US Lacrosse


2020 Rule Interpretation video is available here
(Also included is the NFHS Rules changes Webinar 2020)


Check out the 2019 Rules Interpretation Slides:
2019 Girls High School Rules Interp

And here is the recording of the 2019 Girls Lacrosse New Rules Webinar


Click here for the 2018 USL Rules Clarifications (PDF Slide show)

The points of emphasis for 2018 highlight safety and the quality of the game:

  • Illegal Defensive Positioning: Emphasize the three second and shooting space rules to ensure that offense has the ability to create safe shooting opportunities.
  • Contact in the Midfield: Deliberate illegal contact (cross-checks/pushing) made to the body on players in a defenseless position must be carded.
  • Crosse in the Sphere: Stress that it is the responsibility of the defender to keep her stick out of the sphere and throat area of the ball carrier. Violations are a major foul, and repeated violations may be carded.
  • Professionalism: The rules committee continues to encourage all coaches, players, officials and administrators to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and immediately following all contests.


2017 Girl Lacrosse Rules Changes

2-4-4 Stick checks may only be requested during a stoppage of the game clock.
2-4-4 Stick checks may be requested immediately following regulation or overtime.
2-7-2 Outlines changes to eyewear certification
2-7-3 Outlines aSTM headgear certification.
5-2-3 Players below the restraining line on the draw may not cross until possession is established
9-1-1 Players may not use their bodies to play the ball, except with a kicking action on a not-shooting attempt.
10-1-1 Looking to shoot (NOTE) has been eliminated from the Obstruction of Free Space criteria.
10-1-1 Penalty administration for dangerous shot and illegal shot shall be aligned with the ball being given to the closest defender.

Manufactures Specificiation: Secondary material has been further defined. Outlines changes to eyewear certification. (Appendix B)

Appendix C: Alternate Official duties are stated.

Click here for the 2017 Headgear Clarifications


Illegal and Legal Stick Stringing examples 2016

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Watch Starting Out in Stripes, an informative video introduction to the game of women’s lacrosse.