Small ball is the TPL’s entry level game play. It should be played with a “sportsmanship first” approach from both players and coaches. As a league, our goal is to provide a safe playing atmosphere, where all kids play fairly and evenly. Small ball should provide increase player touches, advance playmaking, build on-field learning, and teach the basics of lacrosse to all participants. IMPORTANT: We do not support “alpha dog” or “hero” lacrosse play at any time. There are other venues for this type of play, and it will not be tolerated within the TPL.
Field of Play and Game Setup
Minimum (2) games per team, with a maximum of (4) with adjusted game lengths.
Game length is recommended for (1) 25-minute run time session, with 5 minutes in between games, and should run a minimum of 75-90 minutes of game play
Field size should be approximately 30-35 yards wide, and 60-65 yards
Cones or temp creases are required to stake off the goalie area
Goals can be 4x6 feet, or traditional 6x6 feet, based on availability
Player configuration will be 2-2-2 plus a goalie
Goalie plus two players must always stay in defensive end of field. Goalie is not permitted to breach the mid-field line at any time
No on field coaches allowed
(1 or 2) AO’s will be assigned to each field, trained, and prepared to referee the game within the rules, and provide a safe play environment
Face Offs: Players face-off after every goal with one wing man from each team lines up opposite the opposing wing man. Attack must start with both feet on GLE. Defense can setup in I-formation above the crease they are defending
Rules of Play
NFHS rules are in effect, with these exceptions:
There are no one handed or over the head sticks checks. Even if there is NO contact made a flag should be thrown and a penalty called.
There is no checking. All body contact should be “Equal Pressure” only.
There are no counts
If a flag is thrown for a personal foul, it’s a slow whistle play on until a shot, change of possession, or the ball becomes loose. Play will restart 6v6 from spot of foul unless it occurred in the defensive end of the field. In this case, a free clear will be granted.
If a team goes up by 5 goals, the losing team will be granted the ball on face-offs until the 5 goal differential is mitigated.
We have completely eliminated the passing rule. However, in the effort to promote sportsmanship, if a lop-sided game unfolds, the winning team is expected to self-impose a 2-3 pass rule on itself.
TPL 5th through 8th Grade - TPL Large Field Rules
Large field lacrosse is the TPL’s advanced level game play. It should be played with a “sportsmanship first” approach from both players and coaches. As a league, our goal is to provide a safe playing atmosphere.
IMPORTANT: We do not support “alpha dog” or “hero” lacrosse play at any time. There are other venues for this type of play, and it will not be tolerated within the TPL small ball rules of play.
Rules of Play
Play will consist of (4) 15-minute run time quarters, with 1 minute breaks between the quarters, and a 5-minute break at halftime. There will be no time outs until play-offs
All NFHS rules are in effect, with only these Exceptions to NFHS rules:
Only goalie counts, and “get-it-in-keep-it-in” last 2-minutes enforced at 5A/5B/6A/6B
All counts enforced at Grade 7A/7B/8A/8B
All games go stop time during the last minute if score is < 3 goals
Long poles are allowed for 7th & 8th grades, and NOT 5th and 6th grades
No zone defenses allowed. Violation will be viewed as illegal procedure
There are no formal stick checks, but if a stick is deemed illegal by a referee’s eye, the stick is simply eliminated from the game with no penalty enforced.
If a player fouls out of a game (5 minutes of accumulated penalty time), he is eligible to play in the next scheduled divisional game
If a player is ejected from a game, he must sit out the next scheduled divisional gam
Player Eligibility Rules of Play for 2018
The TPL grade a player participates in, must coincide with the grade they are enrolled in school during the 2018 spring youth season. This prevents players from playing up a grade.
No player will be allowed to play in the same grade twice. A player may petition the league for an exception through its TPL town contact.
No player will be allowed to play more than 4 years on the big field (5th through 8th grades). A player may petition the league (exception) through its TPL town contact.
Age limits have been put in place to provide a safe playing environment, and adhere to US Lacrosse policy. A player may petition the league for an exception through its TPL town contact.
5th Grade Division… born on or after 05/01/2006
6th Grade Division… born on or after 05/01/2005
7th Grade Division – born on or after 05/01/2004
8th Grade Division – born on or after 05/01/2003
IMPORTANT: Towns should legislate at town board level, and not turn this into a TPL kangaroo court. There will be exceptions, because many towns have already closed out registration for 2018. There will always be exceptions. The intent of the rules is to help towns manage player participation, and NOT exclude players from participation.