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The mission of the South Shore Lacrosse League

The mission of South Shore Lacrosse League (SSLL), is to promote girls youth lacrosse in an environment that emphasizes safety and fun, while developing skills, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and integrity ultimately preparing them to be able to play at the next level if they so choose. 


This includes:
  • Creating a weekly match schedule for member teams to compete,
  • Promoting the growth of the girls lacrosse throughout South Eastern Massachusetts,
  • Cultivating and assisting additional towns to start girls youth lacrosse programs, and
  • Training girls’ youth lacrosse coaches
South Shore Lacrosse League Rules
Umpires are reminded about the following SSLL-specific rules
US Lacrosse Rules apply in all instances not mentioned in this card.
One 2-minute time-out per half per team.  Clock stops during time outs. 

Three Pass Rule for 3/4 (U11) 
No player may shoot until her team has attempted or completed three passes. (Minor Foul)
1. The keeper clear is counted as one pass.  If the ball is played back to the keeper the pass count is reset to one. 
2. A pass or attempt is counted when the receiver gains control of the ball (not when the passer throws it).
3. If a team loses the ball in their attacking half but recovers before the ball crosses into their defensive half then they retain any accumulated pass count.
4. Umpires (not coaches) are responsible for audibly counting pass completions.  Avoid saying “you may shoot” or “go to goal”.  Simply say “you have three passes”.
NOTE:  Umpires are encouraged to use their judgment in determining what is a legitimate pass in each game.
U11 Plays full field - 12 v 12  also: 5/6(U13) & 7/8(U15)
A player may not go end to end to score.  If a player ignores obvious passing opportunities when going to cage; the play is stopped and the ball is given to the defensive team at either ½ field of their restraining line (whichever is closer to the point of the infraction).
No 3 pass rule
Grades 5/6 (U13) and  7/8 (U15) modified checking only – entire stick below shoulder (Major Foul).
NOTE:  Stick-to-stick contact does not necessarily violate this rule if the attack player (not defender) initiates the contact.
Coaches will keep score and notify umpire if there is a four-goal differential.  Team with fewer goals can choose free position at midfield rather than a draw.  Coaches should discretely adjust play in lopsided games.
Zero Tolerance for Misconduct
SSLL has zero tolerance for misconduct of players, coaches or followers (spectators). SSLL defines misconduct as any action taken by an individual that interferes with the safety and/or sportsmanship of the game, including verbal comments to umpires, players or coaches. A team follower’s misconduct may result in a yellow or red card assessed to the coach.  Penalties assessed for misconduct must be reported to the SSLL via an infraction report (
Umpires are reminded about the following US Lacrosse Youth Rules
Defensive 3-seconds
A player may not hold the ball U15 and U13 above her shoulders for more than 3 seconds when closely guarded/marked and the defense has both hands on her stick and is in position to legally check were checking allowed.  (CHANGE OF POSSESSION).  U11 3/4 because there is no checking when closely guarded by the defender starts the 3 second count no matter where the player is holding the stick.
Goal circle
If any part of the player’s body or stick crosses over the goal circle, the goal does not count.
Goalie Clear:  No deputy is allowed at any level. 
Goalie Clear
No Deputy is allowed at any level (the goalie is the only one allowed in the goal circle).