League Rules for Boys

2018 Points of Emphasis

SPORTSMANSHIP – Players, coaches, officials and spectators should exhibit the highest levels of sportsmanship and congeniality at all times. Coaches, officials and spectators are all partners in providing the best possible experience for youth players. Unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches, players or spectators degrades the experience of youth players and discourages people from becoming or continuing as officials or coaches. This behavior erodes the integrity and appeal of our sport. Therefore, unsportsmanlike conduct should not be tolerated. US Lacrosse expects officials to enforce the unsportsmanlike conduct rules without hesitation.

STICK CHECKS TO THE HEAD – In youth lacrosse, stick contact to the head while actively making a stick check is a slash. This rule change will allow for more consistent penalty calling by officials and helps mitigate injury risk since the minimum amount of force needed to cause a concussion is still unknown and concussions can occur at relatively low levels of force. Coaches are encouraged to teach controlled stick checking techniques and officials are expected to penalize stick checks to the head with a minimum of a 1-minute releasable personal foul.

MOUTH GUARDS – In 2017, the foul for a mouth guard violation was changed from a personal foul to a technical foul to encourage penalty enforcement for those who violate the rule. Coaches should encourage players to wear mouth guards at all times and officials are expected to call the foul.

AGE APPROPRIATE RULES – The US Lacrosse rules are supported by the concepts detailed in the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM). As such, players should be participating with age appropriate rules which include, but are not limited to, field sizes, stick lengths, body contact and stick contact.

2018 Spring LAYLL Specific Rules & Regulations

For the 2018 season, the Los Angeles Youth Lacrosse League will follow all 2018 US Lacrosse Boys Rules unless stated below. Current US Lacrosse Boys rules can be found here.

LAYLL Grade & Eligibility Adjustments

2018 LAYLL Divisional Breakdown (by grade):

K/1st – Kindergardeners & 1st graders

2nd/3rd – 2nd graders & 3rd graders

4th/5th – 4th graders & 5th graders

Middle School “National” – 6th graders & 7th graders

Middle School “American” – 7th graders & 8th graders

*Athletes may “play up” at the players, parents and coaches discretion.

*Athletes must apply to “play down” by emailing the league directly. All instances must be approved by the LAYLL prior to competition.

*All rosters must be locked for play offs.


American Conference – The American Division will consist of teams that have elected to play against the highest competition. Participation will be left to each program’s director/coach discretion.

National Conference – The National Division will consist of teams that have elected to play against  developmental competition. Participation will be left to each program’s director/coach direction.

LAYLL Game Format Adjustments



Rule 3 — Time Factors

At all levels, all timing and overtime rules must be determined prior to the start of game, preferably by the governing league or association. If a league/association mandates, or if in non-league contests both coaches agree, shorter time periods, stop time, or running time may be used. If running time is to be used, the clock will stop for all timeouts.

ALL DIVISIONS: Games will consist of 22-minute running halves and have a 3-minute halftime. Game time will start on the hour. It is the coaches responsibility to ensure that his/her team is prepared to take the field on time. If these is a delay, the game time will start running for the first half on the hour. Officials may issue warnings to urge the teams to their sidelines and make an announcement that the game time has started once it is time to do so. Each half an official will issue a brief 30-second “Official’s Time Out” for substitution purposes.

ENFORCED PASSING RULES: At K – 1st grade levels, teams must attempt one pass in the offensive zone before shooting. At 2nd/3rd grade levels, teams must complete one pass in the offensive zone before shooting. Violation of these rules will result in an immediate change of possession.

FIVE GOAL SPORTSMANSHIP RULE: Should any team go up by five goals (or more), the losing team may take possession at midfield waiving the faceoff.

OVERTIME: There will be no overtime during the regular season. These games will end in a tie. Playoffs and championships will have a 4-minute, sudden-death period which will be repeated until a goal is scored.



Middle School Divisions: The defensive 20-second count will be used. The offensive 10-second count will be used.

4th/5th grade divisions and lower: The defensive 20-second count WILL NOT be used. The offensive 10-second count WILL NOT be used.


One team 30-second timeout – are permitted per team per game. Time outs stop the game clock. Officials will start game time after 30-seconds and instruct the players back onto the field.

LAYLL Penalty/Ejection Adjustments


Technical Fouls: 45-seconds

Personal Fouls: 90-seconds

Illegal Body Check/ Checks Involving Head and/or Neck: 3 or 4 minute at official’s discretion.



Any player who accumulates 4 personal fouls or 7 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.



Add to NFHS Rule 5 Section 12: Any player or coach ejected from a game by a game official (Note: this does not include fouling out per Rule 5-11) shall be suspended for his next regularly scheduled game (at the time of the ejection). The second time a player or coach is ejected in the same season or tournament he will be suspended for the next two regularly scheduled games (at the time of the ejection). A third ejection in the same season or tournament will result in a suspension for the remainder of the season or tournament.

LAYLL Ranking Procedures

Based off of US Lacrosse procedures, teams will be seeded based on their winning percentage (wins divided by games played) in pool play. A tie game counts as half of a win when computing winning percentage (i.e., a team with 2 wins and 1 tie in pool play would have a winning percentage of .833 after dividing 2.5 by 3). Ties for seeds will be broken as follows.

Tie Involving Three or More Teams:

  • Average goals allowed per game
  • Average goal differential per game (capped at 8)
  • Coin flip or hat pull
  • Seeds will be determined individually and in order (i.e., the 4th seed will be determined using the criteria above, then the 5th seed using the criteria above, etc.) until only a two-team tie remains

Tie Involving Two Teams:

  • Head-to-Head
  • Average goals allowed per game
  • Average goal differential per game (capped at 8)
  • Coin flip or hat pull

LAYLL Crosse Dimension/ Stringing Adjustments



US Lacrosse recommends that coaches assess players’ size, strength, and skill in determining proper long crosse length for defense players, within NFHS rules. US Lacrosse further recommends that a long crosse should not be taller than the player at any youth level. Crosse dimensions will conform to NFHS or NCAA requirements.

*Long crosses are not permitted in the 2nd/3rd grade divisions or lower.


These are no stick checks during the LAYLL spring season. Coaches are expected to hold their players accountable and within the confines of the NFHS standards. In 2018, officials and coaches will look to educate, not enforce, the stringing of “U’s” and “V’s” in a player’s pockets. There will be no penalties for this offense in the LAYLL.