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1.  Competition Committee Decisions

  • Eligibility of players not falling within league parameters
  • Grievances that cannot be resolved between coaches of the member towns' leadership
  • Referee complaints that cannot be handled by the leagues' head official
  • Violations of league rules


2.  Rules of Play for Levels 7/8 (using 14U rules), 5/6 (using 12U rules), & 3/4 (using 10U rules)

  • All Age Levels:  Games will be played in four 10-minute start/stop quarters for the 14U, 12U and 10U age groups. Game time EXCEPTION: 15-minute running time quarters could be an option ONLY IF BOTH head coaches agree before the start of the game. (MBYLL)  The Home Town/Program team is expected to have a dedicated person as time keeper/scorekeeper/bench official for game who is stationed at midfield between both team benches. NOTE: 8U plays two 25 minute running time halves.
  • All Age Levels:  There will be two timeouts per half per team. (USLYC)
  • All Age Levels:  Overtime will be played upon unanimous agreement of both coaches & referee, and will only be played as one 4-minute sudden-death period. (MBYLL)
  • All Age Levels:  All helmets AND balls must be NOCSAE approved & stamped. Any offending helmet OR ball must be removed from play, and the referee has the final say on all helmets. (MBYLL/USLYC)
  • All Age Levels:  If any team gains a 6+ goal lead; the trailing team MUST receive the ball at midfield without a face off (unless waived by trailing team). Faceoffs resume when the margin returns to five goals or less. (MBYLL)
  • All Age Levels:  If any team gains a 12+goal lead, then the game clock goes to running time and the Coach of lead team should make discrete adjustments (e.g. STRONGLY encourage his/her players to use their off hand, 3-passes before any shot, play new position, etc.) Always "Honor the Game." (MBYLL)
  • All Age Levels:  The home team will confirm a EMLOA certified referee has been scheduled for all MBYLL games.  If a scheduled referee fails to show, the coaches will both agree on how to proceed or game will be rescheduled if possible. Coaches should consider the potential liability issues of proceeding to play a game without a certified official. Towns are also encouraged to enlist parents or high-school age students to become certified as a certified Associate Official (AO) by attending a pre-season MBYLL/EMLOA AO Certification Clinic.
  • All Age Levels:  NO take out checks at any age level. Example: Any hit with or without possession that has the intent--in the Officials opinion--of injuring or putting the opponent on the ground. (USLYC)  On first offense, player will be called for an unsportsmanlike personal foul with an automatic non-releasable 2 or 3 minutes time-serving penalty (Official's discretion).  If same player is called for a 2nd offense, player is automatically ejected from game and will stay on the sideline for the remainder of the game. (MBYLL rule)
  • All Age Levels:  All other rules & guidelines not otherwise noted here, will be played according to US Lacrosse Youth Rules.

Level 7/8 (14U) specifically:

  • 14U: Two EMLOA Officials will be assigned to officiate all MBYLL 14U games. It is recommended that one of the two officials come from the MBYLL Associate Official's program. If an AO is not available, then two Senior EMLOA Referees can be assigned. EXCEPTION: If only one Senior EMLOA Referee shows up or if no AO is available, coaches can agree to play game with only one Senior EMLOA Referee. (MBYLL rule)
  • 14U:  The 2-minute stalling rule will only apply to 14U teams. The 2-minute rule will be used in the fourth quarter for the 14U age group. The offensive team in possession must keep the ball in the offensive box during the last two minutes of the game if they are ahead of the opponent. (MBYLL & USL rule)
  • 14U:  14U teams will apply the 20-second count to clear the ball over the half field line and will apply the 10-second count to get the ball in to the offensive box. This rule would be suspended if one team has a 6 or more goal lead at any point in the game. It would be reinstated if the lead goes back under 6 goals. (MBYLL & USL rule)
  • 14U only:  Up to four long poles each measuring up to 72" (including stick head & shaft) are permitted on the field at any one time.
  • 14U:  Substitutions are allowed on all sideline out of bounds (sideline only) for the all 14U games. (MBYLL Classic)

Level 5/6 (12U) specifically:

  • 12U only:  Four modified long sticks (also called "Tiger" poles) each measuring up to 60" (including stick head & shaft) are permitted on the field at any one time during MBYLL games. (MBYLL)
  • 12U teams will apply the 20-second count to clear the ball over the half field line and will apply the 10-second count to get the ball in to the offensive box. This rule would be suspended if one team has a 6 or more goal lead at any point in the game. It would be reinstated if the lead goes back under 6 goals. (MBYLL & USL rule)
  • 12U only:  Substitutions are allowed on all sideline out of bounds (sideline only) for the all 12U games. (MBYLL Classic)

Level 3/4 (10U) specifically:

  • 10U only:  NO body checking at the 10U age level per the US Lacrosse Youth Council Rules for 10U play. 10U players are expected to play the ball and NOT the man when the ball is loose. When defending a player in possession with the ball, the 10U (& 8U) defender should use no more than equal pressure to prevent progress. (USL rule)
  • 10U only:  One coach from each team is allowed and encouraged to be on the field at all times during 10U (& 8U) games as long as they remain within 5 yards of the side or end lines at all times. The purpose is to enable coaches to provide positive instruction to their players without having to yell from the sidelines--OR when they are on the field. (MBYLL rule)
  • 10U only:  Substitutions will be allowed on all out of bounds (sideline/endline) for all 10U games. (MBYLL rule)
  • 10U only:  Long sticks are NOT permitted at 10U or 8U. (MBYLL rule)
  • 10U: Games are 8v8 players. Teams are expected to play with 2 Attack, 3 Middies, 2 Defense and a Goalie.
  • 10U only: One pass rule:
    • A team must make one completed pass in the offensive side of the field prior to being able to shoot.
    • They must complete one pass after any whistle in the offensive side of the field.
    • This includes a face off man winning the draw; he must make one completed pass.
    • This also includes a player awarded possession at the face off X after a penalty or a goal, or when using the fast break rule.

