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OBJECTIVES OF THE GAME


Girls’ lacrosse is a non-contact game played by 12 players, one may be a goalkeeper. The object of the game is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal. The team scoring the most goals wins.


After warm-ups and the pre-game equipment check with the offi cials, the game begins with a draw at the center of the fi eld. Only three players from each team are permitted between restraining lines at the time of the draw. Once the signal for the draw occurs, the players behind the lines may cross over.


Only seven attacking players are allowed over the offensive restraining line and only eight defenders (including goalkeeper) are allowed in their defensive end. Players may exchange places during play, but the player must have both feet over the line before a teammate enters.


When a whistle blows, all players must stop in place. Field players may pass, catch or run with the ball in their stick. Rough checks and contact to the body with the stick or body are not allowed.


Fouls are categorized as major, minor, team, goal circle, and misconduct fouls. The penalty for fouls is a “free position.” For major fouls, the offending player is placed 4 meters behind the player taking the free position. For a minor foul, the offending player is placed 4 meters from where she approached her opponent before committing the foul, and play is resumed.


If a game is tied at the end of regulation, sudden victory may be played at the older levels. Youth girls lacrosse rules are designed to emphasize the proper development of stick skills, team play, player safety and sportsmanship.


BEST PRACTICE


Coach and administrators should establish team guidelines and a code of conduct for players/parents prior to the season to be distributed and acknowledged by all.


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YOUTH RULES OBJECTIVES


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