Rules 101

Contact rules

  1. Defenders can Body check, Push check, Poke check and Slap check the ball carrier
    • Body check – no checking below the waist or above the shoulders is allowed.
    • Push check – is a controlled push using your fist(s) as long as both hands are on your stick.
    • Poke check – is controlled spearing with the head of the stick. The head make contact with a glove holding the stick or the stick for it to be legal.
    • Slap check – is a controlled slash with the head of the stick. The head make contact with a glove holding the stick or the stick for it to be legal.
  2. Anyone can be checked if they are within 9 feet of a loose ball, even if the ball is in the air.
  3. No contact on the back is allowed.
  4. No cross-checking is allowed.
  5. No contact or interference is allowed if the opponent does not have the ball and is not within 9 feet of the ball.

Goal Rules:

  1. Goalie has 5 seconds to pass or carry the ball out of the crease.
  2. Offense can kick the ball in the net for a goal.
  3. Goalie can be treated like any other player when they leave their crease.
  4. Goalie can pass the ball back into his own crease once per possession.
  5. Players can pass the ball back to the goalie in the crease unlimited number of times per possession.
  6. Offensive player can reach into the crease to get the ball or shovel it in.
  7. An offensive player can score by diving into the goal crease as long as neither of his feet touch the crease or inside the crease, and the ball goes in the net before he touches the ground in the crease.
  8. Opposing players can never touch the goalie stick as long as the goalie has at least one foot in the crease.
  9. No defender can carry the ball into the crease, even the goalie.
  10. A defender can go into the crease to get the ball, but the opponent can slash the defenders stick that has the ball if the part of the stick you slash is outside the crease (not so if the goalie has the ball).

Out of bounds Rules:

  1. The last team to touch the ball losses possession. The only exception is a shot that misses the net and goes out of bounds. In this case the player that gets his body closest to the point where the ball leaves the field at the time the ball leaves the field gains possession of the ball for his team.
  2. The ball is given to the appropriate team’s player where the ball left the field (about 6 feet on the field). Opposing players must give him 15 feet before the referee will whistle the ball in play

Draw ball rules:

  1. Whistle will start the draw
  2. Players on the wing can sprint to the ball on the whistle
  3. The rest of the players must stand behind the restraining line until one team has possession. The referee signals and yells “possession” when a player gains clear possession.
  4. The wing man can not check the draw ball man until the ball is loose and they have left their draw ball crouch.
  5. The draw ball man can not kick the opponent’s lacrosse stick while trying to kick the ball out to his wingman.

Position Rules:

  1. 9 runners and 1 goalie per team
  2. A team can never have fewer than 4 players (including the goalie) in the defensive half of the field (offside)
  3. A team can never have fewer than 3 players in the offensive half (offside)
  4. Sticks may go over the centre line when playing a ball without causing an offside.

 Penalty Rules:

  1. Personal penalties – 1 to 3 minutes depending on severity.
    • ILLEGAL BODYCHECK
    • SLASHING
    • CROSS-CHECK
    • TRIPPING
    • UNNECESSARY ROUGHNESS
    • UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT
    • PLAYER COMMITTING 5 PERSONAL FOULS
    • INTERFERENCE
    • PUSHING
    • ILLEGAL PICK
    • HOLDING
    • KICKING AN OPPONENT’S CROSSE
    • WITH-HOLDING THE BALL FROM PLAY
    • ILLEGAL ACTIONS WITH THE CROSSE
    • ILLEGAL ACTIONS BY TEAM OFFICIALS
    • ILLEGAL PROCEDURE
    • ILLEGAL EQUIPMENT
    • OFF-SIDE
    • THRUSTING CROSSE AT FACE OF OPPONENT
  2. Technical penalties – 30 seconds