The Arizona Lacrosse League was formed with the intent of being an interscholastic lacrosse governing body following the same spirit as the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) and similar entities. The league at its inception voted on the acceptable boundaries and player eligibility rules and guidance. These rules have and will be revised as new programs form around the state to ensure fair play and the opportunity for competitive balance. This is in keeping with customary practices of virtually all interscholastic athletic organizations that oversee competitions, including both the precursors to the Arizona Lacrosse League and across the country in lacrosse and other sports.
Specific program boundaries for high schools, rule changes, and bylaws can be found under the appropriate sections of the league website. If the player is eligible to compete based on AIA rules, generally he is eligible under league rules. Special circumstances (e.g. a player graduating early from high school) that are not dealt with in the rules or bylaws should be directed to the league.
The rules state:
(a) A player must play for the team or club [Participating Organization] that (i) the school he attends identifies as being affiliated exclusively with that school, or (ii) the team or club that identifies itself as being affiliated exclusively with the school he attends, provided such a team or club exists.
(b) In all other cases, the player shall play for the team affiliated with the high school geographically closest to the high school within the district of the player’s residence. The player may choose to play for the team affiliated with the high school geographically closest to the player’s residence; the player’s decision must be made prior to the Date of Exclusivity. A player attending a private school or charter school, or who is exclusively home-schooled, shall play for the team assigned the boundaries within which his residence is located.
[Note: players that attend a school sponsoring lacrosse as a varsity sport generally fall under (i), while clubs fall under section (ii)]
[Note: In 2016 a league wide vote adopted this policy and further clarified eligibility and subsequently added the 2016 ) See policy below. ]
Applications to switch teams based on a perceived lack of ability or personality conflict with the current coaching staff will be not be considered unless there is a formal request to investigate a violation of league rules by the coach. The ALL wants to ensure that all parents and parent organizations put the well-being and safety of their children participating in the ALL first in their priorities. Each organization is responsible for the conduct and vetting of the coaches they hire. The Participating Organizations are responsible for ensuring that coaches have acceptable references and undergone background checks, and attests to this when they register with the ALL.
While the ALL wants to ensure that every player wanting to play has the ability to do so, that does not mean that players may choose to play for any team they desire. If parents feel strongly enough to want their child to play for a specific program then the option exists to enroll in the school that is associated with the organization for which they wish to play.
Any team found in violation of these rules will be subject to game forfeiture for any game in which the player participated (participation is defined as the coach certifying the player as league-eligible during pre-game certification to the officials assigned by the ALOA) and may additionally result in the team being declared ineligible for post season events and All-Star or All-State consideration or selection. If a player provides false information on their application and registration to the league, the Participating Organization will be held responsible.
Arizona Lacrosse League
Every program must designate a home high school regardless of whether or not the school
recognizes the program. This designation must be approved by the league.
Every program must declare whether it is or open or closed . Closed programs do not accept
players from schools other than its home school. Open programs accept all players from
unattached schools who meet the eligibility conditions for that program.
If a player attends a school with an attached program ( Type A players) , he must play for that
If a player attends a school without an attached program ( Type B players) , he must make a
permanent choice of either:
1. The nearest open program to his school. This is known as his scholastic
2. The nearest open program to his home address based on Google Maps default
routing. This is known as his residential option .
If a player is homeschooled
or attends an online school at home ( Type C players) , his school
address is considered is his home. Therefore, his scholastic and residential option are the
A Type A player who is cut from his team may not apply to play for another team.
A Type B player who is cut from his team may not apply to play for another team once he has
participated a sanctioned league game. This includes junior varsity games.
A player who is only eligible to play for a D2 program is NOT allowed to bypass the eligibility
rules in order to play for a D1 program regardless of ability.
A player who transfers schools is immediately treated like a new player and must play according
to the eligibility rules. He is NOT “grandfathered” onto his original team.
A player whose program folds is immediately treated like a new player and must play according
to the eligibility rules. The players from the folded team are treated individually, not as a block.
Players on other teams whose scholastic or residential option has changed as a result of a
folding team are NOT allowed to change teams.
A Type B player who attends a school that adds a team can choose to play for this new team or
continue with his existing team. This is a onetime
choice that must be made before the new
program’s first year of varsity competition.
A Type B or Type C player who has a new residential or scholastic option due to the creation of
a new team can choose to play for the new option or continue with his existing team. This is a
choice that must be made before the new program’s first year of varsity competition.