The national governing body for lacrosse is US Lacrosse. All coaches, players and refs should be registered with US Lacrosse. US Lacrosse, through its rules committee, produces a set of rules for both men's, women's and youth lacrosse. The Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League, which has a girls and boys division, adopts and at times modifies the US Lacrosse rules. The Wellesley Youth Lacrosse Club belongs to the Massachusetts Bay Youth Lacrosse League. The WYLC adheres to the rules adopted by the Mass Bay League. Below is a synopsis of the rules.
Goals: regulation lacrosse cages
Ball: regulation solid yellow ball
Crosse: regulation women's stick cut to a comfortable length. The ball must be able to be seen above the wall of the crosse.
Protective equipment: mouthguards, regulation women's goggles. Goalkeepers : regulation helmet, throat protector, mouthguard, chest protector and gloves. Additional protection recommended but nothing that increases the size of the body.
No measured boundaries. The field must be lined according to US Lacrosse Women's rules.
All play is started and stopped with the whistle.
A goal is scored when the ball passes completely over the goal line and into the goal cage. No score if off an attack player's body, a whistle had sounded, a crease violation has occured or the goalie has been fouled.
A game is two twenty-five minute running time halves. The clock will stop after each goal and at every whistle in the last two minutes of each half. One time-out per team per half is permitted.
MAJOR-an abbreviated list
Entering the bubble around an opponent's body
Obstruct the free space to the goal
MINOR-an abbreviated list
Covering a ground ball with the foot or crosse
Touching the ball with hand or body
Moving before the whistle
TAKING A SHOT ON GOAL BEFORE THREE PASSES ARE COMPLETED OR ATTEMPTED
Fouls result in the opposing player getting a free positon. If a major foul is committed by the defense in the critical scoring area there is a free position in the 8m arc (essentially a shot on goal) A minor foul in a critical scoring area results in an indirect free postion. The ball must be played by another player before the shot.
NEW RULE: Restraining line. Thirty yards out from either goal. Four players including the goalie may not cross this line into the scoring area. May not be enforced in the U12 division.