Rules

2017 Lehigh Laxfest Tournament Rules

GENERAL RULES:

 

• Mouthguards, must be worn at all times
• Players may only compete for one team during the event
• All penalties are 1 minute, as games are in “running-time”.  Officials can extend penalties beyond 1 minute if warranted.
• Penalties begin on the referee’s re-start.
• Any fighting or flagrant disrespect towards an official will result in expulsion for the remainder of the tournament.  No exceptions, no refunds.
• Teams must be available for all games.  Please remember that many teams travel great distances for this event expecting to play a minimum of 4 games, and we rely on your professionalism to hold that commitment.
• Referees are in charge of each individual field during gameplay, and may use their discretion to override a tournament rule if he feels necessary to do so.  They have final say.

 

GAME PLAY:

 

• Games consist of two 19-minute halves, and a 2 minute halftime.
• There are no time outs.
• Game times are kept at tournament HQ using an airhorn system.
One long airhorn blasts is used to start and stop each half
Two short airhorn blasts signals 2-minutes remaining (used in 2nd half only).
• Tie games will be settled with a “braveheart” competition, unless it is a playoff game.
Braveheart:  Each team fields 2 players and 1 goalie, starting with a faceoff.  Only 2 players per team areallowed on the offensive side of the midfield line.  Goalies can cross if a middie stays backNO substitutions.  
SEMI-FINAL AND CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES:  Settled 10v10, first goal wins.  Not Braveheart.

 

YOUTH SPECIFIC RULES

• Modified US Lacrosse rules.  No clearing counts, no over-and-back.  
• No one-handed checks.  No body checking.
• A mercy rule is in effect if one team has a lead of 8 or more goals.  In this situation, the team trailing has the choice of starting with a free clear, or a faceoff.
• Rules of play default to US Lacrosse in the case of any question not specified here

 

HIGH SCHOOL SPECIFIC RULES

• NFHS clearing rules are in effect.  Winning team keep it in the box last 2 minutes
• A mercy rule is in effect if one tea has a lead of 8 or more goals.  In this situation, the team trailing has the choice of starting with a free clear, or a faceoff.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER RULES

• There are no rain dates for this event.  Assume that games will be played on their scheduled dates.
• If inclement weather causes a game stoppage (i.e. lightning), the following rules apply:
Play will stop until the head official deems conditions are safe to resume play
If play stops in the first half of a game, the game resumes with the beginning of the 2nd half.
If play stops in the 2nd half of a game, the game ends immediately.  The team in the lead gets the win.  If tied, a braveheart takes place when play resumes.
If the delay is substantial, Tournament HQ may decide to shorten some games until the event is back on-time.
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