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
**All Players must complete the online player waiver prior to participation. Mouth guards 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 4 – 12 minute running quarters.
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.
Penalties- are running time starting on the whistle (30 or 60 Sec) Penalty time stops during injuries, time-outs and while another penalty is being assessed.
Stick Length- 4th Grade - Max length of the stick shall be 37-42 inches or 47-54 for long poles.
Checking- Limited body checking in 7th and 8th Grade divisions only. Big hits & physical play (even within three yards of a loose ball) constitute unnecessary roughness. (1 min penalty)
Counts- 5th-8th Grade: Clearing Counts of 20 seconds to cross 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 4 goals. NO Counts: 4th Grade - Exception is a 5 sec goalie count
Time-outs- One (30) second time-out per game. The game clock will stop during a time-out.
Alternate possession- When the official cannot determine who should be awarded ball it will be given to away team, which is team on right side of schedule.
Tie Game- There is no overtime in the regular season. Each team will receive 1 point.
Overtime- In the event of a tie in the playoffs, overtime will consist of unlimited 8-minute periods until a goal is scored.
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.
Issues or concerns- Tournament Directors will only communicate with team head coaches and assistants on all matters.
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 (ex. A player could not play for a 2023 AA and A team) Limited age exceptions can be made in advance at the discretion of tournament directors.
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. The player may also be removed from the league. The offending team may have to forfeit the game at the discretion of 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.
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