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OFFICIAL HAND SIGNALS DIAGRAM OFFICIAL’S MOTIONS PERSONAL FOULS


PERSONAL FOULS Personal fouls are those of a serious nature and will result in a man advantage. The emphasis on safety and sportsmanship in youth lacrosse is expressed in stricter enforcement of personal fouls. Official points finger(s) upward and blows whistle.


An offending player’s team will be a man down while he serves his penalty in the penalty box. A personal foul can be one, two, or three minutes, depending on the official’s judgment of the severity and perceived intent of the foul. Fouled team will be given possession.


Fouls will be called for a body check:


• of an opponent without possession of the ball or more than 3 yards from a loose ball.


ILLEGAL BODY CHECK Elbow is brought horizontal to shoulder with hand on chest and then moved up-and-down


NO body checking of any kind permitted in U11 and below


Take-out checks NOT ALLOWED at any level, ever!


Hits on defenseless players are considered illegal body checks.


• delivered without 2 hands on the stick


• avoidable hit on opponent who’s already passed or shot the ball.


• to a player from behind, below the waist or above the shoulders, including following through to head.


• to a player with any body part other than their feet on the ground.


• initiated with the head, also known as spearing and assessed a non-releasable penalty.


• considered more aggressive than necessary to knock to the ground, injure the player or made in a reckless or intimidating manner.


CROSS-CHECK Pushing the arms away from body in a parallel fashion


A player cannot use the stick shaft between his hands to play an opponent, either when thrust against his opponent or striking him while running with his stick extended.


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