Men's Lacrosse Guidelines 2019-20

Table of Contents

Section 1 - General Playing Guidelines

  • Sponsoring Institutions
  • Sport Committee Leadership
  • Start Times & Scheduling
  • Men's and Women's Double Headers
  • Pre-Game Protocol
  • Cancelations & Rescheduling
  • Conference Scouting Policy
  • Home Team Responsibilities
  • Official Conference Ball
  • Postseason Conference Call
  • Film Exchange Policy
  • Weekly Awards
  • Annual Awards
  • Regional and National Award Voting
  • Sports Information & Statistics

Section 2 - Sportsmanship

  • Creating an Atmosphere of Respect
  • Expectations for Good Sportsmanship

Section 3 - Championship Guidelines

  • Championship Timeline
  • Coaches Meetings
  • Playing Agreement with the NECC
  • Format
  • Seeding & Tiebreakers
  • Protests, Ties & Overtime
  • Uniforms & Home Designation
  • Championship Awards
  • Game Times
  • Weather
  • Hosting
    • Hosting Criteria
    • Contest Management
    • Safety & Athletic Training
    • Championship Awards
    • Locker Rooms
    • Officials
    • NAC Banners
    • Spectators & Crowd Control
    • Alcohol & Tobacco
    • Concessions
    • Tickets
    • Championship T-shirts & Merchandise
    • Sports Information
    • Game film

Section 4 - Appendix



Sponsoring Institutions (2019-2020): SUNY Canton, SUNY Delhi, Husson, Northern Vermont-Lyndon, Maine Maritime, MCLA, Thomas (7 total)

Sport Committee Leadership

  • Chair: Mike Craig, Husson
  • Vice Chair: TBD
  • Administrative Liaison: Steve Peed, Maine Maritime

Start Times & Scheduling
Each team shall play once per season, alternating home and away sites yearly unless changes in membership or conference scheduling rotation dictate otherwise.

  • Preferred start times for double header contests will be 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM; adjusted as needed for lighting and weather. Midweek game times will be adjusted by mutual agreement between schools.
  • Start times for all weekend games should be no earlier than 1:00 PM and no later than 3:30 PM on Saturday, and no earlier or later than 12:00 PM on Sunday unless mutually agreed upon by all institutions involved in weekend play.
  • The best practice of providing 45 minutes of warm up prior to second game will be utilized (8/2015).
  • NCAA guidelines for overtime rules will apply.

Men’s and Women’s Double Headers
Women will play first in even-numbered years (2020), and men will play first in odd-numbered years (2021). During certain weather circumstances, order may be reversed to preserve field integrity.

Pre-Game Protocol
The nationwide pre-game protocol will be followed, where starters shake hands before the beginning of the game. This has been a longstanding tradition in the sport of lacrosse. The national anthem will be played after introductions (if the game is the first of a double header).

Cancelation & Rescheduling
Conference members must make conference games their first priority at all times. All canceled games should be made up if at all possible. All changes must be communicated to the conference office.

  • Once a visiting team has left campus en route to the competition site, every possible attempt will be made to complete the contest to avoid repeat travel. 
  • The Commissioner (in consultation with the executive committee) has the authority to adjust the conference schedule so as to ensure (as much as is possible) the completion of the regular season conference schedule. This especially applies to scheduled competitions that could impact qualification for post-season play.

Conference Scouting Policy
Dissemination of scouting information on member institutions to non-conference institutions is not permitted beyond video (i.e. phone, e-mail, written materials, etc. are impermissible).  It is permissible to share scouting information about conference opponents with other conference members.

