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NJJLL RULES­2005
 
These Rules and Regulations govern the conduct and operation of the chartered NJJLL teams during NJJLL activities.
 
NJJLL activities are defined as divisional and inter­division competition among members.
 
Conduct/Sportsmanship: Good sportsmanship and fair play is to be emphasized and promoted by all coaches, players and
parents. All participants (ie coaches, parents and players) are to adhere to US Lacrosse Code of Conduct attached. Coaches are
strongly encouraged to attend Positive Coaching Alliance workshops.
 
1. Player Age: Any child who does not reach their fifteenth (15th) birthday by January 1st of the current year is eligible to participate in League activities.
2. Player Eligibility: The player must live in the physical boundaries as set by his Program and the League and must have
signed parental or guardian consent to participate. Programs are responsible for submitting their boundaries to the League.
The player must participate on only one League Team and if a player is a member of a school sponsored lacrosse team, he
should not be encouraged to also participate in League activities during the same session.
Note: A player whose Town does not have Junior Lacrosse at his grade level can join the program of a member Team,that is 
adjacent to his Town We do not want and will not permit recruitment of out of town players.
3. Player Registration: Team will require formal registration of all players. Such Team will require formal registration of all
players. Such registration shall require, at the least, the name, address and birth date of the applicant.
ALL players required to be US Lacrosse members and adhere to its Code of Conduct for players and parents.
Programs must submit a final roster to the NJJLL prior to the start of the regular season.
4. Player Participation: Team tryouts should not be conducted to eliminate or “cut” players; tryouts may be conducted to
assess ability of players.  All interested applicants will be included on a Team roster. The League requires all member Teams to adopt rules that ensure
that each player plays at least one full quarter per game.
Note: Midfielders should be rotated in regularly to meet this amount of playing time.
5. Rules Of Play: The game is to be played and coached with emphasis on the stick skills and team concept of the game.
Each team shall conduct all practices and games using the Lacrosse Men's Rules established annually by the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The League amends these rules as long as safety is not compromised; all
League amendments/specific rule changes are detailed and provided for herein.
Rules to be reviewed/documented/communicated to Teams and referees annually before season
Games
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Game Conduct
 Personal fouls are to be taken seriously.
Unsportsmanlike conduct and fighting penalties are not to be tolerated/encouraged in any way.
US Lacrosse Code of Conduct is to be adhered to by all players, coaches and parents/spectators; any player or coach usingderogatory language, trash talk, and the like (on the field or bench area), whether addressing a player, coach, referee or spectator will receive a one (1) minute no­release penalty on the first offense. A second offense draws (3) minute no­releasepenalty and game ejection/departure from field.
Coaches are advised to refrain from shouting at referees from sideline for ANY reason. Any questions/concerns should beexpressed in a civilized manner during a time out; this policy should be followed strictly.
Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their teams and their team’s parents. Under no circumstances shall a parentspeak to a referee before, during or after a game. The Executive Board of the NJJLL and its ethics committee reserves theright to require a program to remove a coach from League participation.
 Field size should be as close to NCAA regulation as possible. If necessary, short fields should have yardage taken from the area behind the goal (as opposed to are between mid line to restraining line and restraining line to goal).   Any changes in dimensions and other field characteristics should be brought to the attention of the visiting coach and referees well before the start of the game. Play on regulation size fields is preferred, however, coaches and/or officials can agree
to play on any size field available. As long as it has lines and is “playable
Length of Game ­ game is divided into four (4) eight­minute “stop the clock” periods.
Timeouts –two (2) timeouts permitted per half.
Home Team ­supplies ball boy or balls at the end line. Home team is responsible for contrasting jerseys or pinnies, if required. Jersey color conflicts should be resolved prior to the game..The Home Team(host) shall provide pinnies/Visiting team shall wear the pinnies.
Playing Time/Substitutions: All uniformed players are required to play a minimum of one quarter per game. To accomplish this, substitution is allowed whenever the ball goes out of bounds.  Note: Midfielders should be rotated in regularly to meet required playing time.
 
