Game Rules

• GAME RULES (Revised 2/24/19)


• Time Factors: Time Factors: 20 minute running time periods. The clock goes to stop time in the last three minutes of the game if the goal differential is three or less or if there is not an adequate supply of balls which should result in an illegal procedure penalty. Starting in the 2016 season all overtime periods will be played under the same conditions as the final three minutes of regulation when the goal differential is three or less. Also all overtime periods will shift from running time to stop time and therefore penalties will be one minute and thirty seconds instead of a minute and a half and forty five seconds.

• Advancing the Ball (Approved Meeting 9/28/2020): For the entire play of the game upon gaining possession of the ball, a team must advance the ball into its attack area within 30 seconds. There is no longer the traditional NFHS 20 & 10 count in the last two minutes of the game as previously included in the SCLAX rules.
• Overtime: Clarification. Overtime will be sudden death four minute periods until a goal is scored. Overtimes will be “stop time” with the 10 second and 20 second advancement rule enforced.
• Face-offs: Sticks are to be next to, but not touching the ball (same rule as prior to 2005). Gloves and the crosse can touch the centerline. The 2008 NCAA rule requiring the faceoff man to leave the field when a
faceoff violation occurs is not used. Use: DOWN, SET, WHISTLE.
• Faceoff Crosse: Any crosse used in a faceoff may not have tape on the plastic throat of the head. Violation is an illegal procedure, no face, possession to other team.
• Penalty Time: Penalty time does not start until the whistle is blown to start play.
• Time-outs: Live ball time-outs can be called with the ball anywhere on the field.
• Substitution: No horn; subs are done on the fly and through the scorer’s table area, except after a goal is scored.
• Restarts: VVery quick restarts, except goalie gets 5 seconds when he has legitimately chased a shot. When there is a time-serving penalty, restart shall occur after foul is signaled to scorer’s table and ball is set.

If the field is not lined with a box both teams and the referee must meet together before the start of the game and decide how this rule will be enforced.

• Flag Down: NEW FOR 2018 SEASON (Approved Meeting 3/9/2018) The league will revert to the NFHS rule which has been modified for the 2019 season as follows: Play is no longer stopped when the ball hits the ground. The flag down ends when one of the following occurs:

  • Goal is scored, the ball goes out of bounds, the defense gains possession, the attacking team commits a foul, there is a serious injury or player loses required equipment in the scrimmage area, the attacking team calls time out or the defense commits a second foul unless a scoring play is imminent

• Offsides: A team is considered offsides when it has more than six players in their offensive half of the field or more than seven players in their defensive half of the field.
• Stalling: A stall warning may be given (see Rule 6, Section 11b), requiring the warned team to keep the ball in the NCAA attack area.
• Automatic stall warning at end of 4th period: A team must “get it in and keep it in” in the last 2 minutes. If the field has a box, play the box. If the field does not have a box, both teams must agree prior to the game on the parameters of this rule.
• Long sticks: The maximum allowable number of long sticks on the field is five.
• Stick dimensions: All legal high school and college sticks are acceptable. All hanging strings and leathers must be 2 inches or less.
• Random stick check: This is used, but personal equipment is not checked. Player serves penalty time.
• Coach’s request: Can ask for stick check, but not a check of personal equipment.
• Equipment: Palms of gloves can be cut out. Arm pads, shoulder pads, and mouthpieces are not required. Shoulder pads cannot be altered even though they are not required equipment.
• Balls: In an effort to allow teams to use of their inventory of existing balls the SCLAX will not require the use of balls that meet the current NOCSAE standard. Starting in the 2015 SCLAX season the SCLAX will require that each ball must include labeling which states “meets NOCSAE standard. NFHS”
• High hits and Spearing: Non-releasable if meets the college criteria.
• · Illegal Body Check: A body check that targets a player in a defenseless position. This includes but is not limited to: body checking a player from his blind side; body checking a player who has his head down in an attempt to play a loose ball; body checking a player who’s head is turned away to receive a pass, even if that player turns toward the contact immediately before the contact. Penalty is a two or three minute non-releasable foul or if excessively violent an ejection.
• · Checks Involving the Neck/Neck: Penalty for hits to the head/neck will now be a minimum of two or three minutes non-releasable
• Expulsion from game: Officials must report to their assignor, the name and the number of any player expelled from a game for using racial epithets, receiving two “maligning of officials” fouls, or violating Section 13 of Rule 5 (Fighting). The assignor reports this information to the league.
• Obscene language: Minimum of two minutes. The penalty time is non-releasable.
• Field dimensions: Width can be 53 to 60 yards. Limit lines and the 4-inch square at the center of the field are not required. Lines on the sides of the attack areas are required, but do not have to be solid. All other dimensions and lines must be as per NCAA rules unless a team has a written waiver from their league.
• Substitution Area: The substitution area has been enlarged to10 yards on either side of the midfield line.
• Penalty Box: No more than three players on a team can be in the penalty box at the same time. Additional penalized players are to wait in the bench area adjacent to the scorer’s table. The penalty time of the additional player shall not start until the penalty time of one of the three players in the penalty box expires. A goal scored does not release a player until he is in the penalty box.
• Over & Back: 4-14-3 (NEW): ART. 3 . . . Once the ball has been successfully advanced into the goal area, a team is provided the opportunity to run its offense in its offensive half of the field. If the offensive team carries, passes or propels the ball to its defensive half of the field and the offensive team was last in possession, and last touched the ball (except on shot), the result will be an immediate a turnover or play-on. If the ball does not touch or go over the centerline, no infraction has occurred. Players may legally bat the ball to keep it in the offensive half of the field, but if it is possessed and their feet are in the defensive half, it shall be a turnover.
• 4-3-i………A violation will be called if a player picks up and carries the ball on the back of his stick. It is legal to clamp the ball with the back of the stick, but it must be moved, raked or directed immediately. Immediately is defined as within one step.

• Dive Rule Clarification
If an attacking player, in possession of the ball and outside the goal area dives or jumps (becomes airborne of his own volition), prior to, during or after the release of the shot and lands in the crease, the goal shall be disallowed. An attacking player may legally score a goal and touch the crease area, provided the ball enters the goal before contact with the crease area and his feet are grounded prior to, during and after the shot.

• Goalkeeper Privileges 4-18-4 (NEW): (Adopted by vote 3/7/17)
No defensive player other than a properly equipped goalkeeper can enter his own crease with the perceived intent on blocking a shot or acting as a goalkeeper. Penalty: Conduct foul on the defensive player. A second violation by the player will be enforced as a RELEASABLE unsportsmanlike conduct. Officials will stop play as soon as they notice the situation. However, if a shot is already in flight when this is noticed, the shot will be allowed to come to its normal conclusion before the whistle blows to stop play.
• Last Two Minutes 6-10-3 (NEW): (Adopted by vote 3/7/17)
During the last two minutes of regulation play, stalling rules are in effect for the team that is ahead by four goals or less. When the score differential is five goals or more, neither team is forced to keep the ball in the goal area unless warned to “keep it in”

• Foul Language (approved meeting 3/9/2018) Foul Language will be tolerated per the following conditions:

  • The language is not directed at a player from the opposing team
  • The language is not directed at any of the officials
  • The language is not directed at a spectator
  • If in the opinion of the officials the language is at a volume that can easily be heard by spectators in the stands the officials can issue a “conduct” penalty and proceed “up the ladder” on additional violations.