Youth Lacrosse
of Minnesota
2015 Coaches Certification
YLM General Information
YLM Operational Guidelines
YLM Player Boundary Rules
YLM Coaching Information
 Certified Coach
 Coach Code of Conduct
 Discipline Policy
 The Role of the Coach
 Disciplinary Policy
Boys Lacrosse Rules of Play
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YLM General Information
YLM Mission Statement
 While placing the best interest of our participants at the forefront, our mission is to
provide a safe, fun and unified environment for the development and further
advancement of youth lacrosse in Minnesota.
Youth Lacrosse of Minnesota is a not-for-profit organization
2015 Season
 Boys youth lacrosse is organized by the YLM
 Girls are allowed to participate, but should be discouraged at the U-15 Division
 Girls youth lacrosse is organized by MSSLAX and all girls are encouraged to play in
this league
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YLM Operational Guidelines
Division cutoff is based on age as of August 31st of the preceding year
 U-9 Division - rules based on U-9 modifications
 U-11 A and B Divisions - rules based on U-11 modifications
 U-13 A and B Divisions - rules based on U-13 modifications
 U-15 A and B Divisions - rules based on U-15 modifications
• A Divisions are designated as competitive
• All U9, U-11B and U-13B Divisions are designated as non-competitive and
intended for player development and multiple teams should be balanced.
• Communities with 2 or more U-15 or U-13 teams must field at least one A
team, unless a YLM waiver is approved. U-11A teams are optional.
Multiple teams within any program should be balanced
 Each YLM Association is to determine the composition of their teams
 Keep in mind the spirit of fair play and the advancement of lacrosse in Minnesota
All players, coaches and officials must have a US Lacrosse Membership
Operational Guidelines are listed on the YLM website
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YLM Player Boundary Rules
All associations within the YLM shall limit their enrollment to those players who reside
within their community’s public high school attendance area as defined by local school
district maps (defined as: Residing Community).
Exceptions May Apply. For Example:
 A player who has open-enrolled to a public school located outside the Residing Community.
 A player who does not have a YLM association within their public high school attendance area
must register with the nearest geographic neighboring YLM association, but may not displace a
player from that Residing Community.
 In addition, no more than 20% of a team can be made up of players outside the Residing
 Private Schools may form YLM teams
 All players seeking to register with a YLM team outside their Residing Community, regardless
of reason, MUST obtain a YLM waiver prior to registration. Waivers will be granted only in
special circumstances. Waivers must be submitted on a YLM Waiver form. Waiver will be
reviewed, and approved or denied by the YLM VP of Operations.
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YLM Player Boundary Rules (continued)
 Any association found to be in willful violation of this policy will receive a written
warning from the YLM VP of Operations. Policy violators will be required to correct
their registration practices immediately. Failure to comply will result in ultimate
expulsion from membership in the YLM, or such other sanctions as may be provided
in YLM rules or as determined by the YLM board.
 Members do have the right to appeal the decision of the Vice President by request at
a future YLM board meeting.
