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The following rules have been designed to ensure fair play for all participants. Each coach and player is expected to understand these rules prior to their participation in any Halo Lacrosse event including 6onLAX events. Any questions concerning these rules should be directed to the Halo Team.

GENERAL RULES FOR ALL HALO LAX EVENTS

Registration & Fees

All participants must complete and submit online registration through Halo Lax Events LLC and agree to the “Release and Waiver of Liability AGREEMENT”.

  • Players should register into divisions based upon age/grad year, gender and playing experience where indicated.
  • Players may play “up” in age/grade groups, but NOT play “down”.
  • Any team or player determined by the Event Director to have falsified age or skill level could be dismissed from play.
  • Teams that span more than one age group must register in the division of the oldest player on the team.

In the situation where teams place themselves in the wrong division, the Event Director will attempt to rectify the error, but cannot guarantee proper placement. It is each Team’s responsibility to register in the proper division, failure to properly register may result in disqualification from the tournament, and registration fees will not be refunded.

Fees may be paid by the player or by the team at the time of registration. Fees are not transferrable from one to another. 

 

Age/Grade, Skill Level & Gender Divisions

  • Boys/Men
  • Girls/Women
  • Youth grouping
    • 7U-8U
    • 9U-10U
    • 11U-12U
  • Middle School grouping
    • 13U-14U
  • High School Grouping
    • 15U-16U
    • 17U-18U
  • Adult

 

S. Lacrosse Membership

This event is part of The US Lacrosse Sanctioning Program, which provides best practices in order to create a more safe and consistent event. Through the adoption of the Sanctioned Tournament Standards, Halo Lax Events commit to providing the best possible lacrosse experience. 

All tournament participants must be current US Lacrosse members in order to participate. US Lacrosse membership numbers will be collected and verified when completing event and tournament registration waivers. If you are not currently a member, or your membership is set to expire during the event, please visit US Lacrosse to Register. 

 

Refunds

In the occurrence that the Event or Tournament is cancelled before the official event start date a full refund will be issued. Credit (coupon) will be issued to registered players that are replaced on the Official Team Roster. The credit (coupon) may be used by a replacement player upon registration check-out. No team will receive a full refund. If a registered team or player withdraws from an Event or Tournament 45 days prior to the official scheduled start date, a refund of registration fees paid less 25% will be issued. No refunds will be issued for withdraw less than 45 days prior to the official scheduled start date. No refunds will be issued if the Event or Tournament is shortened in part for any reason, including weather, or any “Act of God.” Halo Lax Events LLC, its officers, employees, staff and affiliate partners will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any individual, team, club or organization if the Event or Tournament is canceled in whole or in part.

Each team must complete the official team roster form and submit the form to the Event Director or upload to the Team Locker on EventConnect at least 24-HOURS prior to the start of the Tournament. No player may compete, or be rostered, on more than one team during the tournament. Any team with a player in violation of this rule will forfeit all games in which the player is known to have competed and therefore, forfeit the opportunity to advance to the playoff round.

 

Proof of Age

Tournament officials have the right to demand Proof of Age for any player included on the roster. Players are required to carry Proof of Age with them at all times. Types of proof include: birth Certificate, rivers License, Current School Report Card.

 

Falsifying Ages

The Event Director may dismiss any player or disqualify any team from the tournament and potentially future events if any player or coach determined by the Event Director to have falsified age or identity where applicable. This act of non-sportsmanship will not be tolerated by Halo Lax Events LLC.

 

Protests

Any team wishing to Protest the Roster or players on a roster may do so by submitting a $50 Roster Protest Fee and completing a Roster Protest Form. After receiving the $50 Roster Protest Fee and Roster Protest Form, and when available, the Event Director will verify each player of the team by confirming the Official Team Roster and each player’s Proof of Age documentation. A game in progress will not be interrupted for this process. Any team violating the requirements for the Official Team Roster Form, Player Registration and or Proof of Age when protested will be disqualified from the event and all games players will be forfeited.

Sportsmanship

We love a good game and sportsmanship! Respect the game. Sportsmanship and the concepts of fair and honorable play are essential to the overall success of the Tournament. Do not approach the game officials before or after a game. Enjoy the games and shout encouraging words!

  • Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game,” demonstrates respect for others and is consistent with the businesslike operation of the Tournament for the benefit of everyone involved.
  • The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair and honorable play, or the spirit of the game.
  • Poor sportsmanship, taunting, trash talking, fighting or other unbecoming behavior on the part of players, coaches, parents or spectators will not be tolerated.
  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will minimally result in a 1-minute non-releasable penalty, but officials are authorized to handle such conduct in their reasonable judgment based on the circumstances, including ending the game (which will be treated as a forfeit by each team regardless of “who did what”). Poor sportsmanship may also result in ejectment from the game or the facility.
  • Only head coaches are permitted to address the officials; coaches are expected to do so in a courteous manner during the game. Adults involved with the game are not permitted to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official. Derogatory comments are unacceptable and subject to discipline, including ejectment.
  • Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties while exercising their authority on the field.
  • Eligibility requirements, such as age/grade must be followed. They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety. The Tournament relies on the good faith of coaches and players as well as their representations regarding age during the registration process.
  • The Tournament expects all coaches to understand the rules of the Tournament and communicate them to members of the team.
  • Head coaches may report any issues regarding officials and/or other teams to a field marshal, Tournament event director or their representatives at Tournament headquarter Tent. The Tournament will use its reasonable efforts to address any concerns with such officials, the field managers, the Assigning Official(s) and/or such coaches, as appropriate in their discretion.
  • Tournament directors reserve the right to adopt and implement such other rules or regulations as it determines are necessary or appropriate to further the goals and objectives of the Tournament.

