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What are personal fouls?

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According to the US Lacrosse 2017 Youth Boy's Rule Book, "Personal fouls are those of a serious nature. Personal fouls include either a safety or sportsmanship violation."  The penalty for a personal foul (for players over U8 in age) is: Suspension from the game of the offending player for one, two or three minutes, depending on the official’s judgment of the severity and perceived intent of the personal foul. The ball shall be given to the team fouled. IMPORTANTLY: US Lacrosse rules emphasize player safety at the youth level and as a result they are looking for officials to issue...

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What are technical fouls?

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According to the US Lacrosse 2017 Youth Boy's Rule Book, "Technical fouls are those of a less serious nature and involve players being illegally disadvantaged or gaining an unfair advantage over another player."  The penalty for a technical foul (for players over U8 in age) will be either: * Award of the ball to the offended team if the foul occurred during a loose ball situation or when the offending team had possession of the ball; or *  Suspension from the game of the offending player for 30 seconds if the foul occurred when the offended team had possession of...

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What is a releasable penalty?

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There are two kids of penalties in lacrosse -  releasable and non releasable If a penalty issued to the offending player is releasable, that means as soon as the time is up (or a goal has been scored by the team with the man up advantage) the same player can go right back onto the field. For non-releasable penalties (click here.)

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What is a non-releasable penalty?

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There are two kids of penalties in lacrosse -  releasable and non releasable If a penalty issued to the offending player is non-releasable, that means that the entire penalty must be served before that player returns to the field.  This creates a longer man-up opportunity for the opposing team. Unlike a releasable penalty, where once the opposing team scores a player can return to the field or be replaced, a non-releasable penalty offers a multi point man-up opportunity. For releasable penalties (click here.)

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What does Cross Checking look like?

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Cross Checking is illegal in most lacrosse play - girls, boys, all ages.  For completeness sake, please note that box lacrosse has modified this rule and in some cases it's allowed. The cross check rule (rule 5.2)  is known to be one of the most simply worded in the book - “A player may not check his opponent with his crosse in a cross-check position. That is, a check with that part of the handle of the crosse that is between the player’s hands, either by thrusting away from the body or by holding it extended from the body.” For...

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