Lacrosse regulations for 2019 - 20 | Published 1 September

LAC i The BUCS Lacrosse Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the FIL Rules1&2.

LAC ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

LAC iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the FIL Rules1&2, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

1Please note that BUCS WILL NOT be adopting the FIL 2019-2020 Men's Official Rules, published in August 2018, for the Men's Lacrosse programme for the 2019-20 season. As such, the rules as they stood in the FIL 2017-2018 Men's Official Rules shall stand for the 2019-20 season. As ever, any BUCS regulations shall supersede the FIL Rules, unless specifically stated otherwise. The FIL changes will be reviewed and considered for application for the 2020-21 BUCS season.

2Please note that BUCS WILL be adopting the FIL 2018-2019 Women's Official Rules, published in January 2019, for the Women’s Lacrosse programme for the 2019-20 season. As ever, any BUCS regulations shall supersede the FIL Rules, unless specifically stated otherwise.


LAC 1 Affiliations All institutions must affiliate with their National Governing Body by the deadline stated in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document and possibly further disciplinary action.

LAC 2 There shall be separate Team Championships for Men and Women. The programme for each Championships shall include leagues and knockout competitions as per BUCS general regulations, Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) and Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout Information’).

LAC 3 Pitches Pitches must be marked to the minimum dimensions as outlined in the FIL Rules for the specific gender competition. Unified pitch markings to be used if shared between both codes. It is the responsibility of the first named (home) team when confirming the fixture (note REG 9.5) to advise the opposition team and all match officials of the playing surface and on any footwear restrictions and the type of surface to be used (note REG 9.3.3).

LAC 4 Match officials Match officials should be appointed as per Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’).

LAC 4.1 All Men’s and Women’s teams are required to submit to BUCS the names of at least two qualified officials within their club who are able to officiate in the absence of neutral officials by the deadline stated in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document. Failure to do so will lead to sanctions as outlined in the BUCS Sport Specific Affiliations Document and possibly further disciplinary action.

LAC 5 Squad size The maximum squad size shall be 23 players for Men’s teams and 18 players for Women’s teams.

LAC 6 Substitutes Substitutes shall be used in accordance with the FIL Rules.

LAC 7 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players per team required for a fixture to start will be seven for Men’s teams and eight for Women’s teams.

LAC 8 Duration of play In a variation to the FIL Rules, there shall be no use of stopping clocks, only running clocks.

LAC 9 Ties in league matches A tie in league matches can occur. If at the end of normal time the score is tied, then the match will be counted as a draw and each team will receive 1 point.

LAC 10 Ties in knockout matches

LAC 10.1 Men's In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, the FIL 2017-2018 Men's Official Rules overtime procedures of Rule 31 shall be followed.

LAC 10.2 Women's In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, the FIL sudden victory overtime procedures shall be followed.

LAC 11 Additional Women’s Lacrosse specific requirements

LAC 11.1 It is recommended that all players should wear protective and appropriate eye goggles.

LAC 12 Additional Premier Tier/Championship specific requirements

LAC 12.1 Facilities should be of an appropriate quality for Premier Tier/Championship matches and should comply with National Governing Body regulations for matches of this standard.

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