Game Format

U15 and U13 – 2 game jamborees

·         4 quarters

·         8 minute stop time

·         3 minutes between quarters

·         6 minute half

·         2, 2-minute time-outs per half for each team

·         1, 4 minute sudden victory overtime

For single games, 10 minute stop time quarters if coaches agree.

U11 – 2 game jamborees

 

·         4 quarters

·         10 minute running time

·         3 minutes between quarters

·         6 minute half

·         2, 2-minute time-outs per half for each team

·         No overtime

For single games, 12 minute running time quarters if coaches agree.

Playoff Overtime Rule During NVTYLL playoff games overtime rules are the same with this exception:

After the eight minutes of sudden death (2 four minutes periods) each team will remove one defender from the field of play until there is a winner. (9 total players on the field for each team)

Timing – 20/10 Second Count

No 20 or 10 second count for U15, U13, and U11

Stalling

Stalling shall be enforced for U15 and U13 throughout the game and the team with the lead must keep the ball in goal area during the last two minutes of the game.  No stalling rule for U11.

Penalties

Time serving penalties are enforced and man up situations are permitted for U15, U13, and U11.

Body Checks

Body checking is permitted in U13 and U15 Divisions; however, no take-out checks are permitted by any player. A take out check is defined as any check in which the player lowers his head or shoulder with the force and intent to put the other player on the ground.

Players in the U13 and U15 divisions may make contact in an upright position within five yards of the ball. No body checking of any kind (including man/ball “clear the body” type pushing) is permitted in U11. If a loose ball is not moving in U11, the referee may re-start play by awarding the ball to the team that is in their defensive zone.

One-Handed Stick Checks

One handed checks shall be allowed for U15, U13, and U11.  However, if the one handed check is initiated with the stick hand above the shoulder and executed in a downward motion (a chop) or is used to intimidate another player, it will be ruled a slash.

Mercy Rule

U15, U13, and U11.  In any game and at any point during a game when there is a four-goal lead, the team that is behind will be given the ball at the midfield line in lieu of a face-off as long as the four-point lead is maintained, unless waived by the coach of the trailing team.  The mercy rule is not enforced during playoff games.

Equipment Checks

It is the responsibility of each and every coach to ensure that all players are properly equipped with helmet, shoulder pads, arm pads, gloves, and mouthguards for every league sanctioned game.  Additionally, coaches must require all goalies to be outfitted with proper chest and throat protection gear.

 Stick/Pocket Checks

U15 and U13 only

  • Official will make 1 stick check per team per half (player and time randomly selected by the official), ideally during a stoppage in play so as to not slow game.  Coaches can request that the official check one (1) specific, opposing player’s stick per game.
  • Official to check pocket depth and release of ball top and bottom only.
  • No stick dimension measurements unless flagrant violation suspected in official’s judgment.
  • Penalty for an illegal crosse is 1 minute non-releasable and the crosse removed from game until appropriate repairs are made to the crosse.  Player is allowed to repair the crosse and reintroduce it into play at a normal stoppage of play with check by official.

Lightning Policy

NVTYLL has adopted the NFHS guidelines with regard to lightning:

  1. A 30-second or less flash-to-bang count calls for immediate removal of the athletes from the field to an appropriate shelter.
  2. Thirty minute rule.  Once play has been suspended, wait at least thirty minutes after the last flash of lightning is witnessed or thunder is heard prior to resuming play.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Personal fouls are to be taken seriously. In addition to the NFHS rules, any player or coach who uses derogatory or profane language (starting with “damn”) on the field or bench, whether addressing a player, coach or referee may receive: first offense, 1 to 3-minute non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty; second offense a 3-minute non-releasable expulsion foul.


Play-Off Seeding

The top four teams from each division will qualify for the playoffs based on the following criteria:

  1. The top four teams from each division will be based on team points standings from the regular season (league play only)
  2. In the event of a points standings tie playoff spots will be based on head-to- head match-ups.
  3. In the event of a tie on both criteria 1 and 2 the playoff spot will be awarded to the team that allowed the fewest goals during the season.
  4. In the event of a tie on the above three criteria a coin toss will be conducted by the league.