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2018 Boys Youth Supplemental Rules

Adopted 11/15/17
Badgerland Lacrosse Association – 2018 Youth Boys’ Supplemental Rules

Badgerland Lacrosse Association (BLA) will follow US Lacrosse’s 2018 Youth Boys’ Rulebook, with the following amendments:

6U

Age and Eligibility – BLA employs two-year age segments. 6U is comprised of 5U and 6U players as defined in the USL Age Grouping Table. See BLA – Youth Boys’ Player
Segmentation Guidance for additional information.

1.3.1 If 3x3 goals are not available, an inverted 6x6 goal may be used. (A-Frame.) If the 6x6 goals cannot be safely inverted, a standard 6x6 goal may be used as a last resort.
1.5.1 A soft lacrosse ball or other soft athletic ball (i.e. tennis ball) of similar or larger diameter shall be used. Standard lacrosse balls must not be used.
1.6 Mini lacrosse sticks or regulation lacrosse sticks can be used. These sticks cannot exceed 37” in length.
1.9 Eye protection is not required, but highly recommended.
2.1.5 6U games may be played with coach(es) serving as the official(s).
2.8 Score shall not be kept.

8U

Age and Eligibility – BLA employs two-year age segments. 8U is comprised of 7U and 8U players as defined in the USL Age Grouping Table. See BLA – Youth Boys’ Player
Segmentation Guidance for additional information.
1.3.1 If 3x3 goals are not available, an inverted 6x6 goal may be used. (A-Frame.) If the 6x6 goals cannot be safely inverted, a standard 6x6 goal may be used as a last resort.
1.5.1 A soft lacrosse ball or other soft athletic ball (i.e. tennis ball) of similar or larger diameter shall be used. Standard lacrosse balls must not be used.
2.1.1 Both teams shall play 4v4 (no goalies and 4 fielders).
2.1.5 8U games may be played with coach(es) serving as the official(s).
2.8 Score shall not be kept.
4.3a On Center Spot Starts, a player must make one pass prior to shooting at or scoring a goal. (Appendix VII, Experimental Rules)
Adopted 11/15/17

10U

Age and Eligibility – BLA employs two-year age segments. 10U is comprised of 9U and 10U players as defined in the USL Age Grouping Table. See BLA – Youth Boys’ Player
Segmentation Guidance for additional information.
1.6 Long poles are not permitted at 10U
1.9B Hockey breezers (pants) may be worn.
2.1.1 Both teams shall play 6v6 (1 goalie, 2 Defense, 1 Middie, and 2 Attack).
2.1.5 One certified official is required for each 10U game. If the scheduled official does not show, the game may be played with coach(es) serving as the official(s).
2.7 The home team head coach shall designate a timekeeper.
2.8 Score shall not be kept, however, the home team head coach shall designate a penalty recorder if a certified official is used.
4.3a On face offs, a player must make one pass prior to shooting at or scoring a goal. (Appendix VII, Experimental Rules)
4.10 A 6 v 6 team is considered offside when a team has more than three players in its offensive half of the field, or more than four players in its defensive half of the field.
(Appendix VII, Experimental Rules)

12U

Age and Eligibility – BLA employs two-year age segments. 12U is comprised of 11U and 12U players as defined in the USL Age Grouping Table. See BLA – Youth Boys’ Player Segmentation Guidance for additional information.
1.6 Long poles are not permitted at 12U
1.9B Hockey breezers (pants) may be worn.
1.2.1 12U games shall be played on a full field.
2.1.1 Both teams shall play 10v10 (1 Goalie, 3 Defense, 3 Middies, and 3 Attack).
2.8 Scores may be kept. The home team head coach shall designate a scorekeeper.

14U

Age and Eligibility – BLA employs two-year age segments. 14U is comprised of 13U and 14U players as defined in the USL Age Grouping Table. See BLA – Youth Boys’ Player Segmentation Guidance for additional information.
1.9.2 Hockey breezers (pants) may be worn.

BLA Age Segmentation Guidelines

Badgerland Lacrosse Association – 2018 Youth Boys’ Player Segmentation Guidance

Badgerland Lacrosse Association (BLA) is a member of US Lacrosse (USL). BLA supports USL’s recommendations and rules when feasible. Due to differences between established lacrosse associations on the east coast and newer lacrosse association such as BLA, we feel it appropriate for BLA to deviate from the USL Player Segmentation guidance as follows:

1. AGE SEGMENTS

A majority of BLA clubs are not large enough to support single-age segments, thus BLA will employ two-year age segments as follows: 6U, 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U (even year age group is the oldest).

