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MBYLL Rules Review for all Coaches and Officials

The following questions are simply designed to ensure that the rules changes and the safety points of emphasis are known by all Officials and Coaches who will do MBYLL games. We thank you for taking this seriously as we try to make the game better and safer for all.

Overarching Principle

The game is to be played with emphasis on the proper development of individual stick skills, team play, player safety, and sportsmanship.

It is our expectation that all coaches and officials know the rules.

If there is a conflict with regard to which rules are being followed at the start of a game, which are the correct rules to play under?

MBYLL League Standard rules apply whenever there is any disagreement. MBYLL has some minor differences from the standard USLacrosse Boys Youth Rules. We do not play NFHS high school rules.
Where should spectators view the game from?

Whenever possible parents and spectators should be on the opposite side of the field from the players bench.
A protective cup is required equipment for:

All Players! For safety reasons, no coach should allow a player to participate if that player in not wearing all of the required protective equipment, including a cup. The officials will rely on the head coach answering truthfully when asked if all of his players are equipped by rule!
Arm/Elbow Pads are required for goalies:

 At all youth age levels. This means that U15 goalies must be properly equipped and wear elbow pads. This is not optional.

For MBYLL Classic games only, face-offs are suspended and the trailing team is awarded the ball at midfield when there is:

A 6+ Goal lead. This can be waived by the trailing team if he chooses.
out. MBYLL pre-game checklist should still include text: If any team gains a 12+ goal lead, then coach of lead team should make discrete adjustments (i.e. STRONGLY encourage his players to use their off-hand, 3-passes before any shot, play new position, etc.). This rule would apply to Classic and Select, as it does to High School.
True or False, Coaches are allowed to be in the field of play at U13 and U15 provided they are less than three yards from the sideline:

False  -  A coach in the field of play at U13 or U15 shall receive a warning from the officials to stay behind the sideline completely off the field. A second offense is a technical foul served by the in-home player. A third offense should be an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

At the U9 level, two coaches per team may be allowed on the field during play to provide instruction during the game. Teams are encouraged to take advantage of this teaching opportunity but this presence does not authorize the coach on the field to address the game officials or - unless agreed to by the other teams coach - members of the opposing team. Coaches are encouraged to stay wider than the face off wing lines extended to the end line and not get in the way of players or officials.

At U11 one coach is permitted to be on the field per team.
The purpose is to enable coaches to provide positive instruction to their players without having to yell from the sidelines
Body contact at U15 and U13 can only be if the player is how many yards from the ball?

3 yards if the ball is on the ground or in flight.

All stick checks, body checks, legal holds, and legal pushes must be on a player in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball or ball in flight. This is a change from the 5 yards specified in prior years.

Referees should do the lineups prior to the start of the game by having the players line up 3 (not 5) yards from each other to emphasize the proper distance to the players for legal contact.
True or False, a referee can decide that a game shall be running time at his sole discretion:

False - Running time should only be used as an exception, and only if both coaches and the Referee all agree.
Substitution horns this season:

Are used at U9 and U11 on sideline and endlines, and at U13 and U15 on sidelines only.
True or False, a lacrosse player can foul out of a game (similar to basketball) if he gets 4 personal fouls:

True. Any player who accumulates 4 personal fouls or 5 minutes in personal foul penalty time shall be disqualified from the game. A substitute for that player may enter the game when the disqualified player would have been permitted to re-enter had he not fouled out.

For U9, a disqualified player must leave the field but his team may replace him with a substitute; no man up situation should occur.
A one handed stick check is a penalty if:
Any one-handed check shall be considered a slash, whether or not it makes contact with the opposing player. NOTE: This restriction applies at all youth age levels in 2014, especially U15.
What is the number and length of defense poles allowed at the youth level?

Four long poles are allowed at U15 with a maximum of 72 inches.

Four Poles with a maximum length of 60" (tiger poles) are allowed at U13. For U13 if a player uses a full size defense pole it shall be an illegal stick penalty.

No long poles of any length are allowed at U11 or U9, 42 inch sticks are the maximum at U11 and U9.

USLacrosse best practices recommend that players do not use poles any longer than the player is tall.
Player A has the ball and Player B attempts a stick check with both hands on his own stick, swinging it from greater than 90 degrees. What is the correct call?