 

Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Corrective Action Plan

Our tournament prohibits and will not tolerate acts of harassment, discrimination and bullying. Harassment, discrimination or bullying of any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:

  1. Are reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability.
  2. Takes place in relation to any program function or team; and that a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a player or damaging the player’s property, or placing a player in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property.
  3. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any player or group of players or creates a hostile environment for the player by interfering with a player’s participation or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the player. (N.J.S.L 18A:37-14)

Any participant, coach, staff member, fan or volunteer may file a grievance when necessary. All grievances should be written and directed through the following sequence of authorities:

 

Corrective Action Plan for Tournament Participants

  • If a coach, parent or official is notified of participant misconduct, they should report the allegation in writing as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after the incident to the Tournament Director. Complaints may also be made in person during the event but should also be documented in writing after the initial complaint has been made. If a coach or official does not report an infraction to the Tournament Director within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, they are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension or expulsion.
  • The Tournament Director will gather all pertinent information in a fair, respectful and confidential manner regarding the alleged harassment, discrimination or bullying and review with both the accuser and the accused as soon as possible.
  • After an investigation is conducted, the Tournament Director will evaluate all findings and bring a final resolution to all parties involved. Participants who are found guilty of violating the anti-harassment and discrimination policy will be subject to disciplinary action. All participants that are found guilty of major infractions (violence, racist, homophobic or sexist slurs etc.) will be expulsed immediately at the first infraction with no consideration for review.
  • If no resolution is found, an additional ethics complaint may be filed with the US Lacrosse Ethics Advisory Subcommittee here. The USL EAS seeks to develop resources and standards for the national lacrosse community, as well as investigate and manage ethical issues that arise within the organization. NOTE: All prior steps must be taken before submitting an ethics complaint with US Lacrosse. Complaints that do not adhere to this process, will not be considered.

 

For violations of the Code of Conduct, Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy or expectations, these steps will be followed:

STEP 1 – GAME SUSPENSION. The Tournament Director will discuss undesirable conduct with the accuser and stress that this behavior will not be tolerated. The Tournament Director will suspend the offending player for a certain number of games depending on the severity of the incident*. The team coach and the Tournament Director must meet to discuss expected conduct before the player can resume playing. The player will be warned that the next offense will result in his/her expulsion from the event or tournament.

STEP 2 – TOURNAMENT EXPULSION. The participant on the 2nd offense will be expelled from the event and no refund will be given. The Tournament Director will also document this disciplinary action in writing and forward the incident to the Team or Program Director within 24 hours of the incident.

*These guidelines are not absolute in dealing with behavioral problems. Severe situations could merit harsher sanctions against participants and could result in immediate game suspension or expulsion. All participants that are found guilty of major infractions (violence, racist, homophobic or sexist slurs etc.) will be expulsed immediately at the first infraction with no consideration for review.

 

Corrective Action Policy for Parents and Adults

Family involvement is vital to the development of young athletes. Whether sitting in the stands, or helping as a volunteer, we want our families to set a positive example. Parents and adults who do not follow the Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy will be subject to a Corrective Action Plan. Any parent or adult may file a grievance when necessary. All grievances should be written and directed through the following sequence of authorities:

  • If a parent, coach, staff member, volunteer, official or fan is the victim of harassment, discrimination or bullying, the victim must report the allegation in writing within 24 hours to the Tournament Director. Complaints may also be made in person during the event but should be documented in writing after the initial complaint has been made. If a coach or official does not report an infraction to the Tournament Director within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, they are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension or expulsion.
  • The Tournament Director will gather all pertinent information in a fair, respectful and confidential manner regarding the alleged harassment, discrimination or bullying and review with both the accuser and the accused as soon as possible.
  • After an investigation is conducted, the Tournament Director will evaluate all findings and bring a final resolution to all parties. Those who are found guilty of violating the anti-harassment and discrimination policy will be subject to disciplinary action. All parties that are found guilty of major infractions (violence, racist, homophobic or sexist slurs, etc.) will be expulsed immediately at the first infraction with no consideration for review.



For adult violations of the Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy, the following steps will be taken:

STEP 1 – VERBAL WARNING. The Tournament Director will discuss undesirable conduct with the accused and stress that this behavior will not be tolerated. The next offense will lead to the accused being banned from all tournament events.

STEP 2– TOURNAMENT EXPULSION. The accused will be banned from attending all contests after a 2nd offense. The Tournament Director will also document expulsion details in writing and forward the incident to the Team or Program Director within 24 hours of the incident.

