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Girls Lacrosse Rules Made Simple

Understanding the game of lacrosse can seem overwhelming, especially if you’re new to the game.

What I wanted to do here is put together a list of a few of the key rules in the girls game, along with some short video tutorials.

I think you’ll find this helpful and a great reference to better understand the game of lacrosse.

Keep in mind that rules change from year-to-year and rules are different based on age level (example, rules for U10 are different from U14. And U14 is different from the High School level).

To get up to date on today’s most current rule set, check out these resources:

USA GIRLS LACROSSE RULES

NFHS GIRLS LACROSSE RULES BOOK (High School)

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3 Levels of Fouls: Minor, Major, and Cardable.

A minor foul is something that represents a procedural violation or misplay. Examples are covering the ball or goal keeper fouls (ie. goal keeper keeping ball for more than 10 seconds in the goal circle.)

A major foul is a potential safety concern and includes shooting space violations, 3-second rule, and illegal checks and contact to name a few.

A cardable foul is more serious and involves the player serving 2 minute penalty when they are removed from the game (yellow card) or possibly even being ejected altogether from the game (red card).

Here’s a rule I’m commonly asked about.

The shooting space violation.

SHOOTING SPACE

Shooting space is commonly misunderstood. I can see why, it happens very fast.

DEFINITION:

Defenders cannot obstruct the free space to goal if not marking an opponent or playing the ball carrier within a stick’s length.

In other words, a defender cannot run into the lane to clog the path (if they have not marked the ball carrier).

3-SECOND RULE (DEFENSE IN THE ARC)

Another common rule that is frequently asked about is the “3 second rule” or “3 seconds in the arc.”

DEFINITION:

Defenders cannot remain inside the 8 meter arc unless marking an opponent within a stick’s length.

This means a defender cannot simply hang out in the 8 meter area.

NOTE: There is also the 3-Second Good Defense rule.

This is when a player with the ball holds the ball for more than 3 seconds while being closely guarded. This means the player with the ball has to pass the ball to another player quickly (when being closely guarded).

ILLEGAL CHECKS, EMPTY STICK CHECKS, CROSS CHECKS & MORE

Illegal checks are called often.

An empty stick check is what it sounds like – checking without the ball in the pocket.

This is usually done when a player is fighting for a ground ball and trying to gain possession of the ball.

What is Good Checking?

Here’s a good tutorial that explains what to do and what not to do.

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This article is a just a starting point and will be ongoing.

Additional terms, rules, and video tutorials may be added.

Have a question about a rule?

Let me know and I’ll be happy to update this.

Coach Scott

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