The Oakville Minor Lacrosse Association – Home of the Hawks and the Lady Hawks.

New Box Lacrosse Rules and Game Formats for 2017

PEANUT (SOFT LACROSSE)
Players born in 2013 and 2014, divided into three groups for better development
Focus on stick skills with no scrimmages
Weekly 45 minute sessions

 

A clear progression is in place taking players from soft lacrosse to Midget.

Different levels of permissible contact allows players to defend their net and gain possession of the ball in an age-appropriate way and keeps all players, regardless of size, skill and gender, safe and engaged in the game.

PAPERWEIGHT
Players born in 2011 and 2012
Weekly 60 minute sessions, 30 minute skill development followed by a non-contact scrimmage
Scrimmage format:
2 minute shifts
No goalies - open net
Crease rule in effect - players are not allowed to pass, catch, shoot or run through either team’s crease while holding the ball. 

TYKE
Players born in 2009 and 2010

15 minute full group practices focusing on stick skills and basic defense strategies
2x20 minute running time halves
2 minute shifts
At least one pass within the offensive zone will be required before a shot on net.

Each player is limited to 3 goals per half
Stick checks allowed only within house.  The purpose of a stick check is to knock the ball loose.  A stick check is defined as hitting an opponent’s stick with the head of your stick only.

NOVICE
Players born in 2007 and 2008

10 minute team warm up
3x15 minute running time periods with shot clock
Each player is limited to 2 goals per period.

Stick checks allowed anywhere within the defensive zone.  The purpose of a stick check is to knock the ball loose.  A stick check is defined as hitting an opponent’s stick with the head of your stick only.

PEEWEE
Players born in 2005 and 2006

10 minute team warm up
3x15 minute running time periods with shot clock.
Each player is limited to 2 goals per period.

Stick checks allowed anywhere within the defensive zone.  The purpose of a stick check is to knock the ball loose.  A stick check is defined as hitting an opponent’s stick with the head of your stick only.

Blocking is allowed within house only.  Blocking is defined as pushing out or impeding progress.  Pushing out means making contact with the opponent and using the part of the stick between the hands to push or direct the opponent without breaking contact.  Pushing can be done from the side or the front.  Contact is only made to gain control of the player.

BANTAM
Players born in 2003 and 2004

10 minute team warm up
3x15 minute running time periods with shot clock
Each player is limited to 2 goals per period.

Stick checks allowed anywhere on the floor.  The purpose of a stick check is to knock the ball loose.  A stick check is defined as hitting an opponent’s stick with the head of your stick only.

Blocking is allowed within the defensive zone at least 6 feet from the boards.  No contact should be made within 6 feet from the boards.  Blocking is defined as pushing out or impeding progress.  Pushing out means making contact with the opponent and using the stick to push or direct the opponent without breaking contact.  Pushing can be done from the side or the front.

MIDGET
Players born in 2001 and 2002

3x20 minute running time periods with shot clock
Each player is limited to 2 goals per period.

Stick checks allowed anywhere on the floor.  The purpose of a stick check is to knock the ball loose.  A stick check is defined as hitting an opponent’s stick with the head of your stick only.

Blocking is allowed anywhere on the floor at least 6 feet from the boards.  No contact should be made within 6 feet from the boards.  Blocking is defined as pushing out or impeding progress.  Pushing out means making contact with the opponent and using the stick to push or direct the opponent without breaking contact.  Pushing can be done from the side or the front.