SCLA Rules and Regulations

SCLA Rules and Regulations

Mission

The mission of the SCLA is to provide an opportunity for all age-eligible youth players, to play lacrosse.  It will maintain fairness of competition and create an environment in which athletes learn the value of teamwork and competition.

Introduction

The SCLA demands that all coaches, players and spectators of lacrosse game adhere to the highest level of sportsmanship and safety.  To ensure those goals, this document has been written which identifies rules and conduct for all players, coaches and spectators. It also serves as a supplement to the 2012 National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Boys Lacrosse Rules Book. 

Rules

Eligibility

Age-eligible players (see SCLA and US Lacrosse age-eligibility chart below) are eligible to participate.

 

SCLA is divided into four divisions:  U9 Division, U11 division, U13 division and U15 grade division. Within the divisions there may be tiered levels of play. Red Division includes more experience players. White Division includes more developmental players. 

 

Players may play up one level. i.e an age-eligible U11 player may “play up” in U13.  The decision to play up must be mutually agreed upon by the Coach, Parent and Player and determining factors include maturity, physical size, and skill level.

SCLA and US Lacrosse Age-Eligibility Rules:

 

U15 – All Players must be 14 years old or younger on the August 31 date preceding competition.

 

U13 - All Players must be 12 years old or younger on the August 31 date preceding competition.

 

U11 - All Players must be 10 years old or younger on the August 31 date preceding competition.

 

U9 - All Players must be 8 years old or younger on the August 31 date preceding competition.

 

All SCLA member programs are responsible for confirming the age-eligibility of their players. If a player is found to be age-ineligible then all SCLA games the player participated will become a forfeit loss. Further the SCLA has the right to declare the team found in violation ineligible for the SCLA playoffs. 

 

Player Assignment

The main factor that determines a player assignment to youth teams is the School District designated high school based on the player’s (primary residence) home address.

 

The following towns: Agoura, Calabasas, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks and Westlake and their high schools are referenced by the SCLA to determine a player's assignment to a youth team. Additionally, the towns of Simi Valley, Pasadena and Santa Clarita are participating towns in the SCLA. Simi Valley’s player pool is determined generally by its city limits. Santa Clarita is allowed to draw from the local area. The SCLA reserves the right to further define these limits as the number of participating towns grows.

 

Any player who does not fall into the participation guidelines for the youth teams in SCLA will be considered at-large players.  At-large players will be assigned to teams no earlier than 15 January in order for rosters to stabilize.  At-large placement will be determined by the SCLA based on player residence and needs of the teams in the SCLA.  Once an at-large player is placed with a town, they are no longer considered at-large for the duration of their participation in the SCLA.

 

Rosters will be submitted to the SCLA Division Directors prior to participation in the Jamboree for U11, U13 and U15 age-groups. The U9 Division rosters can be submitted any time prior to the first regular season games.

 

Any member team of the SCLA who does not abide to all items herein may forfeit its season, be sanctioned by the league and/or may be ineligible for post-season play.

 

Oak Park Exception: As long as Oak Park retains their “Open District Designation,” then regardless of where players live, if they CURRENTLY are enrolled in any school in Oak Park, and they have never played on any SCLA team before, then those players have the choice of either playing for their home town team OR the Oak Park team. Once that choice is made, it cannot be changed during their SCLA career.

 

Playing Time

All coaches will adhere to minimum playing time requirements for all players during the regular season, unless removed due to injury. Each player shall see playing time in each half of an SCLA games. The unsportsmanlike practice of players “touching the field” is not considered “playing time”. The playing time will be documented by the scorekeeper. The scorekeeper will give a verbal warning to each coach with 4 minutes left in each half for any player who has not seen action that half.  The penalty for not adhering to the minimum playing time is a one game suspension for the head coach. If the infraction occurs during the last regular season game then the penalty will be applied to the first playoff game.

 

Game Protests

Game protests must be submitted via email through the town’s Youth Director to the SCLA Division Director no more than 24 hours after the game. The opposing team’s SCLA Representative shall be copied on the email.

Dress Code & Player Equipment

Jersey colors must be approved by the SCLA prior to season to avoid teams having similar colors.

 

Waistbands of uniform shorts must be at waist level.

 All players shall wear mouth guards. These mouth guards must be of a visible color other than white or clear. Players must wear all necessary equipment as described in the 2013 NFHS Rules and Regulation and wear certified helmets which satisfy safety guidelines of U.S. Lacrosse. Goalies must wear cups and arm pads, although goalie arm pads do not need to be full length.

 

Sticks may not have hanging strings exceeding two inches. Sticks must meet the following requirements.

 

Division

Short Crosse

Long Crosse

Goalkeeper Crosse

U9

U11 White

U11 Red

U13 Red/White

U15 Red/White

37-42 inches

37-42 inches

40-42 inches

40-42 inches

40-42 inches

None

None

52-72 inches

52-72 inches

52-72 inches

 

Less than 72 inches

Less than 72 inches

Less than 72 inches

Less than 72 inches

Game Day - Field Volunteer Requirements

  • Home team responsibilities include field set-up (first game) and field tear-down (last game).  The home team will also provide the Field Commissioner and Scorekeeper. 
  • The visiting team will provide the Timekeeper. 
  • Specific responsibilities are available through the individual Youth Directors.  Each coach will provide a roster to the Scorekeeper prior to the game.

