USLacrosse Nationals Event Guidelines
Official Website: https://www.uslacrossenationals.com/
1. In 2017-18 at US Lacrosse qualifiers, roster age rules for teams in the US Lacrosse qualifying divisions shall be at the discretion of the event operator.
Roster Requirements for US Lacrosse Nationals Eligibility Rules – U.S. Teams
- All players must be US Lacrosse Members and must be age-verified through the US Lacrosse age- verification system 7 days prior to the start of US Lacrosse Nationals.
- All players must compete with their team or club on a regular basis. Minimum requirements are that players must compete with their team/program for at least two tournaments in the preceding 12 months leading up to US Lacrosse Nationals, or in a seasonal league.
- If a player is otherwise eligible to compete in US Lacrosse Nationals but has been unable to compete in two tournaments in the preceding year for his or her club due to documented medical circumstances, that player may be allowed to participate in US Lacrosse Nationals at the sole discretion of US Lacrosse.
- All players competing in the 12U division must have been born on or after 9/1/2005.
- All players competing in the 13U division must have been born on or after 9/1/2004.
- All players competing in the 14U division must have been born on or after 9/1/2003.
- The suggested roster size for boys teams is minimum 18 total players and a minimum of two goalies at all times. The suggested roster size for girls teams is minimum 16 total players and a minimum of two goalies at all times.
- Rosters may not be modified after submission of the official roster. The only permitted roster modification after submission of the final roster will be the replacement of an injured goalie with another goalie with medical documentation and US Lacrosse approval.
- Any team in violation of the above roster rules will forfeit all games in which the ineligible player has participated and any title received by the team.
- Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to advance to the playoffs.
Roster Age Exceptions for the 2018 Nationals
- One major goal of US Lacrosse Nationals is to bridge the gap between US Lacrosse’s age- segmentation policies and the widespread current practices in the lacrosse club and lacrosse event markets.
- Currently age-divisions at club events are almost exclusively grade-based.
- Over the next few years, US Lacrosse Nationals will fully incorporate US Lacrosse’s age-segmentation standards, however, in order to accommodate the ways clubs are currently structured, and to avoid needlessly excluding grade-eligible players who have competed with their club teams throughout the year from competing in Nationals, the 2018 Nationals will provide a limited roster age exception policy.
- The 2018 Roster Age Exception policy is as follows: a team competing at the 2018 US Lacrosse Nationals may field up to five players who do not comply with the birthdate guidelines of Sections B.4-6 above, provided i) that the players meet the previously stated club participation requirement; ii) that those players were born not more than six months earlier than the birthdate cutoff for their division, and iii) that the player is in the scholastic grade that corresponds to their respective division. The Corresponding Grade for each division is:
- 12U, 2017-18 school year grade six
- 13U, 2017-18 school year grade seven
- 14U, 2017-18 school year grade eight
- A player’s future desire to take a post-grad year is irrelevant to the question of what grade that player was actually in for the 2017-18 school year.
- The 2018 Roster-Age Exception policy is in place for 2018 only. Is shall be evaluated during and after the year, and changes shall be proposed for 2019 and beyond as US Lacrosse Nationals seeks to move towards full compliance with US Lacrosse age-segmentation policies.
US LACROSSE NATIONALS EVENT STRUCTURE
- 16 teams may compete in each age division, Boys 12U, 13U, and 14U, Girls 12U, 13U, and 14U. Teams will be seeded 1-16 depending on qualifications position
- Each age division will be divided into four groups of four
- In each age division, one of each of the teams seeded 1-4 will be divided at random into each division
- One of each of the teams seeded 5-8 will be divided at random into each division
- One of each of the teams seeded 9-12 will be divided at random into each division
- One of each of the teams seeded 13-16 will be divided at random into each division
- Each team will play three pool play games, earning 3 points for a tie and 1 point for a draw
- Pool play ties will be broken as follows: TWO-WAY TIES
- Head-to-Head Results (first tie-breaker for all two-way ties)
- Goal Differential (Total Goals scored minus goals allowed); maximum of seven (+/- 7) per game
- Fewest Goals Allowed
- Coin flip
• In the event of a three-way tie, the third place team of the three tied teams will be eliminated based on Goal Differential, then Fewest Goals Allowed, then Random Draw. Once the third place team is identified, the remaining two-way tie shall be resolved via the two-way tiebreaker process, above.
• In the event of a four-way tie, the third and fourth place teams of the three tied teams will be eliminated based on Fewest Goals Allowed, then Random Draw. Once the third and fourth place teams are identified, the remaining two-way tie shall be resolved via the two-way tiebreaker process, above.
9. The top two finishers in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals 10. The bottom two in each pool will play one or two consolation games
US LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT RULES
- All games at US Lacrosse Nationals shall be in accordance with US Lacrosse Rules for the appropriate age divisions.
- Pool play games tied at the end of regulation shall play one sudden victory overtime period. If no goal is scored during this period that game shall end as a draw. All overtime games are sudden victory. Timing rules for overtime are outlined below.
- Fighting is an automatic ejection from the game. The ejected player(s) will be disqualified from their team’s next game.
Girls Clock and Timing Rules
- Girls games at US Lacrosse Nationals shall consist of two 25-minute halves
- Each team shall have two time-outs per game. The clock shall stop during all time-outs.
- The clock will stop on each whistle during the last two minutes of each half or overtime period
- The clock does not stop at the two-minute mark during a re-set when the whistle occurred just outside the final two minutes of the half or overtime period.
- The referee has authority to stop the clock at any point for delay of game, or other lengthy delay.
- Overtime shall consist of two (2) three-minute periods, the teams will switch sides at the end of the first overtime period. Overtime is Sudden Victory.
- Each team shall start each overtime period with one time-out.
Boys Clock and Timing Rules
- Boys games at US Lacrosse Nationals shall consist of four 12-minute stop/start quarters. The clock will stop on each whistle.
- Each team shall have two time-outs per half. The clock shall stop during all time-outs.
- Overtime shall consist of a four-minute timed period. Overtime is sudden victory.
- If teams remain tied after the overtime period, the teams shall play additional overtime periods under the same rules until a goal is scored.
- Each team shall start each overtime period with one time-out.