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For this 2019 Spring Lacrosse season the boys play for  the AYL (Arapahoe Youth League)

Teams will now be created by GRADE rather than age!




Click here to view complete rules:  AYL Spring 2016 Official Rules:

Youth coaches should be familiar with NFHS Boys High School Lacrosse Rules.

Rulebooks are available from both US Lacrosse and the NFHS websites:

2016 US Lacrosse Rules:



The AYL abides by NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) rules as amended by US Lacrosse and the AYL.   It updates rules on an annual basis to insure safe and fair play for all.  

In general, the NFHS and US Lacrosse have worked together closely to align youth and high school rules to improve the consistency of officiating at both levels.  However, officials and coaches are reminded that:

“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.”  (US Lacrosse Rule 5)


Please note the following rule changes or modifications for 2016 AYL Lacrosse:

·2016 NFHS Rule Changes:

·IMPORTANT NOTE ON STICKS !  Youth and high school players are no longer allowed to use V’s or U’s as shooting strings in their sticks.  All shooting strings must be located within 4” of the top of the head. Standard penalties will apply to any illegal stick used in competition. 

·FACEOFFS will now be conducted at the youth & high school as per NCAA rules:  players will go down first, the referee will call “set”, and then place the ball between sticks.  Faceoff player may take only one step with the ball lodged in the back of his crosse. 

·OVER & BACK RULE now applies at all levels of youth & HS lacrosse.  As in basketball—once possession has been established in the offensive box area, if the ball crosses back over the midfield line, it turns over to the defensive team.  This applies even at age levels where there are no counts to advance the ball (in AYL, there are only counts at U15 Red). 


2016 US Lacrosse Points of Emphasis: 

US Lacrosse endorses the points of emphasis in the 2016 NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules, and adds the following  for youth play:

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 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 2016 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. All participants must work together to reduce or eliminate such violent collisions from the game.

US Lacrosse urges that:

·officials apply these violent collision 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 teach players to avoid delivering uncontrolled, excessive, or illegal checks, and support the officials when they penalize such checks.

NOTE: US Lacrosse 3-Yard Rule requires that all legal body checks, holds, pushes, and stick checks 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 the NFHS Rules. This rule further protects against violent, unnecessary, and unexpected collisions.


SLASHING – There is a concern that slashing is too common in boys’ youth lacrosse. The ONLY permissible check with the crosse is on the opponent's crosse or his gloved hand on his own crosse. Thus, any blow with the crosse anywhere else on an opponent is SLASHING, and must be called. A slash to the head or neck may be a violation of NFHS RULE 5-4, Checks Involving the Head/Neck, and incur a two- or three-minute non-releasable penalty. US Lacrosse urges coaches to teach proper and legal checking techniques with the crosse, and officials to strictly enforce the slashing rules.


SPORTSMANSHIP – Players, coaches, and spectators should exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship at all times. Coaches and officials should be partners in providing the best possible lacrosse experience for youth players. Unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches and/or players and/or spectators degrades the experience of youth players, discourages people from becoming or continuing as officials, and erodes the integrity and appeal of the sport. Therefore, unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Obscenities need not be used in order for language to draw a penalty. Tone, intent, and body language can all contribute to unsportsmanlike conduct.

US Lacrosse expects officials to enforce the Unsportsmanlike Conduct rules without hesitation.

Coaches must model appropriate sportsmanlike behavior and promote good sportsmanship among players and anybody associated with the team, including spectators. In particular, coaches must support officials in maintaining an environment of civility and sportsmanship.

US Lacrosse encourages leagues and local programs to utilize the Sideline Manager and Sportsmanship Card program, details of which can be found at under “Programs & Grants” in the drop-down menu from the “Resources” tab on the homepage. US Lacrosse initiated the Sideline Manager and Sportsmanship Card program to invest the lacrosse community with responsibility for making good sportsmanship the rule, rather than the exception, in the sport of lacrosse. When used in conjunction with the rules, the Sportsmanship Card procedures serve as an effective deterrent to abusive behaviors.