Game Rules

The 2025 National championship will use NCAA rules as a guideline with the following exceptions.

Game operations:
  • 11 minute running quarters. Stop/start time in last 2 minutes of game if score difference is 2 or less.
  • Timeouts: 1 timeout per game per team, timeout is 1 minute in duration and officials will stop the clock on timeouts. Timeouts are only called as per ncaa rules once the team calling the timeout has possession in their offensive box.
  • 1:00 minute between quarters
  • Halftime will be 2 minutes
  • Warmup will take place prior, games will start as soon as teams get to field, delay of game can be called if teams are not ready to go.
  • Overtime is sudden death until a winner. 30 second breaks after regulation, no side change.
Clearing Counts – NCAA rules/counts

BOTH NCAA & Federation sticks are legal

Stick length, pocket depth, and head top width will be in effect: 40” - 42” or 52” - 72” (NCAA regulation)

  • NO spectators allowed directly behind either team bench
  • Each team is allowed 2 max official photographers authorized by the head coach who are allowed to setup outside of the limit line anywhere along far sideline or along bench sideline between coach's area and the endline. There is to be NO coaching by these individuals.
All other NCAA Rules are in effect, including
  • Contrasting tape is NOT REQUIRED for face-off players
  • Time outs / Flag Down play / shot clock, Stalling i.e shot clock in effect per official judgement
  • Faceoffs (including 3 violations & ball stuck or carried on back of stick)
  • Backcourt once ball is established in offensive zone.
  • 1 timeout per team if game goes to OT
Player safety: High hits, egregious, dangerous slashes

All rules in effect will be to encourage hard physical play with player safety at the top of mind.

Avoidance of violent collisions – Body contact will to be permitted in the 2025 National Championship. 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. 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”).

Therefore, the 2025 Championship will mandate that Officials apply violent collision rules and utilize the most severe penalty option; game ejection, plus 2 minute un-releasable penalty. The 2025 Championship understands there could be improper ejections although we hope not to have this we all must understand if it happens its in the interest of player safety. Your players and your families need to be instructed, taught, and these rules need to be clearly understood prior to the event.

**Ejection/Suspension: Player may or may not be allowed to return for the next game depending on severity of play. This will be a referee, tournament committee decision. Exceptional intent or egregiousness could result in expulsion from the tournament.

Explanation of these type ejectionable fouls/infractions:

  • Any hit delivered above shoulders with over 3 steps with intent and an in an uncontrolled manner
  • Any hit delivered with hands to players head;
  • Any hit delivered to a players head or neck including follow through
  • A player leading with the head or initiating contact with the head INCLUDING the ball carrier.
  • Any hit delivered on a player in a vulnerable or defenseless position with over 2 steps.

Coaches MUST teach players to avoid delivering uncontrolled, excessive, or illegal checks, and support the officials when they penalize such checks

Should video be presented showing such illegal high late hits the tournament commissioner reserves the right to add to, suspend, or change the length of a suspension.

SLASHING – Egregious and uncontrolled slashing will not be tolerated, especially if there appears to be “an intent to injure” and 2 minute fouls can be handed out. Hard, legal, checks are encouraged with the crosse is on the opponent's crosse or his gloved hand/arm. 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 incur a two- or three-minute non-releasable penalty. Egregious uncontrolled slashes will be defined as slashes to the back, head, legs, in a “baseball bat” type swing.

SPORTSMANSHIP – This will be a very competitive event that we hope is played fast, physical, with sportsmanship by players, coaches, and spectators. While it will seem like the most important event in the history of the world to some, we ask that everyone attend the event for 13/14 years olds with perspective. We should change the current mold of youth lacrosse and expect all parties 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. 2025 National Championship expects officials to enforce the Unsportsmanlike Conduct rules without hesitation.

FAMILY BEHAVIOR – Any parents, friends, grandparents etc acting in an inappropriate, crude, or unsportsmanlike manner is subject to an ejection. Said ejection could result in removal from the grounds at The John Carroll School at the discretion of the tournament director. This includes but is not limited to: foul language, taunting other teams or their coaches, taunting other parents in the stands, and taunting or berating an official. This is a great event for the teams that should in no way be negatively impacted by parents and their behavior. Please make your parents aware of this rule prior to the event, as there will be no “second chances” if they were not made aware of the rule. If behavior continues after sanctioning takes place, team could face penalty time enforced through the refs or disqualification from the event.

Head Coach: Please sign and return this rule guide by signing you are acknowledging you are aware of all game rules and have made your families aware of all sportsmanship rules, and that you will abide by them as well as help to enforce them.

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2025 National Championship Format

  • 2 day tournament Saturday through Sunday
  • Saturday pool play
  • Sunday, Play in games and consolation games Sunday morning.
  • Sunday, Quarters, Semi’s, Finals.
  • 5-4 team divisions, seeded and ranked
  • 1st round is a round robin within each teams division
  • Teams would be ranked again after 1st round using record and tie break criteria (top 6 teams would have a bye 1st round of playoffs)
  • Teams seeded 7-10 after 1st round (using tie-break criteria) would proceed to play in games Sunday morning.
  • 7v10 and 8v9 (winners move to quarters)
  • Consolation games for teams 11-20 will take place Sunday morning
  • Championship game will be live streamed on the internet Sunday
Tie Breakers
  • Record
  • Head to head
  • Goal differential
  • Goals against
  • Coin toss

*All rosters/age verifications must be submitted by January 15, 2020. NO players will be allowed to participate that are not on rosters as of 1/15/20, there will be NO exceptions and not adhering to guidelines could result in a team forfeiting their playoff spot.

*Players not on rosters submitted in March can be ruled ineligible on site or that team may be disqualified.

* Teams are subject to random roster checks during event.