Central Washington Youth Lacrosse League
Rules and Regulations
Adopted and Maintained by the CWLL Board of Directors
Effective February 15, 2016

Section 1.0.0 MISSION STATEMENT

The Central Washington Youth Lacrosse League (CWLL) is dedicated to providing a positive environment
for boys in grades K to 8 to learn and play the sport of lacrosse, and to grow participation in the sport in
central and eastern Washington, as well as under-served communities in Oregon near CWLL’s area of
operation.
Central and eastern Washington is defined as the counties of Chelan, Kittitas, Yakima, Klickitat, Douglas,
Grant, Benton, Adams, Franklin, Walla Walla, and Columbia. Under-served regions of Oregon may include
Umatilla (OR) County.

Section 2.0.0 RESPONSIBILITIES OF CWLL
2.1.0 Essential responsibilities – the Central Washington Youth Lacrosse League (CWLL) establishes
league rules, publishes a schedule for games, establishes a contract with the referee association, pays all
league expenses and generally administers boys youth lacrosse in our area.
2.2.0 CWLL maintains a contact list to facilitate communication
2.2.1 CWLL DOES NOT share the player’s contact lists with anyone.
2.2.2 All program/event information may only be sent to the CWLL BOD program representatives or
designated alternate.

Section 3.0.0 ORGANIZATION QUALIFICATIONS.
3.1.0 Oversight – Each organization will independently operate under direction from a host school or
Board of Directors who oversees eligibility, and coach and player conduct.
*3.1.1 At a minimum, the Board of Directors will include a President, Vice-President,
Secretary/Treasurer. The board may also include other officers or representatives.
*3.1.2 The Board of Directors of member clubs must not consist solely of coaches and their
relatives to ensure fairness within the organization.
3.2.0 Acknowledgement and Certification – It is the responsibility of each organization to ensure that
their program is abiding by all CWLL policies.
3.2.1 It is the duty of each organizational BOD representative to submit yearly a properly
completed Organization Packet by March 1.
3.2.2 The Packet includes acknowledgement that the program has reviewed and will abide by all
CWLL By-Laws and Rules and Regulations.
3.2.3 Each Organization must certify that it meets all Organizational Qualifications as outlined in
Rule 3 of these Rules and Regulations and that all coaches meet all qualifications as outlined in
Rule 7 of these Rules and Regulations.
3.3.0 Insurance – Each organization must certify and have available for inspection proof that each player
has medical insurance and the organization has liability insurance from the First Day of Season through the
Last Day of Season. Proof that all members are US Lacrosse members, as certified by the League Athletics
or other mechanism is acceptable.
3.4.0 Lystedt Law – Every organization and coach must comply with RCW 4.24.660 (the Zachery Lystedt
Law).
3.4.1 Each organization must certify and have available for inspection upon request by any league
official or BOD member hard copies showing all players and parents in the program have
reviewed, signed, and returned a concussion and head injury information sheet.
3.4.2 Each organization must certify that every person who is or will be coaching any team for the
organization have complied with the training requirements of the Lystedt Law, including review of
the training video, reading of the fact sheet for coaches, and pass the required quiz.
3.5.0 Code of Conduct - Every Organization will certify and have available for inspection, proof that it has
a written player’s Code of Conduct in place.
3.6.0 Coaches – The Head Coach of each team in the league will be held responsible for knowing the rules
and ensuring that all those coaching and acting under the Head Coach comply with the rules of the CWLL.
3.6.1 The Head Coach of a team shall be at least 21 years old and a high school graduate unless
the CWLL Board of Directors, prior to the first day of the season, has granted a waiver.
3.6.2 All Coaches shall be members of US Lacrosse. It is recommended that coaches complete one
or more levels of the online training. Formal US Lacrosse coaching certification is highly
recommended.
3.6.3 It is required that at least one coach from each team be First Aid and CPR Certified. It is
preferred that all coaches be so certified.
3.6.4 All members of the coaching staff must undergo a Washington State Patrol or NCSI
background check prior to any contact with participants.
3.6.5 All coaches must be in compliance with RCW 4.24.660 (Zachery Lystedt Law).
3.6.6 Coaches shall read and agree to abide by the CWLL Code of Conduct.
3.6.7 The Head Coach shall ensure that each team will have a properly stocked first aid kit (see
http://www.uslacrosse.org/Portals/1/documents/pdf/participants/administrators/pamanual/fourfirst-
aid-kit-contents.pdf for US Lacrosse recommended contents) on location of all CWLL games
and practices. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is recommended but not required.
3.7.0 – Membership and Official Assignment and Fees
3.7.1 Every member organization will pay annual dues to be determined by the Board. The
Membership fee will be paid by March 1st of the current season, or on a payment schedule
acceptable to the Board. These fees are in place to cover expenses needed to run the league. They
include, but are not limited to, referee costs for league games (but not tournaments, jamborees or
other events or games), costs for scheduling, maintaining the league website, administration, etc.
3.7.2 For all games taking place in Washington State, referees will be assigned by and paid
through laxtimmons, LLC, with input from the league Referee Liaison. All referees for games
played in Washington shall be WALOA certified Level 1 or higher.
3.7.3 All home fields (acquiring, lining, maintenance) and home field use costs are the
responsibilities of the individual organization.
3.7.4 In the unfortunate event that a team must fold during the season, the membership fee will be
kept by the league.

