Section 1. RULES

  1. Boys and Girls

All contests under the jurisdiction of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League in Lacrosse shall be played according to National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Rules, except for any special rules adopted by the Principals’ Committee on Athletics.


  1. It shall be the responsibility of the home team to:
  1. Supply the time clock, scorer, and a table at mid-line.
  2. Supply scorebook and score sheet.
  3. Provide at least 6 game balls and ball retrievers behind each goal
  4. Pay officials
  5. Mark field according to rules, and have restraining lines for each field.
  6. Game Score Reports: In accordance with Article 6, Section 14, all contest scores are to be reported on-line on the RIIL Website. Coaches obtain access to the system through their Athletic Director.
  1. Mouth pieces must be worn by all players at all games and practices
  2. Boys must wear a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, and gloves.
  3. Goalies for both boys and girls lacrosse must wear all padding and equipment according to the rule book.
  4. All uniforms must have a distinctive color. (Home team shall wear a white/light color jersey, away/visiting team shall wear a dark color jersey). In the event of two similar colors on game day, the home team will be responsible to wear a different color. See rule book for specifications.


  1. Note: Boys and Girls Lacrosse coaches must comply with Article 7, Section 6.D.2 (coaching during the off season).



The Director of Lacrosse shall make up schedules and order of games. No school shall make any change to the schedule, unless both schools and the Director of Lacrosse agree to said change – See article 1, Section D (Home Confirmation Schedule)


The home school should provide the services of a licensed doctor and/or a licensed athletic trainer at all boys lacrosse games. The medical personnel must introduce himself/herself to both coaches and referee prior to the start of the game. S/he shall sit on the home team bench so that s/he will be available at all times.



The postponement rules contained in Article 4, unless otherwise stated, shall govern all postponed Lacrosse games.



Section 4. OFFICIALS

RIIL assigned official’s authority extends to pre and post-game oversight. Fighting and unsportsmanlike penalties will be within the authority of the officials at all times at the contest site. It shall be the responsibility of the Officials and the Host School to ensure that only players, personnel, coaches, and team officials be in the bench area during the contest.


  1. Only RIIL registered officials may be used for League games. Officials shall be assigned by the Director of Lacrosse.

Section 5. PLAYOFFS

The Championship playoffs will be conducted under the direction of the Director of Lacrosse in a format determined by the Director of Lacrosse, approved by the Principals’ Committee on Athletics.


Playoffs will be determined by final team standings. Seeding will be the responsibility of the Director of Lacrosse (ties in final standings will be determined by head to head team competition, and other approved tiebreakers). Any playoff game suspended due to inclement weather, darkness, or any other reason, shall be rescheduled for the next playable date and resumed at the point of suspension to completion.