*These guidelines are not absolute in dealing with behavioral problems. Severe situations could merit harsher sanctions or immediate expulsion. All parties that are found guilty of major infractions (violence, racist, homophobic or sexist slurs, etc.) will be expulsed immediately at the first infraction with no consideration for review. If warranted, a police report may be required or strongly recommended.

General

  • US Lacrosse rules apply for all youth divisions
  • National Federation High School Rules apply for all middle and high school brackets, except as modified
  • NCAA Rules apply for all collegiate and adult brackets High school bracket rules may be modified to include NCAA Rules

 

Unnecessary Roughness

  • Big hits and overly physical play (even within 3 yards from a loose ball), as well as excessive force, roughness, checking or hitting off the ball or any hits described above, constitutes unnecessary and will result in either a 1-minute to 3-minute penalty in the discretion of the official(s), and may be made non-releasable in the judgment of the official(s).

 

U9 Boys Rules

  • No body checking; no one-handed checks
  • Man-Up/Down – Player serves all penalties, team does not (i.e., penalized player comes off the field and switches with another). Ball is awarded to non-penalized team and player with ball will enjoy a 5-yard advantage relative to his cover man at the mid-line or wherever the official restarts play.
  • Ball is hot at all times (no minimum number of passes)
  • Advancement/Stalling Rule – does not apply, but see “advance the ball” command by an official
  • no sticks longer than 40 inches (unless both coaches agree)
  • Advancement/stalling rules do not apply at this level, but officials can command a team to “advance the ball” within 5 seconds

 

U11 Boys Rules

  • No body checking; no one-handed checks
  • Advancement/Stalling Rule – does not apply, but see “advance the ball” command by an official
  • no sticks longer than 52 inches (unless both coaches agree)
  • Advancement/stalling rules do not apply at this level, but officials can command a team to “advance the ball” within 5 seconds

 

U13 Boys Rules

  • No one-handed and body checks

Rules

  • Game Time: Games/halves/periods start and stop on a central horn
    • Running time clock
    • Two 20-minute running time periods
    • 3-minute halftime
    • Each team receives one 30-second time out per half (clock continues to run)
    • Timeouts cannot be taken in the final two 2-minutes of each half
  • Substitution: No horns. Player substitution will be on the “fly”. Players must enter and exit the playing field through the designated box
Officials will keep score on each field during the game, to confirm scores with opposing coaches, and to report scores to the Field Marshall and or tent following the games.

Rankings and Pool Play Seeding

  • National Rankings and points will be used to seed the National Championship Brackets and Pools, but Rankings will not necessarily be used to seed the Regional Event Brackets and Pools.
  • Championship Bracket seeding for each team will be determined by Win/Loss record. A forfeited game is scored as 6-0 win for the team that is present. Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to compete in any playoff games. Referees will provide the winning coach a scorecard, which must be turned into the Headquarter Tent immediately following the game. For games where the score card is not returned to the Headquarters Tent, a verbally communicated score will be accepted until the score card can be produced.
  • Tie-Breakers: When two teams from one Pool are tied in record following Pool Play games, the team that won the game in Head to Head competition will be the higher seed. For teams that are tied in record, if one team forfeited a game, they will automatically be considered the lower seed (unless otherwise decided by a tournament official). When three or more teams from one pool are tied in record following Pool Play games, ties between the three or more teams will be broken by the following:
  1. Head to head results between the tied teams
  2. Goal difference in head to head games
  3. Goals against in head to head games
  4. Goal difference in pool play games
  5. Goals against in pool play games
  6. Coin flip or Braveheart 

The scheduling committee may adjust seeding to avoid a first-round game between two teams from the same pool.

RULES & GUIDELINES FOR 6onLAX EVENTS

Registration & Fees

All participants must complete and submit online registration through Halo Lax Events LLC and agree to the “Release and Waiver of Liability AGREEMENT”.

  • Players should register into divisions based upon age/grad year, gender and playing experience where indicated.
  • Players may play “up” in age/grade groups, but NOT play “down”.
  • Any team or player determined by the Event Director to have falsified age or skill level could be dismissed from play.
  • Teams that span more than one age group must register in the division of the oldest player on the team.

In the situation where teams place themselves in the wrong division, the Event Director will attempt to rectify the error, but cannot guarantee proper placement. It is each Team’s responsibility to register in the proper division, failure to properly register may result in disqualification from the tournament, and registration fees will not be refunded.

Fees may be paid by the player or by the team at the time of registration. Fees are not transferrable from one to another. 

 

Age/Grade, Skill Level & Gender Divisions

  • Boys/Men
  • Girls/Women
  • Youth grouping
    • 7U-8U
    • 9U-10U
    • 11U-12U
  • Middle School grouping
    • 13U-14U
  • High School Grouping
    • 15U-16U
    • 17U-18U
  • Adult

 

S. Lacrosse Membership

This event is part of The US Lacrosse Sanctioning Program, which provides best practices in order to create a more safe and consistent event. Through the adoption of the Sanctioned Tournament Standards, Halo Lax Events commit to providing the best possible lacrosse experience. 

All tournament participants must be current US Lacrosse members in order to participate. US Lacrosse membership numbers will be collected and verified when completing event and tournament registration waivers. If you are not currently a member, or your membership is set to expire during the event, please visit US Lacrosse to Register.