Section 4.0.0 PLAYER ELIGIBILITY
4.1.0 – Division eligibility is determined by grade
4.1.1 CWLL will determine eligibility for divisions by grade. The grade limitations are intended to
protect the safety of the children. Clubs are responsible for instituting a process to evaluate and
accept the risk for any player who plays up. No player may play up more than 1 grade, per US
Lacrosse guidelines and requirements.
4.2.0 – Divisions – It is the responsibility of each organization to verify the grade of each player it
registers. In the event of a dispute, grade will be verified using the participant’s school identification or
equivalent.
4.2.1 1/2 Division – All players must be in the 1st or 2nd grade. Younger players may participate, at
the discretion of the club. However, the club accepts all liability and responsibility for ensuring all
players are physically, emotionally and mentally ready to play.
4.2.2 3/4 Division – All players must be in the 3rd or 4th grade. Younger players may participate, at
the discretion of the club. However, the club accepts all liability and responsibility for ensuring all
players are physically, emotionally and mentally ready to play.
4.2.3 5/6 Division – All players must be in the 5th or 6th grade. Younger players may participate, at
the discretion of the club. However, the club accepts all liability and responsibility for ensuring all
players are physically, emotionally and mentally ready to play.
4.2.4 7/8 Division – All players must be in the 7th or 8th grade. Younger players may participate, at
the discretion of the club. However, the club accepts all liability and responsibility for ensuring all
players are physically, emotionally and mentally ready to play.
4.2.5 A player can play in only one division (in his/her age/grade division) per season except in
order to salvage a game. No players are allowed to play down a division level or up more than one
division level. Exceptions may be made based on a combination of age (e.g., skipped grades),
experience, and agreement by the CWLL Board, with priority given to ensuring safety and fair
competition. A waiver sent by the parent and coach of the player shall be sent to the CWLL Board
at least one week prior to competition for review and approval. The CWLL Board will commit to
approval or disapproval within 4 days, and reserves the right to rescind approval at any time.
Under no circumstances will a waiver be granted to any player in 9th grade or higher.
4.3.0 – Rosters
4.3.1 1/2 Division – Focus should be to get all players as much playing time as possible. As such,
rosters are not locked and do not need to be turned in.
4.3.2 3/4 Division – Focus should be to get all players as much playing time as possible. As such,
rosters are not locked and do not need to be turned in.
4.3.3 5/6 Division – Focus is on growing the game and ensuring playing opportunities; therefore,
rosters are not locked and do not need to be turned in. Every effort should be made to avoid swing
players. However, if swing players are needed to field teams for teams with fewer than 16 players
on the roster, they are allowed. Every effort should be made to ensure the spirit of fairness and
appropriate competition are maintained.
4.3.4 7/8 Division – Players are required to attend 6 practices in a program before competing in a
league game. Rosters will not be locked and do not need to be turned in.
4.3.5 In the event that a player moves into an area or registers late with a program, that player may
be added to a roster.


