Lacsal Rules

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Equipment, Court, and Tournament Regulations:

We have designed a Lacsal-specific goal and Lacsal-specific ball. The sticks will be checked and measured by the referee before the match. The referee will always carry a minimum of three balls in his or her pockets to ensure that the game can continue with little to no stoppage of play. We encourage fast-paced, up-tempo Lacsal, and these regulations support that philosophy.

The dimensions of the playing area of the game are identical to those of a collegiate or high school basketball court. 94’ x 50’ or 84’ x 50’.  If the match is not played on such a court, the center circle as well as the three point arc (23’ 9”) must be displayed on the playing surface in some fashion, for this to be a regulation Lacsal match.  The distance from the goal line to tip of shooting arc must be a minimum of 23 feet.

There are five players per team, including one acting goalie per team. The goalie has a standard Lacsal stick but he or she is also able to participate as a field player – he or she is not required to stay in the goal.

The five field players all have the same sized sticks. These must be the exact height and size of our current BAMShaft sticks, as the pocket must allow the ball to release from the stick in any direction when you turn it upside down. There is no specification for width or length of head, as long as the entire stick itself is the same size as our current BAMShaft sticks which are 33 inches. No Lacsal field player can have a stick longer or shorter than that.

In order to be designated as an official Lacsal tournament, there must be a sanctioned referee. Only one referee officiates each game, standing primarily in the middle of the court. He or she is there to provide safety and answers to questionable situations, while maintaining the flow and fast pace of the game.  Ideally, they will blow their whistle as little as possible and never use their power to change a game.

Each tournament sanctioned by the Lacsal Association can set their own parameters for age or gender if they so choose – this can be done at the discretion of each individual tournament director.

Game Play:

The match begins with a face-off inside the tip off circle of the basketball court. The face-off is two opposing players standing, holding the ball with the head of their Lacsal stick reversed and when the referee says go, you pull up on the head to put the ball in play.   This is similar to the way a women’s game face-off starts.

Four players are on each side of the mid court line, where the designated face off players face their offensive end. No one but the two face-off players are allowed to enter the tip-off circle – everyone else must start on his or her offensive or defensive side of the court and outside the circle.

After a face off, the team that gains possession must shoot inside the three-point line. A player is allowed to shoot on the three-point line but he must have his foot on the three-point line for the shot to count.

There is not designated out of bounds. The player closest to the ball where it goes out of play automatically is able to pick up that ball and restart the game immediately. If a ball is lost or out of reach, the individual who is closest to the ball is able to call for a new ball and the referee must signal for which player has earned possession, allowing them to continue their advantage and immediately supplying a new ball to the player who is asking for one.

If a player take a shot and his or her stick hits the goal in any way, the ball automatically is given to the goalie of the defending team.

After a goal, a goalie must throw the ball in play for play to continue (similar to a basketball throw in after a basket). There is a five second time limit for this to occur, beginning when the ball is placed back into the goalie’s Lacsal stick.

Enforcement of Penalties and Fouls:

Defense is very similar to basketball – the only difference is a player has a Lacsal stick. If the player ever uses his or her stick like a weapon, he or she gets a warning. After two warnings, that player is out for the remainder of the match. A swing of the Lacsal stick constitutes a warning. If a player pulls his or hers stick back and attempts to check an opposing player, regardless of whether the check is clean or not, the player that swings his or her stick automatically gets a warning. In other words, any type of wind-up will immediately warrant a warning. You may check, if the offensive player exposes their stick, but absolutely NO wind-ups.

***A foul is defined as the interrupting of an offensive player’s motion toward the goal. In other words, if a defender trips an offensive player or prohibits that offensive player in any way from getting to the goal, that offensive player that was fouled automatically gets a free shot. A free shot takes place at the top of the arc with no one defending the goal except the goalie. All other players are required to stand on lines to either side of the goal posts that are already existent on a basketball court. Fouls are not frequent and they must be blatant. The defending player must obviously be preventing the offensive player from scoring an easy goal. A penalty can in certain instances be considered a foul.

Competitive Regulations: Game, Set, Match:

The first set is a  5 game set.   Each game is 10 minutes long. Every game begins with a face-off and the first team to win 3 games wins the set. Once a team wins 3 games, the series is over (so a minimum of three and maximum of five games will be played in the first set).

Break before next set begins

In the second set there are 3 games.  10 minutes per game.   The first team to win 2 games wins the set. Only if both teams split those sets will the third tie breaking game be played (so a minimum of two and maximum of three games will be played in the second set).

Break for third Game

The third set occurs only if the first two sets are split. If one team wins the first two sets, this third set will not be played. If the series is split after the first two sets, a tie breaking game is played. This is one 15 minute game.

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