 

Refunds

 

In the occurrence that the Event or Tournament is cancelled before the official event start date a full refund will be issued. Credit (coupon) will be issued to registered players that are replaced on the Official Team Roster. The credit (coupon) may be used by a replacement player upon registration check-out. No team will receive a full refund. If a registered team or player withdraws from an Event or Tournament 45 days prior to the official scheduled start date, a refund of registration fees paid less 25% will be issued. No refunds will be issued for withdraw less than 45 days prior to the official scheduled start date. No refunds will be issued if the Event or Tournament is shortened in part for any reason, including weather, or any “Act of God.” Halo Lax Events LLC, its officers, employees, staff and affiliate partners will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by any individual, team, club or organization if the Event or Tournament is canceled in whole or in part.

Each team must complete the official team roster form and submit the form to the Event Director or upload to the Team Locker on EventConnect at least 24-HOURS prior to the start of the Tournament. No player may compete, or be rostered, on more than one team during the tournament. Any team with a player in violation of this rule will forfeit all games in which the player is known to have competed and therefore, forfeit the opportunity to advance to the playoff round.

 

Proof of Age

Tournament officials have the right to demand Proof of Age for any player included on the roster. Players are required to carry Proof of Age with them at all times. Types of proof include: birth Certificate, rivers License, Current School Report Card.



Falsifying Ages

The Event director may dismiss any player or disqualify any team from the tournament and potentially future events if any player or coach determined by the Event Director to have falsified age or identity where applicable. This act of non-sportsmanship will not be tolerated by Halo Lax Events LLC.

 

Protests

Any team wishing to Protest the Roster or players on a roster may do so by submitting a $50 Roster Protest Fee and completing a Roster Protest Form. After receiving the $50 Roster Protest Fee and Roster Protest Form, and when available, the Event Director will verify each player of the team by confirming the Official Team Roster and each player’s Proof of Age documentation. A game in progress will not be interrupted for this process. Any team violating the requirements for the Official Team Roster Form, Player Registration and or Proof of Age when protested will be disqualified from the event and all games players will be forfeited.

Sportsmanship

We love a good game and sportsmanship! Respect the game. Sportsmanship and the concepts of fair and honorable play are essential to the overall success of the Tournament. Do not approach the game officials before or after a game. Enjoy the games and shout encouraging words!

  • Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators are to conduct themselves in a manner that “Honors the Game,” demonstrates respect for others and is consistent with the businesslike operation of the Tournament for the benefit of everyone involved.

  • The emphasis on winning should never be placed above the value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair and honorable play, or the spirit of the game.

  • Poor sportsmanship, taunting, trash talking, fighting or other unbecoming behavior on the part of players, coaches, parents or spectators will not be tolerated.

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct will minimally result in a 1-minute non-releasable penalty, but officials are authorized to handle such conduct in their reasonable judgment based on the circumstances, including ending the game (which will be treated as a forfeit by each team regardless of “who did what”). Poor sportsmanship may also result in ejectment from the game or the facility.

  • Only head coaches are permitted to address the officials; coaches are expected to do so in a courteous manner during the game. Adults involved with the game are not permitted to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official. Derogatory comments are unacceptable and subject to discipline, including ejectment.

  • Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties while exercising their authority on the field.
  • Eligibility requirements, such as age/grade must be followed. They have been established to encourage and maximize participation, as well as promote safety. The Tournament relies on the good faith of coaches and players as well as their representations regarding age during the registration process.

  • The Tournament expects all coaches to understand the rules of the Tournament and communicate them to members of the team.

  • Head coaches may report any issues regarding officials and/or other teams to a field marshal, Tournament event director or their representatives at Tournament headquarter Tent. The Tournament will use its reasonable efforts to address any concerns with such officials, the field managers, the Assigning Official(s) and/or such coaches, as appropriate in their discretion.

  • Tournament directors reserve the right to adopt and implement such other rules or regulations as it determines are necessary or appropriate to further the goals and objectives of the Tournament.

 

Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Corrective Action Plan

Our tournament prohibits and will not tolerate acts of harassment, discrimination and bullying. Harassment, discrimination or bullying of any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series of incidents that:

  1. Are reasonably perceived as being motivated by either any actual or perceived characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability.
  2. Takes place in relation to any program function or team; and that a reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physically or emotionally harming a player or damaging the player’s property, or placing a player in reasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his/her person or damage to his/her property.
  3. Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any player or group of players or creates a hostile environment for the player by interfering with a player’s participation or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the player. (N.J.S.L 18A:37-14)

Any participant, coach, staff member, fan or volunteer may file a grievance when necessary. All grievances should be written and directed through the following sequence of authorities:

 

Corrective Action Plan for Tournament Participants

  • If a coach, parent or official is notified of participant misconduct, they should report the allegation in writing as soon as possible, but no later than 24 hours after the incident to the Tournament Director. Complaints may also be made in person during the event but should also be documented in writing after the initial complaint has been made. If a coach or official does not report an infraction to the Tournament Director within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, they are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension or expulsion.

  • The Tournament Director will gather all pertinent information in a fair, respectful and confidential manner regarding the alleged harassment, discrimination or bullying and review with both the accuser and the accused as soon as possible.

