LEAGUE PLAY IN THE RHODE ISLAND YOUTH LACROSSE LEAGUE (RIYLL) CONFORMS TO THE US LACROSSE OFFICIAL RULES FOR GIRLS LACROSSE (USLAX GIRLS RULES) FOR THE CURRENT YEAR AS MODIFIED BY THE RIYLL MODIFICATIONS HEREIN IDENTIFIED IN ALL CAPS, BOLD. COLLECTIVELY, THESE SHALL BE KNOWN AS THE 2010 RIYLL GIRLS RULES.
IN THE EVENT OF ANY CONFLICT BETWEEN THE USLAX GIRLS RULES AND THE RIYLL MODIFICATIONS, THE RIYLL MODIFICATIONS SHALL CONTROL.
Guidance — No Checking/Modified Checking
US Lacrosse is attempting to send a consistent message regarding checking to youth players. It is the hope of the Rules Committee that mandating no full checking will allow the beginning player to work on the basic fundamentals of the game - passing, catching, footwork, proper positioning, and marking - before they are introduced to the more advanced skill of stick checking.
Once players have mastered the basic fundamentals, programs will want to introduce modified stick checking. Players on 5th through 8th grade teams will be allowed to use modified checking as an intermediate step towards full checking. Modified checking is defined as checking the stick if it is below shoulder level, using a downward motion away from the other player's body. Use of modified checking will allow the older youth player to learn proper checking skills, while at the same time encouraging good cradling and stick handling skills for the attack player. Umpires and coaches should strictly enforce this rule, never allowing checks near a player's head or face.
It should be noted that stick-to-stick contact is not necessarily a violation of the no checking/modified checking rule. A defender who is holding her stick in good defensive position may force the attack player to cradle into her stick causing contact. This is not considered a stick check, as the attack player initiated the contact, not the defender. A similar situation would exist when the defender puts her stick up in an attempt to block or intercept a pass and the attacker makes contact while in the act of passing or catching the ball.
Please note that it will be left to individual school districts, counties, and leagues to determine appropriate grade/age level groupings. For summer leagues and tournaments, 8th graders may be considered rising 9th graders as of June 1.
Official Rules for Girls Youth Lacrosse
The purpose of the Official Girls Youth rules is to familiarize young players with the sport of women’s lacrosse by introducing them to the terms, the field, the playing positions, the concept of teamwork and the skills required to play the game safely and fairly. These rules were written by the US Lacrosse Women’s Division and ratified by the US Lacrosse Youth Council in an effort to standardize youth rules for girls throughout the United States.
Youth leagues may decide on age or grade divisions of play that best suits their needs. If age divisions are used, we suggest the following guidelines: 6-8 year olds (Under 9), 9-10 year olds (Under 11), 11-12 year olds (Under 13), 13-14 year olds (Under 15). If grade level divisions are used, we suggest the following guidelines: grades 1 and 2, grades 3 and 4, grades 5 and 6, grades 7 and 8. Using a player’s year of graduation from high school is also acceptable.
The girl youth rules are divided by levels (A, B, and C). Level B and Level C rules do not allow checking and do allow certain stick modifications to make throwing and catching easier for the beginning or younger player. Level A rules allow for modified checking and require the use of a regulation crosse and pocket. Leagues, tournaments and programs with players below the 5th grade level must use either Level B or Level C rules. Players from the 5th grade through the 8th grade should progress from Level B or C to Level A rules.
Goals - regulation lacrosse goal cages; smaller (street hockey type) cages may be used for indoor play and for Level C playing outdoors.
Ball - may use a regulation ball (yellow), or a “soft” ball. It is highly recommended that new or beginner programs use the soft ball until players have developed their throwing and catching skills. If a soft ball is used, it should be approximately the same size as a regulation ball. A regulation ball may be used for indoor play, however a “no bounce” ball is recommended.
Sticks - Level C may use a youth stick with mesh or traditional stringing or regulation women’s crosse and may have a modified pocket. With a modified pocket, only half the ball may fall below the bottom of the sidewall. Level B must use a regulation women’s crosse with either a regular or modified pocket. Level A must use a regulation women’s crosse with regular pocket.
Protective equipment - mouthguards are mandatory at all levels. Eye protection requirements for all levels must be the same as outlined in Rule 2-9 of US Lacrosse Women’s Rules. Close fitting gloves and soft headgear are permitted; no hard helmets may be worn except by the goalie. Goalie must wear helmet with face mask, separate throat protector, chest protector, abdominal and pelvic protection, goalie gloves, and leg padding on the shins and thighs. The protective helmet, designed for lacrosse, must meet the NOCSAE test standard. All protective devices used should be close fitting, padded where necessary, and not be of excessive weight.