An individual player should play in only one game per day/date; however, a player may play in two games provided he plays in less than one quarter in one of the games  ie if he plays less than quarter in first game, he can play second game ; if he plays more than a quarter in first game, he must play less than a quarter of second game.  This play in multiple games may reduce playing time of others and is not encouraged as a normal practice; a strong player playing more than a quarter in a game above his grade level should not play in two games.
Injury­ A stop in play due to injury requires substitution of player(s) injured except for the goalie who may remain in game if he and his coach choose.
Clearing: There is no use of the ten­second clearing rule. Four­second goal count for crease is used.
The “stalling” rule (“keep it in”) can be played by varsity teams by mutual consent of both coaches.
Note: We encourage this to be used by 8 th grade/Varsity teams, but reserve the right of a coach to not play if he has not gone over this rule with his players. It is assumed that by the month of May, all Varsity teams can play this rule.
Mercy Rule – 8th GRADE/7th GRADE at any point in a game that a five (5) goal lead takes place, the ball will be given to the trailing team at midfield in lieu of a face off. This includes the possibility of a team receiving the ball after committing a penalty. All periods begin with a face off regardless of score.  6th GRADE & 5th Grade the margin is (4) goals.  3th & 4th GRADE…the margin is (3) goals  Large winning margins/”blow­outs” (ie 8 goals) are strongly discouraged; players should not suffer from 
scheduled mismatches and coaches should display respect for both team’s players.
Body Checks Body checks are permitted and players may make contact in an upright position within five yards of the ball. Body Checking is not permitted in 3rd 
and 4th grade levels.
NO “take out” checks are permitted by any player (definition: checks in which the player lowers his head and shoulders with the force and intent to “take out” (put on the ground) the opposing player.
Overtime –  Varsity /grade 8 ­two (2) four minute overtime periods with “sudden victory” whichever comes first. At end of second overtime period game declared a tie.
Grade levels 7)—one (1) four minute overtime period with sudden victory. Grade levels 6th 5th and 4 and 3rd – No overtime period. Game is a tie.

EquipmentThe Crosse has an overall length of 40 to 42 inches (short) or 52 to 72 inches (long).
Stick length rules are waived in the 6th grade/Majors and below in terms of exact measurement. Note: This does not condone a player using a very short stick in relation to his body size; it is to be used to not force a small player to use an inordinately large stick in relation to his body size.
Arm guards and shoulder pads are required for all players except the goalie.
Rib pads are strongly recommended for attack and midfield.
NOCSAE approved lacrosse helmets are required. Helmet color should be all of the same color but is not mandatory
Mouthpieces are required·
The League:
A. The League shall be made up of teams within New Jersey.
NJJLL teams are school grade based and have the following playing level designations:
Varsity: 8th grade
JV: 7th  grade
Majors: 6th grade
Minors : 5th grade
Clinic : 4th grade
 Recommend programs field teams at each specific grade level if possible; mixed grades are permitted.  Players may play up a level; playing up two levels strongly discouraged. Playing down a level is strictly prohibited (Example: 7th grader cannot play in Majors/6th grade game).
Within a Program, multiple teams at a grade/playing level should be balanced/equal strength.
Although not encouraged, Programs with multiple 8 th grade/Varsity teams may use ”a/b” team scenario at Varsity level only. In such cases, the Program­ at time of scheduling­­ must clearly state to opponents which of its teams is to play.b. The League is the only unit of organization for which these rules apply.
c. Officers who are responsible for the management of its activities shall govern the League.
d. Each team shall:
i. Agree to abide by the rules as long as it is a member.
ii. Develop and submit boundaries for the team if they differ from the town lines.
iii. For NJJLL activities, enforce the rules of play as set forth by the League that shall include proper equipment and uniforms. Protective gloves, shoes, mouthpieces and jerseys are required
-  Arm guards and shoulder pads are required for all players except the goalie.
-  Rib pads are strongly recommended for attack and midfield.
-  NOCSAE approved lacrosse helmets are required.
iv. Ensure that the team is insured with a blanket accident coverage (including dental) and by general liability and participant legal liability insurance. Note: The Lacrosse Foundation recommends minimum coverage of $1 million in General Liability Insurance (per occurrence, not claims made) and $25,000 in Excess Accident Insurance. Every person and program should have “Umbrella” coverage over and above individual insurance from U.S. Lacrosse.4  All League members will insure each player and coach through US Lacrosse individual insurance program. A Team in our  League will not play another team that does not have this coverage, for obvious liability concerns and because that by failing to have this coverage the game would not be sanctioned under U.S. Lacrosse Youth Council guidelines.
7. Schedules: Practice may start after March 1st
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Note: It is strongly suggested that practice be limited to four days (or 8 hours) a week before the game schedule begins and three days (or 6 hours) a week thereafter. It is strongly suggested that no more than two scrimmages be planned prior to April 1.  Game schedules will commence in April on date set annually by League.
 
8. Awards: Season awards to players should be limited to items such as certificates of participation, team pictures, inexpensive
medals, pins or patches. Game balls for significant achievement for a particular game are encouraged.
 
9. Academics: Academic excellence and recognition is to be encouraged and promoted. A good scholastic record may be
made part of the requirements for participation in a program