2014 Youth Rules Meeting. Wally Petry SOLOA Youth/MS Assigner. Points of Emphasis 2014 Season. 1. Violent Collisions 2. Sportsmanship 3 Defenseless Players/High Hits Head and Neck Area 4. NOCSAE Lacrosse Balls. Mouth Pieces.
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3rd/4th Grade 37-42 inch cross for all players.
5th/6th Grade 37-42 inch cross, 47-54 inch cross for D Players
Goalie loses any part of his equipment stop play IMMEDIATELY.
Starting in the 2014 Season, all game balls must include the label
MEETS NOCSAE STANDARDS
If the ball does not meet this requirement, do not allow the ball on the field. Officials should check before the game.
The game of lacrosse at the youth level should focus on the development of individual stick skills, team work, player safety and sportsmanship. Some body contact is permitted.
3rd/4th grade level 1 step or less
5th/6th grade level 3 steps or less
- Body Checking a player from his blind side
- Body checking a player who has his head down in an attempt to play a loose ball.
- Body checking a player whose head is turned away to receive a pass, even if that player turns toward the contact immediately before the body check.
- When in doubt, consider the player defenseless
** 2-3 minute non-releasable penalty
Sports medicine research indicates that the severity of certain injuries may be reduced if a player can anticipate and prepare himself for an on coming hit. Other research indicates that peripheral vision may not be fully developed in many boys before the age of 15. Officials should be especially alert to these hits at all levels of youth play.
Swinging a stick at an opponent in a vicious or reckless manner regardless of whether contact is made or not.
Striking an opponent on any part of his body with the stick.
The gloved hand is considered part of the stick, but you cannot just slash an opponents hand, at some point you have to get the stick.
Any one-handed check is considered a slash, whether or not it makes contact with the opposing player’s stick.
1-3 minute penalty, if you think it was a vicious hit to the helmet, it can be non-releasable.