Updated for 2017 Season: NXT Spring Rules – full file includes Roster, Admin, etc.
3. Game Clock
- There will be a continuous central clock, which will be managed by the League Director and communicated to the field coordinators and referees.
- Games consist of four 12 minute running quarters
- Halftime will be three minutes
a. Each team has one 1-minute timeout per game. The game
clock does not stop during timeout. Timeouts cannot be called in the last three minutes of the game by the leading team.
- The overtime period will consist of a four minute running
clock kept by the field coordinator.
- Each team receives one 30-second timeout during the
overtime period during which the clock will stop. Unused timeouts do not carry over from regulation.
a. Referees can stop the game for any reason that he/she feels fit. Examples include serious injury, weather, etc. Generally for such stoppages, the clock will continue running. If there is a significant delay during a game the referee may stop the game clock at his/her discretion.
- Time serving penalties – penalty time will be kept by the on-
- The official score will be kept by both the field coordinator
and one of the referees. The coordinator and referee will confer throughout the game and at stoppages to ensure the correct score. At the end of the game, the referee is responsible for certifying the official game score. All scores are reported to the League Director.
- All substitutions are on the fly, except on a time serving penalty.
- Limited body checking. Excessively big hits and physical play (even within five yards of a loose ball) constitute unnecessary roughness and will result in a 1-minute penalty.
- AllteamswillplayusedNFHSruleswiththefollowing modifications:
- Nohorns–quickrestartswithdefensiveplayersgiving offensive players five yards on the restart
- Appropriateequipmentandmouthguardsmustbe worn at all times
- Play will be stopped or a delayed whistle will be used for rule violations using NCAA guidelines:
- Forapersonalfoulortechnicalfoulcommittedbythe team with possession, the whistle is sounded immediately.
- Foranyfoulcommittedagainsttheteamin possession, the slow whistle technique is employed.
- Foratechnicalfoulduringalooseballwhenthe offended team would be disadvantaged by an immediate whistle, the play-on technique is employed provided there is no flag down. If stopping the play will not disadvantage the offended team, the whistle is sounded immediately.
- Forapersonalfoulduringalooseball,thewhistleis blown immediately. Exception: If there is a loose-ball personal foul while the flag is down, a second flag is thrown and play continues.
- There will be no counts in the 4th-7th grade divisions. If a
game official detects an effort to stall the advancement of the ball in either the defensive clearing area or the offensive zone outside the offensive box, the official will give a verbal command to “advance the ball” followed by a visual 5- second hand count. If the team warned does not attempt to advance the ball within the 5-second count, a turnover will occur with the restart at the point of the stalling infraction.
- The 8th grade division will use NFHS rules for U15 and U13. A defensive 20-second count will be used and an offensive 10-second count will be used.
8. Stick Lengths
a. The league will use US Lacrosse rules pertaining to
allowable stick lengths at each age level.
9. Mercy Rule
a. Applies when there is a seven-goal deficit.
b. Teams down by seven or more goals will get a free clear
after each goal.
10. Sportsmanship Policy – If a player leaves the sideline to get
involved in an on-field altercation, or a player on the field runs from the opposite end crossing the midfield line, that player is automatically ejected from the game. The player can also be removed from the league and the team may be punished as well and have to forfeit the game at the discretion of league officials and referees. In the event that both teams have players exhibiting this behavior the game may be called and both teams will have the game recorded as a loss. Directors and Staff consider the safety of each player their first priority and expect coaches and players to understand and abide by this philosophy as well. The coaches and officials are expected to protect and promote the safety and well being of all players.