The Jupiter Lacrosse Classic 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 their appropriate age group and a team that competes year round. Teams must submit a roster prior to the event in order the be qualified. No individual player will be allowed to be listed on more than one roster in this event.
The Jupiter Lacrosse Classic will use NCAA rules as a guideline with the following exceptions.
All rules of play are based on NCAA rules with the following exceptions.
CLEARING COUNTS – NCAA counts in effect for High School (JV) – 12U. 10U and 8U will NOT use counts.
STICKS – BOTH 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”
All other NCAA Rules are in effect, including:
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 Jupiter Lacrosse Classic 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 May 4, 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:
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 The Jupiter Community 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.