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20. Rules Governing League Play

Girls Rules

The NCJLA follows US Lacrosse and NFHS Women’s Rules, which apply to the youth and high school levels. The NCJLA annually reviews rules and makes modifications for youth level league play.

Girls rules by division

Girls field diagrams

Boys Rules

The NCJLA follows the NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules for high school. The NCJLA annually reviews rules and makes modifications for youth level league play.

Boys rules by division

Boys field diagrams


Players who are ejected for non-fighting related reasons are barred from playing in the next game. This is an NCJLA policy in addition to the rule book specified amount of time barred from a game. Please see the NCJLA Operations Guide section 18. Sportsmanship Incident Reporting Policy for additional information and the Player/Coach/Parent Code of Conduct document(s).

The first time a player is ejected from a game due to fighting, he/she is barred from playing in the next two games.  The second time the same player is ejected from a game for fighting, he will be expelled for the remainder of the season.  This rule does not apply in the case of a player fouling out of a game.

A parent ejected from a game will be barred from attending games for the rest of the season.

A coach who is ejected from a game must leave the field immediately and is barred from coaching the next game. If a coach is ejected from a game a second time, he/she is barred from coaching any team in the NCJLA for the remainder of the season.

All types of ejections listed above rollover to the next season if they occur at postseason events.


Offensive Language Rule Adoption

The NCJLA has added the following rule and guidelines regarding offensive language, effective March 17, 2011:

An official shall eject from the game any player, substitute, non-playing member of a team, coach, assistant coach or anyone officially connected with a competing team or fan using a racial slur or derogatory term related to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.

A coach or assistant coach ejected by an official for using a racial slur or derogatory term shall be suspended from coaching any NCJLA team for the remainder of the season.

Any player that is ejected twice in a season by an official for using a racial slur or derogatory term shall be suspended from playing in the NCJLA for the remainder of the season.

In the event that a racial slur or derogatory term is not heard by the official, the offended player(s) should inform their coach at the earliest possible time.  At the next official time out, the coach should inform the head referee or umpire, who should in turn inform the opposing coach of the allegation.  The offended player(s) and any others who heard the comments are encouraged to file a Sportsmanship Incident report with the NCJLA as soon as possible after the game, which gives the NCJLA a basis to conduct an investigation and take action as deemed appropriate.

Coaches are encouraged to discuss this rule with their players.

Coaches Who Change Clubs

Coaches who have changed clubs may not coach players they have coached on a previous team for a period of one year. The penalty for knowingly violating this NCJLA policy will be:

  • The coach shall be removed from the team and barred from coaching within NCJLA.

  • Players shall be immediately removed from the roster.

  • The team may continue playing with a different coach to finish the season, but shall be banned from tournament and jamboree play.

  • Exception:  If the previous club is no longer willing to field a team at the level under consideration, then players and coaches may play for the 2nd team.

Geographic Boundaries (for ALL players starting October 1, 2017)

Geographic territories for all NCJLA Clubs are listed on the NCJLA website. Beginning on October 1, 2017 all NCJLA players are expected to play for the NCJLA club they last played for or the NCJLA club responsible for the operations that correspond to the player’s residential address. Should there be extenuating circumstances the legal guardians of the player that wishes to play in another club should complete the following:

  1. Contact the President of the club that corresponds to your residential address and inform them that you wish to have your child play in another club and would like for them to sign a Release to Play Form. Club presidents have 5 days (120 hours) from receipt of the request to respond to the parent and/or file the Release to Play form with the NCJLA. If no response is provided then the club by default has released the player.

  2. If released, contact the President of the club that you wish to play for and request for them to sign an Acceptance to Play Form. Club Presidents have 5 days (120 hours) from receipt of the request to respond to the parent and file the Accept to Play Form with the NCJLA. If no response or Acceptance to Play form is provided then the receiving club has by default accepted the player.

    1. Parents and clubs should be aware that the club for whom a player wishes to join is not required to accept the player. Clubs should have space available and have placed all past players from their teams and all new players in their geographic area on a team before placing players from out of area or a different club. Once a player is released there is no guarantee that should the player wish to return to the releasing club that there will be a roster spot available.
    2. Once released from the club, parents are free to choose which club to request to join. If a parent is found to have falsified a request, the league will investigate and the team in which the player is rostered will become ineligible until resolved.
  3. Once accepted, complete the NCJLA Play Out of Area Disclosure Online Form on the NCJLA website.

  4. After receiving documentation of the approval from both club Presidents, register your child for the new club.If the request for release was denied, submit a request for a Petition for Play Out of Area form to execdirector@ncjla.org.

All forms listed above are available to complete on the NCJLA website under the Club Administrators tab. Please visit the NCJLA Documents folder>Help & Support>Club Best Practices for examples of club board resources used to navigate this process.

Clubs are required to complete the following should a player request to play out of area or to be accepted:

  1. Communicate with the other club president in a timely manner.

  • NCJLA recommends that communication be in writing and be time date stamped. Email communication is prefered.

2. Complete and submit "Release to Play or Acceptance Forms" to the NCJLA

  1. NCJLA staff will verify all team rosters after the second Saturday in Feb when they are submitted to the NCJLA. If a team is found to have players on the roster that were a) on another clubs roster in a previous season or b) from another club’s zip code the TEAM ROSTER will be flagged for review.If a Release to Play or Acceptance Form is not on file for that player, the entire team will be designated as ineligible because of a roster violation and all games will be forfeits until the correct forms are submitted. After APRIL 1st,  rosters are locked, and clubs must then use the petition process.  If all forms are not submitted the remaining games scheduled for the non-compliant team and any officials assigned will be canceled. The opponents of the team will not be penalized for not meeting the minimum game count. In addition, the team will not be allowed to participate in NCJLA post season events.

  2. Consequences for failure to follow the NCJLA Operations Guide are listed in the NCJLA By Laws.

  3. Communicate with the parents in a professional manner and provide an answer to their requests with in 5 days (120 hours) of receipt.
  4. Require players from another club or from out of area to complete the forms above BEFORE they are allowed to register with their club.
  5. Participate in arbitration with the NCJLA and parents should there be a conflict. Should a conflict between club presidents, parents, or coaches arise that can not be solved through arbitration with the NCJLA designee, the matter will be submitted to the NCJLA Board of Directors for review and a final determination will be made. NCJLA Board decisions are final and can not be appealed.



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