  • After an investigation is conducted, the Tournament Director will evaluate all findings and bring a final resolution to all parties involved. Participants who are found guilty of violating the antiharassment and discrimination policy will be subject to disciplinary action. All participants that are found guilty of major infractions (violence, racist, homophobic or sexist slurs etc.) will be expulsed immediately at the first infraction with no consideration for review.

  • If no resolution is found, an additional ethics complaint may be filed with the US Lacrosse Ethics Advisory Subcommittee here. The USL EAS seeks to develop resources and standards for the national lacrosse community, as well as investigate and manage ethical issues that arise within the organization. NOTE: All prior steps must be taken before submitting an ethics complaint with US Lacrosse. Complaints that do not adhere to this process, will not be considered.

 

For violations of the Code of Conduct, Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy or expectations, these steps will be followed:

STEP 1 – GAME SUSPENSION. The Tournament Director will discuss undesirable conduct with the accuser and stress that this behavior will not be tolerated. The Tournament Director will suspend the offending player for a certain number of games depending on the severity of the incident*. The team coach and the Tournament Director must meet to discuss expected conduct before the player can resume playing. The player will be warned that the next offense will result in his/her expulsion from the event or tournament.

STEP 2 – TOURNAMENT EXPULSION. The participant on the 2nd offense will be expelled from the event and no refund will be given. The Tournament Director will also document this disciplinary action in writing and forward the incident to the Team or Program Director within 24 hours of the incident.

*These guidelines are not absolute in dealing with behavioral problems. Severe situations could merit harsher sanctions against participants and could result in immediate game suspension or expulsion. All participants that are found guilty of major infractions (violence, racist, homophobic or sexist slurs etc.) will be expulsed immediately at the first infraction with no consideration for review.

 

Corrective Action Policy for Parents and Adults

Family involvement is vital to the development of young athletes. Whether sitting in the stands, or helping as a volunteer, we want our families to set a positive example. Parents and adults who do not follow the Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy will be subject to a Corrective Action Plan. Any parent or adult may file a grievance when necessary. All grievances should be written and directed through the following sequence of authorities:

  • If a parent, coach, staff member, volunteer, official or fan is the victim of harassment, discrimination or bullying, the victim must report the allegation in writing within 24 hours to the Tournament Director. Complaints may also be made in person during the event but should be documented in writing after the initial complaint has been made. If a coach or official does not report an infraction to the Tournament Director within 24 hours of receiving a complaint, they are subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension or expulsion.

  • The Tournament Director will gather all pertinent information in a fair, respectful and confidential manner regarding the alleged harassment, discrimination or bullying and review with both the accuser and the accused as soon as possible.

  • After an investigation is conducted, the Tournament Director will evaluate all findings and bring a final resolution to all parties. Those who are found guilty of violating the anti-harassment and discrimination policy will be subject to disciplinary action. All parties that are found guilty of major infractions (violence, racist, homophobic or sexist slurs, etc.) will be expulsed immediately at the first infraction with no consideration for review.



For adult violations of the Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Policy, the following steps will be taken:

STEP 1 – VERBAL WARNING. The Tournament Director will discuss undesirable conduct with the accused and stress that this behavior will not be tolerated. The next offense will lead to the accused being banned from all tournament events.

STEP 2– TOURNAMENT EXPULSION. The accused will be banned from attending all contests after a 2nd offense. The Tournament Director will also document expulsion details in writing and forward the incident to the Team or Program Director within 24 hours of the incident.

*These guidelines are not absolute in dealing with behavioral problems. Severe situations could merit harsher sanctions or immediate expulsion. All parties that are found guilty of major infractions (violence, racist, homophobic or sexist slurs, etc.) will be expulsed immediately at the first infraction with no consideration for review. If warranted, a police report may be required or strongly recommended.

General

  • US Lacrosse rules apply for all youth divisions
  • National Federation High School Rules apply for all middle and high school brackets, except as modified
  • NCAA Rules apply for all collegiate and adult brackets High school bracket rules may be modified to include NCAA Rules

 

Unnecessary Roughness

  • Big hits and overly physical play (even within 3 yards from a loose ball), as well as excessive force, roughness, checking or hitting off the ball or any hits described above, constitutes unnecessary and will result in either a 1-minute to 3-minute penalty in the discretion of the official(s), and may be made non-releasable in the judgment of the official(s).

 

U9 Boys Rules

  • No body checking; no one-handed checks
  • Man-Up/Down – Player serves all penalties, team does not (i.e., penalized player comes off the field and switches with another). Ball is awarded to non-penalized team and player with ball will enjoy a 5-yard advantage relative to his cover man at the mid-line or wherever the official restarts play.
  • Ball is hot at all times (no minimum number of passes)
  • Advancement/Stalling Rule – does not apply, but see “advance the ball” command by an official
  • no sticks longer than 40 inches (unless both coaches agree)
  • Advancement/stalling rules do not apply at this level, but officials can command a team to “advance the ball” within 5 seconds

 

U11 Boys Rules

  • No body checking; no one-handed checks
  • Advancement/Stalling Rule – does not apply, but see “advance the ball” command by an official
  • no sticks longer than 52 inches (unless both coaches agree)
  • Advancement/stalling rules do not apply at this level, but officials can command a team to “advance the ball” within 5 seconds

