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US Lacrosse Releases “2014 Girls’ Lacrosse Rules – Rule Changes & Interpretation” (Video)

High School Girls Lacrosse: US Lacrosse Announces 2014 Youth Rules Changes Featuring Strict Enforcement Of Illegal Body Contact, Repetitive Fouls And Four Minute Red Card Penalty

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US Lacrosse today announced the final rule revisions for the 2014 girls’ high school and youth lacrosse rules. Both sets of rules are endorsed by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and written by the US Lacrosse Women’s Game Rules Subcommittee and approved by its Women’s Game Committee. The youth rules are a product of modifications to the high school rules.

The points of emphasis for the 2013-2014 season are strict enforcement of rules governing illegal: body contact, obstruction of free space to goal, repetitive fouls, and stick contact and cross checking. 

Major rule changes for the 2013-2014 season at all levels of play include:

  • decreasing the number of players from each team on the draw circle from five to three;
  • increasing penalty time for a red card from two minutes to four; 
  • disallowing additional facial protection to be worn other than ASTM International-approved goggles and mouth guard. ASTM International Women’s Lacrosse approved goggles have been the standard since the rule was created in 2004.

Girls Lacrosse Rule Changes

For more:  http://www.laxmagazine.com/high_school/girls/2012-13/news/10913_girls_hs_and_youth_rule_changes_announced

Lacrosse Rules: “2012 US Lacrosse Youth Rules Guidebook For Girls Lacrosse” Digital Edition


NCAA Lacrosse: 2012 Men’s Lacrosse Rules Survey Recommends Increased Pace Of Play, Changing Stall Warning And Continued Support Of Face Off

Men’s Lacrosse: US Lacrosse “2012 Faceoff Rules” Demonstration (Video)


Women’s Lacrosse: 2012 “Yellow Card” Penalty Rule Change Forces Team Playing Down A Player To “Defend Third Of Field The Ball Is In”; Decrease Of Injury Risks Seen

A reckless hack with the stick is now carrying greater consequences than ever before…women’s lacrosse program are facing the challenge of learning a new style of play due to an offseason rules change that requires any player who receives a yellow card to leave the game for two minutes without being replaced.

By penalizing teams that commit hard fouls, the changes to the rule will decrease injury risk in a sport where players do not wear helmets, yet sticks are swung wildly and used as a means of checking.

The new rule forces the team playing down a player to do so in the third of the field the ball is in, whereas under the previous rule the team could still keep seven players in the active third of the field while having just three players outside of that third.

O’Leary, who serves on the NCAA Rules Committee, said the rule was modified to put more “bite” into yellow cards.

“They wanted yellow cards to mean something and that there were going to be ramifications and repercussions to people getting yellow cards,” O’Leary said.

For more:  http://www.alligator.org/sports/article_5982aa22-52db-11e1-a9d9-001871e3ce6c.html

Official U.S. Lacrosse “2012 Women’s Lacrosse Rule Book” Online Edition


Men’s Lacrosse: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse “2011 And 2012 Rules And Interpretations”


US Lacrosse Youth Rules: Boys Lacrosse “Substitutions” Are Either “Regular” Or “Special” (Video)

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: NCAA Rules Committee To Review “30-Second Shot On Cage After Stall Warning” And “60-Second Clock” Rules At Scrimmages This Weekend; Intent Is To Increase Speed Of Play


Two scrimmages set for this weekend will be played under different experimental rule sets with the aim of increasing the pace of play. Both games will be filmed for evaluation by the rules committee.

Among the rules being tested in Saturday’s scrimmage between Georgetown and Maryland-Baltimore County, a team must attempt an on-cage shot within 30 seconds of being issued a stall warning. The shot must result in a goal, a save, a rebound or hit the pipe. If a shot goes out of bounds or an attempt is not made in 30 seconds, the defense will be awarded the ball.

Other rules aimed at limiting live-ball substitutions and advancing the ball more quickly from the defensive half to the attack box also will also be tried.

A scrimmage Sunday between North Carolina and Ohio State in Towson, Md., will feature an experimental shot clock — 60 seconds in the first half and 75 seconds in the second.

“We are taking an open-minded approach to this,” UMBC coach Don Zimmerman, who serves as secretary/editor for the lacrosse committee, said in an article posted on ncaa.org. “We will have our teams practice with these rules leading up to the scrimmage to get used to the rules. We want to see if the kids have fun playing under the new rules, because ultimately the game is theirs.”

Hall of Fame coach Dick Edell, who says he watches the game as a fan since his 2001 retirement from Maryland, likes the idea of experimentation.

“There are four constituencies involved here — the players, the officials, the coaches and the people in the stands,” he says. “You shouldn’t make any changes without trying them out first so all those constituencies can weigh in, so this is good.”

For more:  http://tucsoncitizen.com/usa-today-sports/2011/10/04/scrimmages-used-as-test-for-rules-changes/