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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 modifications of US Lacrosse rules and aimed at supporting the physical, cognitive and skill progression of each age group.


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


CHECKING: absolutely no checking allowed in U9 or U11. FIELD: U9/U11: plays on a modified field with reduced number of players (7v7) GAME TIMES: maximum 20-minute running time halves. No overtime. PLAYERS: U9/U11: 7v7, may include a goalkeeper, keeping score optional.


STICKS: regulation field stick with or without modified 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 modified with a shooting net or turned over to present the triangle opening if no goalkeeper is present.


PENALTY ADMINISTRATION: cards must be issued at all levels of play. At U9/U11 levels, a substitute must take the place of a carded player.


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


DEPUTY: No deputy allowed at any youth level, U9/U11/U13/U15.


U9 AND BELOW: After goals, possession will be taken at the center by the team that was scored upon. Player positioning for the draw will apply. The defender shall stand 4m away at a 45 degree angle and all other players must stand. This is an indirect free position. The ball must be passed prior to an attempted shot. Note: The game and each half shall be started with a draw.


20 GIRLS YOUTH RULES GUIDEBOOK


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