The NVTYLL follows NFHS rules for boy’s lacrosse with certain exceptions as guided by US Lacrosse for youth play. The NVTYLL Board of Directors has approved the following rules for 2017.

Age Definition

  • U15 Under 15 at December 31st prior to season, and not in 9th grade
  • U13 Under 13 at December 31st prior to season, and not in 7th grade
  • U11 Under 11 at December 31st prior to season, and not in 5th grade

Exceptions only with NVTYLL Board approval. Procedure will be majority Board vote by email.
Intentional illegal player violations by coach results in a 2 year suspension from NVTYLL sponsored play. Determination will be made subject to a Board hearing by majority Board vote.
Players illegally playing down to any division will be ejected for the season and the team will be eliminated from any playoffs and ineligible for any titles or awards.

NVTYLL Rules – Field Guide 2017

U15 & U13 – 2 Game Jamborees U11 – 2 Game Jamborees
4 Quarters 4 Quarters
8 Minute Stop Time 10 Minute Running Time
3 Minutes Between Quarters 3 Minutes Between Quarters
6 Minute Half 6 Minute Half
2, 2 Minute Timeouts per half, per team 2, 2 Minute Timeouts per half, per team
1, 4 Minute Sudden Victory Overtime No Overtime
For single games 10 minute stop quarters
if coaches agree
For single games, 12 minute running time quarters
if coaches agree


20/10 Second Count – There will be 20 and 10 second counts for U15, U13 (not U11), enforced when there is not a clear effort to advance the ball.

NVTYLL Playoff Overtime Rule

During NVTYLL playoff games over time 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).


Stalling shall be enforced in the last two minutes of the game (U15, U13, U11). The official will issue a “get it in, keep it in” warning. The team with the ball will have 10 seconds to get the ball in the box or turn it over.


Time-serving penalties are enforced and man up situations are permitted for U15 and U13. A U11 penalty will result in a turnover and the player must be substituted for at least one play.

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 three yards of the ball. No body checking of any kind (including man/call “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

Any one-handed check shall be considered a slash, whether or not it makes contact with the opposing player. NOTE: If the defensive player’s hand comes off his stick in his legitimate follow-through motion after, or during his recovery from, a controlled poke check, this need not be considered a slash solely because his hand came off the stick.

Mercy Rule

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 will be suspended during playoffs.

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, cup and mouth guards for every league-sanctioned game. Additionally, coaches must require all goalies to be outfitted with arm pads, proper chest and throat protection gear.

For the U15 and U13 level:
• 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

At the first sign of thunder or lightning, play will be suspended. There should be 30 minutes between the last sign of thunder/lightning before play is resumed. Suspension of the game will be at the coach’s discretion with a maximum of three 30-minute breaks.

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.