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Game Information & Guidelines

  • The game schedule will be released by May 31st.  As always, we put significant effort into matching up skill levels and avoiding games between teams that already play each other during the season.  However, please be aware that based on the number and skill level of teams in each age group, it may not always be possible to avoid certain matchups.
     
  • Each team will play four 24 minute games.  This assumes games start on time as all games will end at 24 and 54 minutes past the hour.  Please move quickly between fields.
     
  • We are going to play unless weather makes the fields unavailable.   In the unlikely event of lightning, all play will stop until the threat is cleared.  The game schedule, however, will continue on an uninterrupted basis.  In other words, if games are stopped at halftime, and the lightning threat takes 30 minutes to clear, the next game will still start on the hour and the interrupted game will not resume.
     
  • As a reminder, the game format is: 24 minutes Running Clock
     
  • JGLA Rules and Guidelines will apply
    • 3/4 Games
      • Use of Goalies:   Games will be played on modified field.  The games will be 7 v 7 (empty nets) unless both teams have a goalie available, and they both choose to play with goalies.  If one team has a goalie and the other does not, the game will be played without goalies.  Coaches will discuss/decide on a game by game basis.  No shot stoppers will be used.
      • Are the refs enforcing 3 second good defense (closely marked)?    Yes.  This is a USL rule.  I suggest coaches read the description of this rule on page 87 of the Women’s Rule Book.
         
    • 5/6 Games
      • Modified Checking (as defined by US Lacrosse)
      • No Passes Required
      • Are the refs enforcing 3 second good defense (closely marked)?    Yes.  This is a USL rule.  I suggest coaches read the description of this rule on page 87 of the Women’s Rule Book.
         
    • 7/8 Games
      • Modified Checking unless both teams and the officials agree to Full Checking (as defined by US Lacrosse)
      • No Passes Required
         
  • In deference to our neighbors, we will not be using horns to keep time.  The refs on each field will be responsible for maintaining the schedule as shown above.  If both teams are ready to play before the official start time, a field may begin its game before scheduled but in order to provide time for switchovers, all games will end at exactly 24 and 54 minutes after the hour.
     
  • As you know, the purpose of this event is to showcase the game of lacrosse for the enjoyment of our young athletes and spectators alike.  No winner will be crowned and no trophies will be given out.      

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday.  If you have any questions or problems on game day, please stop by the Tournament HQ tent.   

Chris Cahill
Hopewell Valley Lacrosse

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