basic lacrosse rules

The basic rules of lacrosse are different depending on the age level. What is acceptable in high school men’s lacrosse is not at the youth level. That goes for game play, as well as requirements for lacrosse gear. Here is a complete list of basic lacrosse rules, however below are some highlights for the U6, U8 and U12 age brackets that you need to know to get started.

Field Size. New for 2018, U6, U8, and U12 can use the unified small-sided field diagram as an alternative to the existing boys 60×35 yard field. The smaller field is designed so help players touch the ball more.

Stick length. Stick size for the U6 and U8 lacrosse player are all the same. New in 2018 U10 teams can have a maximum of two players using a long defensive shaft (47-54 inches in length) and 12U may ave a maximum of three players using a long pole (52-72 inches in length)

Mouth guards. Since 2017, the foul for a mouth guard violation is a technical foul. As you can imagine, this is to ensure safety.

Stick Checks to the Head. The body check is not allowed in U6, U8, U10 or U12 but you can do controlled stick checks. Coaches are encouraged to teach controlled stick checking techniques and officials are expected to penalize stick checks to the head with a minimum of a 1-minute releasable personal foul.

Youth Lacrosse Rules: Highlights for Young Players

Highlights for U6

  • 3v3 play with no goalkeepers
  • No team timeouts
  • No body contact
  • No stick-on-stick or stick-on body contacted
  • No faceoff
  • No offside
  • Soft lacrosse balls
  • A mini-type lacrosse stick should be used at this level of play. It is NOT recommended that players use a regulation lacrosse stick. Stick shafts should be cut down so the entire length of the stick is less than the distance from the ground to the players waist.
  • Eyewear and gloves are not required.
  • Players are not permitted to ear helmets, arm pads, or shoulder pads

Highlights for U8

  • 4v4 play with 1 goalkeeper
  • No team timeouts
  • No body checking but some contact is allowed
  • Only stick checks permissed are lift checks, poke checks and downward stick checks below both players shoulders
  • No faceoff
  • No offsides
  • Helmets, shoulder pads, arm guards, lacrosse gloves, mouth guard, protective cups required
  • Soft lacrosse balls

Highlights for U10

  • 6v6 play, 1 goalkeeper
  • No team timeouts
  • No body checking but some contact is allowed
  • Only stick checks permitted are lift checks, poke checks, downward stick checks below both players shoulders
  • Lacrosse face-off rules for this age group include no players releasing from wing area
  • No offsides
  • Helmets, shoulder pads, arm guards, lacrosse gloves, mouth guard, protective cups required
  • NOCSAE lacrosse balls
  • Max 2 long poles on the field (47 – 54)

Highlights for U12

  • 10 v 10 or 7 v 7
  • Helmets shoulder pads, arm guards, lacrosse gloves, mouth guard, protective cups required
  • NOCAE lacrosse balls
  • No body checking but some contact is allowed
  • Only stick checks permitted are lift checks, poke checks, downward stick checks below both players shoulders
  • Faceoffs with 1 player releasing from wing area for each team
  • Illegal crosse: A player may not use a crosse that does not conform to required specifications (see the graphic below). A crosse found illegal due to a deep pocket will carry a 1-minute non releasable foul. All other crosse violations for non-conformance will result in a 3 minute non-releasable penalty and the stick will be disqualified for the rest of the game.

basic rules of lacrosse

 

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