 

U13 Boys Rules

  • No one-handed and body checks

Rules

  • Field Size: Modified field 60×30 yards
  • Number of Players on the Field of Play per Team: One 1-Goalie and Five 5-Field players aside
  • Stick Size: Short sticks (40”-42”) and Goalie sticks only
  • Game Time: Games/halves/periods start and stop on a central horn
    • Running time clock
    • Two 12-minute running time periods
    • 3-minute halftime
    • No timeouts
  • Begin Play: A faceoff or draw at midfield begins each period
  • Scoring: One 1-Point for each goal scored
    • Games can end in a tie
  • Substitution: No horns. Player substitution will be on the “fly”. Players must enter and exit the playing field through the designated box
  • Goalie Play: The goalie may double the ball ONLY during the final One 1-minute of regulation game time. After goals scored, the goalie will begin play outside of the crease area by clearing the ball
  • After a Goal: Goalies have Five 5-seconds to put the ball in play either passing it or running it out of the goal circle
  • Defending players can run through the crease but cannot act as a goalie
  • Ball Out of Bounds: Change of possession
  • Missed shot Out of Bounds: Closest to the ball (standard possession rules)
  • Offside: Both teams must hold back two 2-players behind he midline – a team must always keep two 2- players on its defensive half of the field (typically a goalie and one 1-field player) and at least one player on its offensive half of the field, resulting in 4 on 4 players in the offensive half of the field, in addition to a goalkeeper
  • Over-and-back: Prohibited

 

Field Size & Markings

 

Officials will keep score on each field during the game, to confirm scores with opposing coaches, and to report scores to the Field Marshall and or tent following the games.

Rankings and Pool Play Seeding

National Rankings and points will be used to seed the National Championship Brackets and Pools, but Rankings will not necessarily be used to seed the Regional Event Brackets and Pools.

  • Championship Bracket seeding for each team will be determined by Win/Loss record. A forfeited game is scored as 6-0 win for the team that is present. Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to compete in any playoff games. Referees will provide the winning coach a scorecard, which must be turned into the Headquarter Tent immediately following the game. For games where the score card is not returned to the Headquarters Tent, a verbally communicated score will be accepted until the score card can be produced.

  • Tie-Breakers: When two teams from one Pool are tied in record following Pool Play games, the team that won the game in Head to Head competition will be the higher seed. For teams that are tied in record, if one team forfeited a game, they will automatically be considered the lower seed (unless otherwise decided by a tournament official). When three or more teams from one pool are tied in record following Pool Play games, ties between the three or more teams will be broken by the following:
    1. Head to head results between the tied teams
    2. Goal difference in head to head games
    3. Goals against in head to head games
    4. Goal difference in pool play games
    5. Goals against in pool play games
    6. Coin flip or Braveheart 

 

The scheduling committee may adjust seeding to avoid a first-round game between two teams from the same pool.

EMERGENCY ACTION & EVENT COMMUNICATION PLAN

  • Medical Emergency
  • Fire Emergency
  • Catastrophic Event
  • Weather

 

Medical Emergency

  • Call 911
  • Provide the following information:
  • Nature of medical emergency
  • Unconscious athlete
  • Heat illness
  • Concussion
  • Cervical spine injury
  • Fractured bone
  • Choking
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Respiratory distress
  • Report vitals
  • Any other significant medical information from an attending medical professional

 

Information needed in case of a Medical Emergency

  • What is the victim’s age?
  • What is the victim’s gender?
  • Is the victim conscious?
  • Is the victim breathing?
  • Is a head or neck injury suspected?
  • Is there severe bleeding?
  • Do you suspect a fracture?
  • Where are you located?

 

Sample Incident Report: Hello, we have had a lacrosse related incident. The victim is located at ________________________ lacrosse field number _________. Give address if asked: _______________________________________________ . The victim is ______________ (gender) and approximately __________ (age) years old. We are providing (care)___________________. Vitals are ____________________. The victim is (conscious or unconscious, breathing or not breathing)___________________________________. The suspected injury is (head or neck injury, fracture, severe bleeding) _______________________. My name (give your name) and my phone number is _____________________.I will meet the emergency personal in the (emergency vehicle access point) _______________________________ and will further direct them to the incident. I will be holding a sign for direction.

MOST IMPORTANTLY:

  • Stay on the phone and give updates.
  • Proceed to the RED “X” on Venue Map to meet Emergency Vehicles.