Section 5.0.0 BOUNDARIES AND ‘PLAY FOR’ RULES
5.1.0 The CWLL has implemented program boundaries based on school districts (‘Play For’ rules) to best
position the youth programs to support growth of high school programs. The CWLL uses the HS district
boundaries (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, Yakima, etc.). These boundaries differ from the Washington
High School Boys Lacrosse Association high school team sending district boundaries because the CWLL
board believes the use of school district boundaries best support future growth. The CWLL plans to support
the future development of programs in our region, including, but not limited to, Ellensburg, Walla Walla
and Yakima.
5.1.1 Definition: ‘Play For’ Rules are defined as alignment of each youth program with a
corresponding high school district, such that any player in the district of a given high school
program shall play for the corresponding youth program.
5.1.2 Boundaries: The following HS districts are assigned to the following CWLL member clubs
5.1.2.1 Hermiston Youth Lacrosse: Hermiston HS, Echo HS, Irrigon HS, Umatilla HS,
Stanfield HS, Milton-Freewater HS, Walla Walla HS
5.1.2.2 Selah Youth Lacrosse: Selah HS, Eisenhower HS, Davis HS
5.1.2.3 Three Rivers Youth Lacrosse: Southridge HS, Kamiakin HS, Kennewick HS
5.1.2.4 Tri-Cities Youth Lacrosse: Chiawana HS, Pasco HS, Columbia HS, Connell HS
5.1.2.5 Richland Youth Lacrosse: Richland HS, Hanford HS, Kiona-Benton HS, Prosser
HS
5.2.0 Waiver Policy: All 2017 players may receive a one-time waiver to play for the program played for in
2016 upon written request to the CWLL Board without any vote or other impediment. This “grandfather”
clause permits a player to play outside his designated program until he or she graduates to a HS program, or
chooses to join his designated program. No additional waivers may be granted, except through the appeals
process described in Section 5.3.0.
5.3.0 Appeal Policy: Any player may petition the Board, in writing, to join a program outside his
designated program. The Board may grant a waiver simple majority to be held at the next scheduled Board
meeting.

Section 6.0.0 GAME AND PRACTICE REGULATIONS
6.1.0 Each organization will provide their own home field and will be responsible for field markings and
field supervision.
6.1.1 Each organization that does not have an operating scoreboard must furnish a regulation clock
as well as a penalty clock and horn.
6.1.2 The home team is responsible for making sure that they do not have the same colored jerseys
as the away team. Each organization must indicate their colors for home and away at the start of
the season.
6.1.3 Due to the large geographic area covered by CWLL, it may at times be desirable to play at a
neutral site (e.g., Ritzville). In such cases, both teams must agree to play at the neutral site.
Making such arrangements shall be the responsibility of the home team.

