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Boys 10U Coaches,
It has come to our attention that many 10U games have been deviating from the US Lacrosse rules related to face-off and body checking. Below are excerpts from the 2018 Boys Rule Book with links to the rulebook (which is posted on TourneyMachine under Documents as well).
Please brief your players and parents on these rules as they will be in force for the remainder of the season (as we train the Officials). This is a great time actually to introduce face-offs since many of the players will be moving up to 12U next season where this becomes a standard part of the game.
Body checking has gotten a bit too rough also and needs to be reigned in to allow the players to concentrate on building their skills without worrying about getting knocked down or hit with excessive force.
Thank you for your support!
Frank Logan, Director
10U Rules Refresher
LINK TO 2018 US Lacrosse Boys Youth Rules
Summary Points of Emphasis
10U BOYS’ RULES OVERVIEW
• No body checking but some contact is allowed
• Only stick checks permitted are (1) lift checks (2) poke checks (3) downward stick checks below both players shoulders
• Faceoffs with no players releasing from wing area
Restarting Play after a Save
After a goalie makes a save, the goalie will put the ball back into play with a normal clear. This is not a “free clear” - the goalie has 4 seconds to remain in the crease and he can not be interfered with while he has possession of the ball and is in the crease. If he leaves the crease the same rules apply as with other field players.
4.18 - GOAL CREASE PRIVILEGES AND 4.19 GOAL-CREASE PROHIBITIONS
No offensive player may enter the crease at any time. Offensive players may reach their stick into the crease for the sole purpose of collecting a loose ball. Defensive players are allowed to be in or pass through the crease as long as they are not in the crease with the perceived intention of blocking a shot. The only player who can attempt to block a shot is a legally equipped goalkeeper. Additionally, no opposing player shall make contact with the goalkeeper or his crosse while he is within the goal-crease area.
4.3 - FACING OFF
Play shall start at the beginning of each period and after each goal with a faceoff at the center spot. The official will conduct a faceoff with one player from each team.
4.4 - POSITIONING OF PLAYERS AND STARTING PLAY
A team shall place one face-off player at the center of the field and confine at least 2 players behind each goal line extended. Goalkeepers are confined to their crease during a face-off. All players are released when possession is gained or the ball crosses a goal line extended.
NO BODY CHECKING ALLOWED!
4.15 - ALLOWABLE BODY CONTACT
Examples of permitted body contact are:
(a) Legal holds – Holding is permitted under the following conditions
(1) An opponent with possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball may be held from the front or side.
(2) An opponent in possession of the ball may be played with a hold check from the rear if the hold exerts no more than equal pressure. For (1) and (2), a hold check shall be done with closed hand, shoulder or forearm; and both hands shall be on the crosse.
(3) A player may hold the crosse of an opponent with his crosse when that opponent has possession of the ball.
(4) A player within 3 yards of a loose ball may hold the crosse of his opponent with his own crosse.
(b) Legal pushes – A legal push is exerting pressure after contact is made and is not a violent blow. Pushing is permitted from the front or side when an opponent has possession of the ball or is within 3 yards of a loose ball. In this case, pushing shall be done with either closed hands, shoulder, or forearm, and both hands shall be on the crosse
(c) Positioning yourself against an opponent to gain possession of a loose ball (boxing out an opponent)
(d) Defensive positioning to redirect an opponent in possession of the ball (riding a player)
(e) Incidental contact
4.16 - CHECKING WITH CROSSE
In all cases, stick checks must be made with two hands on the crosse and to the crosse of an opponent or his gloved hand on his crosse. An opponent must be in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball.
Only checks with the crosse listed below are legal:
(a) Lift the bottom hand, shaft, or the head of the stick, whichever is below the chest area.
(b) Poke the bottom hand, shaft, or the head of the stick, whichever is below the chest area.
(c) Downward check initiated from below both players’ shoulders.
LINK TO 2018 US Lacrosse Boys Youth Rules