Divisions and Rules – Field Lacrosse

For those unfamiliar with Field Lacrosse it is different from box lacrosse in
terms of both the rules, number of players and amount of contact.

A field lacrosse team has 10 players on the field at any one time: 3 defensemen (called
Big Sticks), 3 midfielders (called Middies), 3 forwards (called attack) and a goalie. The game is played on a field, that is similar in size to a soccer field, the net is 6 ft high by 6 ft wide (which is quite a bit bigger than the standard box lacrosse net). The game is divided into four quarters, each approximately 15 minute running time in length (slightly less for the youngest age groups). There is no shot clock so the offensive strategy is built around moving the ball around in the other teams end until you can get a good shot at the net, it also means ball possession is important.

Teams may only have 6 runners on one side of half at any given time. The Defensemen are permitted to use sticks with longer shafts (referred to as big sticks) in order to help
defend the larger net. Generally field lacrosse is less physical from a contact
point of view, while cross checking is not permitted in field lacrosse, body
checking and pushing with the stick are permitted to some degree. Penalties can
vary anywhere in length from 30 seconds to 1 minute and 30 seconds and are
served on a stool adjacent to the scorekeepers. As with soccer, the game is
played rain or shine.

Equipment for the sport is pretty much similar to box lacrosse: helmet,
shoulder pads, gloves, elbow pads, stick, jock, mouthguard and cleats… while
not mandatory the kidney pads should be used. There is some optional field
lacrosse specific equipment players can use: helmet with brim (most will have
seen players wearing a traditional blue and red helmet, the brim is generally
to keep the sun out of the players eyes but in BC its for the rain – note
however a hockey helmet is fine), lighter weight sticks (because of the less
contact a lighter shaft wont tend to get bent or broken), turf specfic cleats
(lighter weight than soccer and designed for different turf conditions).

WHY PLAY?
After participation in a season of field lacrosse most players generally see an
improvement in their stick skills and are more prepared conditionally for Box
Lacrosse. Field lacrosse is especially popular at US colleges and High Schools,
scholarships are offered to Canadians (Men & Women) by many US colleges.

U8, U10, U12, U14 & U16 Age Groups
While the registration is open to all, because of field allocation limitations
on the North Shore we can only field a limited number of teams. Please be aware
that because of the limited number of positions it does not mean that all that
register will make it on to a team or that there will be teams at all age
divisions, a waiting list may have to be set up for some teams. As in done in
past years returning players who have been involved with the program (either
within the North Shore or on release to another Association) in the last couple
years will be given the first right of refusal over new registrations (i.e.,
this would only occur if we have more registered players than open spots). Once
all positions have been filled a waiting list will be formed and selection from
this list will be determined by “best fit” to the team and position
to be filled.

Tier 1 team rosters, should we declare ones (ie not necessarily a given this
year), will be determined by tryout, the tryout is open to all interested
registered players in that age division. Tryout dates will be announced at a
later date.

Last year we had three teams playing on the North Shore: 1 @ U10, 1 @ U14 and 1
@ U16; some of our U8, U12 and U19 kids were playing with Burnaby and New West
as we didnt have teams at these age groups.

U19 Age Group
The North Shore has not fielded a team at the U19 level in the past, however if
there is sufficient interest this year we will field one.

Female Field Lacrosse
The North Shore does not currently have a girls field lacrosse organization.
Girls are welcome to play on the boys teams or you can contact the Girls Minor
Lacrosse League if you are interested. Girls must register with the
North Shore first and are then released to the league and assigned to teams.
The principal difference between the boys and girls league is that there is no
contact whatsoever permitted in girls field lacrosse.

TEAM Make UP
The max number of players on a field lacrosse team is typically 18 – 20
depending on make-up. If you are planning to register a player please make sure
you understand the commitment required before you do. Details are provided
below.

Referees & Coaches
For those that are interested in coaching or refereeing please let me know. The
BCLA puts on coaching & referee clinics for field lacrosse, the NSLMA will
pay the fees for those that are interested in attending.

Registration & Payment
As done with BOX Lacrosse this year, registration is done online [click here]

Note that the credit card option will be temporarily disabled until the number
of teams have been established. Please select the “Cheque” option or “Squamish Nation” option, depending on which is applicable, to complete the registration process (YOU MUST SELECT A PAYMENT METHOD TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION ). You can send a cheque in if you wish now (Post Dated to September 1) or you can wait until the
credit card option is reactivated.

