, each team is entitled to one timeout. (Clock stops only for a team timeout, an official’s timeout, or an injury timeout).

    Playoffs or Championship games will be played until a winner is determined.

    4.3.4 Advancing the Ball

    7th and 8th Grade (U13/U15)

    The defensive 20-Second count will be used The offensive 10-second count will be used

    No count will be used at all other levels.

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4.3.5 Number of Players/Delays

Two teams with 10 players per side on the field, however games can be played with as few as seven (9) players on the field for grades 2 – 8.
K/1st Grade teams will play with 7 players each on the field.

Teams must appear on the field promptly and any unnecessary or willful delay will result in the forfeiture of the game. Within 10 minutes of the scheduled game time, each team must have all eligible players on the field to start the game; otherwise the offending Club will forfeit the game unless the game has been officially postponed.

4.3.6 Personal Fouls/Ejections/

In keeping with the overarching emphasis on player safety and sportsmanship at the youth level, AYL enforces stricter enforcement of the Cross Check, Illegal Body Check, Checks Involving the Head/Neck, Slashing, Unnecessary Roughness, and Unsportsmanlike Conduct rules than is common at the high school level.

4.3.6.1 Illegal Body Check

A body check that targets a player in a defenseless position. This includes but is not limited to: (i) body checking a player from his “blind side”; (ii) body checking a player who has his head down in an attempt to play a loose ball; and (iii) body checking a player whose head is turned away to receive a pass, even if that player turns toward the contact immediately before the body check.

PENALTY:

Two-or three-minute non-releasable foul, at the official’s discretion. An excessively violent

violation of this rule may result in an ejection.

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4.3.6.2 TAKE-OUT CHECK/EXCESSIVE BODY-CHECK

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  1. Take-Out Checks/Excessive Body-Checks are prohibited at every age level. A Take-

  2. Out Check/Excessive Body-Check is defined as:

  3. Any body-check in which the player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to put the other player on the ground

  4. Any body-check considered more aggressive or more physical than necessary to stop the advancement of the player carrying the ball or to keep or move a player away from a loose ball. This includes but is not limited to:

  5. Any check in which a player makes contact with sufficient force and intent to knock down the opposing player;

  6. Any check in which a player makes contact with sufficient force and intent to injure the opposing player; and (iii) any check made in a reckless or intimidating manner.

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PENALTY:
Two-or three-minute non-releasable foul, at the official’s discretion. An excessively violent violation of this rule may result in an ejection.

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An avoidable body-check of an opponent after he has passed or shot the ball is an illegal body check.

6th, 7th, 8th Grade (U15/U13/U12)

Limited Body Checking is permitted

1st-5th Grade (U11/U10/U9/U8/U7)

No body checking of any kind is permitted
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Legal pushes are allowed. In all loose ball situations players should “play the ball,” but incidental contact, “boxing out”, or screening techniques during such play shall not be considered a violation of this rule. If a loose ball is not moving, stuck, or the players are having difficulty picking the ball up the referee may re-start play following the alternate possession rule.

4.3.6.4 Checks Involving the Head/Neck

A player shall not initiate contact to an opponent’s head or neck with a cross-check, or with any part of his body (head, elbow, shoulder, etc.). Any follow through that contacts the head or neck shall also be considered a violation of this rule.

A player shall not initiate an excessive, violent, or uncontrolled slash to the head/neck.

A player, including an offensive player in possession of the ball, shall not block an opponent with the head or initiate contact with the head (known as spearing).

PENALTY:
Two-or three-minute non-releasable foul, at the official’s discretion. An excessively violent violation of this rule may result in an ejection.

4.3.6.5 One-Handed Checks

Any one-handed check shall be considered a slash, whether or not it makes contact with the opposing player. NOTE: This restriction applies to 1st-6th Grade players in 2019.

A one-handed check will be permitted at 7th and 8th Grade only. .
4.3.6.6 Unnecessary Roughness

An excessively violent infraction of the rules against holding and pushing. Deliberate and excessively violent contact made by a defensive player against an offensive player who has established a screening position.

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Any avoidable act on the part of a player that is deliberate and excessively violent, whether it be with the body or crosse. This may include a legal body check. A check delivered with the gloved hand or hands may not be delivered with a punching blow.

