Boy's Youth Lacrosse on Seattle's Eastside

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The Greater Eastside youth Lacrosse League (GELL) is the largest boy's youth lacrosse league in Washington State. GELL's membership is primarily the community-based programs that feed into Washington State's KingoCo Conference high schools. GELL spans 23 programs (18 members and 5 guest programs) with 110 teams and 500 games in spring 2020. GELL Member programs develop youth in the sport of field lacrosse. The league provides spring and fall game schedules for grade-based divisions; K-2, 3/4, 5/6 (55, 56, 66), 7/8 (77, 78, 88). The spring game schedule, our main season, runs from March through May. The fall game schedule runs from September through November. 

 

SPRING 2023 GELL SEASON CALENDAR

The Spring 2023 "GELL Season Calendar" and "Game Dates by Division" were approved at the December GELL Directors meeting on 12/15/2022.

 

 

 


 


by posted 12/16/2022
GELL One Program In-Season Rule

GELL “One Program In-Season” Rule (adopted by vote of 14-1-2 on 10/12/2017, ammended by vote on 12/15/2022)

All youth players within all GELL member and guest programs may only play for one program during the GELL spring season. On 12/15/2022, the GELL Directors adopted an ammendment to this rule to align with WHSBLA. This ammendment moved the start day from the Monday of President's Day weekend to the Monday before the first GELL game. All GELL divisions follow the same start date. The end day is midnight on GELL Championship Day (typically the Satiurday of Memorial Day weekend). The dates are published in the official GELL Season Calendar and may change prior to the start date. This rule includes any activity with a lacrosse stick and/or lacrosse ball (i.e., tryouts, practices, and games of lacrosse). Only lacrosse activities are prohibited. This rule does not apply during the optional fall ball season.

Spring 2023 GELL “In Season” dates: 2/27/2023 through 5/27/2023

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 swing players, as specified in rule 4.11, is allowed.

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


by GELL Executive Board posted 12/15/2022
GELL Directors Meeting Calendar
10/13/2022

October GELL Directors Meeting

  • Officer Elections,
  • Committee Appointments
  • Present and Discuss Spring 2023 League Schedule
11/17/2022

November GELL Directors Meeting

  • Review Spring 2023 League Schedule
  • Review USAL Boys Lacrosse Rule Changes and Points of Emphasis
  • Review GELL Game Rule Matrix
  • 34 Rules Discussion
12/15/2022

December GELL Directors Meeting

  • Approve Spring 2023 Season Calendar
1/19/2023

January GELL Directors Meeting

  • Certify GELL Programs for Spring 2023 (Yearly Certification)
  • Team Declarations
  • Present Budget and Approve

 


by GELL Executive Board posted 08/15/2022
Mount Si Red earns the 2022 GELL-88 Championship title

Mount Si Red earns 2022 GELL-88 Championship title

 
 
 

 

 

Division Moniker

Description

Think of it as

GELL-88

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.

Varsity

Division 1

GELL-78

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.

Varsity

Division 2

GELL-77

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.

JV

 

 

Who makes the GELL-88 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, Shoreline, and Tahoma), 
  2. elected to swing players between their GELL-77 and GELL-88 teams (none for spring 2022),
  3. are a merged team (Inglemoor, NSI, Cedarcrest), or
  4. were deemed ineligible due to a related rule violation (none for spring 2022).
For spring 2022, 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. The top eligible team in each of the two pools earned a spot in the playoff bracket (Woodinville from Pool A and Liberty from Pool B). The remaining 8th seed spot was coverted to a bye as this would enable 7 consolation game matchups for the remaining 14 GELL-78 teams of which none would be an appropriate matchup for the 1st seed team.

by posted 05/26/2022
Mercer and Bellevue advance towards the GELL-66 Championship

Mercer Island and Bellevue advance towards the GELL-66 Championship title.

 
 
 
 

 

 

Division Moniker

Description

Think of it as

GELL-66

The GELL-66 Division is for the most competitive 56 team in a program that has more than one 56 team. This mirrors the 77/78/88 divisions. The name is derived from the likelihood that the roster will be heavily skewed towards 6th graders. The program will select which players it places on their GELL-66 team roster and which players it will place on its GELL-55 team roster.

Varsity

Division 1

GELL-56

GELL-56 is for those programs that have only one 56 team. The name is derived from the likelihood that the roster will be a mix of 5th and 6th graders.

Varsity

Division 2

GELL-55

The GELL-55 Division is for the developmental 56 team in a program that has more than one 56 team. The name is derived from the likelihood that the roster will be heavily skewed towards 5th graders.

JV

 

 

Who makes the GELL-66 playoffs: Since programs with more than one 56 team are not required to field one GELL-66 team and one GELL-55 team, only those programs that declared an eligible GELL-66 team are seeded into a playoff bracket.
 
For spring 2022, there were 4 eligible GELL-66 teams (Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, and Skyline).
 
Ineligible teams include those that;
  1. did not declare a GELL-66 team,
  2. belong to a GELL guest program (Auburn, Bainbridge Island, North Seattle, Shoreline, and Tahoma), 
  3. elected to swing players between their GELL-55 and GELL-66 teams (none for spring 2022),
  4. are a merged team (none for spring 2022), or
  5. were deemed ineligible due to a related rule violation (none for spring 2022).

by posted 05/11/2022
North Seattle and Bainbridge advance towards IND-78 Championship

North Seattle Earns IND-78 Championship title.

 
 
 

 

 

Who makes the IND-78 playoffs: All 78 and 88 teams from the GELL guest programs. This gives their programs something to strive for since they are currently ineligible for the GELL-88 championship bracket.

by posted 05/10/2022
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
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