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REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBER PROGRAMS

It is a JGLA requirement that all players, coaches and program administrators be members of US Lacrosse.  Member Programs must submit names and US Lacrosse numbers of all coaches prior to the start of the game season, as further detailed below.

Each Member Program must send at least one (1) representative to the JGLA Annual Meeting (held in October / November) and to their respective Conference scheduling meeting (held in January / February).

All Member Program coaches must attend their conference Rules Interpretation Meeting prior to start of the season.

All game officials also must attend a rules interpretation meeting and can attend any one of the conference meetings.

All program administrators must provide each of their coaches with a copy of these JGLA Rules and each JGLA Member Program must annually certify that they comply with the JGLA Rules.

HOME TOWN PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

Players must participate in their home town program.  A player may participate in a program outside her own town only if her town does not offer a girls’ lacrosse program in her age group or, a player attends a private school that is located in another town and she is going to play in the town where the school is located.  For a player interested in playing and whose town does not provide a program, she must join a program in a contiguous town or, if none exists, in the program nearest to her hometown.  JGLA Member Programs are instructed to respect the geographical boundaries of neighboring programs and player poaching is prohibited.  JGLA Member Programs may release players to play for other JGLA programs at their discretion.

KEY CHANGES FOR THIS SEASON

  • 7/8 games TRAVEL are modified checking. 
  • 7/8 games SELECT Full checking games can only be played on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with at least (1) one USL local rated umpire calling the game.
  • JGLA subsidized education/training allocation for US Lacrosse Level 1 and Level 2 training.

ANNUAL ASSOCIATION DUES/MEMBER PROGRAM APPLICATION AND AGREEMENT FORM

By March 1 of each year Member Programs must pay $125 per team (no longer annual dues).  The President (or Secretary) will notify members when the JGLA Member Program Application & Agreement Form is available. A representative from each JGLA Member Program must attest to the Board through their Conference President that their program is in compliance with all JGLA rules. The Application also requires the names of the coaches, their contact information including USL number (necessary for each coach each year) and Level 1 Certification compliance.  It will also serve as the basis for the data that will be populated in the Member Programs section of the website. This is the ONLY way your town’s information will be added or updated to the website for the upcoming season.

DIVISIONS

Association play is divided into four (4) Divisions based upon age groupings.  The age groupings are based on players that are within 2 school grade years of age and fall within the following:

  1. 7/8 grade- This group includes players that are in school grades 7th or 8th.
  2. 5/6 grade- This group includes players in the 5th and 6th.
  3. 3/4 grade – This group includes players in the 3rd or 4th grade .

Under US Lacrosse Rules girls may “play up” to the next higher age group (i.e. a player who would qualify by age for the 5/6 grade group may play on a 7/8 team).  Players are not permitted to “play down” (i.e. age groups are binding downwards).

Additionally, players who meet the Age criteria for playing in the 7/8 Division and are attending High School (9thGraders), are permitted to play on a JGLA Youth Team provided the following conditions are met:

  • The player MUST satisfy the Age requirements.
  • The player must have NO high school program in the town or school in which they attend.

Member Programs, on behalf of their player(s) who meet the above criteria, must request a “waiver” from their Conference President to allow them to play on a 7/8 team.  All such requests must include accurate details regarding the date of birth, height, weight and level of experience.

LEVELS

Association play is further sub-divided into three (3) Levels based on competitiveness of play.

SELECT (5/6 AND 7/8)

This is the JGLA’s most competitive level of play. 

Single age teams are permitted within the Grade Groupings 7/8 and 5/6 and can only schedule games vs other Select teams in their primary age grouping.  This means a 7th grade team cannot schedule a game vs. a 6th grade team under any circumstance.   Towns with multiple select teams within an age group may roster their teams as A/B levels or as balanced rosters.  With A/B levels it is important for that town to indicate their level when scheduling games.

