FORMAT & RULES (2020)

Timing:          Two 20-minute halves, running clock, with a 2-minute half time and 3 minutes between games.

We ask that you leave the field following your game to allow for the next contest. All teams should be warmed up and ready to take the field for the next game.

There will be one central horn used for timing.

  • One horn to signify the beginning of the game.
  • One horn to signify the beginning and end of halftime.
  • One horn to signify the end of the game.

 Rules: Live Love Lax Fall will follow all US Lacrosse & NFHS Rules with the following tournament specific modifications:

** There are NO timeouts – during an injury timeout, the clock will run **

Score keeping: There will be a flip chart and score sheet on all fields.  Officials will record the scores and coaches will sign off on them.  Coaches are responsible for the flip chart.  All official scores will be kept at tournament headquarters.

8-meter shots will be played out if the horn sounds for the end of the game or half. If the 8-meter is already in play when the game horn sounds, then the game is done at the time of the horn.

If a shot is in flight and was released from a stick prior to the horn and goes in the goal – goal is good (same ruling as USL).

Alternate possession – The team listed first on the schedule receives the first alternate possession.

1 Yellow card – the player must sit for 2 minutes, running clock, the official will keep time.
2 Yellow cards – the player must sit the remainder of the game. And may return to the next game.
RED card (Player) – The player must sit the remainder of the game and the NEXT game.
RED card (Coach) – the coach must leave the game and remain away from the game until the completion of the game.

Class of 2029/2030 (3rd & 4th Grade)

  • 12v12 full field
  • NO checking
  • Three-second rule for good defensive positioning
  • NO minimum pass rule
  • Four-goal rule will NOT be used

Class of 2027/2028 (5th & 6th Grade)

  • 12v12 full field
  • Modified checking with three seconds for good defensive positioning
  • NO minimum pass rule
  • Four-goal rule will NOT be used

Class of 2025/2026 (7th & 8th Grade)

  • Full checking
  • Four-goal rule will NOT be used

For 2020, we will implement the US Lacrosse guidelines for COVID-19 mitigation:
Start of Game – Game will start with a coin toss between officials and a coach from each team. The visitor will call the coin toss. The winner of the coin toss selects possession to start the first half/possession to start the second half or direction.

Possession after a goal – We will not take traditional draws. The goalkeeper will use her stick to retrieve the ball from the back of the net and roll it back to center. The center, from the team that did not score, will start with the ball on the center line and the defense may be 4 meters away in any direction. The official will whistle to indicate restart once both teams are set up. The lineup may be 4 defenders, 3 midfield, 4 attack but teams may adjust to 5 defenders, 3 midfield, 3 attack or 3 defenders, 3 midfield and 5 attack but no greater lineup adjustments may be made. This will be an INDIRECT start at all levels.

Inclement Weather Policy:

Inclement weather is out of the control of the tournament directors, officials, and site managers.  Safety is our number one concern.  In the event of thunder and/or lightening, all games will be suspended from the last occurrence.  Games will resume at their regularly scheduled times.  No games will be made up or delayed.

The tournament will be held in the rain.   In the event of heavy rain, it is up to the tournament directors, officials and site managers as to whether the field(s) is/are deemed safe to play on.