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OPERATION PROCEDURES 

KANSAS CITY GIRLS METRO LACROSSE LEAGUE 

HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS 

 

A.    High School League Members 

Members of the KC METRO GIRLS LACROSSE ASSOCIATION (KCMGLA) High School division include teams that are geographically applicable, that pay dues, and that follow the By-Laws of the KCMGLA. As members of the league, teams will be part of spring and/or fall scheduling and compete to be in the KCMGLA Championship. 

Teams, including players, coaches, parents, and fans, will honor the game of lacrosse and promote good sportsmanship to other teams and umpires. 

B.    Team Playing Requirements and Details 

1.     All League teams must play each of the other teams in the league. 

2.     Teams may play as many games as they choose and can play any team, in any state. Teams can play Club or School sanctioned teams. 

3.         The home team should wear white/light colored jerseys.  

4.     League Game Length 

    a.     Varsity games will be 25-minute halves with a stop clock in the last two (2) minutes of each half.  Clock will stop after each goal unless a team is ahead by 10 goals, then the clock will not stop after goals or in the final two (2) minutes of the game.

    b.     Junior Varsity games and any lower level (C, Developmental, Freshman) will be 20 minute running halves with a stop clock in the last two (2) minutes of each half . There will be no OT. 

    c.     All games will have a five (5) minute half time 

    d.     Two (2)  – two (2) minute timeouts per game are allowed for each team 

5.  Varsity Overtime Procedures

When the score is tied at the end of regular playing time and overtime is to be played, both teams will have a 5-minute rest and toss a coin (visiting captain calls) for choice of ends. The alternate possession shall continue from regulation. The game will be restarted by a center draw. The winner will be decided by “sudden victory.” The team scoring the first goal wins the game. Each overtime period will be no more than six minutes in length of stop-clock time (clock stops on every whistle). The clock will be stopped after 3 minutes of play in order for teams to change ends  with no delay for coaching. No substitutions may occur at this time. The game will be restarted by a center draw.     If the teams are still tied after six minutes have elapsed, the teams will have a 3-minute rest and change ends. Substitutions may occur at this time.  Play will continue with “sudden victory” stop-clock overtime periods of six minutes in length (two 3-minute halves) with 3 minutes in between and change of ends until a winning goal is scored.

 Non-league games (i.e. the second time a league team plays each other) may end in a tie if the coaches decide not to play OT

   C.    Player Eligibility 

1.     Beginning in 2015, players will be in 9th-12th grade and in good standing (not on out of school suspension or expelled) at a local (Kansas City Metro Area) high school. All players, with the exception of school-sanctioned teams, are required to be members of US Lacrosse. 

2.         In the Spring Season, players will play for their high school team (or club) if available.  Should their high school not have a team/club, players should then play for the nearest proximity team (based on where the athlete lives).  Players on a team’s roster before 2014 will be grandfathered in on their current team. Should there be a dispute, the head coaches of the teams will resolve the issue, if not possible, the decision will be left to the Board of KCMGLA.

3.         Teams with illegal players (those players not conforming to the above stated rules) will forfeit the game.

4.         In the Fall season, players must be 9th-12 graders in good standing and are required to be members of US Lacrosse.  Players may play on any team entered in the Fall League but may not be double rostered.  

 

D.    Schedules 

1.     The League will provide a Scheduler to assign all league games. 

2.     Teams will turn in the required game availability information by the                                              due date set by the League. Failure to do so will lead to a fee and/or loss of games being scheduled. 

3.     All teams will review the draft schedule and provide comments by the date set by the League. Once the schedule is final, no changes will be allowed. 

3.     A fine will be assessed if a team drops out after the schedule is made.       At the beginning of each season the League will set fine for violating the game change rule. 

4.            If a team cancels a game within 24 hours of the originally scheduled time (for non-weather related reasons), that team will reimburse any and all costs associated with the game including, field rental, umpires, etc.  If the game cannot be rescheduled, that team will receive a forfeit.  

 

E.    Officials

All league games shall be refereed by US Lacrosse certified officials (if available) and current lacrosse rules will be followed with the only exceptions being listed in these operating procedures. 

 

F.    Rosters

1.     Rosters must be available on the league website prior to the first game of the season. The roster should include player’s name, grade and uniform number. 

