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  • 2 - 20-minute running halves. Officials will keep time on the field.

  • 5 Minute halftime, 5 minutes Between Games

  • 1 time out per half,  the game clock will stop under 2 minutes left in the game with a time out if the goal differential is less than 3 goals.

  • Overtime will be decided with a Braveheart 2 Field Players and a Goalie

  • Playoffs Games will have 5 - minute sudden-victory overtime, each team will be allowed 1 timeout. if no team scores we will go to a Braveheart

  • (Championship Games will have 10-minute sudden-victory overtime, each team will be allowed 1 timeout. if no team scores we will go to a Braveheart)

  • Each team is guaranteed four games.

  • Divisions are Determined by US Lacrosse age guidelines.  We will not be offering exemptions for age.  Our goal is to ensure fairness at all levels of play. 

  • Players can play on more than one team. However, it cannot be in the same division and they cannot switch teams for playoffs.  If the tournament directors feel that this rule is being abused we reserve the right to make a decision based on the circumstance. 

  • Teams that leave the tournament early not completing their game will not be invited back to the Sunshine State Games unless it is agreed upon by both opponents.  

  • The tournament reserves the right to shorten games, extend games, or cancel games due to inclement weather or injury.

  • Seeding and Tie Breakers

  • The playoff format will be determined based on the number of entries per division.

  • Seeding will be determined by Record, Head to Head, Goals against, then Goal Differential. An exception may apply in a 3-way tiebreaker.  Please refer to the Tie Breaker Explained in detail page


  • Game Rules and Penalties

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  • Penalties are 1.5 of the infraction time. The timeout can be called; penalty time will stop but the game clock will continue.

  • U8 / U10 - Penalties time served, Max 54" long poles are allowed. 7 v 7 format 

  • There is a 6 goal mercy rule.  The losing team has the option to receive the ball after a goal or continue to face off.  


  • Rules Specific to Girls

  • There will be no stick check prior to the game

  • The Middle School division follows USL rules pertaining to U13 and U15 rules. Modified checking only- checking only when the entire crosse is below the shoulder level. The check must be in a downward direction away from the body (major foul). No checking above the shoulder.

  • Mouthguards and Protective Eyewear Is Mandatory For All Players

  • Protective headgear Optional


  • Rules for the Divisions playing 7 V 7 formats


  • For 7 v 7 games: Onside is in effect - 2 Attack, 2 Middies, 2 Defense, 1 Goalie

  • Penalties will not be timed served but the offending player will be subbed out and the other team will be given a 3 v 2 fast break with the other middies trailing 5 yards behind.  

  • A game-ending tied is decided by a 3 v 3 Braveheart (2 field players and a goalie), which begins immediately after regulation time with a faceoff.   No substitutions will be allowed during a Braveheart.   Championship games will go to a 7 v 7 sudden death overtime, each team will be awarded one time out.  

  • Each period begins with a faceoff. Wing middies must be positioned to the left of their faceoff man, at the intersection of the sideline and the midline. Defensemen and attackmen must remain behind the goal line extended until the referee’s signal possession. The goalie must remain in the crease area until possession is signalled


  • General Rules

  • Flagrant disrespect toward an official, player, or coach may result in ejection from the game and possibly the tournament. Tournament ejections will be at the discretion of the tournament directors.  This rule applies to spectators as well.  

  • Spectators must remain outside of the team areas and off of the fields

  • Please clean up your bench area after. 


  • Player Waivers

  • Every player must submit a completed waiver to participate. Waivers can be filled out online by selecting the Waivers Tab.

Sunshine State Games Fall Classic - Vero Beach

November 5th - 6th, 2022

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