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FOULS BODY CHECKING


WHAT IS IT? Body contact is an important component of boys’ lacrosse.


Although body checking of any kind is forbidden at U11 and below levels, legal pushes and holds as well as incidental contact and “boxing out” during ground


balls are acceptable. FUNDAMENTALS


LEGAL CHECK In U13 and U15 only, body checks should be delivered in an upright position with both hands on the stick.


LEGAL HITTING Contact must be above the waist and below the shoulders with both hands together on the stick from the front or side - never from the back.


DEVELOPMENTAL


U9 AND BELOW - Body checking NOT permitted


U11 - Body checking NOT permitted U13 & U15 - Limited body checking


Players should first learn effective body positioning.


Defensive position shouldn’t be sacrificed to initiate contact.


Players should remain on their feet when making body contact.


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BOYS YOUTH RULES GUIDEBOOK USLacrosse.org/ProperContact


SHOULDERS Player may not lower his head or shoulder to make initial contact.


INCIDENTAL CONTACT U11 and below players should “play the ball,” during ground balls but incidental contact and “boxing out” are not considered violations.


PLAY SAFE


Take-out checks are illegal and a serious offense at all levels.


If a player about to be legally body checked turns away from the check to make it appear illegal, no foul is called. Initial contact determines whether body check is legal.


Do not check a player from behind.


Do not cut block or hit a player below the waist.


Call “release” on a ground ball possession to let teammates know body contact is no longer legal.


WHEN a player intentionally contacts another player with his body


WHERE within 3 yards of loose ball


WHO a defender or a player competing for a loose ball/ball in flight


WHY to prevent advancement to the goal or gain possession of a loose ball


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