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TEAM SIZE: Each team will play with seven players; 1 goal keeper, 2 attack, 2 defense and 2 midfield; net protectors will be used if a team does not have a goal keeper.
EQUIPMENT: All players are required to wear a mouth guard and protective women’s lacrosse goggles. Goal keepers must wear ALL protective equipment: helmet with chin guard, chest protector, protective pants, shin guards, gloves and mouth guard
GAME LENGTH: Two 25 minute, running time halves; the clock will start on the hour. Teams must be ready to play 5 minutes before the hour and warm up as the previous hour’s teams are packing up. We encourage all players to arrive 15 minutes prior to game time to dress and stretch. The clock will run even if teams are not ready to play.
DRAW:  Draws will be taken at the beginning of each half, one midfielder from each team will draw at the center of the field. After a goal the play will start again with the goalie clearing to her defense. The number of players around the circle during the draw shall be restricted to 3 players from each team at all levels.
SUBSTITUTIONS: All substitution will be on the fly or at a stoppage of play that is acknowledged by the official. Players are not allowed to stand on the field waiting to be substituted.
CLEARS: A goal keeper has 10 seconds to clear the ball once she has gained possession. If a goalie leaves the crease area with the ball she cannot return to the crease with possession of the ball. Goal keepers are not allowed to cross the midfield line.

ONE PASS RULE:  Teams must make one pass once over the Midfield line before going to goal. This will slow down fast breaks and encourage passing.
A. If the attacking team intercepts  a goalie clear after a saved shot or a goal they may go directly to goal. No additional pass required.
B. Any interception from the goalie or any other defensive player in the offensive zone, including a good check to cause a turnover, does not need an additional pass, however if the ball has cleared the offensive zone, marked by the restraining line, and a turnover occurs: one pass is  required.
OUT OF BOUNDS: US Lacrosse rules apply.
OFF SIDES: Only 4 players from the offense and 5 from the defense (this includes the goalie) will be allowed inside the restraining line. If the field is only lined with a mid-line and no restraining lines, the mid-line will be used as the off sides line. 2 players from each team will remain behind the restraining line.
Achieve Lacrosse will comply with US Lacrosse rules.


  • ILLEGAL USE of CROSSE: If contact is made with a stick that is being held in a horizontal position, the fouls shall be on the player whose stick is in that horizontal position.
  • Check roughly or recklessly. Checks will be controlled. 
  • A player who checks to the head will receive a yellow card
  • Slash, excessive slashing will result in a yellow card
  • A player’s crosse cannot come within the sphere, around the face or throat of an opponent.
  • With any part of her body guard the goal outside the goal circle so as to obstruct the free space to goal, between the ball and the goal circle, which denies the attack the opportunity to shoot safely. This call should be made only if the player with the ball is looking to shoot. If she is being doubled or tripled teamed and she has no opportunity to shoot to goal, the call should not be made.
  • Set a moving or stationary pick out of visual field of an opposing player which does not allow enough time or space to stop or change direction and contact occurs.
  • Detain an opponent by holding, tagging, or pushing against her body, clothing, or crosse with an arm, leg, body, or crosse. A player may not hold her crosse in such a manner as to restrain or hold back a player.
  • Hold or cradle the head of her crosse in front of her face, within her sphere or close to her body, making a legal/safe check impossible.
  • Shoot dangerously and/or without control.
  • FOUL on the GOAL SCORER, any major foul committed against the goal scorer will be penalized. The goal will count and the game will be restarted with a free position at center for the team scoring the goal rather than a draw.
  • Yellow cards issued for dangerous play
  • Any player who receives a yellow card will result in the following: 2 minute, releasable penalty and the team will play man down; if the opponent scores or at the end of the 2 minute penalty, the player may return to the game
  • A second yellow card issued to the same player may result in ejection from the game


  • Guard or cover a ground ball with a player’s crosse.
  • Check an opponent’s crosse when there is no established possession of the ball. “empty” stick check.
  • Throw her crosse in any circumstance.
  • Move before a whistle to start play.

PENALTIES: In addition to the above penalties for major fouls, an official may give any number of verbal cautions or a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct or inappropriate behavior. If a player receives more than 2 yellow cards she will be suspended for the remainder of that game.  Spectators must contribute to a safe-play environment by demonstrating positive and sportsman-like conduct and by understanding and appreciating the unique rules and culture of the women’s game.


The Club/College Division will adhere to all of the same rules as stated above in the 8th Grade/High School division.  The Club/College division will ALLOW the following NCAA Collegiate rules:

  1. GOAL CIRCLE PLAY BY DEFENSE: Goal circle play by defenders will be allowed; only one defender who is marking the ball carrier may remain in GC.
  2. FREE MOVEMENT: Players will be allowed to move without restriction when the whistle is blown for a foul or if the play has been stopped due to out-of-bounds. 
  3. SELF-START: On boundary balls and whistle blown for a foul
    1. To resume play when the ball has gone out of bounds, any player from the team awarded possession of the ball may commence play with a self-start relative to the spot from where the ball went out of bounds.
    2. Following a whistle blown for a foul outside of the critical scoring area that doesn't necessitate an official's timeout, the player who is awarded the free position, after coming to a stop, may continue the course of play without waiting for an additional whistle.