Tournament Rules

  • All games will be played in one day for each division.
  • HS, U13-14, and U11-12 Divisions will play 10v10 format while the U9-10 Division will play a 7v7 format (2 midfield, 2 attack, 2 defense, goalie) with a bonus Braveheart challenge
  • Certified Officials will govern play.
  • U9 players must have been born between 9/1/2008 and 8/31/2009
  • U10 players must have been born between 9/1/2007 and 8/31/2008
  • U11 players must have been born between 9/1/2006 and 8/31/2007
  • U12 players must have been born between 9/1/2005 and 8/31/2006
  • U13 players must have been born between 9/1/2004 and 8/31/2005
  • U14 players must have been born between 9/1/2003 and 8/31/2004
  • 2018/2019 players must have 2018 or 2019 graduation dates or later
  • 2020/2021 players must have 2020 or 2021 graduation dates or later
  • High School Divisions are based on graduation year.  Players may “play up” at participant’s parent/guardian discretion but may not “play down”.
  • Each game features two 20-minute running clock halves with 5 minute halftime.
  • There will be a champion crowned in each division by utilizing a point system as follows: 2 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a tie.  Tie breakers will consider head to head competition, most wins, fewest goals allowed and/or a coin toss.
  • Champions will be crowned after play in the Champions Circle in vendor village.
  • Teams are permitted to have a maximum of 4 adult personnel on their sideline with these individuals’ names being disclosed on the roster.
  • All rules will be in accordance with U. S. Lacrosse Youth rules for those in U15 and younger divisions. NFHS standards apply for those in High School divisions unless otherwise noted.
  • We will have clocks on each field for each game. However, the master tournament clock will prevail for the beginning and end of each contest.
  • Please leave the field as soon as possible once your game has ended in order to allow the next pair of teams’ time to take the field and start on time. Please keep the sidelines and bench area clean and free of empty bottles, trash, or cups.
  • Each team will receive one 30-second timeout each half. No timeouts will be allowed in the final three minutes of a half. Timeouts will not carry over to the next half. After 30 seconds, the teams will be whistled back onto the field. If a team does not return in a prompt manner they will either lose possession of the ball or be assessed a delay of game penalty.
  • Penalty times will be assessed by the referees. The penalty clock will begin once play is resumed as signaled by an official whistle.
  • Penalty times is doubled for running clock games.  30-second penalties become 1 minute, one-minute penalties become 2 minute, etc.
  • Quick substitutions will be allowed on sideline out-of-bounds only. Although no “substitution horn” will sound, the referees will signal a stoppage for subs. Referees will whistle the resumption of play no longer than 15 seconds after a substitution request.
  • There will be no stick checks unless requested by the opposing coach. If the stick is found to be legal, the challenging team will be charged a timeout. If no timeouts remain, a delay of game technical foul will be assessed. If the stick is not legal, the appropriate penalty will be assessed.
  • Long poles are allowed at all youth levels as long as they do not exceed 72 inches. A maximum of four “long poles” is allowed on the field.
  • Advancement rules will be in place for U13, U15 and High School games. U11 will not play with advancement rules.
  • All teams in the lead, regardless of age, must keep the ball in the offensive zone (“box”) during the last two minutes of play.
  • There will be no overtime in any games except for the final Championship game.  All ties in the Championship game will be decided by a sudden victory overtime period.
  • NO TAKE-OUT CHECKS ARE PERMITTED BY ANY PLAYER AT ANY AGE LEVEL.  Officials shall bear the responsibility of determining whether a violation has occurred.
  • Zombie Lacrosse Tournament officials and Staff reserve the right to make any changes necessary for the betterment of the event.
  • Any player, parent, spectator or coach ejected from the game will be prohibited from participating in his/her team’s next game. Such violations occurring in the final game shall be dealt with accordingly.
  • Decisions on the field will be the final ruling. No disputes will be heard after the game.
  • Tournament Directors reserve the right to disqualify any team for the following infractions:
    • Using illegal players that are not listed on the team roster submitted at check-in
    • Poor sportsmanship associated with Team Coaches, Representatives, Managers, Players, and     Team Parents.
    • Any false information on your documents provided to the Tournament host is grounds for disqualification.
  • No noisemakers will be allowed at any field.
  • No participants are allowed on the fields until 30 minutes prior to the first game of the day.
  • Absolutely NO CHARCOAL GRILLS are allowed.  Use of charcoal grills will result in your removal from the grounds.
  • Absolutely NO PETS are allowed.  Spectators with pets that are not documented service animals will be removed from the grounds.
  • Team tents will be allowed in designated areas.  Please be aware that team tents may not interfere with the games or facility operations as deemed by the tournament host and facility management.  Team tents will asked to be moved if any of the above are violated.
  • WE LOVE OUR NEW FACILITY!  Please pick up after your child, team, and self for the betterment of our event and your child’s experience!

WEATHER REFUND POLICY

The options available to the Tournament in the event of adverse weather, adverse conditions impacting event safety or other conditions that may be considered Acts of God are largely dependent upon the venue host.  Based on our contract with the venue, in the event of such adverse conditions, the Tournament Directors reserve the right to:

• Reduce game times or cancel games in order to catch up with the schedule or avoid impending adverse weather conditions.

• Finish or cancel games before inclement weather arrives or to preserve field conditions.

• Reschedule games, if possible.

  1. No refunds will be issued for games canceled for reasons other than weather (forfeits, no shows, etc.).
  2. If fields are deemed unplayable and the tournament is cancelled we will endeavor to refund a portion of each team’s entry.
  3. If the Zombie Shootout is canceled after play has begun teams will receive no refunds.
  4. No refunds will be issued for games shortened due to weather concerns.
  5. If a team has played or started their first game prior to tournament cancellation, there will be no refund.
  6. Since teams register and are paid for, under many different names, teams will be required to complete a Weather Refund Request Form that will be available on the website in the event the tournament is not playable and is cancelled.  This will indicate the team requesting the refund, to whom the check should be made payable and where the check should be mailed.
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