BOYS’ ANNUAL RULES UPDATE – 2016
The National Federation of High School Associations (NFHS) 2015 Boys Lacrosse Rules book and
US Lacrosse youth rules shall govern NVYLL boys’ youth play, except as amended below.
The game is to be played with emphasis on the proper development of individual stick skills,
team play, player safety, and sportsmanship.
League Play - NVYLL organizes boys’ competition by age, and considers physical, cognitive,
and emotional maturity when grouping players. Players who are participating in any high-school
level program are not eligible for NVYLL play in the same season. This means that a player who
is age-eligible for U15 but plays on a high school (9th – 12th) team should not concurrently play on
a youth league U15 team. At other times of the year this player may be U15 eligible, for example,
for summer ball or fall ball play, depending on the guidelines of the sponsoring league or
The following age groupings are determined as of the August 31st preceding competition:
• U15: All players must be 14 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.
• U13: All players must be 12 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.
• U11: All players must be 10 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.
• U9: All players must be 8 years old or younger on the August 31st preceding competition.
NOTE: Age group references used in this section are in common usage but should not be
understood literally. The U15 (read: “Under 15”) grouping means that, if a player is 14 years old
on the cutoff date, he may participate in U15 competition as a 15-year old.
NVYLL General Modifications
Fields - All fields are assumed to be legal for NVYLL games. There shall be no penalties assessed
for illegal field specifications.
Participation - Each player shall participate in every game a minimum of 25% of the game. This
policy shall not be cause for game protests. However, coaches found guilty by the
Executive Committee for not complying with this policy will be brought before the full
Board of Commissioners for possible disciplinary action under Rule 1.9.
Player Equipment - Players are to conform to NFHS and US Lacrosse Youth Rules equipment
requirements including NOCSAE- approved helmets, but for NVYLL there are no restrictions on
color, markings, or decals, nor are players required to field matching equipment.
Sportsmanship and Conduct - Sportsmanship is paramount during all NVYLL play. Code of
Conduct shall be adhered to and enforced fully by the game officials and Field Commissioner.
Game and field conduct is the responsibility of the Home team, Game officials and Field
Pre-Game and Game Modifications
1. Keep all parents on the opposite side of player area and away from the end lines.
2. Penalty enforcement is served while the ball is in play. Stop and start time is enforced for
penalties while game time is a running clock. The game clock will stop on all whistles
during the last two (2) minutes of all BHS, U15, U13, U11 and U9 Full Field(FF) games and
during the last two (2) minutes of any overtime period (overtime applies to BHS, U15 and
U13 only), except in the case when the 6 / 12 Goal rule applies.
3. Any team behind by six (6) goals or more (U9FF & U11) or 12 goals or more (U13 & U15)
shall get the ball at the center of the field after the scoring of a goal instead of a face-off.
There will be a face off at the start of each quarter and half, regardless of score. In the event
of a time-serving penalty with possession at the end of a quarter, the next quarter will start
per NFHS rules. This rule does not apply to U9 as no score is kept in the U9 Division.
4. There shall be two-minute intervals between the first and second periods and between the
third and fourth periods of a game. During these intermissions, all rules governing play of
the game remain in force. The intermission between second and third periods shall be 5
minutes. The teams may leave the field, and all rules governing play of the game remain in
5. Failure to exchange rosters and then provide to the Field Commissioner prior to the start of
the game is an immediate forfeiture.
High School Division
All rules are the same as those used in the NFHS rulebook with the following exceptions.
1. NFHS Rules will be followed unless modified below or previously in these NVYLL Rules.
2. 12 minute running time Quarters.
3. The game clock will stop on all whistles during the last two (2) minutes of games and during
the last two (2) minutes of any overtime period, except in the case when the 12 goal rule
applies. Complete game within the prescribed time.
4. There shall be one 4-minute “sudden victory” period for any tie game. If no goal is scored in
the “sudden victory” period, the game will end in a tie. In the playoffs, as many suddenvictory
overtime periods will be played as necessary until a winner is determined.
5. Games may be played against High School teams.
6. Players must be members of US Lacrosse.
All rules are the same as those used in the High School Division with the following exceptions.
1. NFHS and US Lacrosse Youth Rules will be followed unless modified below or previously.
2. No games or practices may be held with High School teams.
3. Though suggested, players need not be members of US Lacrosse, unless required by their Club.
All rules are the same as those used in U15 Division.
