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OCL BYLAWS AND RULES

OLD COLONY LACROSSE LEAGUE BY-LAWS


ARTICLE 1 - ORGANIZATION

  • The name of the organization shall be THE OLD COLONY LACROSSE LEAGUE.
  • Such name may be referred as OCLL in informal communications.
  • The organization may by a vote of the Membership change its name.
  • The OCLL will not consist of more than ten participating Towns.
  • The OCLL consists of the following Towns as of 11/1/17: Abington, Braintree, Bridgewater, Quincy, Rockland, Stoughton, West Bridgewater, Weymouth, Whitman/Hanson        


ARTICLE 2   - PURPOSE

  • The purpose of the OCLL is to provide a boys lacrosse league for like-minded programs on the South Shore.
  • Provide a safe, fun, and learning environment for the game of lacrosse. Emphasizing fair play, respect, and good sportsmanship. 
  • Grow the game of lacrosse in the participating Towns.


ARTICLE 3 - MEMBERSHIP

  • Membership is open to interested lacrosse players from grades 1 through 8, coaches and volunteers of participating Towns.
  • Members must be a registered player with US Lacrosse and abide by the US Lacrosse Code of Conduct.
  • Any adult who coaches must be approved by their Towns governing body, be a registered coach with US Lacrosse, abide by the US Lacrosse Code of Conduct, complete an online concussion course, and be CORI checked.
  • Any volunteer who will be in contact with the players must be CORI checked
  • Participating Towns must certify their members by providing a letter stating that: 

 1. All members and coaches are registered with US Lacrosse.

 2. All coaches and specified volunteers are CORI checked.

 3. All coaches have completed and online concussion course.   

ARTICLE 4 - OFFICERS

  • The OCLL with be run by an Executive Director and Board of Directors. Kevin Orcutt will hold the position of Executive Director until such time as he resigns. At that time the Board of Directors will vote on a new Executive Director.
  • The Executive Director may appoint up to 2 Asst. Executive Directors to assist in operating the OCL. The Asst. Executive Directors will have no voting rights.
  • Each participating Town will have one voting member on the Board of Directors.  The participating Town must provide the Executive Director the name and contact information of the voting member. 
  • In the event the voting member cannot participate in a vote, a proxy may be used with 24 hours prior notice the Executive Director.   


ARTICLE 5 -  MEETINGS

  • There will be no less than 3 meetings per year: Two pre-season and one post season.
  • The Executive Director may call additional meeting as necessary.


ARTICLE 6 -  AMENDMENTS

  • Amendments to the OCLL Rules and or By-Laws must carry a simple majority by the voting members. In the case of a tie vote, the Executive Director will be the deciding vote.
  • An Amendment may be brought to the Board of Directors by any voting member at a schedule meeting.
  • Should the need arise; the Executive Director may call a vote on an Amendment by email. Each voting member must respond within 24 hours.  

OCLL Rules of Play and Responsibilities

OCLL Responsibilities

  •  Schedule games
  •  Schedule Officials.
  •  Dispute resolution. (Reported by Official or Town)

o   If no problem found, no further action is required

o   If problem found, OCLL Chairman will contact Towns Representative to address issues and make corrections if required

o   All decisions made by OCLL Chairman are final.  


Town Responsibilities

  • Ensure all players are eligible.
  • Ensure all players are properly equipped. (No hockey or football equipment.)
    • NOCSAE Lacrosse Helmet (Official has final say for any helmet issues)
    • Mouth Guard
    • Lacrosse Shoulder Pads
    • Lacrosse Gloves
    • Lacrosse Elbow Pads
    • Goalies: Throat Guard and Chest Protector (Elbow pads optional at U13/U15)
    • Athletic Cup
  • Home Team will pay all Officials fees.
  • Home Team will provide a time/score keeper for each game.
  • Home Team will provide for a field on game day.
  • Home Team will provide for portable creases for younger age groups.
  • Home Team will provide NOCSAE stamped white lacrosse balls