PENALTY:
Any penalty for Unnecessary Roughness shall be non-releasable.

4.3.6.7 Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches and/or players will not be tolerated. Obscenities need not be used for language to draw a penalty. Tone, intent, and body language can all contribute to unsportsmanlike conduct. Players and coaches will exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship at all times.

PENALTY:
Two-or three-minute non-releasable foul, at the official’s discretion. An excessively violent violation of this rule may result in an ejection.

4.3.7 Mercy Rule

At any point during a game when there is a Six goal lead, the team that is behind will be given the ball at the midfield line in lieu of a face off as long as the six goal lead is maintained, unless waived by the coach of the trailing team

4.3.8 Game Times/Location

The time and location for all League games will be determined by the Lacrosse Sport Board and published on the schedules.

4.3.9 Game Officials

Two paid officials will be supplied for all games; however, games may be played with only one official (1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade). Game officials must be in full referee's uniform. If an official fails to show up at a scheduled game, a person mutually chosen by the coaches involved may officiate.

4.3.10 Roster of Players

Before play is commenced, each coach shall hand the opposing coach a correct copy of his official roster as it appears on file with the League Secretary.

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If requested by the opposing coach, before play is commenced, each team shall line up in numerical order on the sidelines allowing opposing coach to validate rosters.

4.3.11 Uniforms

A team’s game jerseys should have numbers centered on the front and back of sufficient size to be clearly visible by game officials anywhere on the field and opposing teams’ jerseys should have contrasting dominant colors. Home teams are responsible for contrasting jersey colors and will provide and wear contrasting color numbered pinnies or pinnies that allow jersey numbers to be clearly seen, if needed.

4.3.12 Postponed Games

Games may be postponed by the field coordinator not less than three (3) hours prior to the game, unless the fields are closed due to weather, in which event the game can be postponed anytime before or during the game.

Games may not be postponed for reasons other than weather without approval of the AYL Board.

4.3.13 Rescheduling of Games
Saturday games will be rescheduled for Sunday (8 days later) at a field and time to be decided

by the Lacrosse Sport Board.

All regular season and play-off games must be decided with one of the teams involved being declared the winner. No games will be defined as “Did Not Play”. No coach or Delegate shall willfully manipulate the final standings of a particular team by refusing to either agree to a re- schedule of a game or declare the game a forfeit. The only exception will be due to problems that force the Lacrosse Sport Board, by majority vote, to eliminate games so as to complete the season by the required end date.

4.3.14 Sideline Safety

Spectators, Parents, children, cameras, chairs, tables, benches, coolers, or other hazardous items are not allowed within five (5) yards of the sidelines for the entire length of the playing field, including the end zones. The Head Coach is responsible to ensure that their sideline is compliant with this 5-yard “Spectators Boundary”. Coaches failing to maintain this Spectators Boundary shall be given one warning by the Game Official, after which an unsportsmanlike penalty may be assessed for further offense of this rule. Refer to AYL General Principles of Operation, Rule 22,

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KEEPING ORDER.
No one will be permitted behind the end line within fifteen (15) yards of the end line.4.3.15 Home Team

The Home Team shall have the choice of which sideline they will occupy for that particular game.

4.3.16 Tie Breaker Rules

Tie Breaker rules apply to the seeding of teams in the play-offs; they will not be used to eliminate a team from the play-offs. Teams that are tied for the last play-off position will play a mini play-off. Tie Breaker rules will apply for seeding the teams for the mini play-off.

• Lacrosse Tie Breaker rules:5 Head to Head.

  • Best W-L-T with common opponents.

  • Strength of Schedule (this year)

  • Best opponents total W-L-T of each team played. Example: 37-24-2

  • Coin Toss.