7/8 Division Select Level teams will play US Lacrosse U15 Specific Rules with either Modified or Full Checking, based upon the availability of USL Local Rated Officials. 

5/6 Select Level teams will play U13 Specific Rules with Modified Checking. 5/6 is not permitted to play Full Checking Rules under any circumstances.

JGLA AND US LACROSSE MANDATED CRITERIA FOR 7/8 FULL CHECKING PLAY AT SELECT LEVEL ONLY:

  • Players MUST have mastered the basic skills of Women’s Lacrosse.
  • Playing time is earned through demonstrated skill, a positive attitude and regular attendance at practices and games.
  • JGLA Member Programs wishing to have their 7/8 DivisionTeams play Full Checking rules must have been in existence for at least five (5) years, and must have progressed their players through 3/4 and 5/6 Specific Rules before playing Full Checking.
  • All players on the team must average at least three (3) years of playing experience.
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  • Any check to the head is a mandatory RED CARD.  For a check to the head, the carded player will be suspended from participating in the remainder of the game in which she received the card AND she must sit out the team’s next game. In addition the player’s team will play down a player for 4 minutes from the time of the Red Card infraction.
  • There must be two qualified officials of which one (1) must be a USL Local Rated Umpire.  If there is not a locally rated official available for a 7/8 Select game, Full Checking will NOT be played regardless of the game being played between Select teams.

All Select Level Coaches (head and assistants) must be prepared to present proof of their USL Level 1 (or higher) certification and required rules meeting to the Officials prior to the start of each Select Level game.

There will be no exceptions by Officials to the Level I certification requirement.

TRAVEL (ALL DIVISIONS)

This level follows the traditional JGLA format and is not as competitive as the Select level.

  • Teams must be grouped by their grade (e.g. 7/8 grades, 5/6 grades, 3/4 grades). 
  • Single grade teams are permitted within the age groups as follows:  8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 grade levels (7th grade teams may play 8th grade teams, but never 6th. 5th grade teams may play 6th grade teams, but never 4th.)
  • A Member Program with multiple Travel teams in any Division is expected to field skill balanced teams.  “A” and “B” teams are not allowed.
  • All Head Coaches for grades 5-8 teams must be Level 1 certified
  • 5/6 & 7/8 maximum 25 minute halves—running time
  • 5/6 & 7/8 regulation size field with full markings
  • 3/4 maximum 20 minute halves—running time
  • 3/4 Play on a modified field 7 v 7, GOALIE does not count in the player total, both teams must have goalies to play with goalies.  IF no goalies, use modified goal
  • Relatively equal playing time is mandated based on player practice participation.
  • Running up scores is strongly discouraged and coaches are expected to keep games close.  Teams should not win games by more than ten (10) goals.

It is important that this rule be followed to ensure a good playing experience for all of our Travel teams.  At any time during the season when you notice a discrepancy in your own Travel teams, you must make roster changes going forward.

If you notice a discrepancy in another town’s Travel teams, the method to resolve the problem should be to first speak to the town’s representative to the Association.  If the issue remains unresolved then follow the protocol for reporting Sportsmanship Issues outlined below.

All Head Coaches at the Travel Level must be prepared to present proof of their USL Level 1 (or higher) certification and required rules meeting to the Officials prior to the start of each Travel Level game.

REC (ALL DIVISIONS)

This is a level for “in town” or “house” programs consisting of teams that rarely, if ever, play out of town teams.  The JGLA gives Member Programs wide latitude with regard to how Rec programs are run but makes the following recommendations:

  • Emphasis should be on learning, fun and participation.
  • Relatively equal playing time should be mandated.
  • Multiple teams in a given Division should be skill balanced.
  • Coaches should be Level I certified.
  • Rec teams may play some games, not to exceed four (4) in total, against JGLA Travel level teams or participate in tournaments or play days.

