2024 Rules and Rule Changes
2-4-5: Requires that stick check requests be made before the official’s hand is in contact with both centers’ sticks for the draw.
2-6-1: Requires goalkeeper’s thigh padding to be shorts or pants manufactured with integrative protective padding.
2-7-1: Recognizes tooth and mouth protector rules, aligns them with other NFHS sport rules, and eliminates restrictions related to color and graphics
4-2-3 Allows coaches to coach their players during an injury time-out.
5-4-1 Eliminates the requirement of players awarded a free position outside of the critical scoring
area to come to a stop and settled stance before self-starting.
5-4-1 Eliminates the false start penalty when a player self-starts when it is not an option outside the critical scoring area and allows officials to reset play without a penalty.
10-1y – Three Seconds PENALTIES — Clarifies free position locations for three-second violations and requires a free position to be awarded at the closest dot for a three-second violation when the spot of the ball is outside the critical scoring area and below the goal line extended.
YOUTH ONLY CHANGES – Rules Distinct from High School
Self-Start (5-4-1) USAL Youth Rules will continue to require a player to momentarily pause when self-starting for appropriate skill development and game management.
10-1r USAL Youth Rules prohibits stick to body contact initiated by defense. This rule provides guardrails for the 14 and under athlete to develop a foundation of safe defensive skills.
2024 Girls Lacrosse Points of Emphasis
- Dangerous Play in the CSA
- Stick to Body Contact
Youth Rules Resources
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