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1.    DMLL is a safe recreational non-contact lacrosse league (no deliberate body contact in our programs). Stick contact is NOT allowed. Unreasonable force will be penalized. Hitting a player's stick before he gains control of the ball will result in possession to the non-offending team.

2.      Dangerous Shot rule: A player may shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor and should make every effort to find an open lane when possible. A player who hits an opponent with the ball while shooting will be assessed a minor penalty. This assumes the defending player was not in the crease or not trying to block the shot in which case no penalty would be assessed.

3.    Possession limit: a FIVE second possession rule is applied where a pass or shot must be completed otherwise possession will be awarded to the opposition. On breakaways the rule does not apply.

4.    (Please allow a SIX foot distance when possession is awarded to an opponent.)

5.    Face-offs: Any player clamping the ball for more than 3 seconds or if a player crosses the restraining lines (End lines or Circles), the ball shall be awarded to the non-offending team.

6.      Players making contact with their hand on the ball will result in loss of possession.

7.    Penalty shots/penalties: Any penalties will result in a penalty shot (Fall/Winter) awarded to the non offending team. If it's a major penalty, two penalty shots will be awarded. A unsportsmanlike penalty will also result in a penalty shot awarded to the non offending team.

8.    Fighting is NOT allowed and will result in a suspension. Any attempt to deliberately injure a player will also result in a suspension.

9.    A player receiving three penalties of any kind in a game will receive an automatic game suspension.

10.  There are no moving picks allowed, violation results in loss of possession. An offensive player with the ball who drives into a defensive player will result in a loss of possession or a minor penalty if applicable.

11.  A Zone Defense is NOT permitted unless the subject team is short-handed. Once a warning has been issued to the offending team a second infraction to the same team shall result in a minor penalty.

12.  In the last THREE minutes of the game a team will have up to ten seconds to move the ball over centre from their defensive zone, otherwise possession shall be awarded to the
non-offending team. Also in the last THREE minutes, once an attacking team is in the offensive zone with the ball they cannot go back over centre into the defensive zone with the ball (over and back), otherwise they lose the ball to the opposition.

13.  STALLING Rule-Last THREE minute, offensive team has 20 seconds, to shoot on goalie, monitored and counted down by referee. Count down starts at 10 seconds.

14.  OVERTIME RULE: Occurs in Playoffs and Championship rounds. OT length of three minutes with 4 on 4 mix. Sudden death is in play for the OT.

15.  ON A SHOT: The closet player to the ball when it crosses the out of bounds line is awarded possession.(Fall & Winter)

16.  The ball carrier may not run past more than ONE player when ADVANCING TOWARDS THE NET in the offensive zone. A loss of possession will result.

17.    Play will be stopped when the lacrosse ball strikes the goalie in the head. Possession will be given to the goalie when play resumes.

18.  Mandatory equipment required includes: CSA helmet and facemask, lacrosse stick, lacrosse or hockey gloves, running shoes.  (CHIN Straps MUST be done up!!!!)

19.      Time/Games shall be three periods of 16 minutes, each running time, with the last 1 minute of the third period stop-time only if there is a TWO goal or less spread. Each team shall be permitted one time-out per game of 20 seconds.


 Respect Check Code of Conduct Policy

The City of Oshawa is committed to creating and promoting a safe, healthy, respectful and welcoming environment where there is respect for others and responsibility for all actions.

What is Respect Check?

Respect Check is a code of conducpolicy which enforces a set of expectations to address inappropriate behaviours, violence and vandalism that negatively affects the experience of individuals or creates unsafe conditions.

The policy identifies how these behaviours will be addressed when it occurs within any City facility, in association with any service, program or event provided by, or associated with the City of Oshawa.

Respect Check Pledge:

·        Enjoy the Oshawa facilities and programs in your community. Think of the opportunities and benefits they provide.

·        Respect the dignity and spirit of all people - children, youth, adults and staff.

·        Treat all people in our programs and facilities fairly and equitably.

·        Create supportive, positive experiences for the purpose of building confidence, developing and improving skills, and having fun.

·        Do not take part in or tolerate behaviour that frightens embarrasses, demoralizes or negatively affects the self-esteem of any of the people in our programs and facilities.

·        Promote and encourage positive behaviours to reduce the likelihood of violence in our programs and facilities.

·        Do not tolerate abusive or disrespectful language or actions by anyone.

·        Respect public property and the property of others.

·        Set a positive example for others.


City staff's primary concern is the safety of members of the public, employees, volunteers. Staff will promote a positive, safe and supportive environment at each of our facilities, parks and trails.

Patrons who visit or take part in a program, service or event are to be respectful of the rights of others, use appropriate language and respect the dignity and spirit of all people.

Organizations and user groups making use of city facilities, parks and trails are responsible for applying the Respect Check policy to their programs, to champion ethical conduct, foster healthy and active lifestyles and create a safe and welcoming environment.

Staff and patrons who observe inappropriate behaviour and activities are to report it as soon as possible upon witnessing the behaviour.