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2019 BOWERS TOURNAMENT RULES

PETS or animals of ANY kind are NOT allowed on the premises!  Please plan accordingly for the care of your animals.


GIRLS TOURNAMENT RULES

 
All teams/All age levels

  • Coaches, players and spectators will respect referees, respect opponents and show good sportsmanship. Failure to do so will result in penalty cards or game forfeit.

  • No jewelry of any kind including no taped earrings, no wristbands.

  • All players must wear goggles and colored (not clear) mouth guards with no strap. Sticks and headgear must be legal per US Lacrosse guidelines.

  • Time is 25 min running for each game. No team time outs are allowed. Play may be stopped in the event of player injury or due to severe weather.

  • Goalie must be dressed in full safety equipment.

  • Safety rules per US Lacrosse guidelines will be strictly adhered to.

  • Teams must observe age level guidelines – for example, a 4th grader can “play up” with junior 5/6 grade team, but a 7th grader cannot “play down”.

Bantam U10: Grades 3 & 4

Note: Games are held on 4 short fields and 1 full size field

  • Game format is 8v8 with 7 field players and 1 goalie. Field players are set up as 2 defenders, 3 midfield, and 2 attack.

  • Coaches may mutually agree to play other formats; 12v12, 10v10, or 7v7.

  • 2 players must stay back behind the restraining line to avoid off-sides; center line will serve as the restraining line.

  • The 3 pass rule will be used – passes count anywhere on field, goalie clear doesn’t count; pass count resets with change of possession and ball crosses over center line.

  • A single bantam coach is allowed on the field to coach players. Other coaches must remain behind sideline area.

  • No Checking

  • No Kicking

  • Draws after each goal

  • Ground balls – only 2 players can be on the ball.

  • Double teams – double team only in the 8m.

Juniors U12 (grades 5 & 6) and Seniors U14 (grades 7 & 8)   

  • 12v12 with Modified Checking

  • US Lacrosse rules will be followed

  • Full size fields

  • Stalling, holding the ball to run down the time is not allowed.

 

BOYS TOURNAMENT RULES

NOTE:

  • Teams will register based on school grade (not US Lacrosse Age groupings).

  • BANTAMS WILL PLAY A 10V10 FORMAT for this tournament.

All teams/All age levels

  • All games shall be governed by the 2017 National Federation of State High School Associations Boys Lacrosse Rules (the “Federation Rules”), except as modified by these rules of play. This memorandum sets forth the modifications to the Federation Rules that will be applicable to Connecticut Valley Youth Lacrosse League (CVYL.org) play.

  • Field players and Goalie must be dressed in full safety equipment:

    • Helmet, shoulder pads, arm guards, elbow pads, gloves, and mouth guard.
  • Safety rules per US Lacrosse guidelines will be strictly adhered to.

  • Teams are asked to observe age level guidelines – for example, a 4th grader can “play up” with a junior team, but a 7th grader cannot “play down”.

  • No take out checks for all divisions. A take out check is defined as any check in which the player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to put the other on the ground.

  • One handed stick checks are not allowed at the Bantam, Junior and Senior divisions.

  • Games will consist of one 25 minute period with a running clock.

  • Team or coaches time-outs are not allowed.

  • Referee injury time-outs are allowed however the game clock will continue to run.

  • Substitutions may be performed at any time, but must be done expeditiously due to time constraints. Referees may award opposing team possession of ball for prolonged delays.

  • Any individual that accumulates three (3) personal fouls during a single game shall be prohibited from participating further in the game.

  • Fighting is an expulsion foul. Any player that is expelled from a game for fighting or unsportsmanlike conduct shall be prohibited from participating in the remainder of the tournament.

Bantam: Grades 3 & 4

  • Game format is 10v10 with 9 field players and 1 goalie.

  • Coaches may mutually agree to play other formats as appropriate based on number of players.

  • Three pass rule (anywhere on the field, goalie clear counts). Pass count resets with change of possession and clearing past center midfield line.

  • Body checking is not allowed in Bantam play. It is expected that some unintentional contact will occur in loose ball situations, but excessive contact and all intentional body checking shall be avoided and an illegal body check penalty shall be called for excessive contact or intentional body checks.

  • A single bantam coach is allowed on the field to coach players. Other coaches must remain behind sideline area.

  • No time shall be served for technical fouls, with possession awarded to the team that is fouled. Penalty time shall be served for personal fouls, with the player who committed the foul required to serve penalty time, but teams shall play at full strength and the player serving the penalty time may be substituted for. The offended team shall be given a fast break opportunity as a consequence of each personal foul.

  • In the event of a prolonged loose ‘scrum’ ball, referee may enforce alternate possession rule to promote continuous play.

Juniors (grades 5 & 6)

  • Stalling, 20 second clearing, or 10 second advancing the ball rules will NOT apply.

Seniors (grades 7 & 8)   

  • Stalling, 20 second clearing, or 10 second advancing the ball rules will apply.


TEAM SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS

Sportsmanship is the focus of the Paul Bowers Memorial Lacrosse Tournament.  Awards are given out each year to one team in each age division.  The following scoring policy is in place:

  1. For each game played, each referee can award five (5) points based on the sportsmanship displayed by the players, coaches and fans. Both teams can score 5 points, should both demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship. 
  2. After each game, the referee informs the sportsmanship scorekeeper of the point distribution for that game. 
  3. At the end of bantam, junior and senior division play, the points are tallied by team and the team with the most points is awarded the Bowers Sportsmanship Award.  We encourage you to stay until the end of your division to see if your team wins this special honor!