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Women's League Rules


The following are special By-Laws and rules governing the Great Upstate Lacrosse League (GULL). The current NCAA Lacrosse Rules will apply in any situation not covered herein. Officials assigned to the GULL games are current or former college officials. The GULL follows the current college rules with the exception that we do not allow deliberate body checking (incidental body contact is to be expected). 


UNIFORM RULE

A. All players MUST wear the league issued jerseys. 

B. If for any reason, a player does not have a their league issued jersey, they should ask an employee at the scores table for a league issued pinny to wear for the game. The pinny should be return after the game. 

C. All team issued jerseys will be handed out and distributed by the team managers on the first day of the league. If you do not attend the first week of games, your jersey will be held at the scores table.  

D. EQUIPMENT:

1. Players must wear all mandatory equipment. 

2. All goalies must wear a chest protector, throat guard, and padded gloves. 

3. Officials are asked to be more vigilant and strictly enforce this rule. 

4. All Women's players must wear approved goggles/eye protection.


PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

A. All players can only be registered on ONE team. Professional players ARE ALLOWED to play in the league. Those players or any other players cannot be paid to play in the League to protect the eligibility of college players participating in the league. 

Exception #1:

League players can fill in for other teams only if they have less that 12 girls up until playoffs. 

Exception #2:

If a team can not field a goalie for the playoffs, it is up to the leagues discretion on who can fill in and play. 

B. Pursuant to NCAA regulations, no team can have more than 6 players, currently matriculated at the same NCAA institution, playing on the same team. 


PLAYER CONDUCT

A. DRINKING: Any team allowing players to drink during the games or spectators to drink in the bench area will be subject to suspension and/or forfeiture of game or ejection from the league. There are NO alcoholic beverages allowed at the GULL. 

B. TRASH: If there are trash cans at your field, please use them. If not, please take your litter with you. All teams are required to clean up their bench areas and any mess left in the parking lots after their games. Any trash left behind will result in a loss of your forfeit bond as well as a loss for every game played that night. In order to stay in the league, teams must replenish their forfeit bond. 

C. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT: 

1. Unsportsmanlike actions by a team or a team member may result in ejection or suspension. Unsportsmanlike actions include and verbal or physical abuse directed at any player, a fan, or umpire (i.e.: swearing, fighting, intimidation). 

2. Teams are responsible for their fans while at the facility. Unsportsmanlike actions by team spectators can subject team to disciplinary action by the League Officials. All fans must stay in the designated areas. 

D. PROFANITY: No profanity allowed or risk immediate penalty/ejection. 

E. PARKING: Please park legally. Do not park on the grass.


SUSPENSIONS & PENALTIES

A. Any player ejected from a lacrosse game is AUTOMATICALLY SUSPENDED FOR ONE (1) GAME and placed on probation for the remainder of the season. That suspension must be served on their next scheduled game that their team actually plays. Any player who participated in the next game after they are ejected from the previous game is ineligible and subject to indefinite suspension from the League. Forfeits, rain outs and any other cancellations DO NOT COUNT as games sat out. 

B. NOTICES OF THESE SUSPENSIONS WILL BE MAILED OR EMAILED TO LEAGUES ONLY WHEN FEASIBLE. TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENFORCING THESE SUSPENSIONS EVEN IF THEY DO NOT RECEIVE A WRITTEN NOTICE. 

C. Displays of flagrant unsportsmanlike behavior will subject players to longer suspension. 

D. A player is automatically suspended from the league for three (3) games and placed on probation for the remainder of the season. Players identified by officials who are deemed "Non- combatant Peacemakers" will not be subject to suspension. 

E. Suspended player(s) are not allowed to sit on his/her bench while he/she is suspended. If the suspended player(s) is watching his/her or any other team play and he/she is abusive toward any player, official, scorekeeper or fan he/she can receive additional suspension or be dropped from the league. 

F. PENALTIES: All penalties (and cards-women) will be issued and kept track of by the game officials. Refs will keep track of all penalties on the field.


ROSTER

A. Roster adds must be submitted in writing to the league 24 hours before the day of the game. A jersey should be provided by the GULL staff, in order for add on to play. 

B. Use of ineligible players could result in the game in which he/she participated to be forfeited. This violation will also subject the player and team captain to indefinite suspension from the League. Opposing team may question the eligibility of players. Offending team is also subject to be fined up to $100.00. 

C. Once submitted on your original roster, captains cannot be changed UNLESS you have contacted the league via a phone conversation.   


GAME DAY GUIDELINES

A. GRACE PERIOD: Grace period is 10 minutes for ALL games. The time clock will start at game time when the officials are ready to start the game. Once the clock hits 20:00 minute mark, game will be declared a forfeit if at least 10 players are not present at the field to start the game. 

