New Rules at Youth Level

US Lacrosse Announces New Boys’ Youth Rules

from press release 9/21/16

SPARKS, Md. —The US Lacrosse Board of Directors recently approved boys’ youth lacrosse rules that align with the Lacrosse Athlete Development Model (LADM). The new rules are based on the core values of the LADM, which is to encourage skill development and grow participation by promoting a safe and fun playing environment through developmentally appropriate rule sets tailored to specific age groupings.

In early 2016, the US Lacrosse Board of Directors tasked the Men’s Game Rules Subcommittee to develop rules of play that support the LADM. The new rules follow the LADM recommendation that small-sided games be played at younger ages, with size of field and numbers of player progressively increasing as players develop both physically and cognitively. The rules also align with the new recommended player segmentation groupings that will take effect in September 2017.

“The Men’s Game Rules Committee is proud to take these initial steps in a bold new direction, embracing the principles of the ADM that other sports have incorporated so successfully,” said David Seidman, chair of the committee. “While we expect lots of questions, we are confident that the kids are going to love playing under these conditions, and coaches and parents will appreciate the simplified rules that are presented in a modern, enjoyable and easy-to-read method.”

A youth-specific rulebook will available digitally later this fall and hardcopies will be available in early 2017. The following summaries of play at each level are provided to assist clubs and leagues as they plan for their spring seasons.

6U

Players: 3v3 with no goalie
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Equipment: Sticks only, soft-type ball
Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet
Penalties: Player leaves the field. No time-serving penalties. Penalties used as a teachable moment to explain the foul that has been committed.
Body Checking: No body checking permitted.
Stick Checking: Stick to stick contact is not permitted

8U

Players: 4v4 with no goalie or 3v3 with a goalie
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Equipment: Full equipment, soft-type ball
Goal Size: 3 feet by 3 feet
Penalties: Player leaves the field. No time-serving penalties. Penalties used as a teachable moment to explain the foul that has been committed.
Body Checking: No body checking permitted. Any overt (obvious) collision should be enforced as an illegal body check. The following types of body contact are allowed: legal holds, legal pushes, positioning yourself against an opponent to gain possession of a loose ball (i.e boxing out)defensive positioning to redirect an opponent incidental contact.

Stick Checking: Only checks with the crosse listed below are legal. In all cases stick checks must be made with two hands and to the crosse of an opponent or gloved hand of a crosse when an opponent is in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball.

(a) Lift the bottom hand, when it is on the stick and below the chest; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(b) Poke the bottom hand when it is on the stick and below the chest area; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(c) Downward check initiated below the shoulders of both players.

10U

Players: 6v6 with no goalie or 5v5 with a goalie
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field)
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet (5×5 or 4×4 allowable)
Penalties: Time-serving penalties.
Body Checking: No body checking permitted. Any overt (obvious) collision should be enforced as an illegal body check. The following types of body contact are allowed:legal holds legal pushes positioning yourself against an opponent to gain possession of a loose ball (i.e boxing out) defensive positioning to redirect an opponent incidental contact.

Stick Checking: Only checks with the crosse listed below are legal. In all cases stick checks must be made with two hands and to the crosse of an opponent or gloved hand of a crosse when an opponent is in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball.

(a) Lift the bottom hand, when it is on the stick and below the chest; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(b) Poke the bottom hand when it is on the stick and below the chest area; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(c) Downward check initiated below the shoulders of both players.

12U

Players: 7v7 or 10v10, depending on size of field used
Field Size: 60 yards x 35 yards (cross field) or 110 yards by 60 yards
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet
Penalties: Time-serving penalties.
Body Checking: No body checking permitted. Any overt (obvious) collision should be enforced as an illegal body check. The following types of body contact are allowed: legal holds legal pushes positioning yourself against an opponent to gain possession of a loose ball (i.e boxing out)defensive positioning to redirect an opponent incidental contact.

Stick Checking: Only checks with the crosse listed below are legal. In all cases stick checks must be made with two hands and to the crosse of an opponent or gloved hand of a crosse when an opponent is in possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball.

(a) Lift the bottom hand, when it is on the stick and below the chest; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(b) Poke the bottom hand when it is on the stick and below the chest area; or the head of the stick when it is below the chest area.
(c) Downward check initiated below the shoulders of both players.

14U

Players: 10v10
Field Size: 110 yards by 60 yards
Equipment: Full equipment, NOCSAE lacrosse ball
Goal Size: 6 feet by 6 feet
Penalties: Time-serving penalties.
Body Checking: Limited body checking is permitted. However body checks that might be acceptable in high school play may be excessive in youth lacrosse, and should be penalized accordingly.
Stick Checking: Last season’s US Lacrosse stick checking will still apply which includes a rule prohibiting one-handed stick checks.

Questions concerning the new US Lacrosse boys’ youth lacrosse rules can be addressed to Rick Lake, men’s game senior manager, at rlake@uslacrosse.org

Original Link: http://laxmagazine.com/uslacrosse/2016-17/news/091916_us_lacrosse_announces_new_boys-_youth_rules

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Summer Spectrum

Throne Lacrosse just release two new colors to the Fiber Mesh line. Citrine and Amber are now available in the Fiber Mesh, Shooters and String. Mix or match any Fiber color to create a one of a kind head.

