Northwest Sports Association has partnered with US Lacrosse to bring the game of Lacrosse to the youth of Port Angeles, Sequim, and Joyce in 2018. Seeing the need for a youth program to compliment the middle school and high school programs, NWSA is working with representatives of the local Mountaineers Lacrosse program to help make this program possible. Using a tried and true system, and a detailed rule system based off of US Lacrosse 8U Rules, NWSA will be providing Co-Ed Lacrosse to participants age 7 to 12.



Signup Dates: February 17th and 18th from 12pm to 2pm @ Vern Burton Gym
Cost: $100

Season is from March 3rd to May 19th



    On March 3rd 2018, Ridge Riders Lacrosse will be holding a 4 hour long clinic, taught by the former US Women's Lacrosse coach Amy McCleary. This academy will be free of charge for all the members of Ridge Riders Lacrosse. For those who would like to attend the clinic and are not a part of the program, the cost is $30.


    We are a hybrid style league, meaning that we will be using the rules provided by US Lacrosse (altered to fit our league if needed) with mixed age groups of kids 7 to 12 years old. The reason we use the rules for our league is because our lacrosse is around the age when many young athletes first experience the sport of lacrosse. The children entering at this point often differ greatly in their physical and cognitive development. Consequently the game they play should be designed to “level the playing field” and provide opportunity for any child that wants to participate. The emphasis at this age level is on instilling a love and excitement of playing, while also developing the fundamental movement skills that will be valuable in future athletic endeavors. The competition playing rules for the league encourage multiple opportunities for each athlete to “touch” the ball, work with teammates and develop general physical literacy. With respect to the competition at this level, coaches, parents, and officials should emphasize:
  •  FUN
  •  Following simple rules of play
  •  Good Sportsmanship

Age and Eligibility

Player must be 7 years old or younger on March 2nd. It is recommended that when multiple teams exist within a program, administrators should consider the physical size, skill, and maturity when selecting teams. At no time should players younger than 6 years of age be permitted to play at the league level.

LEAGUE GAME FORMAT SUMMARY AND EQUIPMENT

  • 4v4 (cross field)
  • No goalies
  • Smaller sticks and soft balls
  • Eyewear is required
  • 3x3 goals
LEAGUE RULES OVERVIEW

  • No draw / players line up in their defensive end to start game
  • Coaches can be on the field to assist and ‘officiate’
  • One pass rule
  • After a goal, defense is given the ball for a clear
  • Must play 1v1 defense

At this level of play 1) illegal or dangerous contact as well as 2) unsportsmanlike conduct would be considered major fouls; the player would be taken briefly off the field. No cards are used and the team does NOT play short.

RULE 1: The Playing Area and Goals

FIELD DIAGRAM


1.1 - LENGTH AND WIDTH

The maximum playing field shall be rectangular, 60 -70 yards max in length and 35 - 45 yards in width. An 8 meter arc and restraining line are not required for this level of play. The boundaries of the field shall be marked with contrasting colored lines so that boundaries are easily identifiable. All lines on the field shall be between 2 - 4 inches in width. Note: Flat disc cones may be used to designate the playing area if field lining is an issue.

1.2 - GOAL CIRCLE

The goal circle can be adjusted to a 6’ radius and may be painted on the field or marked with flat disc cones. A goal line marking is not required. A High School regulation 8.5 goal circles or pop up goal circle is also permissible.

1.3 - GOALS

A 3x3 foot goal with securely affixed netting is recommended. If other size goals are being used, material can be affixed to the goal to decrease the size. A range from 3x3 to 4x4 is the ideal. The goal shall be centered within the goal circle.

RULE 2: Equipment and Uniforms

2.1 - BALLS

It is recommended that a soft lacrosse ball, tennis ball or other soft athletic ball of similar or larger diameter be used. Standard lacrosse balls must not be used at this level.

2.2 - THE LACROSSE STICK

Smaller sized lacrosse sticks shall be used at this level of play. The stick should be approximately the distance from the ground to the players waist. There are no requirements or limitations on pocket depth.

2.3 - PLAYER EQUIPMENT

Players on each team will wear the same color shirt, but a different and contrasting color than the other team. Eyewear and mouthpiece are required.

RULE 3: Game Personnel

3.1 - NUMBER OF PLAYERS

4 players from each team on the field at a time. No goalkeepers shall be used and no players shall enter the goal circle to assume the position of a goalkeeper.

3.2 - COACHES

Each team may have one coach roaming the field to instruct ALL players.

3.3 - OFFICIALS

Only 1 certified official is necessary per field of play.

3.4 - TIME KEEPER

Either the officials or a designated time keeper will take on this responsibility.

3.5 - SCORE KEEPER

There will be a designated score keeper on the side of the field.

RULE 4: Time Factors and Scoring

4.1 - LENGTH OF THE GAME

A competition will consist of two (2) twenty-minute running time halves, with a five minute halftime period.