The field should be marked according to US Lacrosse Women’s Rules, including a restraining line. (See Rule 1). Team benches should be placed opposite spectators where possible.
Level A - desirable field length is 100 yards between goal lines, 10 yards behind each goal, and 70 yards wide.
Level B - desirable field length is 90 yards between goal lines, 10 yards behind each goal, and 50 yards wide.
Level C - desirable field length is 50 yards between goal lines, 10 yards behind each goal, and 25 yards wide. Field markings should include two goal circles (radius 2m) with a goal line in each, two 8m arcs around each goal circle and a center line.
Level A and B - Coaches may move along the full boundary line on the bench/table side of the field only, except for the area directly in front of the opposing team and either team’s substitution area. Coaches may not stand near or walk in front of the opposing team area. Coaches must remain behind the level of the scorer’s table extended. Violation of this rule is a misconduct foul.
Level C - Coaches are permitted on the field for the purpose of instructing players.
Each team (home and away) will provide a sideline manager whose duty shall be to control effectively the actions of spectators not in conformity with the standards of proper conduct.
Start of the Game
The procedure for the start of the game/draw shall be the same as outlined in Rule 5-1, 5-2 of the US Lacrosse Women’s Rules with the following modification: for all levels, if score is kept, a free position will be taken at the center by the team with fewer goals if a four or more goal differential exists. When this occurs positioning for the draw will apply with the defender standing 4m away at a 45 degree angle and all other players must stand. The player taking the free position may run or pass, but may not shoot until another player has played the ball.
All play is started and stopped with the whistle. All players must stop and stand when the whistle blows (to stop play). All may move again when the next whistle blows.
A goal is scored when the ball passes completely over the goal line and into the goal cage. Scoring must be by an attacker’s crosse, and not off the body of an attack player. A goal may be scored off the defender’s body or crosse.
Substitution is unlimited and the substitution procedure should be the same as outlined in Rule 5-20 and 5-21 of the US Lacrosse Women’s Rules, i.e. substitute any time during play, after goals, and at halftime.
Duration of Play
Level A - 25-minutes running time per half (maximum)
Level B - 25-minutes running time per half (maximum)
Level C - 20-minutes running time per half (maximum)
At all levels, the clock will be stopped on every whistle (to stop play) in the last two minutes of each half. Teams may choose to play four quarters, but total playing time should not exceed the maximum time for each level. The clock will stop on every whistle (to stop play) in the last minute of each quarter.
Fouls shall be the same as those outlined in Rule 6 of the US Lacrosse Women’s Rules with the following modifications:
No shooting on free positions, unless using a goalkeeper or modified goal opening (Level C). (Major Foul)
2. No checking (Level B and C). (Major Foul)
3. Modified checking only (see definitions) (Level A). (Major Foul)
4. No holding the ball for more than 3 seconds when closely guarded/marked (see definitions) and the defense has both hands on her stick and is in position to legally check were checking allowed. (All levels). (Minor Foul)
Note: If the player with the ball takes the stick to the other side of her body and thus away from the defender making a legal check impossible, the 3-second count would be over. If the defender adjusts her position to where a legal check could be made, or the stick is brought back to a checkable position, the count starts again. If another teammate joins the defender and that second defender is in good position to check, the count starts again. The umpire will give an audible 3-second count. The purpose of this rule is to encourage good defensive positioning and to make the offensive player aware of her defender. The attack player must try to keep the stick away from the defender, and, if she does not she will be forced to pass or she will lose the ball. Even when the defender may not check, if she is in good defensive position she will force the attack player to pass. This will give her team a chance for a play on the ball either by interception, by blocking the attempted pass, or by forcing a bad pass and causing a ground ball.
Penalties for Fouls
The penalty for fouls is a free position with all players, including the offender, moving 4m away from the player with the ball. For specifics on major, minor, and goal circle fouls and carding, see Rule 7 in the US Lacrosse Women’s Rules. A 3-second count violation is considered a minor foul with the closest defender to the ball carrier being awarded the ball. The only modification for these youth rules is in Level C, where all free positions are indirect (i.e., the player with the ball may never shoot directly from the free position).
Definition of Terms
Closely Guarded - player with the ball has an opponent within a sticks length.
Free Position - penalty awarded for a foul. Player who has been fouled gets the ball and all others must move 4m away.
Indirect Free Position - no shot on goal may be made until the player with the ball passes the ball to another player.
Checking - checking the stick only if the entire stick is below shoulder level. The check must be in a downward direction and away from the body.
