USL Youth Rules

2017youthrulebookIn early 2016, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors tasked the Men’s Game Rules Subcommittee to develop rules of play that support the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM) which are designed to encourage skill development and grow participation by promoting a safe and fun playing environment through developmentally appropriate rule sets tailored to specific age groupings. The new rules follow the LADM recommendation that small-sided games be played at younger ages, with size of field and numbers of player progressively increasing as players develop both physically and cognitively. The rules also align with the new recommended player segmentation groupings that will take effect in September 2017.

The US Lacrosse Youth Rulebook is now available for download to the public.

For any rules question, please contact the GLOA Rules Interpreter Jeremy Redmon at rules@galaxref.com.

6U

6ufieldlayoutPlayers: 3v3 with no goalie.
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Time: Two 12-minute running time halves, 4-minute halftime period. No team timeouts.
Equipment: Sticks only, soft-type ball
Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet
Pre-game: Coin toss.
Faceoffs: None. Team that wins coin toss starts with ball at center x The ball is awarded to the team who was just scored upon on the ground along GLE.
Penalties: Immediate whistle for technical and personal fouls. Player leaves the field. No time-serving penalties. Penalties used as a teachable moment to explain the foul that has been committed. No offsides. Scrum rule.
Substitutions: No on the fly subs; dead ball whole team only.
Body Checking: NO body to body contact is permitted.
Stick Checking: Stick to stick contact is NOT permitted.
Score: Do not keep score.
Coaches:  Each team may have one coach roaming the field to instruct ALL the players in the game and serve as officials.
Officials: Not required.

6U lacrosse is the first experience with the sport of lacrosse for many young athletes. The boys entering at this point have a vast difference in their physical and cognitive developments. The game they play should be designed to “level the playing field” and provide opportunity for any and every child that wants to participate. The emphasis at this age group should be to instill a love and excitement of playing, while developing fundamental movement skills that will be valuable in any future athletic endeavors.

checkingyouthrules8U

Players: 4v4 with no goalie or 3v3 plus a goalie
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Time: Two 12-minute running time halves, 4-minute halftime period. No team timeouts.
Equipment: Full equipment, soft-type ball. Goalie arm pads are optional.
Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet
Pre-game: Coin toss and ALL players line up.
Faceoffs: None. The ball is awarded to the team who was just scored upon on the ground along  GLE.
Substitutions: No on the fly subs; dead ball whole team only.
Score: Do not keep score.
Coaches:  Coaches: Each team may have one coach roaming the field to instruct ALL the players in the game and serve as officials.
Penalties: Player leaves the field. No time-serving penalties. Penalties used as a teachable moment to explain the foul that has been committed. No offsides. No raking. Scrum rule.
Officials: Not required.

8U lacrosse is many young athletes first experience with the sport
of lacrosse. The boys entering at this point have a vast difference in
their physical and cognitive development. The game they play should be designed to level the playing field. Every effort should be made so kids have the opportunity to play and develop the fundamental skills of lacrosse. The emphasis at this age group is on instilling a love and excitement of playing, while developing the fundamental athletic skills that will be valuable in any future athletic endeavors.

10U

Players: 6v6 with no goalie or 5v5 plus a goalie
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Time: Four 8-minute running time quarters, with a 2 minute break between each quarter. No overtime.
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball. Arms pads for goalies optional.
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet (5×5 or 4×4 allowable)
Pre-game: Coin toss and ALL players line up.
Faceoffs: None. The ball is awarded to the team who was just scored upon on the ground along  GLE.
Penalties: Time-serving penalties. No offsides.  Scrum Rule.
Score: Scorekeeping is optional but US Lacrosse does not recommend.
Substitutions: No on the fly subs; dead ball whole team only.
Coaches:  If a certified official is used, coaches are restricted to their sideline and may roam the entire length of the field but not through the opposing team’s bench area or the timer’s/penalty area.
Officials: Not required.

10U lacrosse is where young athletes begin developing fundamental technical skills in lacrosse. The boys entering the sport at this point have a vast difference in their physical and cognitive development and the game they play should be designed to develop a combination of athletic movement skills, and fundamental technical skills for playing lacrosse. The emphasis at this age group is on instilling a love and excitement of playing, while developing the fundamental athletic skills that will be valuable in any future athletic endeavors.

12U

Players: 7v7 or 10v10, depending on size of field used. Minimum of 10 players for full field and 7 players for cross field.
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field) or 110 yards by 60 yards
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball. Arm pads for goalies are optional. Only two long (7 on 7) or three (10 on 10) crosses on field.
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet
Pre-game: Coin toss and ALL players line up.
Faceoffs: 7 on 7: One  wing player shall in bounds with at least one foot resting on a sideline; released on whistle.  10 on 10: both in bounds with at least one foot resting on a sideline; released on whistle.
Penalties: Time-serving penalties. Offsides is a technical foul. In 7 on 7: more than 4 players in its offensive side or more than 5 players in its defensive side (including players in the penalty box).
Time:  Four 10-minute stop time quarters, 2 minute break between each quarter and a 5 minute half time. Two Team timeouts per half. Two overtime periods allowed.
Score: Scorekeeping is optional but US Lacrosse does not recommend.
Substitutions: No on the fly subs; dead ball whole team only.
Coaches:  Not permitted on the field of play at 12U; confined to their designated coach’s box on the sideline.
Officials: 2 certified officials.

12U lacrosse is where young athletes are honing their technical skills and begin building the tactical skills needed in lacrosse. The boys entering the sport at this point have a vast difference in their physical and cognitive development and the game they play should be designed to reinforce fundamental technical skills and practical tactical applications for playing lacrosse. Essentially, they are preparing to be competitors.

14U

Players: 10v10
Field Size: 110-120 yards by 521/3-60 yards
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball. Arm pads for goalies are optional.
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet
Pre-game: Coin toss and starters line up.
Faceoffs: Standard NFHS faceoff.
Penalties: Time-serving penalties. Offsides is a technical foul. In 7 on 7: more than 4 players in its offensive side or more than 5 players in its defensive side (including players in the penalty box).
Time:  Four 10-minute stop time quarters, 2 minute break between each quarter and a 5 minute half time. Two Team timeouts per half. Overtime periods until a winner is determined.
Score: Scorekeeping is optional but US Lacrosse does not recommend.
Substitutions: No on the fly subs; dead ball whole team only.
Coaches:  Not permitted on the field of play at 12U; confined to their designated coach’s box on the sideline.
Officials: 2 certified officials.

14U lacrosse is where young athletes begin emerging into a competitive environment.