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Certified Coaches
For the 2015 YLM Season, head coaches will be required to be YLM
certified. It is strongly encouraged that all assistant coaches also become
certified. The following items must be completed by a coach to be “YLM
 Active membership of US Lacrosse
 Attendance at a YLM Certification Meeting or completion of MBSLA on-line training
 Completion of YLM Coach Code of Conduct - Online at YLM website
 Completion of Minnesota State Concussion training (association responsibility)
 Background check (association responsibility)
 Registration on YLM website
 Completion of the US Lacrosse Level 1 USL Online Training Course (by 2016)
Once all the above are completed, coaches will be certified by the YLM
A Certified Coach must be present at EVERY game
 Failure to do so results in a forfeiture of the game
 Certified coaches are not tied to a team - if the coach is absent, another certified
coach can stand in, even if an uncertified assistant coach runs the game
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YLM Coach Code of Conduct
As a member of US Lacrosse and a participant in Youth Lacrosse of
Minnesota, all coaches are required to adhere to the following conditions:
 Coaches are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game” of
lacrosse. This includes remembering the ROOTS of lacrosse:
 RULES - refusing to bend the rules to win
 OPPONENTS - a worthy opponent brings out your best
 OFFICIALS - show respect even if you disagree
 TEAMMATES - never do anything to embarrass your team
 SELF - live up to your own standards even when others don’t
 The value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, and the development of
skills should always be placed above winning
 The safety and wellness of the players are of primary importance
 You must always be aware of the tremendous influence you have on your players and
strive to be a positive role model
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YLM Coach Code of Conduct (continued)
YLM Coach Code of Conduct continued:
 You should demonstrate positive behaviors and reinforce them to your players,
parents, officials, and spectators
 You will demonstrate utmost respect for officials and reinforce that respect with your
 You should demonstrate a solid knowledge of both the national and local rules of
lacrosse, and will adhere to the rules in both the letter and spirit of the game
 Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials, or any other involved
persons should be communicated through proper channels and procedures, never on
the field of play. You will familiarize yourself with these channels prior to the onset of
 You understand that a violation of this Code of Conduct may result in a review by the
Youth Lacrosse of Minnesota Board of Directors and a possible disciplinary action,
including suspension
All coaches are required to sign this YLM Coach Code of Conduct on the
YLM website before the start of the season.
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US Lacrosse: The Role of the Coach
A Positive Coach:
 Is a positive motivator and refuses to motivate through fear, intimidation or shame. He
establishes order and discipline in a positive manner.
 Works to remain positive even through losing streaks. He recognizes that it is often
when things go wrong that a coach can have the most positive impact and teach the
most important lessons. Regardless of the adversity involved, he refuses to demean
himself or his players by resorting to fear, intimidation or shame. He always treats
athletes with respect regardless of how well they perform.
 Coaches for mastery rather than victory, which he sees as a by-product of the pursuit
of excellence. He focuses on effort rather than outcome, learning rather than
comparison to others.
 Recognizes that mistakes are an important and inevitable part of learning and
encourages an environment in which players are willing to risk making a mistake.
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US Lacrosse: The Role of the Coach (continued)
A Positive Coach (continued):
 Sets standards of continuous learning and improvement for himself and his players.
He encourages and inspires his players, whatever their level of mastery, to strive to
get better without threatening them. He is committed to becoming the best coach he
can be and continually seeks to improve his own effectiveness.
 "Honors the Game." He feels an obligation to the sport he coaches. He loves his sport
and shares his love and enjoyment with his players. He feels privileged to be able to
take part in his sport.
 Respects opponents, recognizing that a worthy opponent will push their team to do
their best.
 Understands the important role that officials play and strives to show them respect
even when he disagrees with their decisions.
 Values the rich tradition of the sport and works to honor the spirit as well as the letter
of its rules.
 Demonstrates personal integrity and would rather lose than win by dishonoring the
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YLM Discipline Policy
All disciplinary actions are to be initiated by the filing of an Incident Report
which is located on the YLM website.
Initial review will be conducted by the VP of League Operations, including
an opportunity for all interested parties to provide information. The VP will
have the authority to negotiate an agreeable resolution. Any such
resolution will be presented to the Board at its next regular meeting for
such action as it deems prudent.
If the VP cannot negotiate a resolution, a complaint or report will be
reviewed by the YLM Board as a whole at its next scheduled meeting, or
earlier if possible. A decision will be based on the VP report and any other
information that may be submitted.
Consequences may range from a private admonishment to suspension for
a game or a full season or more at the Board's discretion.
Roster sharing at any division is not allowed
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2015 Points of Emphasis
Violent Collisions
Some body contact is permitted at all levels of boys’ youth lacrosse, with
progressively more age-appropriate contact permitted as players become
more physically mature and learn proper checking techniques. However,
sports medicine research indicates that the severity of certain injuries
may be reduced if a player can anticipate and prepare himself for an
oncoming hit, and other sports medicine research indicates that
peripheral vision may not be fully developed in many boys before
approximately age fifteen.
Therefore, there is no justification for deliberate and
violent collision by any player at any youth level,
especially intentional player-to-player collisions with
defenseless players (so-called “blind side” and “buddypass” checks), checks involving the head and/or neck,
and excessive body-checks (“take-out checks”).