B. GAME DURATION: Games should not exceed one hour (except for "Overtimes"). The clock will start close to your starting time when the referees are ready to start the game. 

C. PLAYING FIELD: All games are played on full size regulation field.


PLAYING RULES

Any relevant points of clarification or modification to the rules are summarized below: 

A. TIME LIMIT: All games will consist of two 25 minute running halves. Clock stops the last 2 minutes of the 2nd half, if goal differential is less than 3, as well as, overtime periods. 

B. TIME OUTS: The clock stops on timeouts. Each team will be awarded 1 timeout per game. Timeouts are 1 minute. 

C. TIE BREAKERS: If a game ends in a tie, there will be a 3-minute "Sudden Death" overtime played. Successive 3-minute overtimes will be played until winner is declared (NO SHOOT-OUTS). 

D. NCAA Rules Apply (No 90 Second Shot Clock) (No stick checks after a goal) 

E. Rule changes in the past years: Quick Starts (Outside of the Critical Scoring Area) (CSA = 12 meter arc) Defense can run through the goal circle Body Balls are allowed.  (Scoring is NOT allowed from a body ball) No shooting space on Goalie Can check through the sphere 

F. CARDS:  2 minute Releasable Penalty 

G. LIMITED CONTACT RULES: Officials are required to penalize any questionable rough play or uncontrolled sticks (slashing). Any contact interpreted as "intent to injure" will subject player to immediate expulsion from the game, a one game suspension, and probation for the remainder of the season. 

SPECIFIC RULES FOR SUMMER 2019

1. Permit players to move when the official blows the whistle (also referred to as "free movement"). For fouls outside of the Critical Scoring Area (CSA), defensive players must be at least 2 meters from the player awarded the free position. The 2-meter circle surrounding the ball carrier will be referred to as the a "non-engagement area". A defensive player may engage the player awarded the free position once that player has taken one step or passed the ball. If the player awarded the free position does not self-start (take a step or pass the ball) then the official will commence play with a whistle, and upon the whistle, a defensive player may engage the player awarded the free position. 

2. The offending players will only go 4 meter's behind the player that was fouled in the CSA.  Players will go 2 meters away from the player that was fouled outside of the CSA. The CSA is the area from the 12 meter arc and within and extends down to the end line.

3.  Count goals when the shot has been released prior to the expiration of the game clock.

4. During the draw, players positioned below the restraining line may not cross the line until possession has been determined. Players below the restraining line may reach over the line with their stick to play the ball, as long as no part of the player's foot is on or over the line. 

5. During the administration of the draw, require that the entire length of both crosses be parallel to and above the center line.


RANKINGS

A. If a team notices incorrect rankings they should contact the league via email with an explanation of the league's mistake. Teams should not base game strategy on published standings due to occasional inaccuracies. 

B. TENTATIVELY: TOP FOUR (4) TEAMS MAKE THE PLAYOFFS! Rankings will be determined by the following criteria: 1) Best Overall Record 2) Goal Differential 3) Goals Against 4) Goals For  

C. Rankings will be published weekly on the website.


REFUND POLICY

A. A refund will be awarded if the request is submitted to the league either 30 days after the player has paid or before league play has started, whichever one comes first. 

B. Performance bond will be returned only to teams who have not forfeited one or more games. Refunds are mailed back to listed manager after the final game of the playoffs has been played.   


FORFEITS

A team is subject to forfeit a game for any of the following infractions: 

1. Using an ineligible player. A player can only play on one (1) team in the GULL. 

2. Failure to field a team of at least 8 eligible players within ten minutes of the scheduled game time. Teams must be dressed and at the site. 

3. In case of forfeit, the forfeiting team's performance bond will be used to pay the officials. Teams will not harass umpires when a forfeit is declared, or risk suspension from the League. 

4. Forfeits will result in a team being dropped from the League unless forfeit fund is replenished within 48 hours of 1st forfeited game. Teams that are dropped from the League or don't finish the season, forfeit all league fees to the league treasury.


CANCELLATIONS 

A. In the case of an unforeseeable problem with the field, a member of the league will contact each manager via phone, along with each member of the league through Remind as soon as it is brought to the attention of the league. 

B. If the weather is dangerous before the games begin on schedule league nights, all captains will be notified, along with each member of the league through Remind. 

C. It is also the responsibility of the team captain to notify all of  their players if a scheduled game is cancelled. 

D. At the game site the officials make the final determination whether or not a game shall be started or continued based on the fitness of the grounds or intensity of the weather (lightning). If the game becomes dangerous due to weather, the referees will stop the game for up to 20 minutes to evaluate weather. If the game cannot be continued after 20 minutes, game is cancelled. Games will not be played if any lightning present. 

E. All games cancelled due to weather, will not be rescheduled.

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