COMMITTMENT
Season Length: September to Mid February – Christmas Break (Typically Mid
December to 2nd week of January)

Provincials: For U12, U14, U16 & U19 (Provincial bound teams may play to
the end of February)

Tier Levels: Tier 1 (Rep Level – U12, U14, U16 & U19 only), Tier 2 (House
Level)

Games per Week: 1 (Home Games: Typically Saturday Evening or Sunday Morning
(youngest age groups only) at Ambleside Turf Field – Away Games: Sunday Anytime
(location depends upon teams participating in age division, but similar to Box
Lax)

Practice per Week: 1 @ Wed (7 – 8:30 pm) – All teams

Note that the one game each week could be at home or it could be away it does
not necessarily alternate. Most Associations have teams, although it varies as
to age groups and levels, so like Box Lax you could end up playing anywhere
from Mission to Delta (As in Tyke, U8 teams generally play more within a local
zone).

Commitment is a big part of field lacrosse, given that teams must have a
minimum of 10 players on the field at any given time it is important that all
players show up for games (and practices as most of our players do not have a
lot of field lacrosse experience) as it is impossible for a team to be
competitive if we are only getting 11 – 12 players out. We recognize that
players will have the occasional conflicts at this time of the year with other
sports, but if it looks like its going to be more than an occasional conflict
then it may be a problem.

The U8 or Tyke program was started for all Associations a couple of years ago
and the structure and rules of this age group have been developing over the
last few seasons. As far as I know it is the intent this year for the kids to
play the entire season this year (although this has yet to be determined, in
the past the season ended in Mid December). Contact is limited at this age
group.

REGISTRATION
Although we use an online registration system for field lacrosse registration, payment is not due until the teams have been set. If your child is returning from last year then you need only select the player, check the contact info provided last year for accuracy
and then follow through with registration acknowledgement and payment method
(i.e., Cheque or Squamish Nation as indicated above). As done with Box lax
passwords will be sent out to you via email.

If you are “New” to field lacrosse this year all player info will
need to be entered into the system when you register (regardless whether your
child played Box Lax or not), you will be able to use the same username and
password you used to register your kids in box lacrosse, if you forgot it you
can request it and it will be sent to you. You can pay by cheque or credit
card. We would like to have most players registered as soon as possible so we
can identify what our field needs are this season

All Cheques are to be made out to NSMLA and dropped off at the Harry Jerome Rec Centre checkin desk at 123 East 23rd Street in North Vancouver.

ONLINE REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS

Go to the NSMLA website: northshoreminorlacrosse.com.

Under the Registration header, select the “Player” from the drop
down.

Select Register Player for current season (Select “New” if you your
child has never played before). –

At this point parents will be asked to provide a user name and password (if you
registered online during box season you can request or use your old one) in
order to access the online registration site.

Please fill in the Player and Contact info required (Note the following) if you
are a “New” player and check it for accuracy if you are a returning
player:

i) At this point you can indicate whether the player is New to Field Lacrosse
or Returning.

ii) If player is interested as working as a referee this year you can check the
“Yes” box (Should be of PeeWee Age or older). They will be contacted
prior to the start of the season.

iii) Rep team tryout are specifically aimed at those players who are interested
in trying out to play for our Rep level Teams (A Division) Players may also be
invited to tryout for a Rep level team if we are fielding one

iv) When it comes to contact email the second email address could be the
players direct email (ie Bantam & Midget age players) or another guardian
if desired (Format as follows: rpaterson@gmail.com;liljohnnyp@telus.net
). Other contact email addresses can be provided in the parent/guardian info
section of the registration form.

v) While school information is not mandatory keep in mind it can be useful in
placing players on house league teams. If you wish it to remain private select
“Undisclosed” from the dropdown.

vi) In the Previous Experience section please indicate: Last Association Played
for (North Shore for most), Division (Tyke, PeeWee, etc.), number of years
player has been involved in lacrosse. You may also indicate the level at which
they played last year (A, B, C), Team, Coach, etc.

vii) Medical Info: While only Medical Care Card info is required, such
information can be useful to the Coach (ie severe allergies etc.)

6. Please fill in Parent / Guardian Information.

7. Please fill in Emergency Contact Information. This can be changed at
anytime, as some prefer to make other parents on the player’s team the
emergency contact.

8. Indicate Payment Method (Cheque or Squamish Nation Currently) – YOU MUST
SELECT A PAYMENT METHOD TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION

9. For those paying by cheque please ensure that a copy of the invoice is
enclosed with the cheque and mailed (or dropped off) to the address above. It
is also helpful to put the player or players names on the cheque.

10. For Squamish Nation or Burrard Band players whose fees are being paid for
by the Band please select the appropriate payment method and please provide a
status number in the appropriate location for verification by the Band.

11. Note that changes to the player / contact info can be made at any time
during the registration period. Just Login in the registration section (using
you username and password) and select the Change Player Information option.

Regards,
Director of Field Lax