Game Rules

The SCLA Youth program will comply with 2013 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book, specifically the Youth Rules which begin on page 86.  The SCLA encourages players, parents, and coaches to look at the new NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules Book as there have been several changes affecting Youth play.  SCLA mostly abides by the US Lacrosse Youth Rules and Recommendations and forms divisions by age-group. Boys U15 Division, U13 Division, U11 Division and U9 Division.

 

Length of the Game by Division and OT Rules:

 

U15 Red/WhiteFour 10 min. stop-time quarters. 10 min halftime maximum.

Time between 1st and 2nd periods and 3rd and 4th periods will be 2-minutes.

In the event of tie score at end of regulation a single 5-minute stop-time OT period is played. First team to score wins. If the score is tied at the end of OT the game is recorded as a tie.

Two 1-minute timeouts per team per half in regulation play. One 1-min. timeout per team in OT.

 

U13 Red/WhiteFour 10 min. stop-time quarters. 10 min halftime maximum.

Time between 1st and 2nd periods and 3rd and 4th periods will be 2-minutes.

In the event of tie score at end of regulation a single 5-minute stop-time OT period is played. First team to score wins. If the score is tied at the end of OT the game is recorded as a tie.

Two 1-minute timeouts per team per half in regulation play. One 1-min. timeout per team in OT. 

 

U11 RedFour 10 min. stop-time quarters. 10 min halftime maximum.

Time between 1st and 2nd periods and 3rd and 4th periods will be 2-minutes.

In the event of tie score at end of regulation a single 5-minute stop-time OT period is played. First team to score wins. If the score is tied at the end of OT the game is recorded as a tie.

Two 1-minute timeouts per team per half in regulation play. One 1-min. timeout per team in OT. 

 

U11 WhiteFour 12 min. running time quarters. 10 min halftime maximum.

Time between 1st and 2nd periods and 3rd and 4th periods will be 2-minutes.

In the event of a tie a single 5-minute OT period (running time) is played. First team to score wins. If the score is tied at the end of the OT period the game is recorded as a tie.

Two 1-minute timeouts per team per half in regulation play. One 1-min. timeout per team in OT. 

 

U9Four 10 min. running time quarters. Two minutes bet. Quarters. 10 min. halftime. No OT. No scorekeeping or team standings will be kept at the U9 level. 

Running Clock Games (U11 White and U9) Timeouts and Fouls:

Timeouts: In Divisions (U11 White and U9) each team will be given two time-outs per half  and the Game Official can also stop the clock for an “official’s time-out” or at referee discretion for injury.

Fouls: In Divisions (U11 White and U9) with a running clock, technical fouls will be 45 seconds and personal fouls will be 90 seconds.

Goal Differential for “no face-off option” : 

U15 – There is no goal differential in the U15 Division. Face-off occurs following every goal.

U13 Red - There is no goal differential in the U13 Red Division. Face-off occurs following every goal.

U13 White - Trailing team has the discretion to be awarded possession at a 6-goal differential. No face-off.

U11 Red/White - Trailing team has the discretion to be awarded possession at a 6-goal differential. No face-off.

 

U9 – The goal differential / no face-off rule is not applicable. No scorekeeping in U9 games.  

 

 

10-Goal Differential– If at any time during a “stop-time” game the goal differential is 10 goals or greater, Game Officials will invoke “running clock” and maintain running clock until the goal differential is under 10 goals at which time the game reverts back to “stop-time”. 

 

Maximum number of SCLA Certified Coaches in the “Coaches Box”:

A maximum of four (4) coaches will be allowed on the players sidelines.  Only those individuals who have completed their SCLA certification and have successfully passed their NCSI Background Checks will be accepted as one of the four coaches on the sideline per team. 

 

ONLY the Head Coach can communicate with Game Officials”.

 

Checking Rules:

U15, U13 Red/White:

Body-checking is permitted within 3 yards of the ball but no take-out checks are permitted.  Take-out checks are defined as any check in which the player lowers his head or shoulders with the force and intent to put the other player on the ground. 

 

U11 Red/White, U9:

No body-checking of any kind (including “man/ball”).

 

ALL DIVISIONS

No contact above the shoulders with the head and neck with either a player’s stick or any part of the player’s body. No spearing. Penalty: 1-3 minute non-releasable or ejection. Game official’s discretion.

 

PCRA/SCLA Game Officials will enforce NHFS slashing rules

 

20/10 Rule:

 

U15 Division -  NFHS 20/10 Rule applies for the entirety of the game.

 

U13 Red – NFHS 20/10 Rule does not apply but can be invoked prior to the start of the game if mutually agreed upon by both Head Coaches and the Game Official. 