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2015 Points of Emphasis
Violent Collision (continued)
The 2015 NFHS Rules and US Lacrosse Boys Youth Rules more clearly
define such violent collisions and in many cases increase the severity of the
penalties that prohibit them. All participants must work together to reduce or
eliminate such violent collisions from the game.
Therefore, US Lacrosse urges that:
officials apply these violent collision rules and utilize the more
severe penalty options, and reminds them that body-checks that might
be acceptable in high school play may be excessive in youth lacrosse,
and should be penalized accordingly.
coaches teach players to avoid delivering excessive or illegal
checks, and support the officials when they penalize such checks.
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2015 Points of Emphasis
Players, coaches, and spectators should exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship
at all times. Unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches and/or players and/or spectators
degrades the experience of youth players and erodes the integrity and appeal of the sport.
Therefore, unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Obscenities need not be used in
order for language to draw a penalty. Tone, intent, and body language can all contribute to
unsportsmanlike conduct.
US Lacrosse expects officials to enforce the Unsportsmanlike Conduct rules
without hesitation.
Coaches must model appropriate sportsmanlike behavior and promote good
sportsmanship among players and anybody associated with the team, including
spectators. In particular, coaches must support officials in maintaining an environ- ment
of civility and sportsmanship.
Coaches and officials should be partners in providing the best possible lacrosse experience for youth players. Many people become officials because they value the game or
want to support youth sports. However, nobody likes to be yelled at, and officials,
especially younger and less experienced officials, may find the experience so unpleas- ant
that they stop officiating. Lack of competent officials is one of the biggest barriers to
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responsible growth of the game.
2015 Points of Emphasis
Sportsmanship (continued)
Coaches and officials should be partners in providing the best possible lacrosse
experience for youth players. Many people become officials because they value the
game or want to support youth sports. However, nobody likes to be yelled at, and
officials, especially younger and less experienced officials, may find the experience
so unpleasant that they stop officiating. Lack of competent officials is one of the
biggest barriers to responsible growth of the game.
US Lacrosse encourages leagues and local programs to utilize the Sideline
Manager and Sportsmanship Card program, details of which can be found at under “Programs & Grants” in the drop-down menu from the
“Resources” tab on the homepage. US Lacrosse initiated the Sideline Manager and
Sportsmanship Card program to invest the lacrosse community with responsibility for
making good sportsmanship the rule, rather than the exception, in the sport of lacrosse.
When used in conjunction with the rules, the Sportsmanship Card procedures serve as an
effective deterrent to abusive behaviors.
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Boys Lacrosse Rules of Play
The game is to be played with the emphasis on the proper
development of stick, team, and sportsmanship skills
following US Lacrosse Boys Lacrosse Rules including the
The rules for all YLM games are US Lacrosse Boys Youth
Rules with the Minnesota Youth Rules supplement that
includes the US Lacrosse Youth Rules.
The YLM has worked together with other organizations that
sponsor boys youth lacrosse to ensure the rules regarding
play of the game are the same for all youth games.
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Boys Lacrosse Rules of Play
It is highly recommended that every head coach have a copy of the 2015
NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book and the Minnesota Youth Rules
document at every game.
 The rule book should be sent to you as part of your US Lacrosse Membership
 The Minnesota Youth Rules document (which includes the full text of the US Lacrosse
Boys Youth Rules) is available from the officials website ( from the
“Documents” page or you can use these shortcuts:
Full Rules 
Age by Age Differences 
YLM exceptions to the Rules of Play must be followed
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Ejection Policy
Players, coaches or fans who are ejected from a regularseason game will be suspended for the remainder of that
game plus the next two (2) games.
Players, coaches or fans who are ejected during postseason play will be suspended for the remainder of the
season, including all State Tournament games.
Players, coaches or fans who are ejected and are unable to
complete their suspension may be required to serve the
suspension at the beginning of the following season or
League, if applicable (MBSLA to YLM).
