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desert stiX | RULES & TERMS

 

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Start of the Game
The game starts with a center draw. The two opposing players stand with one foot on the centerline. They hold their sticks in the air, back to back at about hip level so that the ball can be placed in between them. The players must remain set until the whistle is blown. They should draw their sticks up and away from each other so that the flight of the ball is above their heads. A center draw is used to begin the first and second half of the game. It is also taken after any goal score.

Start/Stop Play
All play is started and stopped with the whistle. All players must stop and stand when the whistle blows (to stop play). All may move again when the next whistle blows.

Scoring
A goal is scored when the ball passes completely over the goal line and into the goal cage. Scoring must be by an attacker’s stick, and not off the body of an attack player. A goal may be scored off the defender’s body or stick.

Substitution
Substitution is unlimited and the substitution procedure should be the same as outlined in Rule 5-20 and 5-21 of the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Rules, i.e. substitute any time during play, after goals, and at halftime.

Duration of Play
chop stiXTwo 18 minute halves with a four minute half time.
junior stiXTwo 18 minute halves with a four minute half time.
pixi stiX – Coaches discretion, usually based on time.

Fouls
Fouls shall be the same as those outlined in Rule 6 of the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Rules with the following modifications:

 

  1. No shooting on free positions, unless using a goalkeeper (Chop StiX Division only)
  2. No checking until the skill has been taught. (Major Foul)
  3. If no checking is in effect, then there will be no holding the ball for more than three seconds when closely guarded/marked (see definitions) and the defense has both hands on her stick and is in position to legally check were checking allowed (all levels). (Minor Foul)

Note: If the player with the ball takes the stick to the other side of her body and thus away from the defender making a legal check impossible, the 3-second count would be over. If the defender adjusts her position to where a legal check could be made, or the stick is brought back to a checkable position, the count starts again. If another teammate joins the defender and that second defender is in good position to check, the count starts again. The umpire will give an audible 3-second count. The purpose of this rule is to encourage good defensive positioning and to make the offensive player aware of her defender. The attack player must try to keep the stick away from the defender, and, if she does not she will be forced to pass or she will lose the ball. Even when the defender may not check, if she is in good defensive position she will force the attack player to pass. This will give her team a chance for a play on the ball either by interception, by blocking the attempted pass, or by forcing a bad pass and causing a ground ball.

Penalties for Fouls
The penalty for fouls is a free position with all players, including the offender, moving 4m away from the player with the ball. For specifics on major, minor, and goal circle fouls and carding, see Rule 7 in the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Rules. A 3-second count violation is considered a minor foul with the closest defender to the ball carrier being awarded the ball. The only modification for these youth rules is in the Pixi StiX division, where all free positions are indirect (i.e., the player with the ball may never shoot directly from the free position).

 

 

 



chop stiX specifics

 

 

  1. 6-7 field players + one goal keeper (if any). Number will be determined at the start of the game.
  2. Field size: 60 yds. x 40/45 yds. is recommended.
  3. Regular field markings for crease, center line, and 8 meter.
  4. Regular women’s stick, regulation pocket.
  5. No Checking until it is taught.
  6. Two 10-18 minute halves, running clock.
  7. May shoot from direct free positions if goalie is present.
  8. If no goalie and goal is not scored but still in the crease, the opposing team will get the ball on the 8 meter arch extended with a defender 4 meters in front.

junior stiX specifics

  1. 6-7 field players + use of a goal keeper is optional. If no goalie we will have a shooting net in the goal.
  2. Field size: 60 yards x 40/45 yards is recommended.
  3. Regular field markings for crease, center line and 8 meter.
  4. Regular women’s stick, modified pocket allowed.
  5. No checking.
  6. Two 12 to 18 minute halves, running clock.
  7. May shoot from direct free positions if goalie is present.
  8. If there is no goalie and a goal is not scored but still in the crease, the opposing team will get the ball on the 8 meter arc extended with a defender 4 meters in front. 
  9. Coaches may decide to have a passing rule where players must make at least two attempted passes before scoring. If the defense makes a play to the ball then the count restarts.

pixi stiX specifics

  1. 3 field players + use of a goal keeper is optional.
  2. Field size: 50 yards x 25 yards is recommended.
  3. Crease + center line.  8 meter arc  optional.
  4. Youth sticks (mesh allowed) or regular women’s stick, modified pocket.
  5. No checking.
  6. Time is based on the coach’s discretion.
  7. May not shoot from any free position, unless using a goalkeeper or modified goal opening.
  8. No more than two players going for the ground ball at one time.

These rules were written with the safety of all the players being of utmost importance. Youth lacrosse should be fun, challenging, and safe. To that end, the umpires shall have the authority to penalize any foul, unsafe play, or unacceptable behavior not covered specifically in these rules. Play should be as continuous as possible, and any foul which does not gain an advantage for the offender or her team should result in a “held” whistle whenever possible.