Boy's Youth Lacrosse on Seattle's Eastside

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The Greater Eastside youth Lacrosse League (GELL) is a boy's youth lacrosse league open to all youth lacrosse clubs that feed into Washington State's KingoCo Conference high schools. GELL spans 22 programs (18 members and 4 guest programs) with 110 teams in spring 2020. Our member clubs develop youth in the sport of field lacrosse. The league provides spring and fall game schedules for grade-based K-2, 3/4, 5/6 (55, 56, 66), 7/8 (77, 78, 88) divisions. The spring game schedule, our main season, runs from March through May. The fall game schedule runs from September through November. 


GELL Directors Meeting Calendar

September GELL Directors Meeting

  • Sign acknowledgement of understanding current bylaws and rules

October GELL Directors Meeting

  • Officer Elections
  • Committee Appointments
  • Petitions for New Programs (if any)

November GELL Directors Meeting

  • Present Schedule and Approve
  • Present Budget and Approve

December GELL Directors Meeting

  • League rule change proposals and discussion
  • Review USL Boys Lacrosse Rule Changes and Points of Emphasis

January GELL Directors Meeting

  • Vote for any proposed rule changes
  • Team Declarations
  • Invoice Programs


by posted 07/09/2021
2021 GELL-88 Championship Game - Time Changed to 1:00 pm

Eastlake earns the 2021 GELL-88 Champion title.




Division Moniker


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The GELL-88 Division is for the most competitive 78 team in a program that has more than one 78 team. It is the equivalent of GELL-99 prior to 2019. The name is derived from the likelihood that the roster will be heavily skewed towards 8th graders. The program will select which players it places on their GELL-88 team and which players it will place on its GELL-77 team.


Division 1


GELL-78 is for those programs that have only one 78 team. The name is derived from the likelihood that the roster will be a mix of 7th and 8th graders.


Division 2


The GELL-77 Division is for the developmental 78 team in a program that has more than one 78 team. The name is derived from the likelihood that the roster will be heavily skewed towards 7th graders.




Who makes the playoffs: The top 8 eligible GELL-88 teams are seeded into a playoff bracket.
Ineligible teams include those that;
  1. belong to a GELL guest program (Auburn, Bainbridge Island, North Seattle, and Shoreline), 
  2. elected to swing players between their GELL-77 and GELL-88 teams (none for spring 2021), or
  3. were deemed ineligible due to a related rule violation (none for spring 2021).
For spring 2021, there were 5 eligible GELL-88 teams (Mercer Island, Eastlake, Issaquah, Mount Si, and Bellevue). When there are fewer than 8 eligible GELL-88 teams, the remaining teams in the playoff bracket come from the top-seeded eligible teams in the GELL-78 bracket. This was a little more complicated for spring 2021. Some GELL programs were not able to start their season until after spring break, due to COVID-19 related field unavailability. To accommodate those challenges, three GELL-78 conferences were created; GELL-78N (North), GELL-78S (South), and GELL-78D (Delayed). The top eligible team in each of these three conferences earned a spot in the playoff bracket (Skyline, Woodinville, and Newport).

by posted 05/24/2021
New mask type approved for use


GELL has approved the use of a new mask type that attaches directly to the helmet.
  • Masks must be fabric and cover the nose and mouth
  • This type of mask is offset from the face and make breathing much easier
  • These masks stay put and won’t distract the player
Mask models available:
Players who use this new mask type must also have a separate cloth face covering for use when they are not wearing their helmet.

by posted 03/19/2021
GELL “Play For” Rule Language Clarified
GELL “Play For” Rule Language Clarified to align with precedent
GELL Rules are periodically updated when the language needs clarification to align with precedent. In this case, the language of GELL rule V was updated to provide needed clarification based on the consistent outcomes of similar waiver requests received.
Over the past few years, GELL has seen an increase in waiver requests from the families of players who attend a school that has a lacrosse program affiliated with a neighboring league that, for various reasons, in a given year, does not field a team either in a given division or in any division. A small subset of these families have submitted waiver requests to GELL requesting to join a GELL team based on their residence address. The GELL has consistently denied these waivers.
The language of the GELL "Play For" rule V was updated to provide clarification that reflects the consistent rulings for this type of waiver request. The rules amended are V.2.c and V.5. The 2021 GELL Rules can be found in the GELL Documents Folder.

by GELL Executive Board posted 03/04/2021
GELL Return to Play Protocol


On March 11th, 2021, the GELL Directors approved v6 of the GELL Return to Play Protocol. This version added additional information for table crews. All GELL member and guest programs will be communicating the protocol to their boards, coaches, and families for implementation at all GELL games and events.


by posted 02/24/2021

The Spring 2021 GELL Season Calendar was finalized at the February GELL Directors meeting. The final version is linked below, dated 2/20/2021.




by posted 02/20/2021
GELL One Program In-Season Rule

GELL “One Program In-Season” Rule (adopted by vote of 14-1-2 on 10/12/2017)

All youth players within all GELL member and guest programs may only play for one program during the GELL spring season. The start date for playing for one program only is typically the Saturday of President’s Day weekend and the end date is typically the end of day Monday of Memorial Day weekend. The exact dates are published in the official GELL Season Calendar and may change until finalized prior to the start date. The prohibition includes practices, tryouts, and games of lacrosse. Only lacrosse activities are prohibited. This rule does not apply during the optional fall ball season.

For spring 2021, the GELL “In Season” dates are 2/27/2021 through 6/13/2021

Any GELL program with a player who violates this rule will be subject to a financial penalty and possible sanctions to be determined by the executive board. Intra-program swinging of players, as specified in section IV rule 4, is allowed.

The GELL Rules and Regulations are posted to our documents folder.

posted 10/12/2017
Game Results