Boys 5/6-Rules

UpdatedFriday August 13, 2021 bySean Caine.

UALA 5/6 Rules

USA Lacrosse Boys Youth Rules govern play with several local rule modifications:    

  • We will play 8 v 8 on a regulation field measuring roughly 30 by 60 yds using USA Lacrosse guidelines for boys squad play
  • Select teams play 10 v 10
  • Crosse lengths will be limited to 40”- 42” in length. No Long Crosses
  • Play will be divided into four 12 minute long quarters with running clock.  There is a 2 minute interval between quarters and a 5 minute halftime.
  • Each team gets one minute timeout per half
  • Players perform running substitution through box during normal game play or at Coaches discretion.  During stoppage of play for ball out of bounds/fouls, etc. substitutions can be made.
  • Players will be rotated through each position during the game.
  • Groundballs may not be raked or scooped one handed.  This results in loss of possession.
  • Loose balls covered by the goalie crosse in the crease or if the goalie has one or two feet in the crease will be the “Goalie Ball”.  The Referees will control play by declaring “Goalie Ball” when the ball is covered.
  • No down checking on ground balls is allowed.  However, down checking is permitted in the form of a slap/poke check by the defender guarding on offensive player with possession of the ball.  In accordance with US Lacrosse guidelines, checks must be delivered to the Crosse or glove hand only.  Overhead checks and one-handed checks that do not make contact with the Crosse of glove hand are presumed slashing. 
  • No body checking is permitted although equal pressure within 3 yards of a ground ball in a man ball or boxing out situation is allowed.  
  • Technical foul penalties (Downcheck, loose ball push, etc.) are enforced with change of possession. 
  • Personal fouls are enforced with offending player leaving field of play for instruction by his coach and a “Man Up/ Fast Break” situation will be awarded to the opposing team.  The offensive players will align in an “L” formation with two attackmen (base left, base right) along the goal line and a third attackman/midfielder setting the point.  Two defensemen will cover the goal line attackmen and the third defensemen will “split the difference between the point man and oncoming midfielder.  The offended midfielder (or someone on the field picked by the Coach) will advance the fast break.  All remaining midfielders from the offense and defense must retreat to the defensive GLE.  The ball is declared “Hot” immediately (no additional passes required) on the referees whistle, fast break is initiated with all midfields being released.     
  • No formal score or standing is kept.  Despite everyone’s best intentions, games sometime become obviously unbalanced.  In the spirit of cooperative learning, Coaches may agree to make the game more enjoyable for all by increasing the number of passes the leading team must complete before scoring or awarding the trailing team possession at midfield following goals.
  • Each team must receive two passes in the offensive side of the field prior to shooting.  As the season progresses, additional passes may be required in order to shoot.  Offense retains shooting rights until ball is advanced across midfield by defense.  Referee will declare when the ball is “Hot”.
  • Man to Man defense only.  No Defense hovering in a zone in front of the goal.
  • Failure to defend:  if the defense fails to cover a player with the ball within 3 seconds (referee provides a 3 second count) the ball is declared “Hot” and ready to shoot.,