Please make sure all your coaches read these rules to help keep the confrontations with the officials to a minimum.
22 minute running time halves w/ 4 minute half.
A central horn will be sounded to start and end periods.
One Horn signals:
-start of the game
-Start of the 2nd half
-5 minutes left in the game
Two Horns signals: The end of the game
Penalty time is 150% the normal times due to running clock.
Respect the Officials. Any flagrant disrespect toward an official will result in expulsion for the remainder of the tournament. No Exceptions. This goes for players, coaches and parents.
There will 10 and 20 counts for U15 and up.
One timeout per half. Timeouts are to last one Minute. No timeouts in last 5 minutes of either half. A team may only call a timeout during a penalty if it is called at the beginning of the penalty, in this case the penalty will start once the timeout is over. No timeouts may be called once the penalty clock begins. Timeouts will not stop the game clock.
Keep it in. Teams with the lead must keep the ball in the box during the last 2 minutes of the game.
Game tied at the end of regulation. Seeding games will be decided by a Braveheart.
Playoff games will be decided by one 4-minute sudden victory overtime followed by a Braveheart.
Finals games will be decided in overtime, teams will continue to play 4-minute periods until there is a winner.
All substitutions will be on the fly. There will no longer be horns used for any substitutions.
U9 & U11 Stick length – For U9 Crosse may be 37”-42” in length. For U11 Crosse may be 37”-54” in length. No exceptions. Standard stick length rules apply for all other age groups.
All Youth goalies must be wear arm pads. HS & U15 goalies do NOT need to wear arm pads.
Man-down faceoff. During the faceoff in all penalty situations there must be four players in the defensive area and three players in the offensive area.
U9 will not play man-down. Instead players will have a controlled fast break in lieu of extra man play. The player that committed the penalty must exit the field for the duration of the fast break.
Mercy Rule. Anytime a U9-U13 team is up by 5 or more goals there will shall be no faceoff after a goal or to start a quarter and the ball will be given to the team that is losing. This does NOT apply for U15 and HS.
Disqualifications. Any player being thrown out of a game for unsportsmanlike conduct or fighting must sit out at least the next game and may be removed from the tournament, at the discretion of the tournament directors.
Penalties by Goalies – All time serving penalties by goalies shall be served by the in-home player. If Goalie substitution is required as a result of injury or expulsion a two minute officials timeout shall be allowed.
Checks Involving the Head/Neck – The penalty for any slash or cross-check to the head or neck is a minimum two- or three-minute non releasable penalty, depending on severity of the slash.
One Handed Check. U9, U11 & U13 – Any one handed check will be considered a slash, whether or not it makes contact with the opposing player.
Take-out Checks. U9, U11, U13 & U15 - There will be no “take-out checks” allowed at any time for these age groups. Illegal Body Checks will receive a minimum of a two or three minute non releasable penalty. An Illegal Body Check includes the following:
a) body-checking a player from his "blind side";
b) body-checking a player who has his head down in an attempt to play a loose ball
c) body-checking a player whose head is turned away to receive a pass, even if that player turns toward the contact immediately before the body-check.
- Championship medals will be awarded to 1st place teams.
- All Players MUST have completed a waiver to participate in the tournament. -Spectators need to respect the officials, fans, coaches, parents and the players. Bad behavior will not be tolerated.
-An Athletic Trainer will be on site and will be found at the Athletic Trainer’s Tent. - Teams will be seeded based on the following:
Head to head
Goalies play Rock – Paper – Scissors (Best of 3)
DIVISIONS (date of birth is the determining factor for U9-U15. Grade determines U17 and Boys and HS Elite) U9 Born after 8/31/2004 (3rd/4th grades) with goalies
U11 Born after 8/31/2002 (5th/6th grades)
U13 Born after 8/31/2000 (7th/8th grades)
U15 Born after 8/31/1998 (9th/10th grades, HS players allowed)
High School (all high school classes including seniors)
In the event of adverse weather or unplayable field conditions, the TCLS tournament director reserves the right to:
- Reduce game time in order to catch up with schedule.
- Finish games before inclement weather arrives, or to preserve field conditions.
- Reschedule games, if possible.
Every attempt will be made to update cancelations on the website. However, weather conditions can change rapidly and all teams should be prepared to play as soon as weather clears and fields are playable.
If the lighting alarm sounds, play will suspended immediately and players and fans will be asked to leave the playing area. Play will be allowed to resume after the all clear (3 alarm blasts). If a game is in progress, the period will end immediately. If it is the second half, the game will be considered final and the score at that point will be recorded. If it is the first half, when play resumes it will be the start of the second half. If the start of the second half delays the onset of the subsequent game the following actions will occur:
The game suspended will play one 20 minute running time half. Subsequent games will begin immediately after preceding games ( warm up on sidelines prior to game). These games will consist of one 30 minute running time period until games are back on schedule. Teams will have one 30 second timeout per game (during which time the clock will not stop), not to be used in the last two minutes of the game. Once games are back on schedule they will revert to two 22 minute running time periods.
We will make every attempt to play every minute of every game but we will not jeopardize the safety of any player.
All games canceled due to weather will be considered a 4-2 win for both teams.