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YLM/Minnesota Rules of Play Reminders and Exceptions
The National Federation of State High Schools (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse
Rules and Minnesota Youth Rules (which include the US Lacrosse Youth
Rules) governs all YLM play. Reminders and exceptions include:
 No 20 second defensive count at any age level
 No 10 second offensive count in the U-9 and U-11 Divisions
 YLM Points of Emphasis to be reviewed with your players
 A player will “foul-out” of a game if they commit 3 personal fouls (1, 2 or 3 minute
penalties) or accumulate 5 total minutes of penalty time from personal fouls (30
second technical fouls do not count toward fouling out).
 No One-handed Checks – one-handed checks are always illegal even if merely
attempted and no contact is made
 No Take Out Checks - checks in which the player lowers his head or shoulders
with the force and intent to knock another player to the ground are illegal
 All Unnecessary Roughness penalties are non-releasable
 The penalty for targeting the head or neck is a minimum 2 or 3 minutes of
non-releasable penalty or, in serve cases immediate ejection
 Coaches are expected to review the rules document and instruct players accordingly.
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YLM/Minnesota Rules of Play Exceptions (continued)
 At the U13 and U15 levels teams may be warned to “Get It In/Keep It
In” if the officials feel they are stalling. This is not enforced at the U11
and U9 levels.
 At the U13 and U15 levels, the team leading will be required to keep
the ball in the box once entered during the last two minutes of play.
The official signal for this situation is“Keep It In” however it is the
team’s responsibility to keep it in during the last two minutes even if
the officials have not warned them.
 Substitution horns are not used at any level of play.
 If the goalkeeper receives a time-serving penalty, but the team does
not have a second goalkeeper immediately available to take the field,
the head coach of the offending team will choose a defensive player
to serve the penalty. The player must have been on the field at the
time of the call and it shall be a non-releasable penalty and double
the regular time.
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YLM/Minnesota Rules of Play Exceptions (continued)
Game cancellations
 Any of the following: head coaches, time keeper or officials can decide if a game
should be canceled due to weather conditions
 It is the home team's responsibility to identify a date and time when a game can
be rescheduled and submit the request to the YLM Game Scheduler (there is a
form on the YLM website to submit a Game Change Request).
 Rescheduling of games must be done through the YLM Scheduler
Interrupted or Delayed Games
 If a game is interrupted or delayed but can still be played or restarted, the game
should still end at the originally planned time.
 Example: A game is scheduled for 6:15 to 7:15 but there is a long delay for
an injured player. The game should still be concluded at 7:15 even if the full
game time is not complete.
 Example: a team arrives late for a game and it starts 15 minutes late.
The game should be shortened to end on time.
 A game is considered complete if play has advanced midway into
the 3rd quarter of play
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U9 Division Rule Modifications
The game is to be played with the emphasis on the proper development of
stick, team and sportsmanship skills following NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules
with the following exceptions:
 Play will be 7 on 7 including a goalie on a small-sided field
 Small field dimensions apply so there are no offsides
 No Body Checking - same incidental contact allowed as U11
 Two Pass Rule Applies:
The offensive team is prohibited from shooting until the ball is declared “hot.” Once
declared “hot,” the offense remains hot until the defense gains possession, a goal is
scored, or the period ends resulting in a faceoff. It is a technical foul on the offense if they
shoot and are not hot. Officials will declare a team hot when it has completed two passes
without the ball touching the ground. Officials will verbally count “one” on the first
complete pass and raise an index finger. Upon completion of the second pass, the
officials will verbally say “Hot” (or “Two”) and briefly point in the direction of play. If the ball
touches the ground after the first pass, the officials will verbally call “reset” and give the
reset signal (circling one hand in the air) and start the process over.
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U11 Division Rules Modifications
 No Body Checking
 All penalties are time serving
 No 10 second count
 Incidental Body Contact is acceptable
 Contact made on the field that is considered incidental by the officials is allowed
 Incidental body contact is defined as:
• Equal opposing pressure
• Positional ground ball contact
• Accidental collisions
• Players are allowed to step in front of driving players in order to protect the
 It is the referee’s decision if contact was incidental - Safety First!