Pass - exchange of the ball through the air from one teammate’s crosse to another.
Possession - a player has the ball in their crosse.
Position to Check - player has an opportunity to legally check the stick without fouling (the 3-second count starts when the umpire deems that the player with the ball could be checked legally if checking were permitted.)
Level A Specifics
1. Eleven field players, one goal keeper.
2. Field size: 100 yds. x 70 yds. is recommended.
3. Regular field markings, including restraining line.
4. Regular women’s crosse, regulation pocket.
5. Modified checking only.
6. 25-minute halves (max.), running time.
7. May shoot from direct free positions.
RIYLL GRADE 5/6 AND GRADE 7/8 LEVELS WILL FOLLOW LEVEL A RULES WHICH INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
1. MODIFIED STICK CHECKING - MODIFIED CHECKING IS DEFINED AS CHECKING THE STICK IF IT IS BELOW SHOULDER LEVEL, USING A DOWNWARD MOTION AWAY FROM THE OTHER PLAYER’S BODY. USING MODIFIED CHECKING WILL ALLOW THE OLDER YOUTH PLAYERS TO LEARN PROPER CHECKING SKILLS, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME ENCOURAGING GOOD CRADLING AND STICK HANDLING SKILLS FOR THE ATTACK PLAYER. UMPIRES SHOULD STRICTLY ENFORCE THIS RULE, NEVER ALLOWING CHECKS NEAR A PLAYER’S HEAD OR FACE.
2. 3-SECOND RULE APPLIES - NO HOLDING THE BALL FOR MORE THAN 3 SECONDS WHEN CLOSELY GUARDED/MARKED AND THE DEFENSE HAS BOTH HANDS ON HER STICK AND IS IN POSITION TO LEGALLY CHECK WERE CHECKING ALLOWED. THE “POSITION TO CHECK” RULE GIVES A PLAYER AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEGALLY CHECK THE STICK WITHOUT FOULING. THE 3-SECOND COUNT STARTS WHEN THE UMPIRE DEEMS THAT THE PLAYER WITH THE BALL COULD BE CHECKED LEGALLY IF CHECKING WERE PERMITTED.
3. TWO QUALIFIED UMPIRES BE ASSIGNED TO GAMES.
4. THE US LACROSSE YOUTH FESTIVALS AGE LEVEL DIVISIONS U-13 AND U-15 WILL FOLLOW LEVEL A RULES.
COMPETITIVE DIVISION (GRADE 7/8) MAY USE FC RULES IF ALL TEAMS MEET THE US LACROSSE CRITERIA.
Level B Specifics
1. Eleven field players, one goal keeper.
2. Field size: 90 yds. x 50 yds. is recommended.
3. Regular field markings, including restraining line.
4. Regular women’s crosse, modified pocket allowed.
5. No checking.
6. 25-minute halves (max.), running time.
7. May shoot from direct free positions.
RIYLL GRADE 3/4 LEVEL WILL FOLLOW LEVEL B SPECIFICS WHICH INCLUDE:
1. NO CHECKING
2. 3-SECOND RULE APPLIES
3. PLAYERS MUST COMPLETE 2 PASSES OVER MIDLINE BEFORE SCORING
4. STRONGLY RECOMMENDING THAT TWO QUALIFIED UMPIRES BE ASSIGNED TO GAMES AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE QUALIFIED HIGH SCHOOL AGED UMPIRES.
Level C Specifics
1. Seven field players, use of a goal keeper is optional.
2. Field size: 50 yds. x 25 yds. is recommended.
3. 8m arc, no 12m fan, no restraining line, center line (no circle).
4. Youth sticks (mesh allowed) or regular women’s crosse, modified pocket.
5. No checking.
6. 20-minute halves (max.), running time.
7. May not shoot from any free position, unless using a goalkeeper or modified goal opening.
These rules were written with the safety of all the players being of utmost importance. Youth lacrosse should be fun, challenging and safe. To that end, the umpires shall have the authority to penalize any foul, unsafe play, or unacceptable behavior not covered specifically in these rules. Play should be as continuous as possible, and any foul which does not gain an advantage for the offender or her team should result in a “held” whistle whenever possible.
GRADE 1/2 LEVEL WILL FOLLOW LEVEL C SPECIFICS WHICH INCLUDE:
1. NO CHECKING
2. PLAYERS MUST COMPLETE 2 PASSES OVER THE MIDLINE BEFORE SCORING
3. IF CHANGE OF POSSESSION OCCURS DURING THE 2 PASS COUNT, THE 2 PASS COUNT MUST START AGAIN
4. STRONGLY RECOMMENDING THAT A QUALIFIED UMPIRE BE ASSIGNED TO GAMES AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE QUALIFIED HIGH SCHOOL AGED UMPIRES.COACHES ARE PERMITTED ON THE FIELD FOR THE PURPOSES OF INSTRUCTING PLAYERS DURING THE GAME.
