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Rules

Coaches are responsible for conduct of players and parents.
Tournament director reserves the right to remove anyone that is determined disruptive from the event.
All coaches and participants are expected to read the following rules.


Rules


Current U.S. Lacrosse Rules will apply, as well as the following clarifications:

Safety of players is a top priority.



Rules are written with the safety of all players being of the utmost importance.
Officials have the authority to penalize any foul, unsafe play, or unacceptable behavior. Youth lacrosse should be fun, challenging and safe.



A central horn will be used.

Length of games will be two 20-minute periods.
1-minute halftime. 4-minutes between each game. Teams are expected to be ready to play immediately after the previous game ends.

Running time.
No timeouts. NONE!



(US Lacrosse Rules)
Full checking is allowed in 2025 if there are two USL officials officiating, one of which must have a Local rating or higher.


Modified checking in 2026, 2027 & 2028

a. The entire stick must be below the shoulder

b. The check must be down and away from the body

A draw will be taken after each score.


Offensive 3 seconds called if defense in checkable position.

Teams will limit the # of coaches on the bench area to 1 Head Coach and 1 Assistant Coach.



A red card must be given for an intentional check to the head during full check games. 2 Yellow Cards and player must sit the remainder of the game and may return to the next game. Red Card and player must sit the remainder of the game AND the next game.

Coach receiving 2 yellow cards must leave sideline before game continues. May be asked to leave tournament. Coach or player receiving a Red card has to leave game and sit out next game. And may be asked to leave tournament. Refs have authority to regulate bench area. Refs have authority to end game early to keep games running on time.


If horn blows after a foul is called, and an 8-meter is awarded, the 8-meter will be taken and counted if scored. No rebound goals.



Tournament Format


Each team in each YOG division will participate in division Play. Efforts will be made to group similar playing abilities within division play.


Each team will participate in a minimum of 3 games, with the possibility for more.


2-20 minute halves.
1 Minute Half time.
4 Minutes between games.
Be ready to start your game. Game length may change due to time constraints.

All playoffs may be 1 period of 20 minutes in length. Runtime.


Each 1st place team in each division will move on to playoffs. And possible second place teams. Check your bracket on Tourney Machine.

The oldest players on your roster will determine which YOG Bracket your team will play in.
(Ex: If 1 player on your 2026 team roster has a YOG of 2025 - that team should be in the 2025 bracket)

Forfeits are scored 1 - 0


No timeouts. NONE!



Pool Play Tie Breakers


Head-to-Head


Goals Against


Goal Differential


Coin Toss



Resolving Issues


All issues and disputes will be resolved by tournament directors, and will be final.



Score Reporting

Field Marshals will keep score at game.


Head coaches need to acknowledge the scoreboard at the Field Marshal table confirming the score.


Disputes of any nature are settled by the Tournament Directors and are final.



Playoffs & Ties

1 period of 20-minutes may be played for all playoff games


No Halftime for playoffs



No Timeouts. NONE!


For a playoff tie only, BRAVEHEART will determine winner


Refunds

No refunds, for severe wind and/or thunder and lightning delays, or any Act of God.

We cannot control the weather. If bad weather interrupts game play, we will attempt to get games in. We will try and make changes to the schedule, etc. All decisions are made by the tournament director and are non-negotiable and final.If bad weather interrupts game play, we will attempt to get games in. We will try and make changes to the schedule, etc. All decisions are made by the tournament director and are non-negotiable and final.

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