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Game Format
Field Layout
 Standard NFHS field dimensions
 Seven (7) orange cones required
 Corners of the field (4), midfield opposite benches (1), and sub area (2)
 U9 will play on modified fields
 60 yards long x 40 yards wide with goals 10-15 yards from the side or end lines
 Parents and other fans must be on the opposite side of the field from players/coaches
Game Traditions
 Pre-game
 Coin toss for U15 and U13 only, but ALL age groups will do Full Team line-ups
 Goalies shake hands
 Players shake hands
 End of Game
 Yell a cheer to honor the opposing team
 End of game hand shake - remove equipment to shake opponent’s hands
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Game Format (continued)
Game Format
 (4) 12 minute quarters - running clock
 1 timeout per half - maximum 2 minutes long
 Coaches must stay inside the coaches area during timeouts
 2 minute intermission between first/second and third/fourth quarters
 5 minute intermission at half
 Teams change ends to start each quarter
 No overtime - ties stand
 Face-offs begin each game unless there is a pre-game penalty
 Point Differential for U9 and U11 Divisions only:
 When a team has a six goal lead, the team that is behind will be given the ball at
the midfield line in lieu of a faceoff as long as the six goal lead is maintained and
as long as the trailing head coach doesn’t request a faceoff.
 Applies to all faceoffs unless a team is due possession because of a penalty.
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Game Format (continued)
 All referees are required to be certified and be at least High School Sophomores
 Referees shall understand and enforce the NFHS Rules with the Minnesota Youth
Rule modifications.
 A minimum of 2 officials are needed at all games
 Referee discretion
 The Referees’ main objectives are to call the game fairly and, most importantly,
protect the players from injury
 Any type of play that is considered dangerous shall be considered illegal
 Officials control the game from the start until teams have left the field - if in doubt,
a penalty will be called
 Always err on the side of safety
 Referees will be assigned and paid by the YLM
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Game Format (continued)
Penalty Enforcement For All Divisions (U9, U11, U13, and U15)
 This includes all personal fouls and time-serving technical fouls
 Penalty times will be exact time; ie. A one minute penalty will be served for one
minute of game time. There is no longer time and a half.
 The following infractions result in non-releasable penalty time:
 Equipment violations and illegal sticks (illegal stick, missing mouth guard)
 Unsportsmanlike behavior (swearing or foul/abusive/taunting language by
players, coaches or fans)
 Checks that target the head or neck or are initiated with the head or helmet
 Any body check that targets a defenseless player - 2 or 3 minute penalty
 Any take-out or excessive body check - 2 or 3 minute penalty
 Unnecessary Roughness - 1, 2 or 3 minute penalty.
 USC penalties will be enforced as: First offense: 1 minute non-releasable penalty.
Second offense: 3 minute non-releasable penalty and ejection
 Fighting will be grounds for immediate ejection from the game, followed by possible
League sanctions for multiple violations
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The Perfect Lacrosse Game
The Perfect Lacrosse Game:
Well coached
 Knowledge of rules
 Help keep the game safe
 Support kids in their love of the game
YLM Emphasis:
Well coached
 Knowledge of rules/US Lacrosse Level 1
 YLM Certification/Background Checks
 Emphasis on the positive roles we play
Well played
Well played
 Good use of fundamentals
 Ball is moved around the field with passing
 Minimal penalties
 Proper rules emphasis at each level
 Game structure & length
Well refereed
Well refereed
 Proper use of rules and emphasis on safety
 Good fundamentals of officiating
 right preparation, right position, right call
 Support coaches/kids in playing the game
 Emphasis on referee training
 Better use of senior/junior officials
 Emphasis on proper dress and conduct
Well watched
Well watched
 Fan behavior is respectful of coaches,
 Fans are knowledgeable/appreciative of good
 Chill Managers program
 Blue sportsmanship card
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Field Markings
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Game Equipment and Personnel Requirements
Game Balls
 EACH team must supply game balls for one end line and one sideline for every
game. All balls must include labeling that reads: “Meets NOCSAE Standard.”
A game cannot start nor continue without the proper balls.
