U9 will follow the LTAD Option L with the following modifications:

  • Fallback
  • Shift on the fly
  • Regulation ball used.
  • No coaches on the floor

Lacrosse for Life: Stages - Box Lacrosse(print version)

U9 is for players aged 7 and 8 years old.

The purpose of the U7 and U9 leagues is to introduce, emphasize, and develop the fundamental skills of lacrosse. The focus of practices as well as games is to promote an environment that encourages participation, skill development, and overall enjoyment of the game.

The CDLA has divided the U9 leagues up into 3 areas:

South Calgary - Axemen / Sabrecats Okotoks / High River

North Calgary - Hornets, Knights and Strathmore

Rockyview - Rockyview

The reason for this is to allow for all games to be played close to home and reduce travel to and from games.

Score is kept and entered into the League Management System.

Full length of the floor

Time Allotment:  60-minute games

Real lacrosse balls used in game 

3 x 12 - minute run time periods

3x3 CLA approved nets

3 min break in between periods

Shot Clocks are not used

Changing “on the fly” (no Shifts)

After goals, possession is awarded to the goalie who was scored on

5 Minute warm up

Please consult ALA Regulations for full U9 rules. 


Penalties will be served by the offending player 

 Fall Back Rule: 

  • Applies anytime the goalie has the ball
  • Awarded possession or a save is made
  • Goalie MUST pass the ball in the air to a teammate outside the 24’ circle
  • Rolling the ball to a teammate is not permitted

Defensive players are required to retreat behind the restraining line

  • If the arena has no restraining line, a different line shall be indicated to both coaches prior to the start of the game
  • If a mistake is made, blow the whistle down and have the goalie re-do it
  • All defensive players must “tag up” outside the “attacking zone” (outside the restraining/otherwise indicated line) before anyone can re-enter the zone
  • If the defensive team fails to entirely retreat during dynamic play, blow the play down and award possession to the goalie
  • Ensure all defensive players are on the other side of the restraining line before play is blown in again following a failure to clear the zone:


  • Place and Push: Defensive players may place their stick on the ball carrier and push them away
  • A defensive player may check an offensive player by placing their stick head on the opposing player’s stick head


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