Format / Rules

2018 LAX BY THE SEA FORMAT / RULES

1-DAY TOURNAMENT PER DIVISION:

2024, 2025,  2026 – Saturday June 9
2019/20, 2021, 2023, 2022 – Sunday June 10

Every team is guaranteed 4 games, on full sized fields.
All games will be played at New Egypt High School.
A divisional champion will be awarded for each individual graduation year.

Timing:

Two 18-minute halves with a running clock. There will be a 2-minute halftime and 2 minutes between games.
All teams should be warmed up and ready to take the field for the next game.
There will be one central horn used for all timing.
1 horn to signify the beginning of the game.
1 horn to signify the beginning and end of halftime.
1 horn to signify the end of the game.

Rules:

Lax by the Sea will follow all US Lacrosse & NFHS Rules as it pertains to each age level with the following tournament specific modifications:

There are NO timeouts

During an injury timeout, clock will run.

8-meter shots will be played out if the horn sounds for the end of the game or half. If the 8-meter is already in play when the game horn sounds, then the game is done at the time of the horn; if ball crosses goal line after the game horn the ruling is NO GOAL (same ruling as USL).

Alternate possession – The team listed first on the schedule receives the first alternate possession.  After the initial possession is awarded, the possession will then alternate.

1 Yellow card – the player must sit for 2 minutes, running clock, the official will keep time.
2 Yellow cards – the player must sit the remainder of the game. And may return to the next game.
RED card (Player) – The player must sit the remainder of the game and the NEXT game.
RED card (Coach) – the coach must leave the game and remain away from the game until the completion of the game.

3/4th Grade (2027/2026):

  • 12 v 12 full field
  • No Checking
  • 3 Second rule for good defensive positioning is implemented.
  • 3 Pass rule will be implemented (No player may shoot until her team has attempted or completed three passes, GK clear counts as a pass)
  • If an 8-meter foul is called – even if the 3 passes needed have not been met, the 8 meter will be taken.
  • The 4 goal rule will NOT be used

5/6th Grade (2025/2024):

  • Modified checking
  • 3 Second Rule for good defensive positioning
  • The 1 pass rule will NOT be used
  • The 4 goal rule will NOT be used

7/8th Grade (2023/2022):

  • Full Checking
  • The 4 goal rule will NOT be used

NEW for 2017, we will implement the US Lacrosse guidelines below:

US Lacrosse Women’s Rules will be used for all High School Divisions (2017s-2020s).

Possession Rule: Players below the restraining lines on the draw may not cross the lines until possession has been established. Once clear possession has been established the official will call out “Possession!” at which time other players may cross the restraining lines. Players on the restraining lines are still permitted to move behind the restraining lines when the whistle blows, but they are not permitted to cross until they here “Possession!”

Kicking the Ball: Players may now kick the ball as a part of field play on any non-shooting effort; they cannot kick the ball into goal. Players are however permitted to kick the ball to get it away from opponents or to better position to pick it up.

Score keeping:
There will be a flip chart and score sheet on all fields.
Officials will record the scores and coaches will sign off on them.

Coaches are responsible for changing the flip charts. All official scores will be kept at tournament headquarters.

Play-off overtime (FAST N’ FURIOUS):

The first team to score wins. Each team will select three players plus a goalie to play full-field 3v3. Teams will set up with one girl on the draw and two on the circle. There is no offisides. The alternate possession will continue into the overtime period and will not reset.

 

Playoff seeding determined with the following tie-breakers in order:

1) Record
2) Head to Head
3) Goals Against
4) Goal Differential
5) Coin Toss

** Play-off games will be one 18-minute game, running clock, no half time, and no timeouts. **

** In play-off games: The higher seeded team will receive the first alternate possession. **

** If there are any forfeits, the average goals against in total actual games played will be added to the total goals against to the team that won by forfeit. **

 

Inclement Weather Policy:
Inclement weather is out of the control of the tournament directors, officials and site managers. Safety is our #1 concern.

In the event of thunder and/or lightening, all games will be suspended for 30 minutes from the last occurrence.  Games will resume at their regularly scheduled time.  No games will be made up or delayed.

The tournament will be held in the rain.  In the event of heavy rain, it is up to the tournament directors, officials and the site managers as to whether the field(s) is/are deemed safe to play on.