Home Team Responsibilities

  • Set competition times/sites (if a venue is not playable, if there are two games, etc.)
  • Provide a field that meets minimum NAC regulation standards. Refer to NCAA Rulebook for requirements pertaining to shot clock and other field specifications.
  • Provide a certified athletic trainer at each contest. Note: all visiting teams must provide their own training supplies.
  • Provide game personnel including: 3 officials, official scorer, official timer, penalty timer, stat keeper (stat crew), ball persons, crowd control, etc.
  • Provide event programs including at minimum the lineups for each team.
  • Provide locker rooms for the visiting team at all games.
  • Provide an athletic administrator/site director who is responsible for sportsmanship/behavior of fans. If at an off-campus venue, the home team game administrator must be present at least one hour prior to the contest to greet the visiting team.
  • Assist NAC institutions with a list of local food and hotel accommodations.
  • Announce the following NAC Sportsmanship Statement prior to each game:

The NCAA and the North Atlantic Conference promote good sportsmanship by the student-athletes, coaches and spectators at today’s/tonight’s contest. We request your cooperation by supporting the participants and officials in a positive manner. Profanity, racial or sexist comments, or other intimidating actions directed at officials, student-athletes, coaches or team representatives will not be tolerated and are grounds for removal from (site of competition). Any spectators that enter the playing area during a contest, will be removed from (site of competition).

Official Conference Ball
Game balls must meet official NCAA standards and be stamped "Meets NOCSAE Standards"

Postseason Conference Call
A conference call of all coaches will be scheduled following the season, at which point sport-specific issues and ideas will be discussed. The Sport Chairperson will be responsible for scheduling the call and will work with the conference office on the call agenda. For all sport conference calls, all future agenda items must be submitted two weeks prior to call so that these can be distributed to all coaches and AD’s prior to conference call. (November 2010)

Film Exchange Program (2015)

  • Each institution is expected to film all conference contests. If the host is unable to film, unrelated to weather, they are expected to inform the opponent a week in advance (Field Hockey Precedence - November 2010).
  • The men's lacrosse film exchange will be an open library through Hudl.
  • There is a 24 hour deadline for all uploading midweek conference game film. Weekend game film must be uploaded by 12:00PM on the following Monday.
  • A fine of $25.00 shall be placed on an institution each time they do not follow through with the film exchange policy.
    • If there are any technical issues with film, coaches are required to email their peers and the conference office prior to the 24 hour deadline for midweek competition and prior to twelve noon on the Monday following a weekend competition. If there are issues “beyond the institution’s control,” fines may be waived.
  • Hosts are not required to provide a DVD copy after the game.
  • All uploaded conference film needs to be able to be download into a raw film format to ensure flexibility for editing and sharing software.
  • Tournament film is required to be uploaded by the host institution, win or lose, within conference time frame regulations.
  • Dissemination of scouting information on member institutions to non-conference institutions is not permitted beyond video (phone, e-mail, written materials, etc.). It is permissible to share scouting information about conference opponents with other conference members.

Protocol for filming games

  • Place the camera in a position that will allow for the best picture and most useable/teachable format for teams and coaches.
  • Position the camera on an elevated, level, and stable surface located within the fields restraining lines. The camera view should be unrestricted and free of obstructions during filming to ensure a quality outcome. 
  • The camera person should cut to scoreboard shots during natural break in play within the game (Quarters, Half Time, Goals, Penalties, Timeouts).
  • The video person may ONLY pause taping during long periods of “inaction”, meaning between quarters, at half time, during timeouts, and weather delays.

Weekly Awards
Weekly awards begin the Monday following the first week of competition in which at least half of the member schools compete, and ends following the final NAC regular season game. Institutions are responsible for nominating student athletes for weekly awards through the NAC website.

  • Only regular season contest stats will be considered, even if tournament games begin during the week in which awards are given.
  • When contests occur prior to or the 50% threshold, and during the season when the 50% threshold is not met, player stats will be considered for the following week’s awards.
  • Weekly nominations are due Monday at 10:00 AM and winners will be selected by the conference staff. 
  • Weekly awards selected for Women's Lacrosse:
    • Player of the Week
    • Defensive Player of the Week
    • Rookie of the Week

Annual Awards
Annual awards are selected through a vote by conference coaches and will be announced during the championship season. Coaches submit nominations and votes for annual awards at the conclusion of regular season conference play. Annual major awards selected for Women's Lacrosse are:

