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USLacrosse Parent Handbook Youth Boys Introduction

Personal and Technical Fouls

Personal Fouls

The penalty for a personal foul results in a one-to-three minute suspension from play and possession to the team that was fouled. Players with five personal fouls are ejected from the game, though this is a very rare occurrence in lacrosse.
When a player’s stick viciously contacts an opponent in any area other than the stick or gloved hand on the stick.

When a player obstructs his opponent at or below the waist with the crosse, hands, arms,
feet or legs.

Cross Checking: 
When a player uses the handle of his crosse between his hands to make contact with an opponent.

Unsportsmanlike Conduct:
When any player or coach acts in a way deemed by an official as unsportsmanlike conduct, including taunting, arguing or obscene language or gestures. Unnecessary Roughness: When a player strikes an opponent with his stick or body using excessive or violent force.

Illegal Body Checking:
A. Body checking an opponent who is not in possession of the ball or within five yards of a loose ball
B. Avoidable body check of an opponent after he has passed or shot the ball
C. Body checking an opponent from the rear or at or below the waist
D. Body checking an opponent above the shoulders. A body check must be below the shoulders and above the waist, and both hands of the player applying the body check must remain in contact with his crosse.

Illegal Crosse:
When a player uses a crosse that does not conform to required specifications. A crosse may be found illegal if the pocket is too deep or if any other part of the crosse was altered to gain an advantage.
Technical Fouls

COMMON Technical Fouls

The penalty for a technical foul is a 30-second suspension if a team is in possession of the ball when the foul is committed, or possession of the ball to the team that was fouled if there was no possession when the foul was committed.


Crease Violation:
When an offensive player deliberately, through his own momentum, enters the opponent’s goal-crease or a defensive player, including the goalkeeper, with the ball in his possession, enters from the surrounding playing field into his own goal-crease.

Illegally impedes the movement of an opponent with the ball.

Illegal Offensive Screening:
When an offensive player, through moving contact of his body or equipment, blocks a defensive player from the man he is playing or impedes his normal movements of playing defense.


When a player interferes in any manner with the free movement of an opponent, except when that opponent has possession of the ball, the ball is in flight and within five yards of the player
or both players are within five yards of a loose ball.

When a team does not have at least four players on its defensive side of the midfield line or at least three players on its offensive side of the midfield line.

When a player thrusts or shoves a player from behind, with or without the ball, unless a player turns.

When a team intentionally holds the ball, without conducting normal offensive play,
with the intent of running time off the clock.

Warding Off:
When a player in possession of the ball uses his free hand or arm to hold, push or control the direction of an opponent’s stick check.

Withholding The Ball From Play:
When a player clamps a loose ball against the ground more than  momentarily or clamps the ball against his body to prevent it from being dislodged.