2. AGE WAIVER

BLA clubs with players whose birthdays fall outside of the USL Age Grouping /Player Segmentation window that wish to play with their grade may request an Age Waiver.
• The requesting club’s President shall send a Request For Age Waiver to the BLA Boys Youth VP.
• This request shall include a list of the players’ name, birth date, current grade level in school and age level at which they are requesting to play. (The list shall be sorted youngest to oldest.)
• Request For Age Waivers submitted by April 1st will be processed and returned to the requesting clubs at least 2 days prior to the league’s first game.
• Request For Age Waivers submitted after April 1st will be processed and returned within 30 days of receipt.
• Players outside of the USL Age Grouping/Player Segmentation window may not participate in their grade level league games until the waiver is approved and returned.
• Players outside of the USL Age Grouping/Player Segmentation window and above the corresponding grade level may not be granted an age waiver.
• Players with an Age Waiver and playing with their grade level may not also play with their higher age level.

NOTE: BLA is a recreational league. BLA players/teams that intend to participate in games and tournaments outside of BLA should verify the age eligibility of each of their
players before doing so.

2018 Rules Change Press Release

NEWS RELEASE


Officiating, Risk Minimization Remain Key in High
School Boys Lacrosse Rules Changes


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contact: James Weaver

 
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 23, 2017) — The 2018 high school boys lacrosse rules changes include clarifications to stick alignment and the use of visibly contrasting gloves and shafts, which are expected to ease the game’s officiating. 

Overall, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee adopted and refined numerous officiating-related rules during its July 17-19 meeting in Indianapolis. Collectively, the committee adopted or clarified 15 boys lacrosse rules and officials signals. All rules changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. 
“The committee believes the sport of boys lacrosse is currently in very good shape,” said James Weaver, director of performing arts and sports and staff liaison for boys lacrosse. “The committee is excited to continue looking into the health and safety of the sport, while minimizing risk during its growth.”

Rules 4-3-3d and 4-3-3n were among the most notable changes to officiating calls. Stick alignment clarification as part of Rule 4-3-3d now states that during faceoffs the reverse surfaces of crosses must match evenly so that the top of one head lines up with the throat of the other and they are perpendicular to the ground. A note was added to Rule 4-3-3n to add flexibility in achieving color contrast between the shaft, glove and head. However, the rule now specifically states the circumference of the shaft shall not exceed 3.5 inches, and a contrasting color between the head and the top glove must be visible on the shaft during faceoffs.
“The committee wanted to have a thickness guarantee as opposed to a color guarantee,” Weaver said. “As long as the shaft contrasts the head of the stick and gloves, the player is fine. The rule is in place because it makes it easier for officials to see if a player is attempting to grip the head above the throat.”
For the second year in a row, the committee made a point to clarify proper mouthpiece usage. Rule 6-5-2x addresses this with a clarification that a penalty will occur if a mouthpiece is not properly worn inside a player’s mouth. Weaver noted that it must not “fish-hook” outside of the mouth.
Additional changes include better defining home and away jerseys with Rule 1-9-1g(8), as well as the approval of Rule 1-7-5 to allow crosse pockets of manufactured nontraditional synthetic material. The adoption of Rules 1-2 and 4-9-2o were among the most significant committee changes not closely aligned with officiating, according to Weaver. 
From a playing rules standpoint, Rule 4-9-2o states that a goal will be allowed if a shot is released prior to the end of a period. Previously, a goal was awarded only if the ball crossed the plane of the goal prior to the end of a period.
The adoption of Rule 1-2 offers schools a third potential field layout. To provide economic relief, the committee introduced a unified boys and girls field that allows schools to line one set of shared boys and girls lacrosse field markings.
“If schools choose to use the unified field option, fields will all be 120 yards like the girls field is currently,” Weaver said. “It would also use the girls arch, but the notable changes include additional space in front of the goal for the boys. In the past, this was a 20-yard space between the restraining line and the goal but is now a 25-yard space. On the girls side, the goal is becoming two inches smaller while the boys goal remains the same.”
A complete listing of the boys lacrosse rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Lacrosse-Boys.”
According to the 2016-17 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, there are 111,842 boys participating in lacrosse at 2,900 high schools across the country.