  • Player of the Year
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Rookie of the Year
  • Senior Scholar Athlete
  • Coach of the Year
  • Sportsmanship Team (one member per team)
  • All-Conference First and Second Teams
    • The top 3 attackers, top 3 midfielders, top 3 defenders, top 1 long-stick midfielder, top 1 specialist, and the top 1 goalkeeper with the highest point total, will be named to the first team. The next top 3 attackers, 3 midfielders, 3 defenders, top 1 long-stick midfielder, top 1 specialist, and the top 1 goalkeeper will be named to the second team.
    • Coaches may nominate up to ten players from their own team regardless of position using the All-Conference Team form. Only Conference statistics will be included on the ballot.

Regional and National Award Voting
Coaches are strongly encouraged to become members of regional and national coaching groups, and to nominate worthy players and teams for award consideration. Participation in the voting process is strongly encouraged to increase the potential for the recognition of NAC student athletes.

Sports Information & Statistics

  • Maintain an accurate schedule, including non-conference contests.
  • Notifying the conference office when there are postponements and cancelations.
  • Maintain an accurate stat roster as required by the NCAA on the NAC website.
  • Submit the score of all home contests and away non-conference contests to the conference through the NAC website as soon as contests are complete.
  • Send packed stat game file to the visitor and upload the file to both the NAC website and the NCAA statistics and score reporting site in a timely manner.
  • Submit nominations for weekly honors through the NAC website.
  • Submit nomination information and photos for preseason polls and annual awards according to NAC policy.
  • Assist coaches with preseason poll voting and the All-Conference nomination & voting process.



At the direction of the North Atlantic Conference Presidents and with the support of the Directors of Athletics, the conference embraces the theme "Creating an Atmosphere of Respect" for each of our sports. The ultimate goal for the NAC is to create an atmosphere that places the highest regard for exemplary behavior of all participants, coaches, administrators, fans and officials.  As a means to move to this end, the NAC initiative was created and is comprised of the following primary elements:

Behavioral Objectives for “Creating an atmosphere of respect” Initiative

  • Men's Lacrosse Coaches will engage in the process of “Creating an atmosphere of respect” by agreeing to basic behaviors that will be expected of all conference members.  In turn, they will share this information with their respective teams and set the highest of expectations for achieving program objectives.
  • All conference members will show respect for the opponent, teammates, coaches, officials, and the game.
  • Conference members will establish high expectations for all, remembering that all individuals must represent their team, institution and conference well.
  • Coaches will interact with game officials in a respectful manner. 
  • The Nationwide pre-game protocol will be followed as has been the process in the past, where starters shake hands before the beginning of the game. This has been a longstanding tradition in the sport of lacrosse. The national anthem will be played after introductions (if the game is the first of a double-header).
  • ncaa_d3_lockup_h Following each NAC Conference Game, visiting coaches and event managers will have the option to provide feedback on the behavior of other coaches, student-athletes and fans through the use of an evaluation tool aimed not at punitive action but on the enhancement of all NAC programs. To access the online form, go to, select Inside the NAC and from Member Services, click on Contest Feedback form. The Commissioner will follow up with appropriate individuals on all feedback submitted.

 NAC Expectations for Good Sportsmanship (from NAC Bylaws):

  • Observing and supporting the rules of the game.
  • Promoting the spirit as well as the letter of the rules.
  • Placing fairness first as a goal in all competition.
  • Taking personal responsibility for high standards of play and conduct.
  • Showing civility toward competitors, coaches and officials.
  • Playing cleanly while playing hard.
  • Showing maturity and integrity in conduct on and off the field of play.
  • Being a gracious competitor and accepting both wins and losses with dignity.



