Abiington Cup



Code of conduct

The Abington Cup (the “Tournament”) requires all players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators to abide by the Tournament Code of Conduct.

Participating Individuals and/or teams as well as any associated spectator that fails to abide by the Code of Conduct will be subject to ejection and disqualification from the Tournament.

Coaches are ultimately responsible to ensure compliance with the Code of Conduct during the Tournament and are asked to communicate the Tournament’s expectations to their players, assistant coaches, parents and spectators.

All players, spectators, and tournament officials must abide by our Code of Conduct.


  1. Players, coaches, officials, parents and spectators must act in a respectful and sportsmanlike manner.
  2. Poor sportsmanship, taunting, trash talking, fighting or other unbecoming behavior on the part of players, coaches, parents or spectators will not be tolerated. Anyone deemed to be violating this rule will be barred from the Tournament.
  3. Unsportsmanlike conduct penalties will minimally result in a 2 minute non-releasable penalty. Officials are authorized to use their reasonable judgment to assess an increased penalty for an unsportsmanlike foul based on the circumstances, including ending the game (which will be treated as a forfeit).
  4. Only head coaches are permitted to address the officials; coaches are expected to do so in a courteous manner. Adults involved with the game are not permitted to openly or maliciously criticize, badger, harass, or threaten an official.
  5. Alcohol is not permitted at the Tournament venue.
  6. Officials are expected to conduct themselves as professionals and in a manner that demonstrates courtesy and fairness to all parties while exercising their authority on the field.
  7. Eligibility requirements, such as graduation year, must be followed. The Tournament relies on the good faith of coaches and players as well as their representations regarding a player's graduation year during the registration process.
  8. The Tournament expects all coaches to understand the rules of the Tournament and communicate them to members of their team and associated spectators.
  9. Head coaches may report any issues regarding officials and/or other teams to field managers, Tournament directors or their representatives at Tournament headquarters. The Tournament will use its reasonable efforts to address any concerns with such officials, the field managers, the Assigning Official(s) and/or such coaches, as appropriate in their discretion.
  10. Tournament directors reserve the right to adopt and implement such other rules or regulations as it determines are necessary or appropriate to further the goals and objectives of the Tournament.

Other Items of Note:

Any player can play “up” in an older division at their own risk. No player may play “down” in a younger division (absent permission based on exceptional or extenuating circumstances).


  • Two 22-minute halves; 4 minute half-time; teams change field direction for the 2nd half
  • Running time kept from a centralized location.
  • PENALTIES: Penalized players must serve (except goalie and except at 2024 and 2025 age groups); penalty time kept by officials on the field
  • ONE 30-SECOND TIMEOUT: Each team has one 30-second timeout per game. Clock does not stop for timeouts. No timeouts in last two (2) minutes of the game.
      • US Lacrosse Rules apply for all youth divisions
      • National Federation High School Rules apply for all high school brackets, except as modified
    • SPECIAL 2024 and 2025 RULES
      • No body checking; no one-handed checks
      • Man-Up/Down – Ball is awarded to non-penalized team and are given a fast break. Defense is allowed 4 players on the attacking team's side. One must be a goalie. The offense is allowed 3 players on the attacking side plus the "fast break" player. All other players must start on the other side of the midfield line. The first whistle from the official starts the fast break. Once the attacking player crosses the restraining line the official yells "release" and all other eligible players can now cross the midfield line.
      • Advancement/Stalling Rule – does not apply, but see “advance the ball” command by an official
    • SPECIAL 2022 and 2023 RULES
      • No body checking; no one-handed checks
      • Advancement/Stalling Rule – does not apply, but see “advance the ball” command by an official
    • 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025: Advancement/stalling rules do not apply at this level, but officials can command a team to “advance the ball” within 5 seconds
    • All Other Brackets: 20 second count to clear the midline; 10 seconds to advance into the box. Once a team advances the ball inside its goal area, the ball may be brought outside the goal area unless the team has been warned to “keep it in” (i.e. a stall warning has been imposed) or the “Box Rule” (below) is in effect.
  • BOX RULE (2020, 2021 AND HIGH SCHOOL BRACKETS): Winning team must keep ball in the offensive box during last 2 minutes of play
  • MERCY RULE in effect during pool play but not during playoffs (applies when there is a 6 goal differential). Teams down by 6 goals or more can be awarded the ball at midfield after each goal. The head coach of the team that is not leading can decline this rule. The second half starts with a face-off regardless of goal differential.
    • Pool Play: No overtime. Games end as a tie.
    • Playoff Rounds: In playoff rounds only (i.e, Sunday), there will be one 3-minute sudden-victory overtime period, followed by a 3v3 plus goalie braveheart format until winner is decided. Each team must keep one player back on their defensive end during the braveheart period.
  • TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION (POOL PLAY): Points will be awarded after each game, as follows: 3 for a win, 1 for a tie, 0 for a loss. Forfeits will be considered a 3-0 victory for the team that is prepared to play.
  • TIE BREAK PROCEDURE FOR PLAYOFF SEEDING: 1) head to head; 2) total goals against; 3) total goals for 4) coin-flip (1st team alphabetically calls the flip)
  • BALLS: All teams are responsible for balls on their offensive end-line (it is anticipated that field fences will stop many, but not all, of the shots). Each team will be provided with six (6) balls at the beginning of the tournament at check-in. Teams are responsible for those balls and for making sure there are an adequate number of balls on their offensive end-line during games.
  • PLAYER ELIGIBILITY: US Lacrosse Boys Youth Rules for player eligibility govern for youth brackets. Exceptions may be made in the judgment of the Tournament directors on a case-by-case basis if circumstances warrant and to further the spirit of the game, but only if fully disclosed.
  • WEATHER CONDITIONS: Games times and format are subject to weather conditions and the Tournament weather policy.


