The Hustle Format and Rules

The Hustle Format and Rules

Tournament Format

Game Guarantee

All teams are guaranteed a minimum of five games over the course of two days.

Game Rules

  • Games will be scheduled in 50 minute time blocks
  • Games will consist of two 22-minute running halves with a 1 minute halftime
  • 5 minutes in between games 
  • In the case of a tie at the end of regulation, one 3-minute, sudden victory overtime will be played. If still tied at the end of the first overtime, teams will play 2-minute sudden victory overtime periods until a winner emerges
  • All participants must register to participate
  • Pool play and championship play
  • For bracket play ONLY (semi-finals and finals), there will be stop time for the last two minutes of the game


There will be pool play and championship play in The Hustle. How well a team does in pool play will determine their seeding for the championship. Seeding ties are broken in the following way:

  1. Record in pool play
  2. Head-to-head*
  3. Goals against
  4. Goal differential
  5. Coin flip

*In the case of a two way tie head-to-head record will be used, in the case of a three way tie the seeding tie will be broken by goals against- NOT head-to-head

Boys Rules

Penalty time will be served as 45 seconds and 90 seconds respectively due to running time halves.

HS Elite - 2026 Divisions

2020 NCAA Rules with the following exceptions:

  • No Zone Defense
  • No Shot Clock 
  • No Diving in the Crease

2027 - 2029/30 Divisions

US Lacrosse 2020 Rules with the following exceptions:

  • No Zone Defense
  • No Counts

Girls Rules

All games will follow 2020 US Lacrosse Rules & Regulations with the following exceptions: 

All Divisions: Full (transitional) checking
There will be a mandatory stick check at the beginning of each girl teams first game.

Girls Penalties

  • Two yellow cards for one player will result in that player sitting the remainder of current game but the player is eligible to play in the games following
  • A red card will result in that player sitting the remainder of the current game and the head official, field official, and tournament director reviewing the player to determine the players status for the remainder of the tournament

Updated March 2021.