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The following policies and procedures have been instituted by the Greater Birmingham Youth Lacrosse

Association (GBYLA) in an effort to promote good sportsmanship for our teams & fans on game day.


Pre-Game Procedure:

  • Home team ALWAYS wears WHITE.  Opposing team must have contrasting color jerseys.
  • Duplicate jersey numbers on the same team are not allowed and may result in offending team sustaining a penalty.
  • Ensure Home Field Set Up Instructions are properly followed by the Home team.
    • Walk field to ensure playing surface is free of debris & safe for play.
    • Place end line balls on either end of playing field approximately 2-3 yards beyond the end line.
    • Set up Timer’s table w/necessary equipment ie horn, score flip board.
    • Place cones as diagramed
  • Coach introduction to one another with handshake.
  • Identify Team Captains and review roles with players (if applicable).


Officials Engagement Policy:

  • Coach introduction to Officials with handshake.
  • Rule clarification & review, if needed, by either Home or Away Coach or both.
  • Communications to Officials during the game are made by HEAD COACH only.
  • Post-game handshake.


Game Sportsmanship Message (to be read prior to game start):

  • We expect that all spectators, coaches, officials, & players will ‘Honor the Game’ by supporting all participants with positive thoughts, actions & words.  As you support your team today, show respect and courtesy for all spectators, players, coaches & officials before, during & after the game regardless of the outcome.


Sideline Conduct Policy:

  • Game and Table Volunteers
    • Table workers or those assisting at the table shall refrain from outburst or engaging with the opposing team.  Engaging with the opposing team should be done only in a manner that encourages the ideals of Honor the Game.
    • Table interaction with the opposing team Head Coach should be engaged only if a direct question is asked of the timer or scorer.
    • Interaction to Officials should be limited to questions related to the individual’s role and should only be done prior to the start of the game or during halftime.
  • All fans MUST sit or stand on the opposite side of the field from the players.
  • Photographers must refrain from engaging players during play or loitering at the end line or goal.


Playing Time Policy:

  • Youth
    • U9, U11, G13:            Two (2) quarters equivalent (to the extent possible, depending upon # of players on the team).
    • U13, G45:                              One (1) quarter equivalent.
    • G68, Middle School:            No minimum required.
    • JV and HS:                            No minimum required.


The GBYLA places a high priority on superior sportsmanship being exhibited by its players, coaches & fans. Our Sportsmanship policy will be promoted & enforced at all GBYLA competitions & sponsored events.

2018 Table Protocol (applies to all Championship eligible teams) – Table personnel are LIMITED to SIX (6) People comprised of timers, horn blowers, stat keepers, spotters & scorers.   All assistant coaches must be listed on the team GBYLA roster. Make sure to have a copy of your GBYLA roster with you on the sidelines for verification purposes. • Table or scoreboard horn (if audible enough) required to signify end of quarters and game. Failure for not having a horn results in an illegal procedure with ball awarded to opposing team to start the game. • A GBYLA Representative(s) may be present at the table at any given game and are required to identify themselves to the game officials. Please implement this Table Protocol effective immediately. Compliance will be strictly enforced by game officials. Noncompliance could result in a conduct penalty against the home team.