Click HERE to visit Men's Lacrosse Championship Central

Championship Timeline 2019-20

Last Play Date Saturday, April 18
Pre-Tournament Call Monday, April 20, 10:00 AM
Semifinals Saturday, April 25
Championship Saturday, May 2

Championship Coaches Meetings

  • The pre-tournament conference call for all participating teams is Monday, April 20, 2020 at 10:00 AM.
    • The Administrative Liaison and conference staff will facilitate this meeting. Participating institutions must have a representative on the call, preferably the head coach. However, the Athletic Director or another institutional representative may serve as a substitute for the coach if necessary. Coaches not participating in the tournament are welcome, but not required, to participate. An administrator from the host institution is expected to participate on the call.
  • Head coaches will meet briefly with officials and game administrators prior to all rounds of the tournament in a mandatory meeting to review tie-break rules, protests, timeouts, etc.

Playing Agreement with the NECC
The NAC and the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) began a two-year alliance championship agreement beginning in 2019. Seeding will take place after the conclusion of all regular season conference games. The top two teams from each conference as determined by regular season results will face off (No. 1 NAC vs. No. 2 NECC and No.1 NECC vs. No. 2 NAC) in semifinal games. The winners from those two games will meet for the alliance championship and the automatic qualification spot for the NCAA tournament. 

No regular-season contests will be played between the two conferences.

Championship Format
The top two(2) NAC teams qualify for the 2020 NAC Championship tournament. Seeding will take place following the completion of all conference contests and will be announced on the conference website.

Semifinals: Saturday, April 25, 2020 (at higher seed)
#1 NAC vs. #2 NECC
#1 NECC vs. #2 NAC

Finals: Saturday, May 2, 2020 (at highest remaining seed)
Semifinal Winners

Special Notes for 2020: If both #1 or #2 seeds advance, the NECC school will host (this rotates annually). Dean and SUNY Delhi are eligible for all rounds of the conference championship in 2019-20, however neither school is eligible to accept the NCAA automatic qualification bid (AQ). Therefore, if Dean or Delhi win the conference championship, the second-place team will earn the AQ. If both Dean and Delhi advance to the championship game, an additional game between the two remaining semifinalists will be played for the AQ and right to advance to the NCAA tournament.

Championship Seeding & Tiebreakers
The Conference Commissioner and Associate Commissioner will seed teams following the last NAC competition date using results provided by the institution through the Conference website. Tiebreaking results will be shared with the Sport Liaison, Sport Chair and Championships Chair.  The following criteria will be used to seed teams:

  1. Conference winning percentage - must have completed 2/3 of conference games to be eligible. Contests against institutions failing to meet this requirement will not be counted as conference contests for purposes of seeding.
    In case of a tie, the following tiebreaking procedures will be followed:
  2. Head-to-head result (two-way tie).
  3. In ties among three or more schools, the following criteria will be applied, in order, until a team is (or teams are) separated. At that point, the process begins anew, (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams.
    1. Best record among tied teams. During this step, the conference will only examine records of tied teams in contests with each other.
    2. Comparison of results against conference opponents one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team and continuing in downward rank order until the tie is broken.
    3. Comparison of results against non-conference common opponents. During this step, non-conference games with conference opponents will not be considered.
    4. Fewest goals allowed versus tied teams (January 2015)
    5. Coin toss.

Protests, Ties & Overtime
All protests and ties will be handled in accordance with NCAA Regulations.

Championship Uniforms & Home Designation
The higher seed will be the home team during all rounds of championship play and will wear home uniforms. However, color of uniforms may be changed to accommodate teams playing back-to-back if agreed upon by both coaches and athletic directors.

Championship Awards
The championship team receives a plaque, t-shirts, and the traveling trophy. The MVP receives a plaque.

An All-Tournament Team will be named for each championship (11 selections total)

  • 3rd and 4th place teams receive two selection each.
  • 2nd place team receives three selections.
  • Champion team receives three selections plus an MVP selection (four total).

Championship Game Times
Game times listed for Championships are preferred. In cases where a disagreement occurs between the competing institutions, or when both institutions would like to schedule outside of the preferred game times, an Ad Hoc Committee will convene to make a determination. The committee will include the Championship Chairperson, Commissioner, and Administrative Liaison (unless the Administrative Liaison is from one of the institutions competing, then another AD will be selected by the Commissioner).

