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Below are the Basic Rules for Boys Lacrosse.  They will be very informative for those who are new to the sport or even those need to brush-up on their knowledge.  They are split up between Personal Fouls and Technical Fouls.

If you are looking for a more detailed description of all the rules, below is a PDF version from US Lacrosse that you can download.

Boy Glossary of Terms

US Lacrosse, Youth Boys Rules,2014

Referee Signals Diagram

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Signals Cheat Sheet

 

Personal Fouls

Slashing: When an opposing player uses their stick in a vicious manner hitting anywhere  other than the stick or gloved hand on the stick.

 

Cross Checking: When an opposing player uses the handle of his stick, holding it with both hands, and making contact with their opponent.

 

Tripping: When an opposing player obstructs his opponent at or below the waist while using their stick, hands, arms, feet or legs.

Unnecessary Roughness: When an opposing player strikes a player with their stick in an excessive violent manner.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: When any player or coach commits an act of unsportsmanlike conduct by an official , including arguing, taunting, or obscene language or gestures.

Illegal Body Checking: Occurs when any of the following actions takes place:

  • When an opposing player body checks a player who is not in possession of the ball or within five yards of a loose ball.
  • When an opposing player body checks another player after he has passed or shot the ball.
  • When an opposing player body checks another player from the rear or below the waist.
  • When an opposing player body checks another player above the shoulders. A body check must be below the shoulders and above the waist with both hands on the stick.

Illegal Crosse:  It happens when a player uses a crosse/stick that does not conform to required specifications. A crosse/stick may be found illegal if the pocket is too deep or if any other part of the crosse/stick was altered to gain an advantage.

Illegal Gloves: When a player uses gloves that do not conform to required specifications.  The gloves cannot be altered in any way.

 

Technical Fouls

Crease Violation:  It happens when an offensive player deliberately, through his own momentum, enters the opponent’s goal-crease.  Or, a defensive player, including the goalkeeper, with the ball in his possession, enters into his own goal-crease.

Holding: Does not allow the opponent to move when they have procession of the ball.

Illegal Offensive Screening:  It happens when an offensive player blocks another player while making contact and moving versus being stationary.  Or, keeps the defensive player f

 

Interference: It happens when a player interferes, in any manner, with an opposing player, except when that opponent has possession of the ball, the ball is in flight and within five yards of the player, or both players are within five yards of a loose ball.

Offsides: It happens when a team does not have at least four players on its defensive side of the midfield line or at least three players on its offensive side of the midfield line.

Pushing: It happens when a player shoves another player from behind.

Stalling: It happens when a team intentionally holds the ball, without conducting normal offensive play, with the intent of running time off the clock when they are ahead in score.

Warding Off: It happens when a player in possession of the ball uses his free hand (or arm) to hold/push or control the direction of an opponent’s stick check.

Withholding The Ball From Play: It happens when a player clamps a loose ball against the ground more than momentarily.  Or, clamps the ball against his body to prevent it from being dislodged from opposing players.

 

General short video speaking of the basic rules of lacrosse.