HOME TOWN PROGRAM PARTICIPATION

Players must participate in their home town program.  A player may participate in a program outside her own town only if her town does not offer a girls’ lacrosse program in her age group or, a player attends a private school that is located in another town and she is going to play in the town where the school is located.  For a player interested in playing and whose town does not provide a program, she must join a program in a contiguous town or, if none exists, in the program nearest to her hometown.  JGLA Member Programs are instructed to respect the geographical boundaries of neighboring programs and player poaching is prohibited.  JGLA Member Programs may release players to play for other JGLA programs at their discretion.

REQUIREMENTS FOR COACHES

ALL COACHES FULL CHECK must be prepared to present proof of the their USL Level 1 (or higher) certification prior to the OFFICIALS prior to the start of each Travel level game.

All coaches must read and sign a JGLA Coach’s Code of Conduct form and submit it to their program administrator. This form is available electronically on the Association website under the “Resources” tab.

All coaches must familiarize themselves with the Official Rules for Girls & Women’s Lacrosse available from US Lacrosse at: http://www.uslacrosse.org/portals/1/documents/pdf/participants/players/womens-rulebook.pdf

All coaches must participate in a Rules Interpretation session each year.  This can be done by attending any one of the conference rules meetings held prior to our season start.  Every attending coach will receive their Rules Interpretation card along with a lanyard that are to be worn at all JGLA games.  The lanyard will allow you to have your US Lacrosse certification card on the other side.  The rules card will be required for coaches to be on the coaching sideline.

If 3 coaches are on the sideline, 2 must present the rules interpretation card.  If 2 are on the sideline 1 must present the rules interpretation card.  If 1 coach is on the sideline, he or she must present the rules interpretation card, or the game is played down a level.

Each year all coaches must attend one (1) Coaching Clinic run by the JGLA, US Lacrosse or other approved local lacrosse organization.

EXCEPTION:  If you have already become US Lacrosse Level 1 or Level 2 certified, AND you maintain your certification through US Lacrosse (usually in September of the previous year), you are EXEMPT from the annual coaching clinic requirement.  If you are committed to, or anticipate that you will continue coaching for more than just one (1) year, we strongly suggest that you become Level 1 certified early in your coaching career, saving yourself time and money in the long run.

All coaches must undergo background checks prior to the start of the season.  US Lacrosse has negotiated a reduced rate for Member Programs with The National Center for Safety Initiatives.  Please visit their web site for more information at:  www.ncsisafe.com  JGLA Member Programs may choose to use NCSI, their local police department or any other organization or vendor who offers background check services.

US LACROSSE LEVEL I CERTIFICATION

The JGLA Board encourages all coaches at all levels to complete the US Lacrosse Level I Certification process and to move on to Level 2 Certification.  US Lacrosse has introduced a Level 3 program that will be another level for coaches to work towards.

Requirements for Level 1 Certification include:  successful completion of US Lacrosse Level I Online course, attendance at a Level I Instructional Clinic, completion of Positive Coaching Alliance Double Goal training (online or in person) and a background check by the National Center for Safety Initiatives.  Please visit www.uslacrosse.org for more information on the Level I Certification process.  Please note that US Lacrosse no longer is charging for the Online course for Level 1 and the JGLA is subsidizing 50% of the Level 1 Instructional Clinic which is provided when registering on the US Lacrosse web site.  To realize the discount you must be logged in with your US Lacrosse account as that will reflect you are from a JGLA based program and when the discount is applied.

7/8 grade: All coaches for 7/8 grade Select level teams must be US Lacrosse Level I Certified.  Head coaches for Travel level teams must be US Lacrosse Level I Certified. For Rec level teams we recommend but do not require US Lacrosse Level 1 Certification.

5/6: All coaches for 5/6 Select level teams must be US Lacrosse Level I Certified.

5/6 and 7/8 Travel level game: Head coaches for Travel level teams must be US Lacrosse Level I Certified. For Rec level teams we recommend but do not require US Lacrosse Level 1 Certification.

3/4: We recommend but do not require US Lacrosse Level 1 Certification.

