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Tournament Rules

Nov 6th Turkey shoot


1. Minimum team size is 10 players; maximum is 15 players. Players must play the ball at all times. Body checking an opponent to the ground will be assessed a one minute penalty for unnecessary roughness.  The Turkeyshoot Tournament showcases lacrosse skills and talents associated with using a lacrosse stick. We also recognize that this tournament is an out-of-season competition (in fact many players are, or will be, involved in an interscholastic winter sport) and we wish to keep the safety of all players at the forefront.

2. Each team must have an adult coach (21 years of age or older) who will be in charge of team discipline and act as the team's representative. Teams field 7 players – 2 each of attack, midfield and defense, plus a goalie. Onside is in effect - 2 players on offense and 3 on defense at all times.

*please note - there are no restraining or wing lines marked on the field

3. Each game consists of two 15 minute running time periods. Penalty time is stop time and is kept on the field by the referee. A game ending tied is decided by a sudden-death overtime, which begins immediately after regulation time with a faceoff.

4. Each period begins with a faceoff. Wing middies must be positioned to the left of their faceoff man, at the intersection of the sideline and the midline. Defensemen and attackmen must remain behind the goal line extended until the referees signal possession. The goalie must remain in the crease area until possession is signaled.

5. After a goal is scored the ball is awarded to the scored upon goalie who puts the ball in play from his crease area. A referee must whistle to indicate play has recommenced.

6. Penalties are called and served as they are in a regular field lacrosse. The referee releases penalized players when their serve time has expired. Penalty time does not start until the penalized player takes a knee, out of bounds, at the midline, on the bench side of the field.

7. All player substitutions are on the fly. Players must touch sticks at the sideline before entering the field of play.

8. Each team is allotted one timeout per half and one in overtime. Timeouts are one minute long.

9. Team members must wear matching jerseys or tank tops which are numbered (8" numerals or larger).

10. Maximum of three longsticks on the field at a time. BOX STICKS ARE ILLEGAL. ALL STICK HEADS AND HANDLES MUST MEET NCAA REGULATIONS (40-42 INCHES LONG OR 52-72 INCHES LONG; HEAD MUST BE 6 1/2 INCHES WIDE ACROSS THE TOP, BALL MAY NOT REST IN POCKET BELOW THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE HEAD WHEN STICK IS HELD PARALLEL TO GROUND, ETC). All varsity teams will have every participating player's stick checked by an official prior to the first game of the tournament. Sticks that do not meet NCAA lacrosse standards (6 1/2" width across the top of the head of the stick, ball cannot be below the bottom edge of the sidewalls, ball must roll across the bridge and out of the pocket when tipped forward, 40"-42" length or 52" - 72" length, etc) will be thrown out of the tournament.

11. If a team scores during a flag-down, slow-whistle situation and the infraction is a personal foul, then the offended team receives the ball at midfield. They will then be up a man for the duration of the penalty or until they score.


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