1. Boys Lacrosse League Rules
Mid-Atlantic Spring League Rules

NXT works directly with local Lacrosse Officials Associations to ensure that all staffed officials are certified and have the opportunity to review our modified US Lacrosse Rules

2022 RULES

**All Players must complete the online player waiver prior to participation. Mouthguards must be  worn at all times along with appropriate equipment.** 
US Lacrosse/ NFHS rules with the following modifications and/or points of emphasis. Games will be played with running quarters or halves. 

Safety- In the event of inclement weather or extreme temperature, our Director of Health and Participant  Safety may recommend modifications to game time for safety reasons. 
**No crease dives** 

Penalties- Penalties are running time starting on the whistle (30 or 60 Sec). Penalty time stops during injuries,  time-outs, between quarters and halves, and while another penalty is being assessed. Penalties will  not be time and a half  

Stick Length- 2030’s, see US Lacrosse Guidelines; we recommend you follow.   

Checking- Limited body checking in 2027 and 2026 Grade. Big hits & physical play (even within three yards of a loose ball) constitute unnecessary roughness. (1 min penalty). One-handed stick checks are not allowed in 2028 and below.

Counts- 2029-2026: Clearing Counts of 20 seconds to cross the midline and 10 seconds to advance the ball into the box. The leading team must keep it in the box with under 2 minutes left in the game if the opponent is within 3 goals.  
**NO Counts: 2030’s - Exception is a 5-sec goalie count** 

Faceoffs- All ages following US Lacrosse and NFHS rulebooks. 

**Down, Set, Whistle.” No Motogrip, no Knee Down. The ball must be moved, raked, or directed immediately. Immediately is defined as within one step. Faceoff sticks require tape of a different color than your shaft and gloves at the top six inches of your shaft, below the head.**

Timeouts- One (30 second) time-out per game including playoffs. The game clock will stop during a time-out. There are no timeouts in overtime except in the playoffs and championship game. See below for additional timeout and overtime info.

Pool Play Overtime - There is a one 4-minute sudden victory overtime period in pool play. Each team will receive 1 point if a deciding goal is not scored. NO TIMEOUTS.

Playoff Overtime- In the event of a tie in the playoffs, overtime will consist of unlimited 8-minute overtimes. TIMEOUTS STOP CLOCK (30 seconds), one timeout per overtime period per team.

Championship Overtime- Championship game will consist of unlimited 8-minute periods until a goal is scored. TIMEOUTS STOP CLOCK (30 seconds), one timeout per overtime period per team. 

Mercy Rule- Applied when there is a (7) goal deficit in pool play. Teams down by (7) or more goals will get a free clear after each goal. Coaches can agree to waive this rule.

Forfeit- In the event of a forfeit, the winning team will be awarded 7 goals in reference to the 7 goal max differential. 


Official Score- Will be kept by the field coordinator and a referee. Post-game the field coordinator will certify the official score with both coaches and officials. Once scores are certified & reported they may not be challenged.  If a dispute arises please call a tournament director to the field.

Playoff Seeds- Teams will be seeded according to their overall record based on points; teams receive 3 points for win, 1 point for a tie.  If two teams are tied on points after the regular season, the following tie-breakers will be used:
1) Head to Head
2) Goal differential (max 7 per game +/-)
3) goals against
4) coin flip.

In the event of a 3+ team tie, the tiebreaker process starts at step 2. Once a team is selected as winning the 3+ team tiebreaker, the tie-breaking process restarts at step 2 until 2 teams remain. The process starts at step 1 once 2 teams are remaining.

Roster regulations- No player can compete on more than one team within the same age group or grad year for a different club. A player rostered on a “AA” team cannot participate on a “A” team, but a “A” rostered player can compete in the “AA” division, within the same club. Limited age exceptions can be made in advance at the discretion of tournament directors.  No limit to roster size.

Sportsmanship-  If a player leaves the sideline to get involved in an on-the-field altercation, or a player on the field runs from the opposite end crossing the midfield, that player is automatically ejected from the game and the following game. The player may also be removed from the league/tournament. The offending team may have to forfeit the game at the discretion of the tournament director. In the event that both teams have players exhibiting this behavior the game may be called and both teams will have the game recorded as a loss. The offending team or teams also may render themselves ineligible for the playoffs. The coaches and officials are expected to protect and promote the safety and well-being of all players. 

No tolerance policy- Alcohol, drugs, discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation by players,  coaches, or fans. If a player, coach, or fan are proven to be in violation of this, the result will be an immediate ejection from the tournament venue. 

Referees- can stop the game for any reason that he/she feels fit.

Issues or concerns- Tournament Directors will only communicate with team head coaches and assistants on all matters.