 

Fire Emergency

When a fire is discovered:

  • Notify the local fire department by calling 911
  • Move teams to parking lot for head count by coach
  • Keep teams together until after emergency has been contained

 

Catastrophic Injury – Crisis Management Plan

  • Contact Field Marshal or Event Director /Emergency Coordinator and Medical support personnel
  • Contact family by Team Coach
  • Establish hospital contact person
  • Meeting with athletes and staff to discuss the situation
  • Complete documentation of events to include everyone involved with signatures
  • Construct a detailed time line of events related to the incident
  • Involve appropriate counseling to be with family and all times upon arrival; assist family as needed; protect from outside persons
  • Critical incident stress debriefing and counseling as necessary for individuals involved in incident
  • DOCUMENT ENTIRE SITUATION (as detailed as possible)
  • Coordinated Media Plan
  • NO CONTACT WITH MEDIA

Certified Athletic Trainers

Certified athletic trainers will be on-site to manage health care problems associated with sports participation

  • 1-athletic trainer for every 3-regulation size fields
  • Athletic trainers will be certified within the state and provide a valid certificate of personal liability insurance to the event director prior to the event start date
  • Athletic trainers will have radios to communicate with field marshals and Event Director
  • Golf carts will be made available for large scale field venues

 

Their primary role at the lacrosse event is to:

  • Provide injury Evaluation, Treatment and First Aid to injuries and wounds.
  • Provide prevention and functional athletic wrapping.
  • Communicate with emergency medical personnel and authorities.
  • A physician will not be on-site.
  • Direct Emergency access for EMS to the injured athlete.
  • Provide documentation of injuries and submit USL Injury Surveillance Form

 

 Evaluation & Primary Care

  • Provide basic standard of care to athlete – Do No Harm
  • Athletic trainer will evaluate injury at the request of the coach, official, athlete or parent
    For mild to moderate injury
    • Stabilize
    • C.E.
    • Referral to appropriate medical personnel/facility if necessary
    • Wrapping, strapping, taping, padding – all athletes are advised to bring their own supplies (limited supply on-hand)
    • Advise follow-up care for day/night to athlete, coach, parent

For severe injury

    • stabilize
    • ABC’s
    • 911 – or local EMS number
    • contact medical director with:
      • what field
      • possible injury
      • request for someone to direct EMS to injured athlete

 

Concussion Awareness and Injury Prevention

A concussion is a serious injury and should not be taken lightly. It is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, that can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. They can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly. Even a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Unfortunately, concussions can be difficult to diagnose, in part because the symptoms can be subtle and may not show up for hours or even days. For these reasons, it is important that parents, coaches and athletes take time to understand what concussions are and their potential consequences, recognize concussion signs and symptoms, know how to respond, and learn the steps for returning to activity after a concussion. If you suspect an athlete has a concussion, keep the athlete out of play (“when in doubt, keep them out”). The athlete must be evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussions to assess the severity of the concussion, the path to recovery and the steps to return to play.

  • All Coaches are required to sit a player out for the remainder of a game if the player sustains a blow to the head or a jarring collision that causes the coach or the trainer to suspect a possible mild or traumatic brain injury.
  • The coach is required to notify the trainers regarding any such incident to permit assessment by a trained professional.
  • If a coach or trainer suspects a concussion and requires a player to sit out, that player will not be allowed to return to play in the tournament without written clearance from a medical professional.

 

Avoid Heat Related Illness

As a reminder, coaches should communicate with all players, parents and others associated with the team to take precautions to avoid the risk of heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, particularly in hot and humid weather. We would defer to medical journals for a more complete discussion on heat-related illnesses, but there are a few things to remember and a few precautions to take:

  • Break up exposure to hot temperatures; cool off after physical exertion

    • Find shade areas under trees, tents and umbrellas
    • Limit physical exertion
    • Wear loose fitting clothing
    • Cool off in the comfort of an air-conditioned car from time to time
    • Put cool, wet towels, bandannas or compresses on the shoulders or head

  • Avoid dehydration – plan ahead and drink extra water to replace fluid loss.

    • Players should hydrate themselves prior to the event
    • Players should replace fluids at a rate that equals the loss of water from sweating (teams should plan to have their own water. The Tournament will endeavor to provide water coolers and/or ice on the fields.
    • Replace electrolytes by eating a small amount of food with your water or by drinking specially-formulated electrolyte replacement drinks  
    • Increase salt intake

  • Thirst is the first sign of dehydration; players should drink sufficient amounts of fluids before they feel thirsty in order to prevent dehydration
    Signs of heat-related syndromes can appear suddenly. They include:

    • Heat cramps
    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Feeling faint or dizzy
    • Heavy sweating
    • Nausea
    • Rapid, weak heartbeat
    • Low blood pressure
    • Cool, moist, pale skin
    • Low-grade fever
    • Heat cramps
    • Dark-colored urine

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  • If you suspect heat exhaustion:

    • Seek out the nearest Tournament Athletic Trainer.  
    • Get the person out of the sun and into a shady or air-conditioned location (such as a car)
    • Lay the person down and elevate the legs and feet slightly
    • Loosen or remove the person’s clothing
    • Have the person drink cool water or other nonalcoholic beverage without caffeine
    • Cool the person by spraying or sponging him or her with cool water and fanning
    • Monitor the person carefully. Heat exhaustion can quickly become heatstroke
    • If fever greater than 102° F (38.9° C), fainting, confusion or seizures occur, call 911 for emergency medical help

Types of Weather Emergency

  • Lightning & Threatening Storm Conditions
  • Tornado
  • Earthquake
  • Flood
  • Hurricane

 

Weather Emergency Action Plan Warning

Weather conditions can change rapidly and all teams, players, coaches, parents and fans should be prepared to vacate the field in as orderly a fashion as possible and to find safety in their vehicles.
 

