Elementary School Division (Grades 3-5)
The 3-5 division is open to girls in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades who are generally between the ages of 8 and 11 years old.
To expand the players understanding of the game by expanding the field, by increasing the number of players per team and by increasing the game time. The addition of a goaltender and the application of specific positions and skills related to specific positions is designed to help the girls play a more complex and competitive game and to prepare them for the next division.
- 2 x 20 minute running-time halves
- Games will have a single 5 minute half-time break
- Each team is allowed a single one-minute time-out per game.
- The clock does not stop for timeouts except in the case that a time out is taken in final two minutes of the second half.
- In the case of a tie, there will be NO overtimePERSONNEL
- Games will be 7v7 — (3M; 2A; 2D).
- Goalies MAY be used and will NOT count as one of the 7 players.
- In lieu of a goalie, a PELA Shot Blocker will be used.
- If a team does not have enough players to field a 7 person team (with or without a goalie), the game may be modified to accommodate the smaller team, in the form of a 6v6 game (excluding the goalie).
- If a team does not have enough players to proceed as a 6v6, then the team with fewer than 6 players will be deemed to have forfeited, but the game will proceed with the number of players present.
If a team forfeits the game will be recorded as a 1-0 loss for the forfeiting team regardless of the outcome of the played game.
- Games will have a single, paid US Lacrosse Certified Official • Games MAY also include an additional trainee official.
- No checking
- A team with possession must make 2 attempted passes (one beyond their own defensive restraining line) or 1 completed pass (beyond their own defensive restraining line) before attempting a shot.
- If a team attempts a shot and does not score but regains possession off of the shot by means of an out of bounds ball, or a rebound, they are NOT required to make any additional pass attempts before shooting again.
- If a team is NOT playing a goalie and a ball comes to rest within the goal circle/crease it is considered to be a ‘GOALIE BALL’ and possession is given to the defending team. The ball may then be played thus:
- a defensive player may retrieve the ball within the goal circle and make a pass from within the crease area (they may not run out of the crease with the ball).
- a defensive player may take possession behind the goal and then run up the field or pass to clear.
- If a goalie is NOT USED, any shot that is ROLLED INTO THE GOAL underneath the SHOT BLOCKER will NOT be counted. It will be removed from the goal and treated like a GOALIE BALL.
- a ROLLED BALL is one that is purposefully rolled using an UNDERHAND motion with no attempt to SHOOT or bounce the ball.
- 2 players per team (in addition to any goalie), must remain behind the defensive restraining line at all times.
- Possession is determined at the start of each half and after each score by means of a DRAW, except when the MERCY RULE is in effect.
- The Mercy Rule grants possession after any goals are scored or at the start of the second half, without the necessity of a draw to the team behind in the score by a differential of 4 goals or more.
- Direction of play changes at the start of the second half UNLESS one team is using a goal blocker and the other is using a goalie, in which case direction of play will remain the same throughout the game.
- Stall Rule transfers possession from one team to the other, when a player who possesses the ball beyond the offensive restraining line is challenged within a stick’s length by an opposing player and remains in a ‘STATIONARY and/or a CHECKABLE POSITION’ for a count of 3 seconds.
- Official must give a warning to a STALL penalty as he/she begins to count.
- Games will be played on an 80% field (field diagram attached).
- No official scores recorded will show a differential of more than ten (10) points regardless of the results of the game.