Championship Format

Selection Process & Roster Validation

The 2025/2026 Summer Invitational is trying to ensure we don’t have “super” teams or all-star teams made exclusively for this championship event. All teams must be in the 2025/2026 class respectively and a team that competes together year round. Only teams competing in AA leagues and similar-level tournaments will be considered.

The selection criteria will be based off of the following elements:

  • Spring league to date (if applicable)
  • Fall & Spring tournament success
  • Head to head wins & losses vs other applicants

In order to be considered for this Championship the club director must do the following.

  • Agree to submit a complete roster by Feb 15, 2019. Roster must include players number, full name, school, and birthdate.
  • Provide a list of all 2018 Summer and Fall tournaments.
  • Submit a non refundable deposit $950 at time application is approved

Game Rules

The 2025/2026 Summer Invitational will use NCAA rules as a guideline with the following exceptions.

All rules of play are based on NCAA rules with the following exceptions.

GAME OPERATIONS:

  • 11 minute running quarters. Stop/start time in last 2 minutes of game if score difference is 2 or less.
  • Timeouts: 1 timeout per game, timeout is 1 minute and 30 seconds in duration and officials will stop the clock on timeouts. Timeouts are only called as per NCAA rules once the team calling the timeout has possession in their offensive box.
  • 1 minute between quarters
  • Halftime will be 4 minutes
  • Warmup will take place prior, games will start as soon as teams get to field, delay of game can be called if teams are not ready to go.
  • Overtime is sudden death until a winner

CLEARING COUNTS – NCAA counts will be in effect for both 2025 and 2026.

STICKSBOTH NCAA & Federation sticks are legal

if stick measures less than 6 1/2” across the top of the head, stick will be checked in all aspects of legality as a NCAA stick.

If stick measures 6 1/2” or more across the top of the head, stick will be checked in all aspects of legality as a Federation stick

Stick Length: 36”- 42” or 52” – 72”

SPECTATORS –

  • NO spectators allowed behind either team bench
  • NO spectators allowed along either endline

All other NCAA Rules are in effect, including:

  • Contrasting tape is NOT REQUIRED for face-off players
  • Time outs / Flag Down play
  • Shot Clock on lengthy possession without attempt to go to goal
  • Faceoffs (including 3 violations & ball stuck or carried on rear of stick)
  • Backcourt (in & back)

 

PLAYER SAFETY: HIGH HITS

Re: VIOLENT COLLISIONS – Body contact will be permitted in the Summer Invitational as it is at all levels of boys’ youth lacrosse. Sports medicine research indicates that the severity of certain injuries may be reduced if a player can anticipate and prepare himself for an oncoming hit, and other sports medicine research indicates that peripheral vision may not be fully developed in many boys before approximately age fifteen. Therefore, there is no justification for deliberate and violent collision by any player at any youth level, especially intentional player-to-player collisions with defenseless players (so-called “blind side” and “buddypass” checks), checks involving the head and/or neck, and excessive body-checks (“take-out checks”).

Therefore, the rules going forward mandate that Officials apply these violent collision rules and utilize the most severe penalty option; game ejection. The Summer Invitational understands there could be/will be improper ejections. Although we hope not to have this, we all must understand if it happens its in the interest of player safety. Your players and your families need to be instructed, taught, and these rules need to be clearly understood prior to Saturday June 29, 2019. Player may or may not be allowed to return for the next game depending on severity of play, decision made my head of officials.

 

Explanation of these type ejectionable fouls/infractions:

  • Any hit delivered with over 3 steps and
  • Any hit delivered with hands to players head;
  • Any hit delivered to a players head or neck including follow through
  • A player leading with the head or initiating contact with the head INCLUDING the ball carrier.
  • Any hit delivered on a player in a vulnerable or defenseless position.
  • again, coaches MUST teach players to avoid delivering uncontrolled, excessive, or illegal checks, and support the officials when they penalize such checks
  • PLEASE keep in mind ALL other NCAA rules violations on hits from behind, pushes etc are in effect as always

 

SLASHING – Egregious and uncontrolled slashing is a problem in the sport and especially youth lacrosse. The ONLY permissible check with the crosse is on the opponent’s crosse or his gloved hand on his own crosse. Thus, any blow with the crosse anywhere else on an opponent is SLASHING, and must be called. A slash to the head or neck could potentially incur a two- or three-minute non-releasable penalty. I urge coaches to teach proper and legal checking techniques with the crosse, and officials to strictly enforce the slashing rules.

 

SPORTSMANSHIP Players, coaches, and spectators should exhibit the highest level of sportsmanship at all times. Coaches and officials should be partners in providing the best possible lacrosse experience for youth players. Unsportsmanlike conduct by coaches and/or players and/or spectators degrades the experience of youth players, discourages people from becoming or continuing as officials, and erodes the integrity and appeal of the sport. Therefore, unsportsmanlike conduct will not be tolerated. Obscenities need not be used in order for language to draw a penalty. Tone, intent, and body language can all contribute to unsportsmanlike conduct. US Lacrosse expects officials to enforce the Unsportsmanlike Conduct rules without hesitation.

 

FAMILY BEHAVIOR Any parents, friends, grandparents etc acting in an inappropriate, crude, or unsportsmanlike manner is subject to an ejection. Said ejection could result in removal from the grounds at Blandair Park at the discretion of the tournament director. This includes but is not limited to: foul language, taunting other teams or their coaches, taunting other parents in the stands, and taunting or berating an official. This is a great event for the teams that should in no way be negatively impacted by parents and their behavior. Please make your parents aware of this rule prior to the event, as there will be no “second chances” if they were not made aware of the rule. If behavior continues after sanctioning takes place, team could face penalty time enforced through the refs or disqualification from the event.

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