U11 DIVISION (Under 11A)
All rules are the same as those used in U13 with the following exceptions:
1. 10 minute running time quarters.
2. The game clock will stop on all whistles during the last two (2) minutes of the fourth quarter
and for playoff games the last two (2) minutes of any overtime period, except in the case
when the 6 goal rule applies.
3. Teams have the option to have up to but no more than 3 “long sticks” on the field. Long
sticks must be between 47” and 72”. All other stick lengths shall be between 36" - 42"
4. No overtime (sudden victory) periods will be held for regular season games. Tie games will
end after regulation time expires.
5. U11 & U9 Games shall NOT use the “Horn Substitution Option” as described in US
Lacrosse Youth Rules. Substitution will follow NFHS rules, however officials shall allow
time for young players to make a “normal substitution” through the “box” when the ball goes
out-of-bounds on the sideline.
U11 DIVISION (Under 11UB and U11LB)
All rules are the same as those used in U11A with the following exceptions:
1. 1-Pass rule in offensive end of the field. Legitimate passes include any attempt, either
completed or attempted in the air or on the ground, towards a teammate. Once one pass is
completed or attempted in the offensive end, no other restriction on the offensive team will be
in effect until a change of possession or timeout has occurred after which the 1 pass count
starts over. If a goal is scored without one pass attempt, the goal SHALL NOT count and the
ball shall be awarded to the opposing team at mid-field line. Clarifications: Both the player
attempting the pass and the player receiving the pass must be on the offensive side of the field
for the one pass count to be satisfied. A pass or clear made from the defensive end of the field
into the offensive end of the field does not satisfy the one pass count. A change of possession
is considered to have occurred if the goalie has made a save or any defender has obtained
control of the ball. Deflected shots or passes are not considered a change of possession. A
penalty does not reset the count.
2. All sticks must be between 36” and 42” in length. No long sticks at U11UB and U11LB.
U9FF DIVISION (Under 9 Full Field) U9A
All rules are the same as those used in U11B divisions with the following exceptions:
1. One (1) coach per team shall be allowed on the field along the team sideline and outside the
restraining area during play. Coaches on the field not permitted to cross the midfield line; may
never cross in front of opposing team bench, and must stay on their side of the midfield line.
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.
2. Timeouts are limited to two - one (1) per half.
U9 DIVISION (Under 9 Modified Field) U9 Mod or "B"
All rules are the same as those used in U9 Full Field with the following exceptions:
1. The U9 Modified Field shall be approximately a minimum of 60 yards long and 35 yards wide
with a painted end line and mid-field line. Fields may be set up to run across ½ of an existing
NFHS full size regulation field. Creases will be designated 5 yards from each baseline.
2. Teams will be limited to eight (8) players on the field at a time (i.e. 8 vs. 8). The 8 players
will be 2 attack, 3 midfielders, 2 defensemen, and a goalie. To remain on-sides, a team must
have a total of three (3) players on the defensive end and two (2) players on the offensive end
of the field. Teams have the option to play with a goalie or without one, but may not use a
shooting barrier in place of a goalie.
3. Offensive and Defensive players shall stay behind the Goal Line Extended until an official
4. 2-Pass rule is in effect anywhere on the field by any player including the goalie. Legitimate
passes include any attempt, either completed or attempted in the air or on the ground, towards
a teammate. Once two passes are completed, no other restriction on the offensive team will be
in effect until a change of possession or timeout has occurred after which the 2 pass count
starts over. If a goal is scored without two pass attempts, the goal SHALL NOT count and the
ball shall be awarded to the opposing team at mid-field line. Clarification: At U9B, the
player attempting the pass and the player receiving the pass may be anywhere on the field for
the pass count to be satisfied. A pass or clear made in or from the defensive end of the field
(including from the goalie) counts as a legitimate pass. A change of possession is considered
to have occurred if the goalie has made a save or any defender has obtained control of the ball.
Deflected shots or passes are not considered a change of possession. A penalty does not reset
5. No scores are reported. No standings are kept. No playoffs will be held. This is a
noncompetitive division devoted to player development.
6. The game clock does not stop during the last (2) minutes of play. Entire game is a running
clock with 10 minute quarters.
7. Coaches are encouraged to play with a goalie and rotate goalies at half time with each player
on the team playing at least one half in goal during the season.
Weather delay. 50% of regulation time must have expired to be considered a complete
game. In the event of lightning all players shall leave the field and seek shelter in
enclosed motor vehicles or buildings for 30 minutes following the last sighting.