2021 Rules Interpretation

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2021 JGLA Annual Meeting recording

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JGLA Rules & Guidelines

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.


Home team pays officials.  PAY 2021:

3/4 = $50

5/6 or 7/8 2 officials $60 each.  1 official $90

Key Rule Changes for 2021

  • Points of Emphasis Page 6 of Youth Rule BookSTARTS AND RESTARTSWhen a whistle is required to start play and a player self-starts on her own, a false start penalty will be administrated for the U12 and U14 levels.DELAY OF GAME – SELF-STARTTeams and players that attempt a self-start beyond a playing distance, fail to move when directed, make no attempt to move, or encroach on the ball carrier prior to her commencing play shall be penalized.REPEATED FOULSThis point of emphasis is to focus game management on limiting repetitive fouls and manage illegal play. These fouls disrupt the flow of play and present a risk of injury and unsafe play.
    • (Foul in CSE between 8 and 12) The ball will be placed on the 12 M with offending player 4 away.
    • (Draw) Play will begin with UP to the number of players allowed on field.
    • (Time out procedure) Eliminate “Stand” Players may be substituted and the only players that need to come back to place would be on afoul, the offense and defense player..
    • (Boundary Ball) Player ay now run onto the field and does not need to “pause”
    • (Free Movement) There no longer will be a stand, all players may move freely unless it is the players involved in a foul
    • (Cover) Now includes the term body
    • (Equipment)Googles will follow SEI standards and have a stamp by 2025
    • (Equipment) Must be worn properly for intended purpose without adaptations from the manufactures specs.
    • (Equipment) Chest Protector will meet NOCSAE ND 200 starting January 1, 2021
    • (Electronic equipment) Video replay is not allowed
    • (Officials) Beginning January 1, 2017, the game must be officiated by at least two US Lacrosse rated officials. Three officials are recommended.
    • (Stick checks) Drop Tap and roll. Back of stick will be checked in top 1/3.

    (Terminology) It is now Shooting Space instead of free space to goal.

Coaches Need Proof of Certification with Them AT ALL Times

JGLA COACHES rule interpretation meeting card:

  • Two coaches on sideline: One coach must have JGLA ID card from 2021.
  • Three coaches on sideline: Two coaches must have JGLA ID card from 2021
    • Or the game is played down a level…Transitional check becomes modified.  Modified bacomes no check.  No check is just played.
  • BOTH teams must designate the sideline manager for their team and have them present at the coin toss
  • It is the responsibility of the towns to ensure that all participants have acknowledged the ethic and sportsman code of the JGLA

}Transitional Checking – An attempt to dislodge the ball from an opponent’s crosse in which the checking movement is down and away from the body and outside a 12-inch sphere surrounding the head is allowable.

}The checking motion may not reach across an opponent’s body. (across two shoulders)

}Any check into the sphere constitutes an illegal check.

}Check to the head and a slash are mandatory yellow cards.


  • Free Movement

The Home Team will Designate a Timer

  • 7/8: 25 minutes running (if coaches choose they stop under 2) 2 time outs
  • 5/6: 20 minute halves (stop under 2) or 25 minutes running 2 time outs
  • 3/4 or 1/2: 18 or 20 minute halves (maximum) 8 v 8 with a goalie…ALWAYS only 7 field players 1 time out

Goal Differential

  • MODIFIED checking, when a team is up by 4 or more goals, they have the option at any time to take a free position


}We will be following the US Lacrosse recommendations for return to play this season, Stage 5, which addresses COVID-19 related issues.

}If your town or program has additional requirements or restrictions in addition to those suggested by US Lacrosse, please default to those protocols.  PLEASE communicate with other towns what your towns/programs COVID-19 safety protocols are prior to game day.

} You can find the US Lacrosse recommendations

}There will be no stick check before the game.  Stick check will occur if the pocket is obviously deep.

}At the draw, players taking the draw must be masked.  If masks are not worn by both these players, draws during the game will not occur.  If there is no draw the Home team gets possession at the start of the first half and the Away team at the start of the second half.  All other restarts after a goal will be given to the team who was scored upon.  Play will begin with the defender 4 M away at a 45 degree angle and it will be INDIRECT.

}NO coin toss.  Away gets alternate possession Home chooses side to defend

}Since US Lacrosse recommends that ALL SPECTATORS and COACHES wear masks and socially distance, we recommend that your Sideline Manager include monitoring this along with their other previous duties.  Please use the language like

}”Regardless of your personal opinion, we want the kids to be able to play, so please mask up. These are the restrictions we need to adhere to in order to play in the JGLA.” If this needs to be addressed with an individual.


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 or 7/8 transitional checking specifics

    FULL CHECK LISTED IN ARBITER SELECT ONLY: Any check to the head is a mandatory yellow card. Player sits and team plays short for 2 minutes of elapsed playing time.

Grade 5/6 & 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.

3/4 Specifics

  • 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 goal: After a goal the team scored upon will take the ball to the start and begin with a free possession with opposing team 4 m away on an angle WILL BE INDIRECT.
  • 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

JGLA ADAPTION:  If there is one goalie and both teams agree the goalie will play in the same goal for the entire game and the opposite goal will be flipped.


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