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Mass Bay Girls Lacrosse League (MBGLL)
Specific Rules


Marblehead Girls Youth Lacrosse's U11, U13 and U15 programs participate in the MBGLL.  

Marblehead's Select programs participate in the FGLL. (Rules are generally the same in FGLL and MBGLL).

Our U9 program is not part of MBGLL, but we follow the guidelines of MBGLL.

-No scoreboards are allowed at MBGLL games. (No scores are kept or recorded anywhere, including on program or team websites.)
-Parents are to be on the opposite side of the field from players.

Field Players
-For U15 (Grade 7/8) and U13 (Grade 5/6) games, each team has eleven field players and a goalkeeper.
U11 (Grade 3/4), MBGLL recommends 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.

MBGLL allows NO stick checking for Grade 1/2, Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6 teams.  MBGLL allows only modified checking (as defined in the US Lacrosse Girls Youth Rules) 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).

MBGLL has asked umpires 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
MBGLL has a Zero Tolerance Policy for misconduct of players, coaches and followers (spectators).  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.

MBGLL defines misconduct as any action taken by an individual that interferes with the safety and/or sportsmanship of the game.  This includes verbal comments about the performance of the players on either team, coaches and umpires. Penalties assessed for misconducts to coaches and/or followers shall be reported to the MBGLL Rules and Sportsmanship Director.  Repeated incidents by an individual or a group of individuals will be reviewed by the MBGLL Board of Directors and can result in the offending team or program being removed for the league.  Questions about specific incidents should be raised with the appropriate MBGLL Division Director or the MBGLL Rules and Sportsmanship Director.