No Facility Conflicts

  • Quarterfinals: Start time will be between 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. For venues without lights, contests must commence by 2:00 PM.
  • Semifinals: Start time will be between 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM  For venues without lights, contests must commence by 2:00 PM
  • Finals: If one game, game time is 1:00 PM

Facility Conflicts (August 2015)

Two Tournament Contests utilizing the same venue

  • If one traveling team is out of region (i.e. Vermont or New York traveling to Maine or the reverse), the out of region team will play in the first contest on Saturday.
  • If both visiting teams are in or out of region, the first Tournament game on Saturday will be sport with the largest gap from prior round (Women’s Lacrosse 2018).
  • Second Tournament game will follow with a start by 5:00 pm (or as lighting dictates).

Two Tournament Contests with Baseball field conflict

  • Baseball to follow this scheduled format: Friday 3 games, Saturday 2 games, and Sunday 1-2 games.
  • Other contest will be played on Saturday with a start by 5:00 PM. (Men’s Lacrosse or Women’s Lacrosse).

Three Tournament Contests with Baseball field conflict

  • Baseball to follow this scheduled format: Friday 3 games, Saturday 2 games, and Sunday 1-2 games.
  • If one traveling team is out of region (i.e. Vermont or New York traveling to Maine or the reverse), the out of region team will play in the first contest following baseball on Saturday with a preferred start time of 4:30 PM.
  • If both visiting teams are in or out of region, the first contest on Saturday will be sport with the largest gap from prior round (Women’s Lacrosse 2018).
  • The second contest will follow with preferred start by 7:00 PM.

Note: When the gap between contests is the same, the sport with the shortest gap between first round of NCAA tournament and NAC Championship Final, will play earliest contest. Women’s Lacrosse altered tournament schedule will make facility conflict involving more than two teams less likely for early rounds of play.

If inclement weather occurs and games cannot be rescheduled by the day prior to the semifinals, and the quarterfinals cannot be played, the higher seeds will automatically advance to the semifinals. The decision to postpone/cancel must be made by Host AD, traveling AD and conference commissioner.  If inclement weather continue, the top seed will be declared the conference champion for the NCAA selections of the AQ’s. A rain or snow date will be built into the championship dates.

The home team must certify that their field, or one within approximately 90 minutes from their campus or located between host school and opponent, will be playable for tournament games. If weather precludes play on the scheduled date, the game may be moved to the next day provided the institution can certify the field will be playable and the NCAA deadline for submission of the AQ permits this.  If the host is not able to certify as required, the game/s will be moved to the opponent’s site.

Championship Hosting

Hosting Criteria
Higher seeds in all rounds of Championship play have the opportunity to host, if they meet the following criteria:

  • Field must meet minimum NAC Standards (110 yards long X 60 yards wide). Refer to NCAA Rulebook for requirements pertaining to shot clock and other field specifications.
  • Closely cut grass or artificial turf and clearly visible lines.
  • Bench capacity for 24.
  • If there are two games back-to-back, the teams playing the second game must have access to a warm-up area.
  • Adequate Parking.
  • Adequate Security and Crowd Control.
  • Official scorer’s table on the sideline.
  • Visible score board and game clock.
  • As per NCAA guidelines, at least six (6), but not more than ten (10), NCAA approved balls must be at each sideline and endline (Rule 1, Section 16).
  • Adequate and trained statistics crew.

Institutions should meet all guidelines to host conference championships.

  • Any institution that does not exactly meet the standards, but wishes to host, may submit a request with Intent to Host form to the Commissioner for consideration at  the August meeting of the Athletic Directors Council.
  • Host institution may request permission to use off-site facility within approximately 90 minutes from their campus or located between host school and opponent, to meet host requirements for championship play (March 2018).
  • For a single game, if higher seed is unable to meet the above hosting criteria, the lower seed will have the opportunity to host.

