Coastal Sports tournaments has high standards when it comes to the sportsmanship and character of all participating teams, coaches, officials, and spectators. We expect that all participating parties carefully read and adhere to the following tournament Rules & Guidelines.
All divisions will use 2018 US Lacrosse NFHS rules with the following modifications:
Officials will keep penalty time in all games. Penalties will be normal length start/stop time.
All scoring and advancement will be done electronically using TourneyMachine. The TourneyMachine App can be downloaded from the website.
The scoring table will keep game time and official score using a visible scoreboard or electronic scoreboard.
Each Head Coach and one Official must sign the score sheet at the end of each game. The score recorded at the end of the game is considered final and not subject to challenge
Players are to play on one team in one division. All teams must submit roster and waiver information prior to the start of their first game. Teams using players who have not filled out the waiver will be disqualified without refund.
Teams will have 1 timeout per game. The clock will continue running during all timeouts. No timeouts are allowed in the final 2 minutes of a game. The clock will stop at 2 minutes if during a timeout.
Games will be 25 minute running time halves with a 3 minute halftime.
Games will start on time and will not stop under any circumstance except an extended injury timeout. It will then be referee discretion to add up to 4 minutes to the end of the game time but no more than that.
Within pool play, each win will count as 3 points, ties will count as 1 point, and losses as 0 points. Games may end in a tie during pool play.
During playoff bracket play teams will play sudden-victory overtime periods until a goal is scored. There are no time-outs during overtime.
In the event of a tie, seeds for bracket play will be determined by the following tiebreaker
(1) head-to-head result,
(2) goals against
(3) goal differential up to 7 goals maximum per game,
(4) coin toss
CHECKING. All legal stick & body checks are permitted. All stick checks must be executed with proper intent of contact with the ball carriers stick and or gloves.
In the event of weather conditions or any other circumstances that prevent the continuation of tournament game play or shorten the available timeframe to play, the tournament directors will post either a modified schedule of game times or post a cancellation of the remainder of the event. Tournament directors will use playoff bracket tie-breaker rules when applicable to determine champions in each age division if enough games have been played to reach a playoff. All effort will be made to remain on schedule or to offer abbreviated games. If playoff games are reached, no refund policy will apply. If a playoff is not reached, the posted tournament refund policy will apply and the tournament directors will be in touch directly with team representatives.
2026 & 2025 Division – Specific Modifications:
10U will not have timed ball advancement rules applied except the 4 second goalie crease.
Long sticks up to 54” are allowed in the 2026 & 2025 division.
No coaches are permitted on the field except when called on by the referee to address an injury; coaches must remain in the coaches area at all times.
Penalties will be assessed as a one-whistle fast break. The midfielder with the ball will get a 5 yard head start from the midline, and all remaining midfielders must be behind the midfield line until play resumes. The offending player must be substituted off of the field and cannot immediately return. The referee is permitted to send an offending player off the field if he returns immediately. Substitutions do not apply to the goalies unless the referee deems the actions as unsportsmanlike.
In the event that a goal is scored during a flag down situation, a fast break will still be given if the resulting penalty is a personal foul. If the goal wipes off the penalty a face-off will ensue.
In the event of multiple personal fouls a team will be rewarded multiple fast breaks. The first fast break will end once the ball hits the ground or ten seconds has passed. The teams will then reset for a second fast break. Multiple procedural fouls, such as two players off-sides, will result in a single fast break.
2024, 2023, & 2022 Divisions – Specific Modifications:
12U & 14U will apply all ball advancement rules per 2017 NFHS guidelines.
Long sticks are permitted in these divisions.
In the event of a goalie penalty in a situation where a team does not have a back-up goalie ready to play, an on-field attackmen will be selected by the officials to serve the penalty. However if the officials determine the goalie’s actions as unsportsmanlike, a substitution request can then be made at the Tournament Director's discretion.
Sportsmanship & Conduct
Coaches are not permitted on the field except when called on by the referee to address an injury; coaches must remain in the coaches area at all times.
Only Head Coaches are permitted to address the officials and must do so in a respectful manner.
Poor sportsmanship, taunting, "trash talking", fighting, and all other unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerated from coaches, players, or spectators. Fighting will result in the involved players ejection from the tournament at the determination of the Director in consideration of the severity.
Spectators may not harass, taunt, or display other unsportsmanlike conduct toward any player, coach, official, or staff member. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to celebrate the sport in a festive and positive manner. Any spectators that disregard this protocol will be asked to leave the park for the duration of the tournament.
How to Report Concerns & Issues Any questions, concerns or issues in regard to teams, players, coaches, spectators or the tournament in general must be brought to the attention of the Tournament Director by a team’s Head Coach or Manager only.
To report questions, concerns or issues, one of the following actions should be taken.
On the field during a game: Ask the table staff member at the field to request that the Tournament Director report to the field, please provide a brief overview of the issue.
Before or after a game: Report to Tournament HQ Tent and request to speak to the Tournament Director, please provide a brief overview of the issues.
Please remain respectful of tournament staff members and understand that they will only be ableto help solve the issue at hand by contacting the Tournament Director.
Inclement Weather In the event of weather conditions or any other circumstances that prevent the continuation of tournament game play or shorten the available timeframe to play, the tournament directors will post either a modified schedule of game times or post a cancellation of the remainder of the event. The Tournament Director will use playoff bracket tie-breaker rules when applicable to determine champions in each age division if enough games have been played to reach a playoff.
All effort will be made to remain on schedule or to offer abbreviated games. If playoff games are reached, no refund policy will apply.
RegSaver is offered to teams during registration to cover unforseen weather events and Acts of God. There will be no refunds if an portion of the tournament is cancelled.
We request that teams establish a centralized location in a designated area, supervised by a responsible individual, to prepare for games and at which to meet before and after games. There are designated areas for pop-up tents at the park. Players should put their pads on and leave their gear bags at the designated location and not at the playing field. This helps to minimize the potential for leave-behinds. We appreciate coach and program director support in this regard.