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. Please remember the tournament is for kids to have fun and play lacrosse, please do not let your teams run up the score. There are no playoff games or trophies given out at our tournament.
Each team will play four games. Half of the teams will play their first game at 8 am for May 20th and 9 am May 21st , and their last game will finish at 4 or 5 pm. The other teams will begin at 10 am and their last game will finish at 5 pm.
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 shown below:
- First half 25 minutes
- Halftime 5 minutes
- Second half 20 minutes
One time out per half (not in last 2 minutes).
3/4 boys may be 7v7 short sided fields.
Running clock, penalty time suspended on stoppages of play.
Mercy Rule applies after a 4 goal lead.
10/20 Second Counts – applied on Sunday only for 7/8 games.
Body Checking - Per Youth Boys Lacrosse Rules of US Lacrosse -- Players may make contact in an upright position within three yards of the ball. Body checking is permitted; however, no take-out checks are permitted by any player. 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 player on the ground.
The rulings by the referees will be final.
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 10 minutes to 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 all later this month. If you have any questions or problems on game day, please stop by the Tournament HQ tent.