20. Rules Governing League Play
The NCJLA follows US Lacrosse and NFHS Women’s Rules, which apply to the youth and high school levels. The NCJLA annually reviews rules and makes modifications for youth level league play.
Girls rules by division
Girls field diagrams To be updated for new age groups
The NCJLA follows the NFHS Boys Lacrosse Rules for high school. The NCJLA annually reviews rules and makes modifications for youth level league play.
Boys rules by division
Boys field diagrams To be updated for new age groups
Players who are ejected for non-fighting related reasons are barred from playing in the next game. This is an NCJLA policy in addition to the rule book specified amount of time barred from a game. Please see the NCJLA Operations Guide section 18. Sportsmanship Incident Reporting Policy for additional information and the Player/Coach/Parent Code of Conduct document(s).
The first time a player is ejected from a game due to fighting, he/she is barred from playing in the next two games. The second time the same player is ejected from a game for fighting, he will be expelled for the remainder of the season. This rule does not apply in the case of a player fouling out of a game.
A parent ejected from a game will be barred from attending games for the rest of the season.
A coach who is ejected from a game must leave the field immediately and is barred from coaching the next game. If a coach is ejected from a game a second time, he/she is barred from coaching any team in the NCJLA for the remainder of the season.
All types of ejections listed above rollover to the next season if they occur at postseason events.
Offensive Language Rule Adoption
The NCJLA has added the following rule and guidelines regarding offensive language, effective March 17, 2011:
An official shall eject from the game any player, substitute, non-playing member of a team, coach, assistant coach or anyone officially connected with a competing team or fan using a racial slur or derogatory term related to race, religion, color, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.
A coach or assistant coach ejected by an official for using a racial slur or derogatory term shall be suspended from coaching any NCJLA team for the remainder of the season.
Any player that is ejected twice in a season by an official for using a racial slur or derogatory term shall be suspended from playing in the NCJLA for the remainder of the season.
In the event that a racial slur or derogatory term is not heard by the official, the offended player(s) should inform their coach at the earliest possible time. At the next official time out, the coach should inform the head referee or umpire, who should in turn inform the opposing coach of the allegation. The offended player(s) and any others who heard the comments are encouraged to file a Sportsmanship Incident report with the NCJLA as soon as possible after the game, which gives the NCJLA a basis to conduct an investigation and take action as deemed appropriate.
Coaches are encouraged to discuss this rule with their players.
Coaches Who Change Clubs
Coaches who have changed clubs may not coach players they have coached on a previous team for a period of one year. The penalty for knowingly violating this NCJLA policy will be:
The coach shall be removed from the team and barred from coaching within NCJLA.
Players shall be immediately removed from the roster.
The team may continue playing with a different coach to finish the season, but shall be banned from tournament and jamboree play.
Exception: If the previous club is no longer willing to field a team at the level under consideration, then players and coaches may play for the 2nd team.
Geographic Boundaries (for ALL players starting October 1, 2017)
Geographic territories for all NCJLA Clubs are listed on the NCJLA website. Beginning on October 1, 2017 all NCJLA players are expected to play for the NCJLA club they last played for or the NCJLA club responsible for the operations that correspond to the player’s residential address. Should there be extenuating circumstances the legal guardians of the player that wishes to play in another club should complete the following:
Contact the President of the club that corresponds to your residential address and inform them that you wish to have your child play in another club and would like for them to sign a Release to Play Form (standard form is available to complete on the NCJLA website under the Club Administrators tab).
Contact the President of the club that you wish to play for and request for them to sign an Acceptance to Play Form. (standard form is available to complete on the NCJLA website under the Club Administrators tab).
Complete the NCJLA Play Out of Area Disclosure Online Form on the NCJLA website.
After receiving documentation of the approval/denial from both club Presidents register your child for the team that was approved or submit a request for arbitration to email@example.com if you were denied your request.
Please visit the NCJLA Documents folder>Help & Support>Club Best Practices for examples of club board resources used to navigate this process.
Clubs are required to complete the following should a player request to play out of area or to be accepted:
Communicate with the other club president in a timely manner.
NCJLA recommends that communication be in writing but not required.
Complete the release to play or acceptance form in a timely manner.
Submit "Release to Play or Acceptance Forms" to the NCJLA prior to APRIL 1st (when rosters are locked and must then use the petition process).
Communicate with the parents in a professional and timely manner.
Participate in arbitration with the NJCLA and parents should there be a conflict.
Should a conflict between club presidents, parents, or coaches arise that can not be solved through arbitration with the NCJLA designee the matter will be submitted to the NCJLA Board of Directors for review and a final determination will be made. NCJLA Board decisions are final and can not be appealed.