Section 7.0.0 PLAYING RULES - Playing rules will be the recommended age-specific youth modifications to the
National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) rules as implemented by US Lacrosse, with the following
additional modifications.
7.1.0 – Responsibilities of Home Team
7.1.1 Game balls and an adequate number of balls must be maintained at the end lines.
7.1.2 As specified in Rule 9.4.0, a Sideline Manager should be provided to maintain crowd
control.
7.2.0 – 7/8 Division
7.2.1 The game shall consist of four (4) quarters utilizing a ten (10) minute stop clock, and sudden
victory 4-minute overtime periods.
7.2.2 In the event of a tie, two (2) four (4) minute (sudden victory) overtime periods will be
played. If, after two (2) overtime periods the score is tie, additional sudden victory overtime
periods may be played until a winner is determined, provided time permits and coaches and
officials are in agreement.
7.2.3 Two (2) timeouts are permitted per half, with one (1) timeout for overtime.
7.2.4 The Final Two Minute stalling rule shall be enforced.
7.2.5 The defensive 20-second count WILL be used. The offensive 10-second count WILL be
used (i.e., “Failure to Advance” shall be enforced).
7.2.6 Body Checking is permitted. To be legal a body check should be delivered in a generally
upright position with both hands on the stick and the player initiating the check may not use his
lowered head or shoulder to make the initial contact.
7.2.7 No one-handed stick checks shall be permitted.
7.3.0 – 5/6 Divisions
7.3.1 The game shall consist of four (4) quarters utilizing a ten (10) minute stop clock, and sudden
victory 4-minute overtime periods.
7.3.2 In the event of a tie, two (2) four (4) minute (sudden victory) overtime periods will be
played. If, after two (2) overtime periods the score is tie, additional sudden victory overtime
periods may be played until a winner is determined, provided time permits and coaches and
officials are in agreement.
7.3.3 Two (2) timeouts are permitted per half, with one (1) timeout for overtime.
7.3.4 The Final Two Minute stalling rule shall be enforced.
7.3.5 The defensive 20-second count WILL be used. The offensive 10-second count WILL be
used (i.e., “Failure to Advance” shall be enforced).
7.3.6 Limited Body Checking is permitted. To be legal a body check should be delivered in a
generally upright position with both hands on the stick and the player initiating the check may not
use his lowered head or shoulder to make the initial contact.
7.4.0 – 3/4 Division
7.4.1 The game shall consist of four (4) quarters utilizing an eight (8) minute running time clock.
In the event of a tie, no overtime shall be played. The game shall be recorded as a tie.
7.4.2 Two (2) timeouts are permitted per half, with one (1) timeout for overtime.
7.4.3 All field player crosses shall be between 37 and 42 inches in length. No long crosses shall be
permitted.
7.4.4 The defensive 20-second count WILL NOT be used. The offensive 10-second count WILL
NOT be used.
7.4.5 Teams shall play with 7 players, comprised of 1 goalie, 2 midfielders, 2 attack and 2
defensemen.
7.4.6 The field size shall be reduced in accordance with size and number of players to measure 60
yd x 35 yd (half of a regulation lacrosse field, played sideways).
7.4.7 Stick checking shall be limited to poke and lift checks, and slap checks which do not
originate above the shoulders, or with a windup when originating below the shoulder, i.e., no
“tomahawk” checks.
7.4.8 No body checking of any kind is permitted. Legal pushes (RULE 6 SECTION 9, Pushing)
and holds (RULE 6 SECTION 3, Holding, ARTICLE 3 a & d) are allowed. In all loose ball
situations players should “play the ball,” but incidental contact, “boxing out”, or screening
techniques during such play shall not be considered a violation of this rule.
7.4.9 At any point during a game when there is a four-goal lead, the team that is behind will be
given the ball at the midfield line in lieu of a face-off as long as the four-goal lead is maintained,
unless waived by the coach of the trailing team.
7.4.10 If a loose ball is not moving, stuck, or the players are having difficulty picking the ball up
the referee may re-start play following the alternate possession rule.
7.4.11 Penalties shall be served by substitution, except for unnecessary roughness or illegal stick
checks.
7.5.0 – 1/2 Division
7.5.1 Two halves utilizing a twelve (12) minute running clock shall be used. No overtime shall be
played. Halftime should be four (4) minutes.
7.5.2 Score shall not be kept.
7.5.3 Each team shall be permitted zero (0) two-minute timeouts.
7.5.4 All field player crosses shall be between 32 and 42 inches in length. No long crosses shall be
permitted.
7.5.5 The defensive 20-second count WILL NOT be used. The offensive 10-second count WILL
NOT be used.
7.5.6 Teams shall play with 4 players, comprised of no goalie and 4 field players.
7.5.7 The field size shall be reduced in accordance with size and number of players, to measure 60
yd x 35 yd (half of a regulation field played sideways), with no restraining area, a 3’x3’ or 4’x4’
goal and a regulation crease.
7.5.8 Stick checking shall be limited to poke and lift checks. No slap checks will be permitted.
7.5.9 No body checking of any kind is permitted. Legal pushes (RULE 6 SECTION 9, Pushing)
and holds (RULE 6 SECTION 3, Holding, ARTICLE 3 a & d) are allowed. In all loose ball
situations players should “play the ball,” but incidental contact, “boxing out”, or screening
techniques during such play shall not be considered a violation of this rule.
7.5.10 If a loose ball is not moving, stuck, or the players are having difficulty picking the ball up
the referee may re-start play following the alternate possession rule.
7.5.11 No offsides or faceoff will be played. The team that was scored upon will start with the
ball.
7.6.0 – Ejection of any participant
7.6.1 Ejection of players, coaches, or spectators by officials for any reason will result in the
automatic suspension from participating in all CWLL functions, including all practices, for a
period to include the next scheduled game, as specified in Rule 9.6.0.
7.6.2 Any player ejected from a game will not be eligible to play until the Monday after the
next scheduled game and the league will be notified of these actions.

Section 9.0.0 SCHEDULES
9.1.0 Game schedules against teams within the CWLL organization are to be established by the CWLL
Scheduler. The schedules shall be created with the goal of each team having at least 8 games during the
regular season at the 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 levels. 1/2 schedules shall be created with the goal of having at least 6
games.
9.2.0 Scheduling shall aim for approximately half home and half away games for each team.
9.3.0 Scheduling games against teams outside of the CWLL organization (inter-league games) is
encouraged and shall be addressed through the member club. These games shall not be used to determine
league standing.
9.4.0 Any change to a scheduled game must be agreed upon by both coaches. Coaches and clubs are
encouraged to communicate as needed to make the necessary arrangements. Note that in some divisions,
“flex” games are required in order to ensure the target number of games is achieved. The date and time of
flex games shall be determined by the respective coaches.
9.5.0 Changes to a scheduled game (date, time, location) must also be reported to the CWLL Scheduler 48
hours prior to the originally scheduled, or proposed rescheduled game (whichever is less).
9.6.0 Scores shall be reported to the Scheduler or uploaded to the League Athletics website (where both
teams must report) within 48 hours of the completion of the game.