FOULS RESULTING IN THE EJECTION OF A PLAYER BY THE GAME OFFICIALS SHALL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC NEXT-GAME SUSPENSION FOR THE EJECTED PLAYER, AND MAY RESULT IN FURTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION BY THE RIYLL DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE OR FULL BOARD, DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF THE ACTION.
ANY COMMENTS OR REQUESTS FOR RULE CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS BY COACHES OR OFFICIALS PARTICIPATING IN YOUTH LACROSSE MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION TO THE RIYLL IN WRITING BY DECEMBER 1ST OF EACH YEAR. ANY CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS THAT ARE APPROVED BY THE RIYLL WILL BE EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 1ST. CHANGES OR MODIFICATIONS TO THE RULES THAT HAVE A DIRECT BEARING ON SAFETY MAY BE CONSIDERED BY THE RIYLL AT ANYTIME; HOWEVER, THERE IS A COMMITMENT TO PLACE NEW SUPPLEMENTAL RULES INTO EFFECT ON FEBRUARY 1ST WITH CHANGE RECOMMENDATIONS SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 1ST.
APPLICATION OF RULES
THE RULES SHALL BE FOLLOWED IN ALL GAMES SANCTIONED AND/OR SPONSORED BY THE RHODE ISLAND YOUTH LACROSSE LEAGUE WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTION. IN THE EVENT A TEAM DESIRES TO MODIFY ANY OF THESE RULES FOR A PARTICULAR GAME THE COACH OF THAT TEAM SHALL BE REQUIRED TO CONTACT THE OPPOSING COACH BEFORE GAME TIME TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED RULE CHANGE. THE RULES MAY BE MODIFIED ONLY IF THE HEAD COACH FOR EACH TEAM AGREES UPON THE MODIFICATION, AND ABSENT UNANIMOUS CONSENT THESE RULES SHALL NOT BE MODIFIED FOR A PARTICULAR GAME. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FOREGOING, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY ANY TEAM OR COACH AGREE TO MODIFY THE RULES PROHIBITING BODY CHECKING OR MANDATORY EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS.
RULE OR CODE-OF-CONDUCT VIOLATIONS/DISPUTES
A. EVERY PLAYER, COACH, PARENT/GUARDIAN, AND OFFICIAL (PARTICIPANT) SHALL ADHERE TO THE RIYLL CODE OF CONDUCT IN EFFECT PRIOR TO THE START OF THE SPRING SEASON AS A CONDITION OF PARTICIPATING IN RIYLL SANCTIONED EVENTS, INCLUDING ALL PRACTICES, GAMES, FESTIVALS, JAMBOREES, AND TOURNAMENTS. THE GOAL OF THE RIYLLL CODE OF CONDUCT IS TO HONOR THE GAME OF LACROSSE BY REQUIRING RESPECT FOR THE RULES, OPPONENTS, OFFICIALS, TEAMMATES, ONESSELF AND THE TRADITION OF THE GAME.
B. RIYLL SHALL ESTABLISH A STANDING DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE MADE UP OF THREE RIYLL BOARD MEMBERS (DC) TO ADDRESS SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF THESE RULES OR OF THE RIYLL CODE OF CONDUCT.
C. ANY SERIOUS VIOLATION OF THE YOUTH RULES OR CODE OF CONDUCT BY ANY RIYLL PARTICIPANT MAY BE REPORTED IN GOOD FAITH TO THE RIYLL VIA THE APPROPRIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR ON AN INCIDENT REPORTING FORM AVAILABLE ONLINE ON ONE OF THE AFFECTED PROGRAM’S WEBSITE OR DIRECTLY THROUGH THE RIYLL WEBSITE. THE AFFECTED PROGRAM DIRECTORS WILL CONSULT WITH ONE ANOTHER WITHIN 24 HOURS FOR INTERNAL RESOLUTION OF THE INCIDENT INCLUDING IMPOSITION OF DISCPILINARY ACTION IF ANY. A COPY OF THE INCIDENT REPORT WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE DC.
