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2021 Havoc Rules – Boys Division


The following rules are written by the US Lacrosse Youth Council as exceptions to the National Federation of State High School Associations' (NFHSA) 2021 Boys' Lacrosse Rules. Rules modified below are to be considered standard Youth Rules for the conduct of the tournament.

All Goalies must wear a chest protector meeting NHFS standards. 

The tournament will be conducted in the following age groups according to 2021 US Lacrosse Rules:  U9 (1/2), U11 (3/4), U13 (5/6) & U15 (7/8)


  • Won-Loss Record
  • Head to Head Match-up of 2 teams with same records
  • Goals Against
  • Goals For
  • Goal Differential

*NOTE: In the event, a team has a 4th game on its schedule, the 4th game will not count toward the tiebreaker. 

Global Tournament Rules:

  • COVID Health Screening will be required within 24 hours of the tournament
  • Game clocks will run at all times.  There will be no stoppages for injury or penalty assessments. 
  • Any team that forfeits a game during the tournament will be ineligible to compete in any playoff games.
  • After a 5 goal differential, the team that is trailing will have a free clear; no faceoff
  • No player may compete, or be rostered, on more than one team during the tournament, unless there is prior approval by the Tournament Director. Any team with a player in violation of this rule will forfeit all games in which the player is known to have competed and therefore, forfeit the opportunity to advance to the playoff round.  Exceptions will only be granted in extreme circumstances.
  • This is exclusively a Recreational Level tournament. Any player who plays on a VHSL level team may not play for a team at Havoc.
  • All fields are assumed legal; lines will be redrawn by tournament personnel as required.
  • All parents and fans will locate themselves on the opposite side of the field from player benches.
  • Spectators, fans, and parents will observe the 6-yard spectator limit line on the far side of the field and will set the example for good sportsmanship.
  • Games will consist of two 20 minute running halves with a 3-minute half-time period.
  • No timeouts are allowed
  • Penalty times are time and a half, running time (30 sec. = 45 sec., 1min. = 1:30 sec.)
  • Personal fouls are to be taken seriously. In addition to the NFHS rules, any player or coach who uses derogatory or profane language on the field or bench, whether addressing a player, coach, or referee may receive first offense, 1 to 3-minute non-releasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty; second offense a 3-minute non-releasable expulsion foul.
  • Mouthpieces are to be officiated according to NCAA rules, with the maximum penalty being 30 sec.
  • Players should be encouraged to keep mouthpieces in prior to being penalized
  • Ejections of players, coaches, or fans from any one game will be reviewed by tournament directors to determine if further participation is authorized for ejected personnel. In every case, genuine expressions of sportsmanship shall be considered in the adjudication of such cases.
  • Time serving penalties are enforced and man-up situations are permitted in all divisions except the 1/2 & 3/4 Division, where there are no time-serving penalties; instead, the player must be substituted for and the ball awarded to the other team at the point of the infraction.
  • Please remind coaches, parents, and players to do their part in making this a FUN and POSITIVE experience for all involved!


  • Advancement of the ball rules shall be enforced (4 seconds - goalie, 20 seconds - clear midfield, 10 seconds - in attack zone).
  • Goalie Penalty: In home serves all fouls, excluding unsportsmanlike or expulsion fouls.
  • Goalies shall wear chest protectors and throat guards, arm pads are optional.
  • Body checks are OK.
  • No take-out checks.
  • No 1-hand stick checks.


  • Advancement of the ball rules shall be enforced (4 seconds--goalie, 20 seconds--clear midfield, 10 seconds--in attack zone).
  • Goalie Penalty: In-home serves all fouls, excluding unsportsmanlike or expulsion fouls
  • Goalies shall wear chest protectors and throat guards, arm pads are optional.
  • Body contact and blocking are OK.‚Äč
  • No body checks.
  • No take-out checks.

1/2 and 3/4:

  • No 20 sec. or 10 sec. counts
  • No body checks

 All Goalies must wear a chest protector meeting NHFS standards.