Girls Select Team Rules & Guidelines

TOWN AND TEAM RULES AND GUIDELINES

Mass Youth Lacrosse GIRLS Select Lacrosse Rules and Requirements:

GAME OPERATIONS

  • All Select Games MUST be two halves of play consisting of 25 minutes of Running Time with a 5 Minute Half Time. 

  • Each town must provide a safe, regulation-sized lacrosse field (grass or synthetic) at no cost to the league for all home games. Lighted surfaces are recommended but not required.

  • Home team MUST provide:

    • Adequate number of balls for gameplay and endlines

    • Cones/pylons for field corners, opposite bench side midfield, and the substitution box

    • Scorers table, scoreboard, and timing devices for game and penalties

    • A minimum of 2 people to run the clock, scoreboard, and penalties.

  • Game is Tied at the End of Regulation - Braveheart 

    • Braveheart Rules: for a braveheart, each team will send 2 players, one whom has to be a goalie and another a field player. One player from each team must always remain on the defensive half of the field (the goalie). Play will begin with a draw and then continue until a goal is scored.

ROSTERS

  • Each player must be registered with MYL and in good standing.

  • Rosters with players from multiple town programs:

    • Select League play should be made available for all players interested from your town program.

    • Two Town Programs that BOTH do not have enough players interested in Select to form their own team, may submit a Waiver to COMBINE to create a Select Team. This team must consist of at least 4 players from each town program. Once approved, all players from both towns are allowed to be rostered, no individual player waivers needed. CLICK HERE to submit a Girls Select Combined Town Program Waiver.

    • DEADLINE to Submit a Combined Program Waiver is Sunday, Feb 18 at 11:59pm

    • A town program that does not have enough players to create their own Select Team, and is interested in accepting 3 or less players from a neighboring town, may submit an Individual Player Waiver for EACH player they are looking to accept. Once approved, the player may be rostered onto the team. If you are looking to take 4+ players from another town, you must submit a Combined Program Waiver (see bullet point above). CLICK HERE to submit a Girls Select Individual Player Waiver (waiver must be submitted by the Town Program Leader/Coach looking to accept the out of town player).

    • Select Teams are not for creating a "super team" of the best few players from multiple towns.

    • Towns MAY NOT cut players from their own town to accept players from another town program.

  • Teams must submit a Roster by March 31, including coaches and managers.

    • If a roster is NOT submitted by March 31, the team will forfeit game 1.

    • Roster must be submitted at least 1 week before the next game(s) or the next game(s) will also be forfeited.

  • Every player MUST play for their town Classic Team in order to participate in Select League Play.

  • Any team having been found to have an ineligible player participating in a Select Game:

    • First Offense: Team loses that game 1-0

    • Second Offense: Team will not be eligible for the Playoffs.

  • Changes to a team’s roster during the season must be approved in advance of games being played with a new player on the roster, by the Select League Directors. Approval will only be provided due to a player injury resulting that player missing the remaining games of the season.

COACHES

  • Teams may roster a maximum of 5 coaches, but only 3 coaches/managers may be on the sideline for any game.

    • Penalty for having too many coaches on the sideline will be the suspension of the Head Coach for the next game.

  • All coaches in the MYL Select Lacrosse program must be MYL-certified. Coaches are expected to wear their certification lanyards around their neck and visible for each game.

    • Coaches on the sideline without a MYL Certification Badge (regardless of having completed requirements) can be told by the officials that they are not allowed on the team sideline.

    • Referees will NOT be asked to remove anyone from the sideline but to notify MYL in the post-game report of any coaches on the sideline without a proper coaching badge. The purpose is to NOT create a potential hostile environment between a referee and adults on the sidelines

    • Teams report to MYL for having adults on the team sideline without a proper MYL Coaching Badge:

      • First Offense: Warning

      • Second Offense: Forfeiture of the game played (loss by score of 1-0 in standings)

      • Third Offense: Forfeiture of the game played (loss by score of 1-0 in standings), and Team will be declared ineligible for playoffs.

SCHEDULE

  • 2024 SCHEDULE

    • Week 1 - April 5-6

    • Week 2 - April 12-13

    • Week 3 - April 19-20

    • Week 4 - April 26-27

    • Week 5 - May 3-4

    • Week 6 - May 10-11

    • Week 7 - May 17-18

    • Playoff Brackets Published May 19

    • First Round MUST be completed by June 1

    • Quarterfinals MUST be completed by June 7

    • Semifinals MUST be completed by June 12

    • Championship Game (D1 and D2 5/6 & 7/8) - TBD June 13 or 14

    • Best of the Rest championship games 5/6 & 7/8) to be played at higher seed on mutually agreed upon date and time, no later than Friday, June 21.

  • Teams MUST keep to the original schedule as published except for the following circumstances:

    • Religious Holiday (Ex: Good Friday) and School Vacation Week Games

      • If your team is unable to field a team on these dates, you MUST reach out to your opponent within 7 days of the schedule being published.

      • Work with your opponent to reschedule the game at date/time that works for both teams. 

      • The home team should submit a Game Change Request Form  immediately, even if the make up date is not yet known.

      • Failure to communicate with your opponent within 7 days of the schedule being published of your team's inability to play a scheduled game may result in a forfeiture (Select League Committee decision).

    • The ONLY reason a game should be canceled/postponed the week of a game should be Weather Related Issues

      • If your field is no longer available due to weather, the HOME team MUST communicate immediately to the opposing coach and assigned referees. If its within 48 hours of the game, home team must communicate via email, phone, and text to get an acknowledgment from visiting coach and officials.

    • Player availability is NOT a permitted reason for asking the opposing team to change ANY game date/time.

    • All games changed the week of the originally scheduled game are subject to review by the regional select committee. Any team found to have requested a game change for non-weather or field availability reasons is subject to sanctions, including forfeiture of game(s), downgrade in power ranking/post-season ranking, and loss of post-season home game.

PLAYOFFS

  • Top 16 teams will play in the Championship Bracket, Remaining teams will be entered into a Best of the Rest Bracket

  • First Round, Quarterfinals, and Semi-final games will be played at the Higher Seed. Date parameters must be followed for each round.

Championship Games will be played on Jun 13 or 14 at a TBD Location.