No refunds will be paid due to a team’s failure to field a registered squad, regardless of the reason (i.e., change of circumstances, failure of assumptions, inability to field the team, changes in the nature of the team, mistake, sickness, etc.). Refunds will only be issued in the event of a withdrawal of a registered team before the published due date of final payment. Except for extenuating circumstances, a team that withdraws after the due date of final payment, particularly after the schedule has been posted, will damage its chance to play in future Abington Cup or affiliated tournaments.

Tournament Cancellation

The Tournament has fixed costs, expenses, commitments and overhead relating to field rental and facilities, equipment rentals, event planning, marketing, website hosting/maintenance, staging and set-up, insurance, staffing and personnel, administrative and other matters regardless of cancellation due to weather.

  • In the event of the total cancellation of the Abington Cup due to actual or threatening weather conditions, teams will receive a partial refund of their Tournament registration fee.
    • A request for a partial refund must be submitted within 15 days following the Tournament date;
    • Requests must specify who checks should be payable to and where they should be sent.
    • Tournament organizers will use their reasonable efforts to assess relevant facts circumstances and determine and forward partial refunds to coaches or team administrators promptly after refund amounts are determined.
    • Partial refunds will not exceed twenty-five (25%) of the registration fee, regardless of the facts and circumstances.

Weather-Related Adjustments During the Tournament (including Partial Cancellation or Schedule/Format Modifications)

In the event of field closures and/or unplayable field conditions or adverse or threatening weather conditions, including rain, wind, lightning, excess heat and/or humidity, Tournament organizers reserve the right to:

  • Cancel and/or postpone further play in whole or in part.
    • All games canceled due to adverse or threatening weather conditions will be considered a 4-2 WIN for BOTH teams.
  • Reduce game times to catch up with schedule, whether caused by cancellations, postponements, or to accelerate the schedule to avoid the onset of adverse or threatening weather conditions.
  • Revise the schedule, including modifying game times and rules and/or canceling certain games. While there is no tournament rain date per se (though the tournament directors reserve the right to establish a rain date in consultation with field owners and may endeavor to do so if circumstances permit), over the course of a weekend, Saturday games may be re-scheduled for Sunday, and vice versa, and all games (usually in a modified format) may be scheduled to take place on one day (i.e., either Saturday or Sunday) to give as many teams as possible a chance to play.
  • Interrupt and suspend games as necessary; games that are continued from the point of interruption may be subject to modified rules if they resume, as circumstances warrant.
  • Finish or end games before inclement weather arrives or to preserve field conditions.
    • Games that start but are truncated of necessity will be deemed official at the point of termination regardless of actual duration.
  • The Tournament may attempt to schedule make-up games if games are cancelled in the rare case of a team failing to field a squad, whether due to weather conditions or otherwise. Efforts will depend on the willingness of other teams to play, potentially back-to-back, field availability, the availability of officials and other factors.
  • No refunds will be issued due to any weather-related adjustments during the Tournament, regardless of whether the adjustments affect a team’s ability to field a line-up or otherwise make it more challenging or impracticable for a team to play.

Field Conditions and Decision Making Authority

The field and facility owners, not tournament organizers, have final say whether the Tournament will take place in whole or in part, or will proceed in a modified format, due to the weather conditions. All teams are expected to respect the decisions of the owners. Thank you for your patience and understanding in connection with circumstances beyond our control.


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