D. IN THE EVENT THAT THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS ARE UNABLE TO AGREE ON AN APPROPRIATE PENALTY FOR THE VIOLATION, OR IN THE EVENT THAT THE DC FINDS THAT FURTHER ACTION IS NECESSARY DESPISTE THE AGREEMENT OF THE AFFECTED PROGRAMS, THE DC WILL CONVENE BY SPECIAL MEETING OR CONFERENCE CALL WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RECEIPT OF THE INCIDENT REPORT TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE. IF THE DC IS COMPOSED OF A BOARD MEMBER AFFILIATED WITH AN AFFECTED PROGRAM, THAT BOARD MEMBER WILL BE REPLACED BY ANOTHER DISINTERESTED RIYLL BOARD MEMBER ON A ROTATING BASIS.
E. AFTER EVALUATING THE INCIDENT REPORT AND CONSIDERING INPUT FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS, OFFICIALS, COACHES, PARTICIPANTS OR PARTICIPANTS’ REPRESENTATIVES, AS THE CASE MAY WARRANT, THE DC WILL EITHER TAKE NO ACTION OR IMPOSE DISCIPLINARY ACTION ON THE PARTICIPANT, WHICH ACTION MAY INCLUDE A REPRIMAND, SUSPENSION FROM PLAY, DISQUALIFICATION FROM FURTHER PARTICIPATION IN THE SEASON, OR SUCH OTHER ACTION AS THE DC MAY DEEM APPROPRIATE UNDER ALL OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
F. A PARTICIPANT DISCIPLINED BY AGREEMENT OF THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS OR BY THE DC SHALL BE FINAL, PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE SANCTIONED PARTICIPANT SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT TO APPEAL TO THE FULL RIYLL BOARD BY WRITTEN NOTICE TO THE PRESIDENT WITHIN 24 HOURS OF NOTICE OF THE ACTION TAKEN. THEREUPON, THE FULL BOARD WILL CONSIDER THE RECORD, SEEK FURTHER INPUT AS NECESSARY AND MAKE A FINAL DETERMINATION FROM WHICH THERE SHALL BE NO FURTHER RIGHT OF APPEAL.
G. AUTOMATIC NEXT-GAME SUSPENSIONS RESULTING FROM AN OFFICIAL’S EJECTION OF A PARTICIPANT FROM A GAME ARE TO BE REPORTED BY THE GAME OFFICIALS ON THE INCIDENT REPORTING FORM. SUCH SUSPENSIONS ARE FINAL AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO RECONSIDERATION BY THE DC OR TO APPEAL BY THE PARTICIPANT. THE DC MAY HOWEVER CONVENE TO CONSIDER ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS IF IT DEEMS APPROPRIATE, WHICH ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS ARE SUBJECT TO APPEAL.
THE RIYLL YOUTH LACROSSE SEASON
REGULAR SEASON GAMES ARE PLAYED ON SATURDAYS. POST SEASON GAMES WILL ACCOMMODATE GAMES WITHIN RHODE ISLAND, GAMES AGAINST SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND TEAMS, TOURNAMENTS AND OTHER GAMES ARRANGED FOR THE JUNE – JULY POST SEASON PERIOD. RIYLL PLAYERS MAY ALSO EARN POSITIONS ON THE RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER OF U.S. LACROSSE YOUTH FESTIVAL TEAM. THE USL YOUTH FESTIVAL TEAM WILL COMPLETE TRYOUTS DURING THE REGULAR SEASON AND COMMENCE GAME ACTIVITIES AFTER THE LAST DAY OF THE REGULAR SEASON. TRY OUTS FOR RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER OF USL YOUTH FESTIVAL TEAMS WILL BE OPEN TO ALL RIYLL PLAYERS IN APPROPRIATE AGE GROUPS, PROVIDED THEY ARE CURRENT MEMBERS OF US LACROSSE. AGE-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS WHO DO NOT PARTICIPATE ON A RIYLL MAY ALSO TRY OUT FOR THE U.S. LACROSSE YOUTH FESTIVAL (AND OTHER POST-SEASON TEAMS), PROVIDED THEY ARE U.S. LACROSSE MEMBERS AND ARE AFFILIATED WITH THE RHODE ISLAND CHAPTER. RIYLL JAMBOREES MAY BE ORGANIZED AT SOMETIME DURING THE SEASON CONSISTENT WITH CURRENT YEAR SCHEDULING.
ADOPTED BY THE RIYLL BOARD ON MARCH 18, 2010
NEAL YEATMAN, CLCF, PRESIDENT DREW WILLIAMS, EGLA, VICE PRESIDENT
NANCI ADAMS, PYL, SECRETARY COLIN BISHOP, NRIYL
STEVE DELEO, IYL GARY FRIEDMAN, NKYL
MATT HAYES, EBBCLA JOHN LITSINGER, SCYL
JACK PALIOTTE, WPAL MARIO ROSARIO, PROVYL
LAURA SHEEHAN, CYL