TPL 3rd and 4th Grade - TPL Small Ball Rules
- 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 small ball rules of play.
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 each session
· 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
· 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) 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: 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
· Exceptions to NFHS rules:
o There are no one handed or over the head sticks checks. Even if contact is not made a flag should be thrown and a penalty called.
o There is no checking. All body contact should be “Equal Pressure” only.
o There are no counts
o 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 to the offended team.
· 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.
- All NFHS rules are in effect
- Exceptions to NFHS rules:
- All counts are enforced at Grade 7A – 7B – 8A – 8B
- Only goalie counts, and “get-it-in-keep-it-in” last 2-minutes are enforced at 5A – 5B – 6A – 6B
- All games will incur stop time during the last minute of the game if the score is < 3 goals
- Long poles are allowed for 7th & 8th grades, and NOT 5th and 6th grades
- No zone defenses allowed. Strictly man to man. Violation will be viewed as a conduct foul
- 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 game
Age Rule for 5th through 8th Grade
- The TPL grade division a player participates in must coincide with the grade they are enrolled in school during the spring youth season. If an exception is needed, it can be petitioned to the appropriate grade level director.
- However, there is an age limit in place to provide a safe playing environment:
5th Grade Division… born on or after 01/01/2005. Born before, play in 6th Grade Division
6th Grade Division… born on or after 01/01/2004. Born before, play in 7th Grade Division
7th Grade Division – born on or after 01/01/2003. Born before, play in 8th Grade Division
8th Grade Division – born on or after 01/01/2002. Born before, not eligible to play in TPL
Players may be subject to a US Lacrosse birthdate check if dubious play is discovered, and with a player who routinely changes the outcome of games during season.