The Home Team is responsible for (even at neutral site games):
 A scorers table with:
 Game clock and penalty clock
 Score board
 Horn to end quarters and game
 Copy of the Minnesota Youth Rules and NFHS Boys Lacrosse rule book
 CHILL Manager - must be present at start of game to avoid penalty and forfeit
 Certified Coach – must be present at start of game to avoid penalty and forfeit
 Adult time keeper and score keeper - both must remain neutral during the game
 Properly lined and marked fields and legal 6 x 6 goals
 Sanitation facilities and water within vicinity of the field - due to varying resources this
is not mandatory
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Required Field Player Equipment
Lacrosse Helmet (NOCSAE Approved)
 Helmet with a cupped four point chin strap fastened to all four hookups
 Hockey helmets are not acceptable for any player
 The mouthpiece must be a highly visible color (cannot be clear or white)
 The cutting or altering of gloves is prohibited
Other Protective Equipment
 Shoulder pads
 Arm pads
 Athletic protective cups – REQUIRED and are the coach’s responsibility
Recommended Equipment
 Rib pads
 Cleats (no steel spikes)
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Required Goalkeeper Equipment
Lacrosse Helmet (NOCSAE Approved)
 Helmet with a cupped four point chin strap fastened to all four hookups
 Hockey helmets are not acceptable for any player
Throat Protector
 Attached to the helmet (foam or plastic is acceptable but should be for lacrosse)
 The mouthpiece must be a highly visible color (cannot be clear or white)
 The cutting or altering of gloves is prohibited
Other Protective Equipment
 Chest protector
 Elbow pads - REQUIRED
 Athletic protective cups - REQUIRED
Recommended Equipment
 Shin guards (as long as they don’t significantly increase the width of the goalie’s leg)
 Cleats (no steel spikes)
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Crosse Requirements
Crosse Lengths
 U9 Division
 37 to 42 inches long
 No long poles at U-9
 Goalie’s stick may be 37 to 52 inches long
 U11 Division
 37 to 42 inches long for short sticks
 47 to 54 inches long for long sticks
 Goalie’s stick may be 37 to 52 inches long
 The use of “long” sticks at this level is discouraged by USL and YLM
 U13 and U15 Divisions
 40 to 42 inches long for short sticks
 52 to 72 inches long for long sticks
 Goalie’s stick may be 40 to 72 inches long
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Crosse Requirements Continued
 The pocket of a stick shall be deemed illegal if the top surface of a lacrosse ball, when
placed in the head of the stick, is below the bottom edge of the side wall
 The ball must freely roll out of the pocket - see rule book for details
 No stringers / leathers longer than 2”
End Cap Requirement
All hollow shafts shall have cap manufactured for a lacrosse stick
 Tape alone is not acceptable – not penalized but must be fixed immediately
Crosse Dimensions
 The head of the stick must be 6.5 to 10 inches wide (field players)
 The minimum length from throat to top outside of the stick is 10 inches
Equipment Inspections
 Officials will conduct random equipment inspections
 The player’s stick will be included
 Focus on the pocket depth and roll out not length and width
 Coaches may request stick inspections
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NFHS Rules: Personal Fouls
The penalty for a personal foul shall be:
 Suspension from the game of the offending player for 1, 2 or 3 minutes, depending on
the official’s judgment of the severity and perceived intent of the personal foul
 Ball is given to the team fouled
 Served whether or not a goal is scored
Cross Check and Cross Check Holds
 A player may not check his opponent with the handle of the crosse that is between
the player’s hands, either by thrusting away from the body or by holding it extended
from the body.