If Player B makes contact with Player A's body, stick or if he misses him completely then it is still a slashing penalty for all three scenarios. From the rule book: SLASHING is called when a player: strikes an opponent in any part of the body with stick or swings his stick at opponent in a vicious or reckless manner regardless of whether contact is made or not
Take-Out Checks/Excessive Body-Checks are prohibited at every age level. What is the correct penalty for a take-out check?

PENALTY: Two- or three-minute non-releasable foul, at the official’s discretion. An excessively violent violation of this rule may result in an ejection.
A body-check that targets a player in a defenseless position. This includes but is not limited to: (i) body checking a player from his “blind side”; (ii) body checking a player who has his head down in an attempt to play a loose ball; and (iii) 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.

In keeping with the overarching emphasis on player safety and sportsmanship at the youth level, US Lacrosse expects stricter enforcement of the Cross Check, Illegal Body Check, Checks Involving The Head/Neck, Slashing, Unnecessary Roughness, and Unsportsmanlike Conduct rules than is common at the high school level.
Note that body-checks that might be acceptable in high school play may be excessive in youth lacrosse, and should be penalized accordingly

TAKE-OUT CHECK/EXCESSIVE BODY-CHECK. Take-Out Checks/Excessive Body-Checks are prohibited at every age level. A Take-Out Check/Excessive Body-Check is defined as:

a) Any body-check in which the player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to put the other player on the ground.

b) Any body-check considered more aggressive or more physical than necessary to stop the advancement of the player carrying the ball or to keep or move a player away from a loose ball. This includes but is not limited to: (i) any check in which a player makes contact with sufficient force and intent to knock down the opposing player; (ii) any check in which a player makes contact with sufficient force and intent to injure the opposing player; and (iii) any check made in a reckless or intimidating manner.

ART. 7 … LATE HIT. An avoidable body-check of an opponent after he has passed or shot the ball is an illegal body check.

Violent Collisions – Some body contact is permitted at all levels of boys’ youth lacrosse, with progressively more age-appropriate contact permitted as players become more physically mature and learn proper checking techniques. However, sports medicine research indicates that the severity of certain injuries may be reduced if a player can anticipate and prepare himself for an oncoming hit, and other sports medicine research indicates that peripheral vision may not be fully developed in many boys before approximately age fifteen. Therefore, there is no justification for deliberate and excessively violent collision by any player at any youth level, especially intentional player-to-player collisions with defenseless players (so-called “blind side” and “buddy-pass” checks), checks involving the head and/or neck, and excessive body-checks (“take-out checks”).

The 2014 NFHS Rules and US Lacrosse Boys Youth Rules more clearly define such violent collisions and in many cases increase the severity of the penalties that prohibit them. US Lacrosse urges officials to apply these rules and utilize the more severe penalty options, and reminds them that body-checks that might be acceptable in high school play may be excessive in youth lacrosse, and should be penalized accordingly. Coaches are encouraged to coach players to avoid delivering such checks, and to support the officials when they call such penalties. All participants must work together to reduce or eliminate such violent collision from the game.
Each team has how many time outs per half?
True or False, Officials are required to meet with both head coaches together (not individually) before the game to review the pre-game checklist for that age group and check that their MBYLL certification lanyard is worn in a visible manner:
Additionally, this season MBYLL Classic AND MBYLL Select play by the same rules, HOWEVER, MBYLL Classic teams have the option to waive non-safety related rules during the mandatory pre-game meeting IF both head coaches agree and the official is told before the start of the Classic game.
Example: U13 MBYLL Classic game, teams can waive the 20 + 10 second count.

For the U9 level No Downward Checks rule, replace the wording of "No Downward Check" and replace it with "No aggressive stick checks (regardless of whether it's downward, upward, or horizontal)".
Eligibility Rule for Select Team participation:
For U13 and U15 select players to be eligible to participate they must be signed up for a classic team plus select team, and play in classic games or they are ineligible to play in select games. A program found to have players participating in Select and not actively participating in Classic will be disqualified, forfeit all wins and be ineligible for post-season play.

U11 One Pass Rule Clarification:

  1. A team must make one attempted pass (they do not need to be completed) in the offensive side of the field prior to being able to shoot, and one pass attempt must happen after any whistle.
  2. This includes a face off man winning the draw, he must make one pass attempt.
  3. This also includes a player awarded possession at the face off X after a penalty or a goal, or when using the fast break rule.
  4. If one pass attempt has occurred in the offensive end and the defensive team gains possession of the ball but does not successfully clear the ball before losing possession, the original offensive team does NOT have to attempt any additional passes prior to shooting.
  5. U9 is two attempted passes, not one