Tournament Rules

General Rules of play

All divisions in the Battle of LA will use the 2017-2018 US Lacrosse and NFHS rules with the following exceptions/modifications.


1. FORMAT: Championship play with pool play Saturday and semi-final, final, and consolation games on Sunday.  All teams will most likely play 3 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday. All teams are required to play both days and complete their entire schedule. 


2. ELIGIBILITY:  It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that all players meet age eligibility requirements for the division in which they participate, as published on the tournament website.


3. TIMING:  Two 25-minute halves, 5 minute half time, 5 minutes between games. Games will start every hour on the hour. A central horn will sound for the beginning and ending of each game period. Game duration and halftime may be shortened to keep the tournament on schedule.


4. TIES & OVERTIME:  Pool/consolation games may end in a tie, no overtime. Overtime in playoff games only:   two 5-minute sudden victory periods followed by a brave heart format if needed.


5. SUBSTITUTIONS:  All substitutions will be on the fly.


6. TIMEOUTS: No timeouts in pool/consolation games.  Playoff games each team will be allowed one 1-minute timeout per game, which may be called by the team in possession any place on the field. Timeouts may be called by either team during a dead ball situation.  The game clock will be stopped during timeouts. There are NO timeouts allowed in overtime periods.


7. COUNTS: 20 seconds to clear half field.  NO 10 second count to get the ball into the offensive box until the last two minutes.  Last two minutes of the game, team in the lead must clear the ball in 20 seconds, get the ball into the box in 10 seconds, and keep the ball in. Stalling may be called.


8. ROSTERS:  Rosters are set for each tournament. Teams may not move or transfer players between teams within or outside the club regardless of eligibility. Once a player has been assigned and accepted for a particular team, that player may only participate on that team at that specific tournament.  Contact tournament director if you need to borrow players.

A player may be disqualified for any of the following violations:

  • Player not listed on the teams tourney roster
  • Player participating on more than one team
  • New players not listed on the teams roster
  • Player participating that is too old for division 

Immediate disqualification for any team found to be using illegal players.  Any games won with illegal players will be reclassified as a forfeit.


9. SCORE: The official score will be kept on the field by the Referee.  Scoreboards are the unofficial score and will be updated by the Field Marshal. Both coaches and both referees please agree to final score and sign the score card for each game. Final score cards will be collected after every game.


10. STANDINGS:  Tournament standings will be based off of points: 3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss.  Point Tie Breaker: 

  1. Head-to-Head
  2. Least Goals Allowed
  3. Net Goal Differential
  4. Coin Toss

Boys Specific Rules

1.  PENALTIES:  45 second technical foul, 90 second personal foul.  Officials may extend penalty time if needed.  Penalty time starts on the restart of whistle.


2. EJECTIONS & FIGHTING:  To the discretion of officials and/or tournament directors, any participant (player, coach, team official, or spectator) who participates in a fight during tournament play, on or off the playing field, may be subject to a one or more game suspension, up to automatic disqualification from the tournament. Any player or coach called for verbal abuse will serve a one-minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Continued abuse will result in ejection from the contest, and potentially the tournament. Officials report on the score card the name and the number of any player expelled for fighting. No profanity or unsportsmanlike conduct will be tolerated. Offending team(s) may be disqualified.


3. CHECKING: Player safety is paramount.  No "Take-Out" Checks.  Zero helmet to helmet or body to helmet checks permitted.  One-handed and wild/uncontrolled checks will be considered a slash, even if contact is not made.


4. 8U SPECIFIC RULES: 

  • 8v8 (2 def, 3 mid, 2 atk, 1 goalie)
  • Field dimensions: 40x80
  • No long poles
  • No 20/10 counts
  • 5 goal mercy rule
  • No body checking, “boxing out” is permitted
  • NO "MAN DOWN".  Penalties will be enforced with a "fast break" instead of a "man down".  offending player must be substituted out for the required time (45, 90, or more).  Offended team will get a fast break (5 yard lead) at the mid-field line.
  • Mandatory "one pass rule" in effect.  Details:
    • Upon possession of the ball, the offensive team must start and complete at least 1 pass within their offensive side of the field before a goal will be counted. 
    • Once the pass is completed the ball is "Hot" and any goal scored will be counted.
    • The ball is "Hot" as long as the chain of possession has not been broken.
      • Ex: Team A has the ball and ball is "Hot".  Team B checks the ball out of Team A’s stick and ball falls on the ground.  Team A scoops up ball and maintains possession, Team B never gained possession of the ball. Ball is still “Hot” for Team A. No pass is needed, Team A can shoot on the goal. 
    • If a goal is scored before the required number of completed passes, the goal will not count and will result in a turnover. Play will be treated as a blocked shot. Goalie will pick up the ball  in the crease to restart play.

5.  10U SPECIFIC RULES:  10 v 10, normal sized field.  Only 3 long poles on field.  Long pole lengths 47"-54"


Girls Specific Rules

  1. All standard U.S. Lacrosse rules, including misconduct (yellow and red cards) apply.
  2. Mercy Rule: For 10U & 12U Divisions only, the trailing team has the option of possession instead of a draw if down by 4 goals.
  3. Youth Girls Division:  8 v. 8, shorter field, 7 field players and a goalie or 8 field players. Two field players stay back behind the midfield line for 5 v 5 plus a goalie at each end. Two passes to be attempted for good teamwork before a team may go to goal, no stick checking, modified pocket okay, substitution allowed after a card, no shooting from a free position if no goal keeper & offensive three seconds called if defender is closely guarding in a "checkable" position. 
  4. 12U Division:  12 v. 12, regulation field, modified stick checking (below the shoulder), regulation sticks & offensive three seconds called if defender is closely guarding in a "checkable" position. 
  5. 14U Division:  Full checking but any check toward the head is a mandatory red card.
  6. Remaining Divisions:  Full checking and all other U.S. Lacrosse / N.F.H.S. rules for this age group.
  7. See pages 20 & 21 of the U.S. Lacrosse Youth Girls Guidebook for more details about our 2026/27 (10U), 2024/25 division (12U) & 2022/23 (14U) division.
  8. See pages 74 - 78 of the U.S. Lacrosse / N.F.H.S. Girls Rulebook for more detail as needed.

Coaches Code of Conduct

  1. All of my players must be registered/paid prior to stepping foot on the field.  Any player not registered/paid will not be permitted to play.
  2. Eligibility requirements, at all levels of the game, must be followed.  Rules and requirements such as age, previous level of participation, and team transfers, have been established to encourage and maximize participation, fair play and to promote safety.  Battle of LA Tournament Rules are listed above.
  3. I should always demonstrate positive behavior and reinforce these traits to players, parents, officials and spectators.  Players should be encouraged by coaches to demonstrate positive behavior and respect for teammates, opponents, officials and spectators.
  4. Spectators will be informed that positive behavior is required at all events and they should not get involved in any on field disputes.
  5. My first priority is the health and safety of the players assigned to my team.
  6. Grievances or misunderstandings between coaches, officials or any other parties involved with the sport should be communicated through the proper channels, never on the field of play or in view of spectators or participants.  All field tents have the ability to communicate with the Tournament Director or Main Information Tent.
  7. The use of profanity or vulgar language is unacceptable.
  8. The value of good sportsmanship, the concepts of fair play, and the skills of the game should always be placed above winning.