Illegal Body Check Including Checks to the Head or Neck
 Body checking of an opponent who is not in possession of the ball
 Avoidable body check of an opponent after he has passed or shot the ball
 Body checking of an opponent from the rear or at or below the waist
 Body checking of an opponent in which contact is made above the shoulders
 Body checking of an opponent who has any part of his body on the ground
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NFHS Rules: Personal Fouls (continued)
Illegal Crosse
 A stick may be found illegal if the pocket is too deep or if any other
part of the stick was altered to gain an advantage
Use of Illegal Equipment
 A player may not use equipment that does not conform to specifications
 Fingers or palms may not be cut of the gloves
 Gloves altered in a way that compromises their protective features
 A player not wearing the required equipment (shoulder, arm pads, or cup, etc)
receives a 1 minute non-releasable penalty
 Swinging a stick at an opponent’s stick or body with deliberate
viciousness or reckless abandon
 Striking an opponent in an attempt to dislodge the ball from his stick
 Striking an opponent in any part of the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders,
groin or on the head with the stick
 Repeatedly striking the opponents lower gloved hand with no attempt
to dislodge the ball
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NFHS Rules: Personal Fouls (continued)
 A player may not trip an opponent with any part of his body or stick
 Tripping is obstructing an opponent at or below the waist with the stick,
hands, arms, feet or legs, by any positive primary action if the obstructing
player is on his feet or not.
Unnecessary Roughness
 An excessively violent infraction of the rules against holding and pushing
 Deliberate and excessively violent contact made by a player
against a player who has established a screening position
 Any avoidable act that is deliberate and excessively violent,
whether it be with the body or stick
 A check delivered with the gloved hand or hands may not be delivered
with a punching blow
 Releasing from the box and immediately body checking a vulnerable or defenseless
 All unnecessary roughness penalties are non-releasable in youth play
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NFHS Rules: Personal Fouls (continued)
Unsportsmanlike Conduct (USC)
 No player, substitute, non playing member of a squad, coach, or
anyone officially connected with a competing team shall:
 Enter into an argument with an official as to any decision that
has been made or in any way attempt to influence the decision
 Use threatening, profane or obscene language or gestures at
any time during the game
 Bait or call undue attention to oneself, or any other act considered
unsportsmanlike by the officials
 These are non-releasable penalties
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NFHS Rules: Personal Fouls (continued)
 A player, substitute, coach, non-playing member of a team or anyone
officially connected with the team shall be ejected for:
 Deliberately striking or attempting to strike anyone or leaving the
bench area during an altercation
 Use of tobacco or smokeless tobacco
 Second non-releasable, unsportsmanlike foul
 Any action deemed by the officials to be flagrant misconduct
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NFHS Rules: Technical Fouls
The penalty for a technical foul shall be either
 30-second suspension of the offending player from the game (if the team fouled had
possession of the ball at the time the foul was committed) OR
 Simply the awarding of the ball to the team fouled
Crease Violation / Goalkeeper Interference
 Any crease violation or interference with the goalkeeper of a technical nature while
the ball is in possession of the defensive team outside of the crease
 Any crease violation or interference with the goalkeeper while he and the ball are in
the crease, whether or not he has possession of the ball
 A player may not:
 Use the portion of the handle that is between his hands to hold an opponent
 Step on the stick of an opponent
 Hold an opponent with his stick
 Hold or pin an opponent’s stick against the body of the opponent with his stick
 Hold an opponent with his free hand that is off the stick
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NFHS Rules: Technical Fouls (continued)
Illegal Procedure
 Touching the ball with the hands (except the goalie)
 Illegal actions with stick - a player shall not:
 Throw his stick under any circumstances
 Take part in the play in any manner without his stick
 Crosse in face of opponent
 Entering the game from the penalty area before authorized
 Delay of game
 Participation in the play of the game by a player out of bounds
 Any player not in his restraining area at the time of the face-off whistle
 Failure to remain 5 yards from a player having a free play
 Having more than 10 players in the game at any time, including the penalty box
 Having more than four long sticks in the game (excluding the goalie)
 Deliberately creating a loose ball to circumvent the rules of failure to advance
 Failure to advance the ball beyond the midfield line into the goal area in 10 sec
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NFHS Rules: Technical Fouls (continued)
Illegal Offensive Screening
 No offensive player shall move into and make contact with a defensive player with
the purpose of blocking a defensive player from the man he is playing, nor shall
the offensive player hold this stick rigid or extend his stick rigid to impede the
normal movements of the defensive man
Conduct Foul
 A coach shall not enter the field of play without the permission of an official,
except to attend to an injured player, to warm up a goalkeeper, or during half time
 A player, coach, trainer or other person officially connected with the team shall not:
 Leave the bench area and/or coaches area on his side of the field
 Object to an official’s decision by arguing or gesturing
 A player shall not interfere in any manner with the free movement of an opponent,
except when that opponent has possession, the ball is in flight and within
3 yards, or both players are within 3 yards of a loose ball
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NFHS Rules: Technical Fouls (continued)
 The ball is awarded to the offended team in its offensive
side of the field at the face-off X if the attacking team is offside with
possession of the ball.