Shop Throne Lacrosse Products – Here

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Inaugural Frank Menschner Cup

The Frank Menschner Cup took place September 1st – 3rd in Radotin, Czech Republic. This tournament was organized as a memorial for the late Frank Menschner who was well know at the Ales Hrebesky Memorial Tournament. Frank helped grow the AHM on an international level by bringing the first US team to play in the AHM in 2001. Since then the tournament has grown to 21 teams strong from all over the globe.

For the last 15 years Frank has made Radotin his second home. Passing on knowledge, stories, and his own experiences onto the next generation of lacrosse players in the Czech Republic. Many of whom were youth players when Frank first came to Radotin but, are now adults and some are now members of the Czech National team. To honor and thank Frank for all the time he spent in Radotin the organizers of the AHM have decided to host another tournament, The Frank Menschner Cup.

The first ever FM Cup consisted of nine teams from across Europe and the United States. The Menschner Men, representing the USA, were compiled of players from the greater Philadelphia area who had played with Frank back home. As well as guys from across Europe that have had the pleasure to meet and play with Frank in the AHM Tournament. There were eight countries represented on the Menschner Men team. Seven from the United States, five from Germany, four from Slovakia, and one each from the Czech Republic, Finland, Turkey, Sweden and Austria.

The Menschner Men fought hard through pool play going 3-1 only to be downed by the home town team, LC Custodes. In the playoffs they finished 2-1 again being downed by the LC Custodes in the semifinals sending them to the bronze round game.

The final tally came out with The Menschner Men placing 3rd, TJ Malsice placed 2nd, LC Custodes took 1st in the inaugural Frank Menschner Memorial Cup. 

We are are a proud sponsor of the 2016 Frank Menschner Cup and The Menschner Men box lacrosse team.

2016 Frank Menschner Cup Tournament Games 

Photos From Day 1  –  Photos From Day 2  –  Photos From Day 3

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Mark 1 Pre-Strung Heads

Now offering pre-strung StringKing Mark 1 heads on your site. The Mark 1 head comes in your choice of black or white. We have strung the top mesh suppliers mesh into these heads giving you a choice to pick a head that best suits your play style. Strung in these heads are  East Coast Dyes, Throne, Mogul and of course StringKing mesh.

Our team of stringers have developed a pattern that optimizes the features the Mark 1. The ball placement it toward the mid to mid-low point in the head. It will give the player enough hold to cradle and dodge through traffic as well as being able to throw and shoot accurately.

Every head has it own unique color scheme that will not be doubled or duplicated. You are getting a one of a kind head.

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Featured Product – Schutt Sports Protech Shirt

 

The Protech Shirt has the look of a classic compression shirt but has the advanced cushioning and protection including over the AC joint.

Tested with an antimicrobial system, which acts to resist the development of bacterial odors. 80/20 polyester and spandex fabric is breathable and wicks away excess sweat from the body.

This undershirt is perfect for any offensive player.  The strategic placement of the padding is meant to give the player another layer of protection from stray slashes and cross checks. The lightweight feel and compression fit allows for any size chest protector to fit as if they weren’t wearing the Protech Shirt at all.

Protech Shirt comes in youth and adult sizing and in colors black and white.

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Off Season Work

The off season is the time to refine and learn new skills. Here are some of the best ways to sharpen your skills for the field.

There is nothing more effective to make you a better player than hitting the wall. Work on both hands!!! Do not be afraid to mess up or miss a pass. Take your time and try not to get frustrated while developing new skills.

Mix it up. Running is great but not everything in lacrosse. Grab a speed ladder or if you don’t have one draw one out of calk on the pavement. Try different patterns when using the ladder. Its a very versatile tool so get creative. Another great simple and easy workout to learn is jumping rope. Jumping rope will increase your coordination and your cardio.

Focus on hitting a specific target. Repeatedly shoot for an area while stationary until you get it. Then do it while moving or on the run. After that while someone is feeding you the ball. This simple progression will help your shot tremendously. Once you master one area of the goal move to the next. Shooting in the game of lacrosse is all about angles so there is always a place on the field to work on your shot.

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War at The Shore 2016 | Team LBS

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This past weekend Team LBS took on the War at The Shore. They were outfitted in Predator Sports uniforms and custom Stallion 550 helmets by Schutt Sports / STX Lacrosse.

War at The Shore is a men’s tournament that takes place in Brick, New Jersey every summer. It is broken down by 2 conferences; an A and B. There are  12 teams in the A conference with two divisions and 76 in the B conference. Within the B conference it is then broken down into 13 smaller divisions. If I did my math correctly that would be 88 teams participating in this years W.A.T.S. That is a lot of teams! Running 16 fields all day long there is no shortage of great lacrosse.

With the majority of the players being current and recent post collegiate the competition is bar none. Held at a high regard W.A.T.S has been labeled as one of the best and most competitive tourneys to play in along the shore. Teams travel from all over the east coast and some from across the country to compete for the bragging rights to be called War at The Shore Champions.

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More Photos of team LBS – Click Here

Huge thank you to Rosemary, mother of a player, for taking pictures as well. Find more of her photos of team LBS here: http://houghtonboys.weebly.com/

Photos by: LacrosseBallStore Media & Rosemary

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