US Lacrosse Girls Youth Rules
Age and Eligibility Guidelines
Teams playing by US Lacrosse rules will be organized by age. Any player who is age-eligible to play U-15 lacrosse should not be denied an opportunity to play. If a U-15 eligible player has participated in any high school level program as a member of a high school freshman, JV-B, junior varsity, or varsity team, see the US Lacrosse Best Practice on Age and Eligibility Standards. The following groupings should have ages determined as of August 31 in the year preceding competition.
Players may not play below their designated age group.
U-15 (Full checking if criteria is met)
There must be 2 USL trained umpires - one of which has a Local rating
*Check to the head is a mandatory Red Card (with wording to differentiate between the incidental contact and inappropriate contact with the head) – See Penalty Section
U-13 (modified checking below the shoulder).
U-11 (no checking)
U-9 (no checking)
Middle School/Junior High: It is recommended that Middle School/Junior High players, regardless of age, play U13 modified checking rules.
EQUIPMENT AND FIELD CHANGES
U15 and U13
Must play on regulation size field with all appropriate markings.
U11 Must play on regulation size field with all appropriate markings when possible or may play on modified field with reduced players. (See U9 below)
The Fields shall be rectangular, 60-70 yards in length and between 30-40 yards in width to accommodate play on existing fields.
Sections 1 and 2: Equipment: Field Crosse and Goalie Stick
U15 and U13 Regulation field stick (35.5”minimum and 43.25 “ maximum) and pocket
U 11 and U9 - Regulation field stick with or without modified pocket. May be cut to fit comfortably along the length of the player’s arm.
Mesh pockets are only allowed for the goalkeeper.
U15, U13, U11 and U9
Regulation Goalie Stick-length can be up to 52”.
U15 and U13
Regulation Goalie Stick Minimum Standards (35.5”)