Modified checking in grades 7/8 as defined in the US Lacrosse Girls Youth Rules:
Modified checking is defined as checking the head of the stick if the entire stick is below shoulder level, using a downward motion away from the other player's body. Umpires and coaches should strictly enforce this rule, never allowing checks near a player's head or face. Checking of the shaft is not allowed. (Major Foul)
Stick-to-stick contact does not violate the checking rule if the attack player – not the defender – initiates contact as in the following situations:
A defender holding her stick in good defensive position forces the attacker to cradle into her stick causing contact.
A defender with her stick up in an attempt to block or intercept a pass or shot causes the attacker to make contact while in the act of passing or catching the ball.
Check to head, MANDATORY CARD, (check to head/face/goggles). Check to the head is a MANDATORY CARD: no players crosse may hit or cause her opponent’s crosse to hit the opponent’s head. At all Levels Yellow Card must be given for a check to the head.
Cross-checking: Defined as of the shaft of the crosse to hit, push or displace an opponent. Cards will be issued at all levels of play.
The player must leave the field for two minutes and the team must play down one player below the restraining lines on each end of the field. This means you must always have 4 back behind the restraining line. The penalty is 2 minutes and must be served completely. The penalty is not releasedafter a goal.
The league encourages all coaches to instruct and practice proper checking with their players. Checking is a part of the modern game and players should know how, when and why to check.