1/2: We recommend but do not require US Lacrosse Level 1 Certification.

JGLA RULES INTERPRETATION CERTIFICATION

Every year a person is a coach they must attend a rules interpretation provided by the JGLA.

  1. Two coaches on sideline: one coach must have ID card to prove attendance of rules interpretation
  2. Three coaches on sideline: two coaches must have ID card to prove attendance of rules interpretation
  3. If 1 coach is on the sideline, he or she must present the rules interpretation card, or the game is played down a level.

GAME SEASON START DATE

For the 2076 season, the Board has approved that the game season begins on April 7, 2017.

The Association’s Umpire Assignor for teams in Conferences A, B, C, D, E and F will not schedule officials for regular Association games scheduled prior to the above noted date.

Programs are encouraged to contact the Association’s Umpire Assignor ( ) if they wish to host preseason scrimmages or play days to facilitate the pre-season umpire rating/certification process.

SCHEDULING GAMES

Each Conference will hold a scheduling meeting for teams to arrange games against other teams in their Conference, usually in the month of January.  Contact your Conference President or check the Association website for more details.

Each town should attempt to schedule at least four (4) home and four (4) away games with other towns in their Conference.   Additional out of Conference games may also be scheduled.

Town representatives are also encouraged to contact representatives from teams in other Conferences to fill out their schedules.   

UMPIRE SCHEDULING

The home team is responsible for obtaining, confirming, and paying officials.  At least one (1) US Lacrosse-rated umpire must officiate any grade 7/8 Travel Level, 5/6 Select Level or U13 Travel Level game.  At least two (2) qualified US Lacrosse officials, one of whom has a Local Rating, are required to officiate Full Checking games in the 7/8 grade group.  The Umpire Assignor will make every effort to assign two (2) officials to all 7/8 Travel Level, 5/6 Select Level and 3/4 Travel Level games.

The following rules apply to teams in Conferences A, B, C, D, E and F.

Arbiter.net is our web-based game scheduling program.  Log-in information and details for inputting games will be provided to Member Programs in February.  Home games only MUST be input no later than March 1.

PLEASE NOTE:  Naming conventions are used for games input in the Arbiter in order to differentiate between Select and Travel team games.  Full instructions will be provided by the Association’s Umpire Assignor.

Games during the week cannot be scheduled before 6:00 PM and on Saturdays games should not be scheduled before 1:00 PM.  Starting on the third Saturday each May games may be scheduled on Saturdays before 1:00 PM and on weekdays before 6:00PM.

SCHEDULING FEES

Member Programs scheduling officials through the Association’s Umpire Assignor will pay a $120 per year per team fee for the 7/8, 5/6 and the 3/4 age groups.  Each team will be entitled to schedule twelve (12) games per $120 fee.  If you require more games than twelve (12) per team an additional fee per team is required.

The Association’s Umpire Assignor can schedule officials for 1/2 if programs choose but this is not required.

UMPIRE FEES

The officials are required to be paid before the game begins by either cash, check or voucher, there are no exceptions.

Select Level – 7/8

Two (2) officials at a game – $60 per person per game net of any fees / taxes

If only one (1) umpire is on the game regardless of their rating, due to last minute circumstances beyond anyone’s control (i.e. sickness, accident, traffic, etc…), the game will be played with Modified Checking and the fees for one (1) umpire per game of $90 will apply, as noted below.

Travel Level – 7/8 and 5/6 and Select Level 5/6

Two (2) officials at game – $60 per person per game net of any fees / taxes

One (1) umpire at game – $90 per game net of any fees / taxes

3/4 – $50 per game for half field games net of any fees/ taxes

US LACROSSE RULES AND JGLA MODIFICATIONS TO THE US LACROSSE YOUTH RULES

The Association seeks to comply with all US Lacrosse rules as provided by Official Rules for Girls Youth Lacrosse in the 2015 Women’s Rule Book. The Association requests that all coaches pay special attention to the Rules Changes of 2015 as discussed in the Women’s Rule Book.

