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GAME PLAY GOALIE PRIVILEGES


WHAT IS IT? The goal is in the center of a 9’ radius circle called


the crease. The goalie has special privileges while he is inside the crease.


WHEN during games and practice


WHERE the creases surrounding both goals


WHO only the goalie gets the special privileges of the crease


WHY to protect the goalie by giving him a “safe space”


FUNDAMENTALS


PRIVILEGES To keep privileges, goalie must have at least one foot inside his crease.


TIME Goalie can remain in the crease for four seconds after gaining possession of the ball.


DEVELOPMENTAL


U9 AND BELOW - Goal creases must always be on the field regardless of field size


Goalies should practice throwing passes from their crease within four seconds after making a save.


A goalie in the crease may block or bat the ball with any part of his body but he may not grab ball with his hand.


A goalie’s stick outside the crease may be checked as long as the ball is not in the pocket of his stick.


OFFENSE Offensive players may not enter the opponent’s crease at any


time.


DEFENSE Defensemen can enter their own crease without ball but do not receive goalie’s privileges.


PLAY SAFE


An offensive player may not dive or jump into the crease.


Defensemen must learn to cross over the back of the net without tripping.


Goalies are required to wear arm pads and protective cup per US Lacrosse youth rules.


Rules around the crease are designed to protect goalies from dangerous contact.


A defensive player may not illegally push an offensive player into the crease.


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