East Bay Bristol County Lacrosse Association is a developmental lacrosse program for boys and girls in the East Bay area of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We serve: Barrington, Bristol, Warren, Swansea, Somerset and Rehoboth.
USL does not want to remove body checking from lacrosse. The USL age appropriate rules are designed to provide an environment that foster development of critical skills in our youngest athletes. Body contact is introduced over time to prepare players for higher levels of play in high school and college but does so in a manner that creates the best playing experience at the younger ages. Research in a variety of sports has proven that player development and a positive playing experience are maximized when violent contact is limited or removed in the younger age divisions.
Are we "breaking the rules" if we schedule games on the hour and just play 20 minute halves at all age divisions?
The USL age appropriate rules were written to provide a great deal of flexibility in game times. USL recognizes that there are many factors at play locally when it comes to scheduling games and we wanted to give leagues the ability to do what works for their specific situation