The Association has a small number of modifications and additions with which all Member Programs must comply. These additions are written with the safety of all players being of utmost importance.  Girls’ lacrosse should be fun, challenging and safe.

MODIFICATIONS – GENERAL RULES FOR ALL AGE GROUPS

The player bench areas must be located on the opposite side of the field from the spectators.  Coaches are responsible for ensuring the parents of their players are seated on the opposite side of the field from the players.

Coaches must work to ensure a positive experience for all involved with youth lacrosse by encouraging team play.

Travel and Rec level teams at all divisions are strongly discouraged from running up scores.  Under no conditions should goal differentials be greater than ten (10) goals.  Before hitting a ten (10) goal differential the dominant team should add additional passes before going to goal, have players play with their non-dominant hand, remove high scorers from game, etc.

Each home team is required to provide an Official Timer and Scorer who will be responsible for the game clock and tracking yellow and red card penalty times.  Coaches should track the uniform numbers of players receiving cards.

When a player is assessed a Red Card for a dangerous check to the head, the head coach of that player’s team is responsible to make sure the player who received the card understands the negative consequence of their foul and is responsible for making sure that the player remains out of the current game and must sit out the next game.   If it is determined that the coach does not enforce the next game suspension the coach will be suspended from coaching and they along with their Program Direction will be required to have a hearing with the JGLA President and VP Rules Chair.

JGLA PASSING RULES TO ENCOURAGE “TEAM PLAY” AT THE GRADE 1ST/2ND U9 AGE GROUP.

The 1/2 grade group will follow a “2-pass” rule.  The umpire will attempt to indicate by raised fingers and audibly whether a team has successfully completed the passing requirement and a player can shoot on goal. To qualify the pass need not be successfully completed, but a team must maintain possession by winning any resulting ground ball.  Passes must be “overhand” or 4 meters in distance to qualify for the 2-pass rule.

Good sportsmanship is at the very core of the ROOTS to Honoring the Game and the foundation by which we operate as a group:

Rules:  We don’t bend the rules to win.

Opponents:  A worthy opponent is a gift that forces us to play to our highest potential.

Officials:  We treat officials with respect even when we disagree.

Teammates:  We never do anything that would embarrass our team on or off the field.

Self:  We live up to our own standards regardless of what others do.

Visit www.positivecoach.org for more information

Unsportsmanlike behavior on the part of any player, coach and/or parent MUST be reported to the Association within 48 hours of the incident.

Reporting of unsportsmanlike conduct should follow this protocol:

–        Send e-mail to  your Conference President with CC to   and @jerseygirlslacrosse.org.

–        Indicate the Arbiter Game # (if known), date, location and teams involved in the incident.

–        Provide a sufficient amount of detail to describe the unsportsmanlike behavior and what you did to address it in a positive manner or to diffuse the situation.

–        If the incident is unable to be resolved locally it may be elevated to the Association’s Grievance Committee.

–        You can also use our 360 Feedback on the JGLA Web site but please include the Arbiter game number and or the date, time and location and teams.

Please see the Association’s website for a complete description of the JGLA Sportsmanship Policy athttp://www.jerseygirlslacrosse.org/rules-guidelines/sportsmanship/.

It is critical that all coaches on the sideline maintain composure and do not encourage or recognize rough play.  Coaches must realize their role and responsibility for safe and proper play for their teams.  “Winning at all costs” is not a philosophy or standard that accepted by the JGLA.  We do not officially track wins/losses and realize every competitor is looking to win the games they play. But at the same time respecting the game, opponents and officials should NEVER be compromised.

Good sportsmanship on the part of all players, coaches and fans is always the standard. Each town must ensure that their coaches/players/fans abide by the standards of good behavior outlined by the Association. The JGLA Code of Conduct and Association administrative rules are expected to be followed by all towns participating in the Association. Find the details on the Code of Conduct page.