 

3. Rules of Play for Level 1/2 (using 8U rules)

  1. 8U is 1st and 2nd grade players. No 3rd graders are allowed at 8U. All 3rd graders must be placed at the Level 3/4 age group in MBYLL.
  2. Field Size for 7 v. 7 would use the approximate dimensions of 60 yards long by 35 yards wide (Diagram attached on how to turn a full field into a short sided field).
  3. Equipment: All players would conform to current USL lacrosse equipment rules requirements (i.e. No Hockey Helmets)
    1. All rules used by 10U will be followed with the following exceptions/additions:
      1. Each program who enters a team into Level 1/2 must have a high school aged or older individual becoe an associate official through the Association Official program offered through the Eastern Massachusetts Lacrosse Officials Association and MBYLL.
      2. There will be a 6 game schedule for the 8U level with their first game scheduled for week 3 of the MBYLL schedule.
      3. No downward stick checks are allowed. Lifts checks are the preferred stick checks for all players.
      4. Teams can have 1 coach on the field with the players as long as they remain within 5 yards of side or end lines at all times.
      5. No time-served penalties. No fast breaks on penalties. Official will explain reason for penalty to all players during stoppage, substitute offending players, and change possession of ball.
      6. Games are played in two 25 minute running-timed halves with a 5 minute halftime period.
      7. Two pass rule:
        • A team must make two attempted pass in the offensive side of the field prior to being able to shoot.
        • They must complete one pass after any whistle in the offensive side of the field.
        • This includes a face off man winning the draw; he must make one completed pass.
        • This also includes a player awarded possession at the face off X after a penalty.
        • If two pass attempts have occurred in the offensive end and the defensive team gains procession of the ball but does not successfully clear the ball before losing procession, the original offensive team does NOT have to attempt any additional passes prior to shooting.
        • Regardless of meeting the shooting criteria, AFTER every whistle, at least 1 pass must be attempted prior to shooting (Example: Team A attempts their two passes in the offensive end and then takes a shot. Team A backed up the shot for procession. Even though they have attempted their two passes, they still need another pass attempt prior to shooting).

 

4.  Age and Eligibility (for Spring Season)

Teams will be based on grade level, provided that current age eligibility requirements are met.

  • Grade levels are defined as follows:
    • 14U = 8th and 7th grades
    • 12U = 6th and 5th grades
    • 10U = 4th and 3rd grades
    • 8U =  2nd and 1st grades

US Lacrosse establishes eligibility guidelines in order to promote the game of lacrosse among the youth of America in a safe and sportsmanlike environment. To best achieve this goal, US Lacrosse believes that leagues, associations, and other organizers of youth lacrosse should seek to provide playing opportunities that, as much as possible, establish a "level playing field" among players of similar age, size, and ability.

 

         

 

  • Waivers for age eligible players to play down can be requested following MBYLL's waiver process. A waiver is required from the league, not the local town program.
    • All waiver requests must include accurate details regarding date of birth, height, weight and level of experience. They must be submitted by February 1st prior to the start of the spring season to the chair of your regional competition committee.
    • Age Certification - All teams must submit a roster with name, grade and date of birth to the designated regional director at least one month prior to the beginning of the season.
    • 14U Player is Under 15 years of age as of August 31st prior to start of season will only be considered if:
      • I) Must be age eligible.
      • II) Must have NO high school program at town or school they attend.
      • III) Any 9th grader who meets all the above requirements MUST apply for a waiver to be eligible to play. 
      • Waivers for 9th graders are only for MBYLL town programs in their first three years of existence as a program.
  • Participation in a Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse town program
    • Any player who wishes to participate in Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League (MBYLL) is required to play in his resident town program if that town has a program and it is not at full capacity.
    • If there is not a town program in that players resident town or his resident town program is full then he will be allowed to sign-up in a neighboring town (with a written waiver from his home town if they are full) in order to play. The rule of thumb is that the town should be an adjacent one.
    • For clarification, the resident town program for a divorced family allows the boy to play in either town where their parents live.
    • Players who go to school in a town they do not live in are eligible to play in the town where they go to school only if they are registered and play in the classic program.
    • This rule is not eligible for waivers, as it is in the best interests of the boy and the program to grow the resident town programs and not allow regionalization or recruiting of players across program borders.

 

5.  Complaint Procedure

Step I:

Report to Regional Competition Committee 
A) Regional competition committee will notify competition committee chairman.
B) Regional competition committee head will contact the following week's opposing coaches and scheduled referee, asking them to observe if the action in the complaint repeats itself.

Step II:

Report received from coach & referee 
A) If no problem is detected, no further action is required.
B) If a problem is detected, the Regional Competition Committee contacts town representative to address the issue and the necessary corrections.
C) Opposing coaches & the assigned referee for the next game are again notified. If the problem is not detected, no further action is required.
D) If a problem is detected, MBYLL Competition Committee Chairman is notified.

Step III:

MBYLL Competition Committee will determine necessary sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion from the league or a team.


A diagram of the field can be found by clicking  HERE.