3v3 Lacrosse OPEN Play Rules

GAME OVERVIEW – Anyone Can Play!

Small Side (3v3) LAX is designed to be as self-regulating as possible to enhance the joy of playing and to make it easy to play a real game of lacrosse anytime, anywhere.

   – There will be a referee, but you also need to exhibit sportsmanship and fair play. If a call is in question, use a system of alternating possessions.

   – The game was created to be fun and to teach skills and sportsmanship. It is the kind of game we can use to invite the world to play lacrosse with us. Anybody can play.


Two teams of three (3) players each play the game. – Each team may have up to 2 additional players (5 total) as substitutes. You will want substitutes. Players are not allowed to use long or goalie sticks.

Short sticks must be legal length for division (40-42”, 38” minimum for Juniors).


A 4×4 goal will be set up at each end of the field.

     – Goals are unprotected, with no goalie, keeping the speed and intensity of the game very high.

   – Rally Scoring (No Face Off after scores, but the non-scoring team will get the ball from the net and get possession.)


When: Every Sunday

Grades 5/6: 10:00am – 11:00am

Grades 7/8: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Grades 9-12: 12:00pm – 1:15pm

COST: $10 per player (pre-registration and payment required)

Group
Players First & Last Name
Players Grade

*Spots are limited to 20 players per session and are done on a first come, first serve basis.

*Registration for the following weekend begin on Monday and can not be done weeks in advance at this time

How It Works

5 minute warm-ups

Teams will be divided into two to four teams depending on participation numbers

Depending on how many players are present, they will play one long game or four shorter games.

Substitutions can be made during the game at anytime and on the fly.

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT: Goggles, mouth guard, own stick, own reversible pinny, face masks (PPE) are not required during play but STRONGLY ENCOURAGED due to the current COVID environment. NO CLEATS on the turf.

THE FIELD is 35 feet wide by 70 feet with a 4×4 goal in a 5 foot crease at each end. Players are NOT allowed in the crease at any time. There will be a midfield line dividing offensive and defensive halves.

OTHER GAME PROCEDURES & FOULS
There will be a 12-second shot clock that will begin at the start of every possession.

A 5 yard rule strictly enforced on inbounds play, interference, etc.
The integrity with which you play brings honor to the game.  

LOSS-OF-POSSESSION FOULS – A change of possession will occur on illegal screens, warding off, withholding the ball, and offensive CREASE AREA violations.

TECHNICAL FOULS – Technical fouls are interference, holding, pushing, and defensive CREASE AREA violations. A technical foul will result in a “man down” situation and the offending player will go to the sidelines and remain there until one of the following events have occurred: a) The opposing team has taken one shot. b) The offending player’s team gains possession of the ball. c) The opposing team scores a goal.

A shot that is made into the goal by a “Not-Hot” team is not a score and will result in a change of possession.

–If the ball goes out of the Offensive side of the field, it is no longer “Hot” and another pass must be completed to make it “Hot” upon return to the offensive zone.

PERSONAL FOULS -Personal fouls are illegal body checking, slashing, tripping, and cross-checking, based on age-division appropriate interpretations. Any touch or “brush” of an opponent’s head or face with a stick or arm is also an automatic personal foul. A personal foul will result in a “man down” situation and the offending player will go to the sidelines and remain there until one of the following events have occurred: d) The opposing team has taken two shots. e) The offending player’s team gains possession of the ball. f) The opposing team scores a goal.

THE CREASE • There are two creases, a 5′ half circle on each end. The goal is centered inside this crease. There is no goalie and it is illegal to “guard” the goal. No one can go in the crease unless the ball is down in there. Then, the defensive side players may pick up the ball, and leave the crease by the most direct route. Failure to do so will result in a technical foul and loss of possession.



PLAYING THE GAME

GETTING STARTED –No Face-offs are done. Initial possession will be determined by a coin toss at the beginning of the game and will alternate at half.  

NO OFFSIDES-Each team can use the entire field

“Hot Rule” A goal can only be scored in a team’s designated goal after at least ONE PASS is completed on that side of the field.

A shot that is made into the goal by a “Not-Hot” team is not a score and will result in a change of possession.

–If the ball goes out of the Offensive side of the field, it is no longer “Hot” and another pass must be completed to make it “Hot” upon return to the offensive zone.

OUT OF BOUNDS – If the ball goes out of bounds, either from a shot or pass, the ball is awarded to the opposite team of who last touched the ball.

THE CREASE • There are two creases, a 5′ half circle on each end. The goal is centered inside this crease. There is no goalie and it is illegal to “guard” the goal. No one can go in the crease unless the ball is down in there. Then, the defensive side players may pick up the ball, and leave the crease by the most direct route. Failure to do so will result in a technical foul and loss of possession.



PLAYER ELIGIBILITY & PARTICIPATION

PLAYER ELIGIBILITY – Players will be divided into age groups based upon registration. Players are eligible to play from ANY club or school district.

PARTICIPATIONTeams will be divided into teams of 3, 4, or 5 members to ensure parity of talent/experience each night.