Section 10.0.0 – CONDUCT AND RULES
10.1.0 Conduct - Each organization will be responsible for the conduct of their coaches, players and
spectators. Any player, coach or spectator who is ejected from a game must follow all CWLL rules
regarding ejection from a game.
10.2.0 Honor the Game - Each organization will be responsible for conducting the “honor the game”
ceremony at all league home games. The home team should be prepared to provide “honor the game”
stickers or similar token.
10.3.0 Team Governance - Each organization may choose their own nicknames (providing the name is
appropriate, as determined by the CWLL board), colors (so long as a single color is not in use, or home and
away colors are used), team size, number of teams and home field but must conduct themselves under the
spirit of the rules of CWLL.
10.4.0 Culture Keeper or Sideline Manager - Each organization should provide a Culture Keeper or
Sideline Manager for their assigned home games. Use of the US Lacrosse Sportsmanship card
(http://www.uslacrosse.org/Portals/1/documents/pdf/resources/sportsmanship-card.pdf) is highly
recommended. The Sideline Manager has the right to remove any spectator (from either team) who is
disruptive.
10.5.0 Code of Conduct - Every parent, player and coach in each organization will receive a “Code of
Conduct Form” as described in Section 3.5.0 that explains what is expected regarding behavior at any and
all CWLL functions. This form will be signed by the coach, parent, and player and filed with the player’s
registration forms with the member organization.
10.6.0 Altercations - Physical or verbal altercations before, during or after a game by players, coaches,
officials or spectators will result in the ejection of that player, parent, coach, or spectator from the field
location by the Sideline Manager. Ejection of players, coaches, or spectators by officials will result in the
automatic suspension from participating in all CWLL functions, including all practices, for a period to
include the next scheduled game. The CWLL Board of Directors will review the incident with the players,
parents, coaches, or spectators during the suspension period. At that time a silent vote will be taken to allow
or disallow the individual to continue participation in league activities. The CWLL Board of Directors can
take action up to and including banning the individual from the CWLL. If the individual is allowed to
continue participation and is involved in a second offense, it will result in the automatic suspension from
league play or participation for the remainder of the current year.
10.6.1 In the event ejection happens at the last game of the season the punishment set forth will be
enforced at the commencement of the next season. The enforcement period will start one week
prior to the first game.


Section 11.0.0 – GRIEVANCES
11.1.0 Grievances shall be addressed first to the Organizational BOD representative/President of the
organization filling the grievance. The Organizational BOD representative is free to try and resolve the
grievance by working with the opposing organization’s Organizational BOD representative. If the
organization’s Organizational BOD representative feels escalation is warranted, they can bring the
grievance to the CWLL President where it will be handled per the CWLL By-laws.
11.2.0 If the grievance involves the CWLL President’s program, another program representative will be
appointed by the CWLL President to handle the grievance
11.3.0 If the board receives a written complaint about another program the CWLL board will hear both
sides, take in all the evidence, and vote on whether or not it's considered a "Strike". If a program receives 3
Strikes in one season that program would be suspended the remaining of the season.
11.3.1 In the event a program receives a suspension follow rule 11.1.0 that program will be on
probation the following season and lose voting rights.
11.3.2 If a program on probation as a result of rule 11.1.0 and receives one strike in the next
season that program will be suspended and reviewed by the board for expulsion.

Section 12.0.0 – ETHICS
12.1.0 The individual organizations are expected to police themselves so as not to break the spirit of the
rules. The CWLL was created to bring together strong, independent Youth Lacrosse Organizations that are
willing to work within an environment of mutual cooperation in which the growth and advancement of the
sport of Lacrosse is the main priority.
12.2.0 Member organizations are expected to inculcate the highest standards of sportsmanship and ethics in
players, coaches and team officials. As such, the highest degree of ethical conduct is expected of all that
participate in the league. This includes strict adherence to both the letter and the spirit of the rules and
regulations. The use of alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco products, and the use of profanity during practice or
games are prohibited.