IT IS NOT ADVISABLE TO SEEK SHELTER UNDER TENTS IN AN OPEN FIELD OR UNDER TREES DURING ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, INCLUDING A LIGHTNING STORM. FIND SHELTER IN A VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY AND MAKE SURE THE WINDOWS ARE UP.

The Event Directors will endeavor to transmit updates via text messaging and the tournament’s mobile app and text messaging.

 

Weather Related Adjustments

In the event of field closures and/or unplayable field conditions or adverse or threatening weather conditions, including rain, wind, lightning, excess heat and/or humidity, tournament organizers reserve the absolute and unfettered right to:

  • Cancel and/or postpone further play in whole or in part.
  • Reduce game times to catch up with schedule, whether caused by cancellations, postponements, or to accelerate the schedule to avoid the onset of adverse or threatening weather conditions.
  • Revise the schedule, including modifying game times and rules and/or canceling certain games.
  • Interrupt and suspend games as necessary; games that are continued from the point of interruption may be subject to modified rules if they resume, as circumstances warrant.
  • Finish or end games before inclement weather arrives or to preserve field conditions.
  • Games that start but are truncated of necessity will be deemed official at the point of termination regardless of actual duration.
  • No refunds will be issued due to any weather-related adjustments during the Tournament.
  • The field and facility owners, not tournament organizers, have final say whether the Tournament will take place in whole or in part, or will proceed in a modified format, due to the weather conditions.

Roadways and Parking Lots

  • Use caution in all parking areas. Park only in designated areas. Please obey all parking signs.
  • DO NOT park on private property. Violators may be ticketed or towed.
  • Please follow parking attendant instructions.
  • Be aware of pedestrians. Excited young children may dart between cars. Drive slowly in areas where pedestrians will be. Yield to ALL pedestrians. Please be extremely careful backing up.
  • Do not walk on the road from parking areas to fields, but only in designated walkways. Use caution when crossing streets. Players should be accompanied by adults when crossing streets.
  • Be aware of heavy traffic around tournament venues. Use caution and courtesy.

Please do not park in a manner that blocks emergency access points, which may be identified by signage. If you see a vehicle blocking an emergency access point, please notify Tournament Headquarters. Thank you.

 

Tornado

  • Seek inside shelter
  • Assist people with disabilities in finding a safe place
  • Small interior rooms and hallways on the lowest floor and without windows
  • Avoid outside walls and windows
  • Use arms to protect head and neck
  • Remain sheltered until the tornado threat is announced to be over

 

Earthquake

  • Stay calm and await instructions from the Emergency Coordinator
  • Avoid overhead fixtures, windows, filing cabinets and electrical power
  • Assist people with disabilities in finding a safe place
  • Evacuate as instructed by the Emergency Coordinator

 

Flood

If Indoors:

  • Be ready to evacuate as directed by the Emergency Coordinator
  • Follow the recommended primary or secondary evacuation routes

If Outdoors:

  • Climb to high ground and remain there
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood water
  • If car stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground

 

Hurricane

The nature of a hurricane provides for more warning than other natural and weather disasters. A hurricane watch issued when a hurricane becomes a threat to a coastal area. A hurricane warning is issued when hurricane winds of 74 mph or higher, or a combination of dangerously high water and rough seas, are expected in the area within 24 hours.

Once a hurricane watch has been issued:

  • Stay calm and await instructions from the Local Emergency Coordinator or the designated official.
  • Continue to monitor local TV and radio stations for instructions.
  • Move early out of low-lying areas or from the coast, at the request of officials.
  • If you are on high ground, away from the coast and plan to stay, secure the building, moving all loose items indoors and boarding up windows and openings.
  • Collect drinking water in appropriate containers.
  • Once a hurricane warning has been issued:
  • Be ready to evacuate as directed by the Emergency Coordinator and/or the designated official.
  • Leave areas that might be affected by storm tide or stream flooding.
  • During a hurricane:
  • Remain indoors and consider the following:
  • Small interior rooms on the lowest floor and without windows,
  • Hallways on the lowest floor away from doors and windows, and Rooms constructed with reinforced concrete, brick, or block with no

Contact Tree

Contact information for participants, coaches, vendors, venue management and staff will be obtained through online registration prior to the scheduled start date. Included in this information will be Names, Mobile Telephone Numbers, Email Addresses and Event ID. In the case of an emergency, the Event Director will make every effort to post and send event updates and announcements by Social Media Channels, SMS text messages, Tournament App and by Email.

 

Pre-Event

  • Announcements, Updates & Media
  • Registration Guidelines & Procedures
  • Engage following on Social Media Channels
  • Game Format, Rules, Brackets, Schedules & Results
  • Check-In Schedule & Procedures
  • Guidelines & Procedures
  • Weather & Medical Action Plan
  • Customer Service Contacts

 

Game Day

  • Welcome Message
  • Engage following on Social Media Channels
  • Check-In Schedule & Procedures
  • Brackets, Schedules & Results
  • Weather & Medical Action Plan
  • Customer Service & Emergency Contacts

 

Post-Event

  • Thank You & Wrap-Up
  • Exit Surveys
  • Upcoming Events & Offers