League Info


The National College Lacrosse League was founded in 1990 by Scott Frederick. With an initial 34 charter members, the NCLL consists of over 130 teams throughout 16 states and 11 conferences. The first weekend of each May, the National Tournament Elite Eight is held to determine a Division I and II National Champion. The 2017 National Tournament will be hosted on May 6th & 7th at Navy in Annapolis, MD.

Rules of Play

All NCLL Conferences have their own assignor. Please contact the NCLL at ncll@ncllax.com to verify your conference NCLL authorized assignor. All members are required to use the NCLL assignors for league competition. Assignors are contracted through the NCLL and any discrepancies must be reported within 48 hours of contest result. The NCLL uses NCAA modified rules for league play and while similar, the NCLL rules are in some ways substantially different. It is recommended that each team consult with the Referee before each game to verify current NCLL rules of play.

See: http://www.uslacrosse.org/rules/mens-rules.aspx

The following are exceptions to the 2017 NCAA Rules of Play:

Game Length

Four 20 minute running periods with last 2:00 minutes stop/start if the score is within 2 goals. Penalty time is always stop/start. Timeouts stop game clock.


Teams do not have to have matching gloves or helmets.


Must be NOCSAE approved and/or have manufacturers label.


Cross shall be as in the NCAA Rules (stick head at least 6 inches wide).

However the graduated head widths (2010 rules) and the 2013 rule with respect to shooting strings and single sidewalls rule are not enforced. Only four long crosses may be in the game, not counting the goalie’s cross. In a stick check, all sticks must be the NCAA length and stick head minimum of 6 inches wide at the top. The ball must not be hindered in the vertical test nor the top of the ball be seen in the horizontal test.

Equipment to be worn in accordance with NCAA Rules:

This includes arm pads, gloves, NOCSAE helmets and mouth guards. Shoulder pads, rib pads and protective cups are recommended, but not required. Goalies not required to wear arm pads or shoulder pads, but must wear all other equipment required for goalies including throat protections and chest protectors.


Multiple-Team Tie (3 or more teams)

A. Three or more teams tied are viewed as a “mini-conference” when comparing head-to-head results. The team with the best record vs. the other two teams in the mini-conference gains the advantage. If all the teams in the mini-conference have the same mini-conference record, proceed to B below.

B. The next step in breaking all or part of a mini-conference tie is each team’s record vs. the next team occupying the highest position in the Deep South Conference, continuing down through the conference standings until one team gains an advantage based upon won-loss record only.

C. If all teams then have the same position, the NCLL will use Goals Against of the three top teams and Goal Differential of the three top teams as the next two steps. If two teams have the same but have an advantage over the third, the head to head winner is the higher seed. Barring those events, the NCLL will use one ping pong ball for each team and randomly select the #1, #2 and #3 seeded teams.

D. For 4th seed, if all steps above are taken and no advantage exists, the NCLL will have a play in game for the final position instead of choosing a team based on the last option in C. In that scenario, the NCLL will select heads or tails for one team and flip a coin to determine host of game or use neutral field as last option.

Penalties: NCAA Penalty Rules apply except as changed in these rules.


Goalies need not serve their own penalties unless a severe personal foul of two minutes or greater OR an unsportsmanlike conduct is assessed.  The in-home player shall serve the goalies penalty if no other goalie is available. All goalies must be properly equipped.

Stick Checks

Each team reserves the right to check an opponent’s check and if found illegal, keeps the stick check as an option: when found legal the team that requested the stick check loses all future options. No stick may be checked after a game winning overtime goal, as the game is then over. Stick heads may be either NHFS or NCAA approved.

In absence of said exceptions, all NCAA rules apply.  (Exception: Teams are not penalized for 3 faceoff violations in a half.)

Uniforms and Stick Explanation

NCLL teams are encouraged to use full sets of uniforms and team shorts. It is acceptable for first year teams to use pinnies in lieu of sleeved uniforms for competition, but it is expected that teams will have matching team uniforms or sublimated pinnies and/or shooter shirts within their third spring as well as matching shorts. Shorts should be of predominant and matching color for first year teams.

All players must use NOCSAE approved helmets with four points chin straps as well as abide by all NCAA Rules for playing year including mouth guards. Teams do not have to have matching helmets and/or gloves.  Sticks must be NCAA length requirement but can either be NCAA or NHFS approved as the NCLL uses the horizontal and vertical tests to ensure that the ball comes out freely. There as no regulations on the V stringing method. The width of any stick must be a minimum of 6″ across at the widest width. For the pocket, the top of the ball cannot be seen when the stick is held horizontally and the ball comes out freely on the vertical test including north and south when tilted on its’ axis, then there are no violations. The officials may ask at any time to check a stick during a game only, not before or after the completion of said contest. Each team gets one stick check and retains the stick check is the stick is found illegal. In OT or when there is no time on the clock and the game is over, no stick checks are permitted according to NCAA rules. All sticks are subject to a potential stick check, regardless if the stick is used in the game or not, this includes all sticks on the sidelines.