One of the key points of emphasis in the boys’ youth rules for 12U, 10U, and 8U addressed allowable body and stick checking. Limitations on body checks at those age levels are intended to help players in developing the fundamental skills of lacrosse while instilling a love and excitement of playing the game.
Feedback collected by US Lacrosse via its annual rules survey following the first season of the new youth rules has been overwhelmingly positive. “The responses from parents, coaches and officials have been about 85-percent favorable on these changes,” said Rick Lake, men’s game senior manager at US Lacrosse.
Clearly, limitations on body and stick checks at the youth levels helps to maintain a safer game for players who are still developing their skills.
“Our hope is that, first and foremost, players will learn the fundamentals of playing good defense,” Lake said. “Delivering good stick checks and using defensive positioning to redirect or force an opponent into an unfavorable shooting position are the techniques that should be taught and learned.
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