CDLA 2023 LTAD U9 RULES & REGULATIONS - Updated 3 May 2023

Full length of the floor Time Allotment: 60-minute games
Real lacrosse balls used in game 3 x 12-minute run time periods
3x3 CLA approved nets 2 min break in between periods
Shot Clocks are not used 3 minute straight-time shifts to be timed by Minor Officials
After goals, possession is awarded to the goalie who was scored on Changing on the fly is permitted only if an injury occurs


End of Shifts: Buzzer sounds to conclude a 3 minute shift

  • the play should be blown dead with possession going to the goaltender of the team who last had possession- regardless of the ball's location on the floor

No Time Served Penalties: Referee's are to still carry out the standard penalty procedure

  •  Player is advised on infraction committed
  •  Player is not to be sent to the penalty box to serve
  •  Possession awarded to the non-offending team
  •  Players who commit continuous or multiple rule violations in one shift may be sent to the bench for the remainder of that shift, with a substitution from the bench permitted

Fall Back Rule:

  • Applies anytime the goalie has the ball
  • Awarded possession or a save is made
  • Goalie MUST pass the ball in the air to a teammate outside the 24' circle
  • Rolling the ball to a teammate is not permitted
  • Defensive players are required to retreat behind the restraining line
  • If the arena has no restraining line, a different line shall be indicated to both coaches prior to the start of the game
  • If a mistake is made, blow the whistle down and have the goalie re-do it
  • All defensive players must "tag up" outside the "attacking zone" (outside the restraining/otherwise indicated line) before anyone can re-enter the zone
  • If the defensive team fails to entirely retreat during dynamic play, blow the play down and award possession to the goalie
  • Ensure all defensive players are on the other side of the restraining line before play is blown in again following a failure to clear the zone:


  • Place and Push: Defensive players may place their stick on the ball carrier and push them away
  • A defensive player may check an offensive player by placing their stick head on the opposing player's stick head


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