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USL Rule BooK




Cheat Sheet to JGLA




The Jersey Girls Lacrosse Association (JGLA) was established as an organizing tool to assist Member Programs in the growth of girls’ lacrosse and to facilitate communication and competition between those programs.  We are the largest girls only youth lacrosse organization in the country and the 6th largest overall chapter with US Lacrosse nationally.  We are extremely proud of the fact that we lead the nation in the number of certified level 1 coaches in the women’s game.

The Association emphasizes that inter-town competition at the youth level be instructional and foster a positive experience for all involved.  It is expected that each Member Program will support our mantra of “Honoring the Game” and stress a love for the game as well as skills and rules of play.  Good sportsmanship on the part of all players, coaches and fans is always the standard.

The Association strives to comply with the US Lacrosse Youth rules and we refer you to the 2015 Women’s Rule Book Official Rules for Girls and Women’s Lacrosse.   Those rules also govern youth girls’ lacrosse except where US Lacrosse has amended otherwise. Those amendments are based in part on exhaustive surveys of rules in leagues representing nearly 170,000 youth players and on research and published literature from the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee, resulting in the development of age-appropriate playing rules and the annual publication of the “Youth Rules and Best Practices Guidebook for Girls.” US Lacrosse has made some modifications.

View the actual rules changes that apply for the 2017 season below:


7/8 Select if ALL coaches are not at least Level 1 USL certificated the game will be played modified checking.

7/8 and 5/6 modified checking games if the head coach is not at least Level 1 USL certificated the game will be played NO Checking.



Coaches need proof of certification with them AT ALL times.


Two coaches on sideline: One coach must have JGLA ID card with proper sticker

Three coaches on sideline: Two coaches must have JGLA ID card with proper sticker

If the JGLA card count is not present, have a coach go to other side and NOT coach

or play down a level



The home team will designate a timer.

7/8: 25 minutes running (if coaches choose they stop under 2)

5/6: 20 minute halves (stop under 2) or 25 minutes running

3/4 or 1/2: 18 or 20 minute halves (maximum) 8 v 8 with a goalie…ALWAYS only 7 field players



GOAL DIFFERENTIAL:   5/6 and under, when a team is up by 4 or more goals, they have the option at any time to take a free position.



All youth

 Will play regular US Lacrosse Women's Rules with the following modifications:

  • No Deputy
  • No follow through into goal circle on a shot
  • Regulation field stick (35.5”minimum and 43.25 “ maximum) and pocket EXCEPT for 3/4 and 1/2
  • NO Overtime in the JGLA


Grade 7/8 SELECT specifics

FULL CHECK LISTED IN ARBITER SELECT ONLY: Any check to the head is a mandatory red card. Player sits and team plays short for 4 minutes of elapsed playing time


Grade 5/6 and TRAVEL 7/8 specifics

Modified checking or no checking. A check to the head may be a yellow or red card.  Player sits and team plays short for 2 minutes (yellow), 4 minutes (red) of elapsed playing time

Must count 3 seconds good defense.



7 v 7 field players goalie does not count(with goalies it makes it 8v8). 

2 players must stay behind the midfield (restraining line)

5 field players are allowed below the restraining line.  If both teams have goalies play with

Goalies(8v8), if one team does not have a goalie then no goalies(7v7).

Regular women’s crosse, modified pocket allowed, may be cut to fit comfortably along arm.

No checking.

Must count 3 seconds good defense.

Game starts with a draw and half starts with draw.

After a goal the goalie will clear on a restart or the official will remove the ball from the goal and give

it to a defensive player along the goal line extended 8 m from the goal circle and all players

will move 4 m away.

Carded player leaves field for 2 minutes Yellow or 4 minutes Red. A substitute must take her place.

Contested ground balls by more than 2 players becomes an alternate possession.

Players are not permitted to cover under any circumstances.

1 v 1 defense enforced midfield, but not within the critical scoring area.

Substitution may occur at any time.