    5.1.1 MINI PLAY-OFF GAMES

    When multiple teams end the regular season tied for the last play-off position the league will schedule MINI PLAY-OFFS to decide the final team to qualify for the Play-offs. The tie breaker process defined above will be utilized to seed the teams into the MINI PLAY-OFFS. The determined seeding will be used to declare the Home team(s) as well as where each team is placed in the MINI PLAY-OFF Bracket. When two teams are tied, these teams will play a full game to determine the team advancing into the Play-offs. When three teams are tied, the highest seed, #1, will be awarded a bye for the first round of the MINI PLAY-OFFS. The remaining two teams, #2 & #3, will play in a first round half game, with the #2 seed as the home team. The winner of the first round half game will then play the #1 seed in a second round half game, played on the same day as the first round, to determine the team advancing into the Play-offs. Should more than three teams end the regular season tied, the Lacrosse Sport Board will determine the MINI PLAY-OFF structure to be utilized.

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6 Sportsmanship

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The AYL Lacrosse Board requires that all Coaches uphold the principle and spirit of Good Sportsmanship at all times. Coaches must take a visible leadership role in this issue by signing a standard “Code of Conduct” form (see Example included as an attachment) as a mandatory requirement to coach in the AYL. Since the coaches are the most influential persons in teaching good sportsmanship, one of their fundamental responsibilities is to inspire players and spectators to conduct themselves in a manner which best represent those values. Coaches must stress respect for opposing players and tolerate no conduct from players or spectators, which demeans or embarrasses the opponent, the officials, or the sport itself. Taunting and baiting an opponent is contrary to the basic concept of fair play and honorable competition. Profane language and taunting is exactly opposite of the type of conduct and behavior which participation is intended to teach. Profane language, taunting, and unsportsmanlike behavior cannot be tolerated as part of an educational program. The AYL Lacrosse Board will act quickly in the investigation of any complaints of unsportsmanlike behavior by any Coach associated with our Lacrosse Program. Should a Coach be found to have acted in an unsportsmanlike manner, that Coach might face suspension or other penalties, up to and including expulsion from the AYL.

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6.1 Example Code of Conduct

EXAMPLECode of Conduct Form

AYL LACROSSE

In order for our Lacrosse program to teach and communicate good sportsmanship and provide a positiveeducational environment for our youth, it is imperative that coaches and spectators adhere to strict behavior policies. Our athletes look to us to provide a positive, healthy and fun environment in which to compete. To accomplish this environment, it is critical to give players a good and positive playing venue.

The goal of the AYL Lacrosse program is to provide this positive and healthy competitive environment for our children and eliminate unruly behavior by coaches and spectators.

Required behavior for Coaches/Parents/Spectators:

  • Display good sportsmanship at all times. LEAD BY EXAMPLE.

  • Provide positive comments for good play and effort.

  • Encourage players to be good winners and accept losses with good sportsmanship.

    SHOW RESPECT FOR THE GAME.

    Always be cognizant that this is YOUTH sports & the game is for the children and not the adults.
    Encourage love of the game, respect for game officials & competitors, & teach sound fundamentals & technique for skill growth.

    Prohibited behavior for Coaches/Parents/Spectators:

  • 1)  Any Un-sportsmanlike comments or behavior.

  • 2)  Any harassing of referees.

  • 3)  Any harassing of opposing & own coaches or spectators.

  • 4)  Any use of profanity.

  • 5)  Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

  • 6)  Any physical and/or verbal threats to anyone in attendance.

  • 7)  Any direct OR indirect criticism of opposing players.

All head and assistant coaches are responsible for enforcing these AYL Lacrosse Code of Conduct rules. The coach is responsible for the actions of their respective sidelines. In order to help the coaches, all AYL Lacrosse officials have been advised not to interact with spectators. Rather, when a violation of conduct occurs, the referees officiating the game can & may call a time-out & direct the coaches to address the problem. If the conduct persists then those in violation will be flagged with an “Unsportsmanlike” Penalty & may be ejected from the game. The violating spectator and/or coach shall be suspended from the next regular season or playoff game. If this type of behavior takes place in a subsequent game, the result will be the suspension for the remaining regular season and any playoff games. If this person is a coach, he/she will also have to go before a league review in order to be reinstated to coach in the league again. If any person receives two unsportsmanlike penalties because of his/her behavior towards the game referees they will also be ejected, suspended for 1 game.

Bottom line – All head and assistant coaches are responsible for enforcing the AYL Lacrosse Code of Conduct rules with his/her players, parents and spectators.

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