 A player shall not thrust or shove an opponent from the rear
 Pushing is permitted from the front or side when an opponent
has possession of the ball or is within 5 yards of a loose ball
 Pushing shall be done with either closed hand, shoulder
or forearm, and both hands shall be on the crosse
Offensive Stalling
 During the last two minutes of regulation play, offensive stalling rules
are in effect for the team that is ahead (at the U13 and U15 levels only)
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NFHS Rules: Technical Fouls (continued)
Warding Off
 A player in possession of the ball shall not use his free hand or arm
or any other part of his body to hold, push or control the direction of
the movement of the crosse or body of the player applying a check
Withholding Ball From Play
 When a loose ball is on the ground, a player shall not lie on the ball,
trap it with his crosse longer than necessary to control the ball and
pick it up with one continuous motion, or withhold the ball from
play in any other manner
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CHILL Manager Job Description
Each team is required to have a CHILL Manager (Cool Heads Instill Life Lessons)
Maintain a positive and sportsmanlike environment around the playing field, including both
sidelines. The officials will handle on-field sportsmanship issues.
Your coach should introduce you to your team which consists of yourself, the opposing
team’s CHILL manager, the officials, the coaches and everyone “Honoring the Game”.
 You should partner with the other CHILL Manager and feel free to discuss issues with
him/her. Please also feel free to discuss concerns with the coaches and officials.
You may stop the game to speak with officials by asking the timer/scorer to sound
the horn at a dead ball/on a whistle.
Behavior that does not “Honor the Game” includes:
 Entering the field of play, bench or table area or throwing objects onto the field
 Continued berating of officials or others involved with the game
 Verbal threats of bodily harm, injury or death
 The use of obscene or highly abusive language
 Fighting
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CHILL Manager Job Description (continued)
 In as private and calm a manner as possible ask the misbehaving person "Do you think you are
Honoring the Game right now?" or say to them "You seem pretty upset." Remind them that part
of the way we do things here is that we respect the official even if we disagree with a call. "You
may be right about that call being incorrect, but here, we Honor the Game and show respect to
officials even if they are wrong."
 Assertive Statement: Sometimes a person will not respond to your more subtle interventions.
Here are some further things you can say:
 "That's not the way we do things in here!"
 "Yelling at the official is not Honoring the Game."
 "It's not okay to act like that here."
 "That kind of behavior has no place here."
 Hand the person the sportsmanship card and walk away. Head immediately to timer/scorer
area and have them signal the officials. Inform the officials of the situation in as much detail as
possible. The officials will give you any further instructions.
If you feel the behavior warrants it, you may administer the sportsmanship card
immediately. Don’t place yourself at risk. Remember to respect personal space, as you
do not want to create another incident.
 The community will back up your judgment(s)…rest assured
 If you need help…get back-up
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Resources: Referee Signals – Procedural Signals
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Resources: Referee Signals – Technical Fouls
Resources: Referee Signals – Personal Fouls
Resources: Websites
US Lacrosse
 National Organization
 Minnesota Chapter
Online Courses
 History of lacrosse
Videos, Books, etc
e-lacrosse (lacrosse information)
Inside Lacrosse (lacrosse information)
Lacrosse Magazine (lacrosse information)
Lax Links (lacrosse information)
Lax Power (lacrosse information)
Westside Lacrosse (lacrosse information)
Youth Lacrosse USA (coaching information)
Kudda (coaching information)
Championship Videos (lacrosse videos)
Coaching Forum
Lacrosse Rules and Officiating Forum
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Final Step
In order to get credit for reviewing this presentation,
You must register at 2015 Coach Training
on the YLM website.
Thank you and good luck.
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YLM Rules Interpretation Meeting