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YOUTH RULES U9 AND U11 GAME MODIFICATIONS


Youth lacrosse rules are designed to emphasize player safety, enjoyment and retention through the development of individual stick skills, game situations, team play, safety and sportsmanship. Youth rules highlighted below are modifi cations of US Lacrosse rules and aimed at supporting the physical, cognitive and skill progression of each age group.


COACH: U9: one coach allowed on fi eld to instruct players in a positive manner. Keeping score optional. No more than 3 in defi ned coaching areas. U11: coaches must remain in the defi ned coaching area (no more than 3).


CHECKING: absolutely no checking allowed in U9 or U11.


FIELD: U9: plays on a modifi ed fi eld with a reduced number of players (7v7). U11: may play on modifi ed fi eld or regulation fi eld (12v12).


GAME TIMES: maximum 20-minute running time halves. No overtime.


PLAYERS: U9: 7v7, goalkeeper and keeping score optional. U11: either 12v12 or 7v7. 7v7 is played on a modifi ed fi eld.


STICKS: regulation fi eld stick with or without modifi ed pocket. Sticks may be cut to match length of a player’s arm. Goalkeepers are allowed mesh pockets and sticks up to 52 inches long.


MODIFIED POCKET: no more than half of the ball may fall below the bottom of the sidewall.


MODIFIED GOAL: Smaller (street hockey type) cages may be used. The goal may be modifi ed with a shooting net or turned over to present the triangle opening if no goalkeeper is present.


OFFICIALS: at least one US Lacrosse-certifi ed offi cial. Two US Lacrosse certifi ed offi cials are recommended on all games at all levels.


PENALTY ADMINISTRATION: cards must be issued at all levels of play. At the U9 and U11 levels, a substitute must take the place of the carded player while she serves her penalty time.


• No shooting from free position if no goalkeeper or open net • No offside if 7v7 • No follow through into goal on shots • Offensive 3 seconds called if defense in checkable position


DEPUTY: A deputy is a fi eld player who may enter the goal circle when the goalkeeper is not present. No deputy allowed at any youth level, U9/U11/U13/U15.


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