2.     Players are allowed to play in two (2) different levels of games (on the same day) (varsity and JV or JV and a developmental) however, they must be at an in-between skill level and cannot play in more than half of each game, until they are moved up or down a level.  (A half of a game will be defined as the appearance of the player in that half).  Teams should play in the honor of the sport and not allow better players to play down. An exception is allowed if a team is unable to field a team. This rule is designed to be on the honor system. If there is a concern that the teams are not adhering to this rule the coach should contact the League President. 

3.        The roster Minimum/Maximum will be 15/30

G.           Playing Field Responsibilities

1.    The home team should insure that the playing field is in proper condition, lined correctly, and safe for the players. Cones or flags should be placed in the four corners. Teams should provide a way to display the score, a way to track game time, stop watches for timing timeouts and/or penalties, and provide a maximum of two(2) individuals to run the time and score table. 

    a.    The home team should provide at least three (3) US Lacrosse approved game balls. 

Teams are responsible for tracking their own statistics and keeping their own scoring book.  It is the responsibility of the winning team to update the KCMGLA website within 24 hours the results of the game. Home team should do their best to provide a trainer and/or a first aid kit with ice at any game. 

     b.            Official Book - The Home team will provide an Official           Scoring Book at the scorer’s table  that will contain: goals scored, the final score, list of all players who received yellow or red cards, and signatures of both head coaches and umpires.

      c.              Players and fans will be on opposite sides of the field. 

H.    Weather Related Issues 

Games will be played as scheduled unless there is severe weather or the field is closed.  If a game is to be canceled this decision should try to be made prior to 2pm (for weeknight games) 

When a game needs to be canceled, the home team should contact the league scheduler.

A game is considered complete if two thirds of the game has been played prior to being called. If at least half of the game is finished when being called for weather, the two coaches can decide if they would like to reschedule. 

 

I.    Championship Eligibility 

1.     Each team in the Kansas City area that is a member of KCMGLA will play each other team in their division. The first game played between the teams will count towards the league standings. 

2.     The top four (6) Varsity teams and the top two (2) JV teams will be invited to participate in the KCMGLA Championship Tournament. Tournament seeding will be based on league record. 

 

J.     KCMGLA Dues 

All Clubs must pay fees to the league by March 1st of each year. The league will set the fees at the beginning of each season by a Vote of the Board. 

 

K.    Umpire Fees 

1.     Umpire fees will be set in coordination with the Umpire Board and the Clubs will be notified prior to the beginning of each season. 

2.     Each team pays for one umpire for each of the games. 

3.    Umpire Fee Payment for cancelled league games:

    a.     If the game is cancelled at least one hour prior to the scheduled start time then no fee shall be paid. 

    b.     If the game is cancelled less than one hour prior to the scheduled start time then the umpire shall be paid half of the game fee. If the umpire had to travel more than the 30 miles then they will be paid the mileage as well. 

    c.     If the decision to cancel a game is made after the start of the game for any reason, then the umpire shall be paid the full game fee and the full ground travel fee if applicable. If a previously negotiated arrangement for hotel accommodations and/or per diem was made with an umpire, then such arrangements must be honored.

4.    Not all situations or issues can be covered in these operating procedures. In other situations the coaches, umpires, and/or board members should make the best decision to honor the game well as a decision that is as fair as possible. If an issue arises that coaches or umpires cannot resolve the President of the KCMGLA should be contacted. The President can make the decision or can contact the entire board to help with making a decision.  If an issue arises with an umpire the President of the local umpire league should be contacted. 

 

L. League Compliance

    Lacrosse is currently considered an emerging sport, but certain rules should be followed by all teams in the league, not just teams that are part of Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA).

1.     Teams must follow required dead periods where no athlete can participate in any practice with the coaches or on school property.  This includes conditioning, weight training, fundraising, etc. These times are outlined in MSHSAA guidelines. Dead periods occur in the summer and the 7 days prior to the allowed 1st practice of the season.

2.     Teams must have had 7 conditioning/practice days before the 1st game.

3.     The first day of practice is outlined in the MSHSAA guidelines.

 

M. All American Committee 

    The League will have an All American Selection Committee consisting of 1(one) umpire, 1 (one) at large member and 3 league high school coaches (1 (one)Kansas side and 2 (two) Missouri side.  The Missouri coaches will be selected from two different geographical areas based on the current high school team make up of the league).  The League President shall appoint these positions each year. The committee will follow the rules set forth in the US Lacrosse All American Handbook.