Marblehead Girls Youth Lacrosse teams at the U11, U13 and U15 age group and
our U13 and U15 Select teams compete in the
North Division of Founders Girls Lacrosse League (FGLL)
Our U7 and U9 recreational programs are in-house and follow FGLL guidelines.
-No scoreboards are allowed at games.
-Parents are to be on the opposite side of the field from players.
-For U15 (Grade 7/8) and U13 (Grade 5/6) games, each team has eleven field players and a goalkeeper.
-For U11 (Grade 3/4), each team has seven field players and a goalkeeper. If a team does not have a goalkeeper then some form of “goal mouth reduction” should be used in lieu of a goalkeeper. This could include tipping the net over or using commercial shot nets. If a U11 team does not have a goal keeper, then that does not mean that they can place an additional player on the field.
No stick checking for Grade 1/2, Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6 teams. Modified checking (as defined in the US Lacrosse Girls Youth Rules) is allowed for Grade 7/8 teams.
Three-Pass Rule (applicable to U11)
A team must not take a shot on goal until three passes, including the goalkeeper’s clear, are completed or attempted. Umpires have the final say in determining 3-pass completion/attempts and will count passes out loud. Once the offense has fulfilled the three pass requirement, a new three pass count is not necessary as long as the ball has remained within the offensive half of the field (even if the defense plays the ball).
The purpose of this rule is to get as many girls involved in every play as possible. It was implemented because teams would get the ball into the hands of one strong player who would run up the field alone and shoot the ball. A team must make three bona fide pass attempts (the ball does not need to be caught to count).
Umpires are asked to use their judgment in assessing a bona fide pass. Typical criteria include requiring that the ball go above the shoulder during the pass and that the players be six feet apart. Umpires will count passes out loud and will tell the players when they have completed three passes. Coaches are NOT to count. NOTE that umpires will not (as coaches should not) tell players that "they can shoot", because additional passes might be the right thing to do. The intent of this rule is not to have teams make three passes and then, regardless of where the ball is, compel the player run to the goal and shoot.
Once a team has completed three passes, this count is "reset" only when the opposing team gains possession of the ball in the opposing team's attacking half of the field. This rewards teams for playing good defense in their attacking zone...if they recover the ball they can immediately shoot. This rule also means that both teams can have three completed passes at the same time (if the defending team completes three passes in their defensive half of the field).
Zero Tolerance policy for misconduct of players, coaches and spectators or "followers". The Official Rules for Girl's & Women's Lacrosse, Rule 18E and Rule 19B-2, states that team followers misconduct may result in a penalty assessed to the coach. These carding procedures culminate in the suspension of the coach or team follower and ultimately could result in a forfeit of the game.
Click here for a comprehensive guide to the rules for Youth and Girl's Lacrosse set forth each year with US Lacrosse.