4.2 - TIMEOUTS

Teams will have one (1) two minute timeout per game. The clock may also be stopped in the event of injury. Injured players must leave the field until the next scheduled substitution and shall be replaced by another player.

4.3 - OVERTIME

In the event of a tie score at the end of regulation, an overtime period will take place. Each team will get a chance to score, beginning with the visiting team. If both teams have a chance at scoring and the score is still tied, there will be two (2) three minute overtimes, first to score wins the game.

RULE 5: Play of the Game

5.1 - COIN TOSS

Prior to the start of competition the official will call one player from each team and conduct a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will start the competition with possession of the ball at the Center Spot. The team that did not start the game with the ball will have the first Alternating Possession and will start with possession in the second half.

5.2 - START OF GAME OR HALF

The competition is played with each team placing four players on the field (4v4) to start the game. All players must be on their defensive side of the Center Spot. The team on defense will give a 4m cushion to all offensive players until the whistle is blown, at which time they are free to guard an offensive counterpart.

5.3 - RESTART AFTER A GOAL IS SCORED

The official will remove the ball from the goal and give it to a player along the goal line to the side of the goal circle. The ball is awarded to the team who was just scored upon and the remaining players will be moved 4m away.

5.4 - OUT OF BOUNDS

Play shall be stopped when the ball goes out of bounds. The last team to touch the ball will lose possession of the ball and play will be restarted closest to the location the ball went out of bounds. NOTE: Out of bounds as a result of a shot on goal results in possession to the player closest to the ball.

5.5 - RESTRAINING LINE

Not applicable at this age level.

5.6 - GOAL CIRCLE VIOLATIONS

No player may enter the goal circle at any time. Additionally a player may not follow through into the goal circle on a shot. Penalty: Immediate stoppage of play and possession is awarded to the offended team.

5.7 - ALTERNATE POSSESSION

Alternate possession should be used when a coach or official cannot determine who should be awarded the ball, if off-setting fouls occur or with contested ground ball fouls.

5.8 - SUBSTITUTION PROCEDURES

Best practices recommend whole team substitutions after a goal is scored or every 1-3 minutes during a stoppage of play.

RULE 6: Fouls

At this level of play

1) Illegal or dangerous contact as well as

2) Unsportsmanlike conduct would be considered major fouls, where the player would be taken off the field for a brief time period - no cards are used and the team does NOT play short.

Other fouls will result in stoppage of play and change of possession. All restarts will require 4 meters of free space around the ball carrier. In the case of major fouls, the offending player shall be placed 4 meters behind.

6.1 - CONTESTED GROUND BALLS

A loose ball shall be contested by no more than 2 players. If a third player comes into the scrum, then the whistle will be blown and the ball will be awarded via alternate possession. Kicking of the ball is not permitted.

6.2 - COVERING THE BALL

Players are not permitted to cover the ball under any circumstances with their stick or body. Penalty: Immediate stoppage of play and possession is awarded to the offended team.

6.3 - GOAL CIRCLE VIOLATIONS

No player may enter the goal circle at any time. Additionally a player may not follow through into the goal circle on a shot. Penalty: Immediate stoppage of play and possession is awarded to the offended team.

6.4 - MINIMUM PASS RULE

Teams must attempt one pass before going to goal. Coaches may agree to add an additional time restriction to encourage ball movement and limit holding the ball. Suggested option is to limit a player in possession of the ball to 5 seconds from when she first possesses the ball to attempt a pass or shot. Penalty: Immediate stoppage of play and possession is awarded to the offended team.

6.5 - 1 V 1 DEFENSE

Players must be marking (within a stick’s length) 1 v 1 on defense or when her team does not have the ball. If a defensive player leaves her player to double the ball, the whistle should be blown and the offending player moved back to her mark. Penalty: Immediate stoppage of play and possession is awarded to the offended team, with all other players moved 4 meters away.

6.6 - 3 SECONDS CLOSELY GUARDED (OFFENSE)

Player with the ball may not hold the ball for more than 3 seconds when

a) closely guarded
b) the defense has both hands on their stick
c) the defense is in a position to legally check if checking were allowed.

Penalty: Immediate stoppage of play and possession is awarded to the offended team.

6.7 - SHOOTING FOULS

Players are responsible for not shooting at other players and a safe follow through on all shots. The stick cannot follow through into the goal circle. Penalty: Immediate stoppage of play and possession is awarded to the offended team.

6.8 - CONTACT

Legal contact can occur between opponents during the normal process of play. However, contact that occurs that physically forces the opponent off of her position or path is illegal contact. Illegal stick to body contact (in a horizontal position) or any contact deemed dangerous should be called.

6.9 - UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT

Players are expected to uphold the highest levels of sportsmanship at all times. Arguing, threatening, the use of profane language or obscene gestures by players or coach shall result in a penalty.

Penalty: Unsportsmanlike Conduct foul is a major foul and will result in an immediate stoppage of play. The player shall be taken off the field and substituted for. The ball is awarded to the offended team. At no time should either team be playing with fewer players than their opponent.