 

U13 White, U11 Red/White, U9 – 20/10 Rule does not apply

 

Stall Warning: 

 

At U15 the Stall Warning is in effect at all times. Stall Warning is called when the attacking team is not attacking the goal in a reasonable amount of time (officials judgment).

At U13 the Stall Warning is in effect the last two minutes of the game. The referee determines/judges if the attacking team is purposely stalling.


If either Division is called for a Stall Warning, the official will shout "Get it in and Keep it in" if they are outside the attack area. "Keep it in", if they are in the attack area. In both cases the team has 10 seconds to get the ball in the attacking area or they risk losing possession of the ball.

 

NFHS Stall Warning rule does not apply in the U11 and U9 divisions.

 

Player and Coach Conduct :

Foul language will NOT be tolerated at the youth level.  Any player or coach using profane or derogatory language on the field or bench may receive a 1 – 3 minute non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

 

           U15, U13 and U11 Red - 4 personal fouls or 5 minutes of personal foul time

           result in a player fouling out of the game.

 

           U11 White and below - 3 personal fouls or 5 minutes of personal foul time results

           in a player fouling out the game.                                

 

Time serving penalties are observed in ALL divisions. Officials may, at their discretion, stop a game due to flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior.

 

           Multiple incidents of a player fouling out of games may result in suspension of 1  

           or more of the following games. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis

           by the SCLA.

 

Time serving penalties are observed in ALL divisions. Officials may, at their discretion, stop a game due to flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior.

 

           Other:

 

Incidental off-sides that does not impact the game is not considered a violation

 

In addition to standard boys issue equipment requirements, Goalies to be eligible for SCLA game competition must have wear the following equipment:

  • Chest Protector
  • Throat guard
  • Protective cup
  • Elbow protection. Does not need to be full-length but sweat bands are not protection. 

Game officials can stop play for broken or illegal equipment.

Schedule

The U11, U13 and U15 Division schedules will consist of a pre-season Jamboree which is not included in the league standings, regular season games, playoffs and an all star game.  The U9 Division may participate in the pre-season Jamboree and will participate in regular season games and an end of season Jamboree.

Forfeited Games

A game is an official forfeit after a ten minute delay by a team failing to have a coach present or 10 players to start the game.

Coaches

All coaches (head and assistant) must conform to the rules for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), U.S. Lacrosse Youth Council and the SCLA.  Any violation of the rules from any of these sources will be grounds for disciplinary action from the SCLA and/or game officials.  All coaches are required to sign a SCLA Coach Code of Ethics form prior to the first practice which acknowledges a coach's adherence to these rules of conduct.  All coaches will receive a rules review from an SCLA approved referee and a background check. 

 

Head coaches must be 18 years of age or older

Player Conduct

All players must conform to the rules for the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), U.S. Lacrosse Youth Council and the SCLA.  Any violation of the rules from any of these sources will be grounds for disciplinary action from the SCLA and/or game officials.

 

All players and parents/guardians are required to sign a Player/Spectator Code of Conduct form which acknowledges a player's and spectator’s adherence to these rules of conduct.  This form shall be part of each town’s registration package.

Spectator Sportsmanship

All spectators must be seated on the opposite side of the players between the end lines and 6 yards from the sidelines.  No one shall be seated on the end lines.

 

In all cases spectators are expected to exhibit the same level of sportsmanship as players and coaches. Therefore, before, during and after games they will not use profanity toward officials, players or opposing fans and coaches and any other forms of unsportsmanlike conduct.  In all cases spectators will not incite teams or other spectators with provocative taunting.  The Field Commissioner and/or game officials may elect to cite any spectator for violation of these or other unsportsmanlike standards and take any action deemed necessary, which may include a non-releasable penalty, game forfeiture or dismissal from the facility.

 

Player Float Rule:

Towns with more than one team in a single division (Red, White or Open), but with less than 36 total registered players in that division, will be allowed to “float” players between those teams to ensure a game time roster of 18 kids.  The intent should be to fill gaps in rosters; not to gain a competitive advantage.  If floating players are used, they will be annotated on the score sheet with an “F” next to their number. 

The following guidelines will be followed when “floating” players:

 

  • In age-groups with Red and White Divisions, floating will be allowed from White to Red, from White to White,or from Red to Red.
  • Floating will be allowed among all teams in the U11, U13 and U15 age-groups.
  • The “float” rule is modified during playoffs to ensure a game time roster of 16 players. (Float Rule continued next page)
  • If a club begins the season with 36 or more players in a division and sees its permanent roster diminish to less than 36 players, it may petition the SCLA to have the option to float players according to the aforementioned guidelines.
  • The Division Directors will periodically review the floating patterns and procedures to ensure that all programs are adhering to the intent of the rule.

 

SCLA Member programs with a minimum of two teams in a single age-group comprised of tiered divisions (Red & White) must place at least one team in the Red division.   

 

SCLA Decisions

When conditions are presented throughout the lacrosse seasons which are not identified within this document, the SCLA has complete and full authority to disposition the matter by calling for a vote of the SCLA Executive Board.

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