While WBYL encourages this league to be competitive, OUR PRIMARY GOAL IS TO HAVE FUN & BEGIN TO DEVELOP BASIC LACROSSE SKILLS.
Note that in some cases there are different rules for different age groups. This is to help all players develop in accordance with reasonable expectations for their age.
PROGRAM WIDE DIRECTIVE (K THRU 8) - ENCOURAGE PLAYERS TO MOVE WITHOUT THE BALL. AT THE K - 2ND GRADE...GIVE & GO.
Game Day Procedures
A paid referee will officiate each game. Referees will typically be a WHS coach. The referee will be an impartial third-party, and will offer guidance and suggestions to players (during breaks in play) as they learn the game.
The referee will keep score. Scores will be reported and updated on the WBYL site after each game. However, please keep in mind that coaches should be mindful that development is key and not winning. One of the primary reasons for keeping score is to match teams up for their final ‘playoff’ game.
Each team should have at least one coach on the sidelines to manage their players, help rotate players on and off the field, and to help keep the game moving as well as to assist with player development. Players not on the field will queue on the sideline.
Each player should play for 2-4 minutes at a time.
All players must get equal playing time.
Shifting on the whistle or ‘on-the-fly’ can be implemented based on player and coach ability.
The game day schedule is as follows:
5 minute warm - up
20 minute 1st half
5 minute half time -- learning and coaching from referees (HS coaches) and team coaches
20 minute 2nd half
5 minute non-LAX activity with all players
Game Format -- 4 v 4 - no goalies
House League Rules
Chumash nets will be used for all age groups. Chumash nets encourage an overhand release which is an important skill to develop at the younger ages.
One net will be used (per side) for 1st and 2nd grade leagues.
Two side-by-side nets will be used (per side) for K-league.
A faceoff will take place at mid-field to start each half and after each goal.
The two players taking the faceoff are the only players that can actively go after the ball until one of them gains possession or until the ball comes loose. The referee will make the determination as to when the ball is free and other players can pick it up by announcing “RELEASE”.
If a team is losing by 5 goals or more, that team will be awarded the ball in their defensive zone in lieu of a faceoff
For K & 1st grade division - 1 pass must be attempted in the offensive end before a shot can be taken. For the 2nd grade division - 2 passes must be attempted in the offensive end before a shot can be taken.
If at any time the ball crosses back over the midfield line the attempted pass is wiped out.
The reason for this rule is to encourage development. Just scoring a goal does nothing for development.
The referee will attempt to make sure everyone is aware of the pass count, for example by announcing “YOU NEED ONE”.
The number of required attempted passes will be incremented by 1 for any team that is ahead by 3 or more goals.
SHOOTING AND SCORING
Shots must be taken from the offensive side of the field.
A goal is scored if any part of the net is hit, including the frame.
Players must be above the goaline in order to score. The net/frame cannot be hit from behind. Hitting the frame from the side (i.e. on the goaline) is a goal. The specific angle of the shooter and determination of a goal is the responsibility of the referee.
If the ball hits the plywood it is not a goal.
Offensive players are never allowed to step on/in the crease. Defensive players are allowed to run through the crease without the ball.
No player at any time can enter the crease with possession of the ball.
If an offensive player enters the crease, the defensive team is awarded the ball.
If the ball is loose and enters the crease the defensive team is awarded the ball. The referee can retrieve the ball for the defensive team or a defensive player can briefly enter the crease to get the ball and then immediately leave the crease.
If a defensive player enters the crease with the ball, the offensive team is awarded the ball in the nearest offensive corner.
A defensive player cannot stand in the crease in front of the net to be goalie.
Referees will blow a loose ball scrum dead after a long 5 count and award the ball to the team that is losing.
After scrum, players must give the player with the ball 2 yards of space.
BODY CHECKS ARE ILLEGAL
Players are not allowed to check from behind or from the side regardless of whether they are in possession of the ball or not.
Team that was pushed is awarded the ball.
Body positioning is legal.
STICK CHECKS ARE ILLEGAL
Players should be encouraged to play defense with their feet first. Controlled lifting of an offensive player’s bottom hand or poke checking the offensive player’s bottom hand is acceptable.
Offensive player is given 2 yards & play is restarted.
SLASHING IS ILLEGAL
Particularly when the ball is on the ground. Players should be encouraged to lift their opponent’s stick or butt end rather than slashing down.
Team that was slashed is awarded the ball.
WHY ARE THESE ILLEGAL?!?!
In no instance is it "developmentally necessary" for players to be slashing IN A DOWNWARD MOTION regardless of whether the ball is loose or in possession.
IT IS SIGNIFICANTLY MORE IMPORTANT to a players development THEY LEARN HOW TO PLAY DEFENSE WITH THEIR FEET FIRST. It is for this reason slashing is illegal in the House League.
Slashing allows young players to develop lazy footwork. Good footwork is a much more difficult skill to master than using one's stick. Restricting slashing forces players to rely on their feet to keep their body between the opposing player and the goal.
Playing defense in lacrosse is more about preventing offensive players from advancing the ball towards the goal than it is about taking the ball away. This trend will continue as we are likely only a few years away from a shot clock at the Varsity level.
Forcing the offense to take low percentage shots further away from the cage is a far more effective method of defending than trying to take the ball away by slashing.
WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE DEFENSE?
Using your hands to punch at an offensive players hip to prevent advancement...it is important players punch with one hand at a time ON THE OFFENSIVE PLAYERS HIP.
There is a tendency for this to drift higher towards the shoulder - be diligent about defenders targeting the hip.
When the offense is in possession of the ball...controlled lifting of an offensive players bottom hand or poke checking the offensive players bottom hand is acceptable.
When the ball is on the ground...all players should be encouraged to lift their opponents stick or butt end rather than slashing down.
Any egregious actions by a player should result in a penalty. The offending player is removed from the turf and a new player comes on. The offending player must skip the next shift.
At any point in time a coach or referee may stop play and provide an explanation as to what a particular player did wrong and award the other team the ball.
A good example of this would be scooping up a ground ball with one hand.
Scores will be reported and standings will be maintained on WBYL website.
The last game of the season will be a final matchup game. There will be one “finals” game for every team.
Matchups will be determined based on ‘regular season’ record and goal differentials in order to provide a challenging and fun final game for all players. All finals are considered equivalent.