Contest Management Staff
Host institutions shall provide appropriate contest management staff including:

  • Site Director
  • Security/crowd control
  • Official scorer
  • Stat personnel
  • Ball/lines people
  • Official timer/clock operator
  • Penalty timer
  • Official Announcer
  • Official Film Personnel
  • Student or Staff hosts to assist visiting teams

Safety & Athletic Training

  • The standard NAC Sportsmanship Statement must be read before each game.
  • Bathroom facilities must be adequate, in close proximity to the playing venue, and meet ADA requirements.
  • Certified athletic training personnel must be available on-site 90 minutes before game time and 30 minutes post-game.
  • Visiting teams must provide adequate athletic training supplies (tape, prewrap, ice bags, etc.) for their own needs.
  • Access to emergency transport is required.

Championship Awards
Awards will be presented after the championship contest.

  • Awards should be displayed prior to the championship game, if possible. Awards must be presented by a conference representative, the sport chairperson, the host athletic director or designee.
  • A script for the award ceremony will be distributed to the host, and includes All-Tournament Team members from previous games.
  • The conference office orders plaques that are delivered to the host institution in a timely manner.
    • The championship team receives a plaque, t-shirts, and the traveling trophy.
    • The MVP receives a plaque.

Locker Rooms
Locker rooms must accommodate two teams for each game. Game times should be set to allow appropriate locker room space, and a "chalk talk" board should be available for each team.

The host institution must secure and pay officials for all rounds of tournament play. All games are to have three officials, and the same officiating crews should not be used for more than one round of championship play.

NAC Banners
The NAC Banner should be displayed during the championship.

Spectators & Crowd Control
The responsibility for crowd control rests with the host institution and the Tournament Director. Administrators and coaches of participating institutions are expected to communicate with their students and other fans that support for teams should be done in a positive manner. The NAC sportsmanship statement should be communicated to fans before each contest, and is to be included in the championship program.

Alcohol & Tobacco
Alcohol and tobacco are not permitted and shall not be made available or be brought into any NAC championship event venue, which extends to other facilities (the championship site shall define “other facilities” – i.e. the parking lot).

The host institution is encouraged to have food and beverages available for spectators at events. Sales from such ventures remain with the host institution.

Ticket sales and concessions are optional. If a gate is charged, institutions are permitted to charge the same prices they utilized during the regular season. 

  • If a gate is being charged, all institutions must be notified in advance and complementary tickets for each tournament participant must be provided.
  • Complementary tickets will be limited to two institutional representatives and two tickets per roster member.

Championships T-shirts & Merchandise
Institutions may choose to sell NAC championship merchandise. All merchandise must be approved by the conference office in advance of the championship.

Championship Sports Information
Strong sports information staff members are vital to a successful championship tournament. The Associate Commissioner will work closely with SIDs to support the championship. Expectations include:

  • Confirm game times and details on the NAC website.
  • Maintain live scores and stats on the NAC website.
  • Provide updates on social media platforms using institution and conference handles and hashtags.
  • Submit the final score to the conference through the NAC website.
  • Send packed stat game file to the visitor and upload the file to the NAC website following the contest.
  • Share a game summary and box score with opponent, the conference office, and media outlets following all hosted contests (media outlets must be provided to host institution in advance). When possible, the Associate Commissioner will assist with game summaries and distribution.
  • Take a digital Championship Team photo and send it to the conference office immediately following the contest. The photo should also be shared with championship team.
  • Provide programs for all tournament contests. Game programs should include:
    • Name of all competing institutions
    • Complete roster of teams participating at specific site
    • Institutional synopsis of participating teams
    • NAC history/information etc.
    • Previous year’s tournament information including the previous sports champions
    • NAC/NCAA Sportsmanship expectations
    • NAC logo
    • School logos
    • Conference Awards Sponsor Logo (Currently Award Guys)

Game Film
The host institution must upload all rounds of tournament games at the earliest possible time after the conclusion of each game (on the same day when possible).




Updated 10/25/19