Rules of Play for U15, U13 & U11 Age Levels

  • Games will be played in four (4) Ã??Ã?¢?? 15 minute running time quarters for the U15, 13 minute running time for the U13 and U11 age groups, and 2 20 minute running time halfÃ??Ã?¢??s for U9. There will 2 minutes between quarters and a 4 minute half time. The Home Team is expected to have a dedicated person as time/score keeper..
  • There will be one timeout per half per team. 
  • Overtime will be played in 4 minute sudden death quarters. (2 quarter maximum)
  • If any team gains a 5+ goal lead; the trailing team MUST receive the ball at midfield without a face off (unless waived by trailing team). Face offs resume when the margin returns to five goals or less.
  • If any team gains a 10+goal lead, the leading team will be required to complete 4 passes in their offensive before shooting.  The leading team is also encouraged Ã??Ã?¢??ease offÃ??Ã?¢?? pressure on the opposing team. 
  • Games cannot be played without an EMLOA USL certified official. The Home team is responsible for payment of officialÃ??Ã?¢??s on game day.
    • U15  1 EMOLA Official & 1 Associate Official or 2 EMOLA Officials
    • U13  1 EMOLA Official & 1 Associate Official or 2 EMLOA Officials
    • U11  1 EMOLA Official & 1 Associate Official or 2 Senior Associate Officials
    • U9    1 Associate Official.  
  • NO take out checks at any age level.  Example: Any hit with or without possession that has the intent--in the Officials opinion--of injuring or putting the opponent on the ground.  On first offense player will be called for an unsportsmanlike personal foul with an automatic non-releasable 2 or 3 minutes time-serving penalty (Officials discretion).  If same player is called for a 2nd offense, player is automatically ejected from game and will stay on the sideline for the remainder of the game. 
  • All other rules & guidelines not otherwise noted here will be played according to US Lacrosse Youth Rules.
  • NO take out checks at any age level.  Example: Any hit with or without possession that has the intent--in the Officials opinion--of injuring or putting the opponent on the ground.  On first offense player will be called for an unsportsmanlike personal foul with an automatic non-releasable 2 or 3 minutes time-serving penalty (Officials discretion).  If same player is called for a 2nd offense, player is automatically ejected from game and will stay on the sideline for the remainder of the game. 
  • All other rules & guidelines not otherwise noted here will be played according to US Lacrosse Youth Rules.


U15 Age Level Specifically:

  • Up to 4 long poles, each measuring up to 72" (including stick head & shaft), are permitted on the field at any one time.
  • U15 teams will apply the 20 second count to clear the ball over the half field line and will apply the 10 second count to get the ball in to the offensive box. 
  • All substitutions are on the Ã??Ã?¢??flyÃ??Ã?¢??.
  • The Official may apply a stall call and the team with possession must get it in the Ã??Ã?¢??boxÃ??Ã?¢?? within a 10 second count.  In the final 2 minutes of a game, the team with the lead must get in the Ã??Ã?¢??boxÃ??Ã?¢??, within a 10 second count once crossing the midline.
  • No 1 handed checks are allowed.

U13 Age Level Specifically:

  • Only 3 long poles each measuring up to 60" (including stick head & shaft), are permitted on the field at any one time.
  • U13 teams will apply the 20 second count to clear the ball over the half field line and will apply the 10 second count to get the ball in to the offensive box. The official will have leeway as to the official count on clearing as long as there is an effort to clear.
  • Substitutions are allowed on sideline out of bounds. 
  • In the final 2 minutes of a game, the team with the lead must get in the "box", within a 10 second count once crossing the midline.
  • No one handed checks.(Slash)
  • No downward checks where any part of the stick is raised above the players shoulders.(Slash)

U11 Age Level Specifically:

  • No long poles allowed.
  • No clearing count.
  • Substitutions will be allowed at the discretion of the Official at any stoppage of play.
  • No one handed checks.
  • No downward checks. Poke and lift checks only.
  • No body checks.
  • Penalties will not be served. Offending player will be substituted for no less than the length of penalty assessed.
  • There must be no less than 2 pass attempts on the offensive side, before the team is "Hot" and may shoot. Should there be a stoppage of play, the ball goes out of bounds, or change of possession the team must attempt the passes again.
  • No face-offs. Alternate possession after a goal, beginning with the away team. 
  • Played on a standard size field of play, unless both coaches agree to a modification.
  • 2 Coaches may be on the field. One on the defensive side, one on the offensive side.  Coaches are only allowed to enter the field when ball is on the other end from where they are coaching.

U9 Age Level Specifically:

  • No long poles allowed.
  • No clearing count.
  • Substitutions will be allowed at the discretion of the Official at any stoppage of play.
  • No one handed checks.
  • Lift checks only.
  • Penalties will not be served. Offending player will be substituted for no less than the length of penalty assessed.
  • There must be no less than 2 pass attempts on the offensive side, before the team is "Hot" and may shoot. Should there be a stoppage of play, the ball goes out of bounds, or change of possession the team must attempt the passes again.
  • No face-offs. Alternate possession after a goal, beginning with the away team. 
  • Played on a standard size field of play, unless both coaches agree to a modification.
  • 2 Coaches are allowed on the field. One on the offensive side, one on the defensive side.

Age and Eligibility

Teams will be based on grade level

  • Grade levels are defined as follows: 
    • U15 8th and 7th grades
    • U13 6th and 5th grades
    • U11 4th and 3rd grades
    • U9  2nd and 1st grades
  • Players must play in the town where he attends school.  Should the players go to school outside of his Town; the player's official address will determine the town.
  • Should a player be repeating 8 th grade a waiver must be given by the Chairman.
  • If a town is unable to field at least one team at any age level, the Chairman will determine if players from another Town be allowed to play in that Town or vise-versa.

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