Name Position Contact
Brie-Anne Risi U9 Coordinator U9@axemenlacrosse.com


CDLA 2023 LTAD U9 RULES & REGULATIONS - Updated 21 May 2023(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 15 - minute run time periods

3x3 CLA approved nets

2 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


Please consult ALA Regulation 15.16 for full U9 rules.

End of Shifts: Buzzer sounds to conclude a 3 minute shift

  • the play should be blown dead with possession going to the goaltender of the team who last had possession- regardless of the ball location on the floor

No Time Served Penalties: Referees are to still carry out the standard penalty procedure

  • Player is advised on infraction committed

  • Player is not to be sent to the penalty box to serve

  • Possession awarded to the non-offending team

  • Players who commit continuous or multiple rule violations in one shift may be sent to the bench for the remainder of that shift, with a substitution from the bench permitted

 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 stick head

Please consult ALA Regulation 15.16 for full U9 rules.
Score is kept and entered into the League Management System.

Throughout the season, in order to encourage the development of this environment, there will be no standings for U9. Please note that although standings are not kept and the score is not recorded standard game results procedures must be followed (ie. sending in the game sheets).
Registration Opens 15 December 2023
For more information, please contact the U9 coordinator, Brie-Anne Risi, please email U9@axemenlacrosse.com
U9 , like all other Lacrosse divisions, is based on birth year. For a listing of the registration divisions and their corresponding birth years please check out our registration page here.
For the 2023 season U9 birth years are 2015/2016
U9 will have two floor times per week - Tuesday evenings or Wednesday evenings(depending on the number of teams) and Saturday mornings
Official schedules are not released until post evaluations - we are unable to accommodate schedule requests.
For the 2023 season, U9 evaluations will follow the following schedule - Week of April 1st-8th, 2023
U9 season runs until end of June and ends with a city-wide festival with play against other clubs.
The U9 program follows the guidelines as set forth by the Canadian Lacrosse Association Long Term Athlete Development Plan.


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