Achieve Lacrosse will comply with the 2020 US Lacrosse rules.
* The biggest change for the 2020 season is the inclusion of free movement.
TEAM SIZE: Each team will play with seven players; 1 goal keeper, 2 attack, 2 defense and 2 midfield, net protectors will be used if a team does not have a goal keeper.
EQUIPMENT: All players are required to wear a mouth guard and protective women’s lacrosse goggles. Goal keepers must wear ALL protective equipment: helmet with chin guard, chest protector, protective pants, shin guards, gloves and mouth guard
GAME LENGTH: Two 25 minute, running time halves; the clock will start on the hour. Teams must be ready to play 5 minutes before the hour and warm up as the previous hour’s teams are packing up. We encourage all players to arrive 15 minutes prior to game time to dress and stretch. The clock will run even if teams are not ready to play.
DRAW: Draws will be taken at the beginning of each half, one midfielder from each team will draw at the center of the field. After a goal the play will start again with the goalie clearing to her defense. The number of players around the circle during the draw shall be restricted to 3 players from each team at all levels.
SUBSTITUTIONS: All substitution will be on the fly or at a stoppage of play. Players are not allowed to stand on the field waiting to be substituted.
CLEARS: A goal keeper has 10 seconds to clear the ball once she has gained possession. If a goalie leaves the crease area with the ball she cannot return to the crease with possession of the ball. Goal keepers are not allowed to cross the midfield line.
ONE PASS RULE: Teams must make one pass once over the Midfield line before going to goal. This will slow down fast breaks and encourage passing.
A. If the attacking team intercepts a goalie clear after a saved shot or a goal they may go directly to goal. No additional pass required.
B. Any interception from the goalie or any other defensive player in the offensive zone, including a good check to cause a turnover, does not need an additional pass, however if the ball has cleared the offensive zone, marked by the restraining line, and a turnover occurs: one pass is required.
SELF-STARTS: A player may self-start after any foul occurring outside the critical scoring area and on any out-of-bounds (for fields that are non-boarded). For a whistle blown for a foul outside the critical scoring area or restarting the play on a boundary-ball, the player who is awarded the free position or possession, after coming to a stop/settled stance, may continue the course of play without waiting for an additional whistle. The player who committed the foul must make an attempt to go behind and all other defenders must be 4 meters away. The defender who fouled and all other defenders may engage as soon as the self start happens.
OUT OF BOUNDS:
A. Boarded Field: The ball may be played off the boards. The ball is considered out of bounds if it is lost over the boards, falls into the bench area, or touches a player not on the field. In accordance with US Lacrosse rules if it is obvious who threw the ball out of bounds the ball will change possession, and be awarded to the closest player on the opposing team. If however it is unclear, a throw between a player from each team will be taken where the out of bounds occurred.
B. Non-Boarded Field with True Sidelines: US Lacrosse rules apply.
OFF SIDES: Only 4 players from the offense and 5 from the defense (this includes the goalie) will be allowed inside the restraining line. If the field is only lined with a mid-line and no restraining lines, the mid-line will be used as the off sides line. Indoor leagues require 2 players from each team behind the restraining line.
SEEDS FOR FINALS: All teams play on the last week, the top two teams will play for a League Championship. Seeds are determined by 1. Points ( 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss) 2. Goals Against. 3. Goals For. No head to head as not all teams play all opponents.
- ILLEGAL USE of CROSSE: If contact is made with a stick that is being held in a horizontal position, the fouls shall be on the player whose stick is in that horizontal position.
- Check roughly or recklessly. Checks will be controlled. Checking as it pertains to each division: Modified Checking at the 5/6 grade level. FULL Checking for 7/8 grade and High School
- A player who checks to the head will receive a YELLOW CARD: a 3 minute penalty and the team will play a man-down. A second yellow card to the same player, may result in game ejection.
- Slash, excessive slashing will result in a YELLOW CARD – 3 minute, man down penalty.
- A player’s crosse cannot come within the sphere, around the face or throat of an opponent.
- With any part of her body guard the goal outside the goal circle so as to obstruct the free space to goal, between the ball and the goal circle, which denies the attack the opportunity to shoot safely. This call should be made only if the player with the ball is looking to shoot. If she is being doubled or tripled teamed and she has no opportunity to shoot to goal, the call should not be made.
- Set a moving or stationary pick out of visual field of an opposing player which does not allow enough time or space to stop or change direction and contact occurs.
- Detain an opponent by holding, tagging, or pushing against her body, clothing, or crosse with an arm, leg, body, or crosse. A player may not hold her crosse in such a manner as to restrain or hold back a player.
- Hold or cradle the head of her crosse in front of her face, within her sphere or close to her body, making a legal/safe check impossible.
- Shoot dangerously and/or without control.
- FOUL on the GOAL SCORER, any major foul committed against the goal scorer will be penalized. The goal will count and the game will be restarted with a free position at center for the team scoring the goal rather than a draw.
- Guard or cover a ground ball with a player’s foot or crosse.
- Check an opponent’s crosse when there is no established possession of the ball. “empty’ stick check.
- Allow any part of her body to impede, accelerate or change the direction of the ball to her team’s distinct advantage.
- Throw her crosse in any circumstance.
- Move before a whistle to start play.
PENALTY ZONE: The Penalty Zone has been developed to simplify penalty administration and address safety concerns around 8m free positions in the girl’s game. This area shall be cleared for all 8m free positions awarded above the goal line extended. The procedures for clearing the penalty zone remain the same as was previously used to clear the 8m arc with the following exception: if a pair of opposing players is to be moved to a hash adjacent to the ball carrier, the defensive player will be entitled to the inside position closest to the ball carrier.
- If a major foul by the defense takes place within 8 meters of the goal circle, including the “pie” area and above the goal line extended, the free position is placed on a hash mark and therefore the entire penalty area is cleared. All players within the penalty zone must take the shortest route out. For any major foul by the defensive player occurring in the Critical Scoring Area and below the goal line extended the foul is administered at the nearest dot. The penalty zone is not cleared when a foul is administered at a dot.
PENALTIES: In addition to the above penalties for major fouls, an official may give any number of verbal cautions or a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct or inappropriate behavior. If a player receives more than 2 yellow cards she will be suspended for the remainder of that game. Spectators must contribute to a safe-play environment by demonstrating positive and sportsman-like conduct and by understanding and appreciating the unique rules and culture of the women’s game.