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NCAA Lacrosse: “NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee” Recommends Allowing “Defender Marking Player With Ball” In Goal Circle With Goalie


Under the recommended new rules, only the defender marking the player with the ball within a stick’s length could remain in the goal NCAA Women's Lacrosse Rules 2013circle. Once the ball is in the goal circle, only the goalkeeper or another defensive player would be allowed in the goal circle to play the ball.

The NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Rules Committee has recommended several rules changes for next season, including that players on the defensive team be allowed to move through any portion of their goal circle when their team is not in possession of the ball.

Currently, only the goalkeeper is allowed to be in the defensive goal circle, with the exception of a player entering the crease after the goalkeeper has moved outside the goal circle.

The committee experimented with a modified version of this rule during the fall of 2012. Membership feedback indicated support for the change.

“The committee wanted to create more balance between offense and defense,” said Committee Chair Celine Cunningham, head coach and senior woman administrator at Stevens. “It gives defenders more freedom around the goal circle.”

All rules proposals must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss women’s lacrosse rules recommendations July 17.

For more:  http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2013-06-06/sports/bal-ncaa-targets-goal-circle-stick-checks-timeouts-in-proposed-lacrosse-rules-changes-20130606_1_stick-goal-circle

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules: Syracuse Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach John Desko Comments On Big Impact Of “On-The-Fly Substitution”, Sideline Restarts, And Increased Size Of Midfield Substitution Boxes To Increase Speed Of Game


The addition of a 30-second shot clock following a stall warning and the tightening of shooting string placements for lacrosse sticks is front and center to the national discussion of changes.

Syracuse University men’s head lacrosse coach John Desko calls the rule changes coming to college lacrosse, “major.”  Desko acknowledges their impact, but believes other rule changes may have greater significance:

  • On-the-fly substitution rules and the elimination of dead ball horns will make things faster but also put a premium on two-way midfielders who must get back and play defense on turnovers and change of possession.
  • The rule changes encourage players to pick up the extra ball when it goes out of bounds and start play immediately. Teams must have a certain number of balls on the end lines and sidelines for restarts. Defenders must also give players with possession 5 yards of space. Desko said that move will prevent defensive players from stepping in front of the offensive player on their charge to the goal.
  • Officials are doubling the size of the substitution boxes at midfield. It pushes the teams and their coaches further down the sidelines. He said a player being substituted out of the box can get as much as a 20-yard jump on a defender coming out of his substitution box.

The elimination of a dead ball substitution horn, the lengthening of sideline boxes for player substitution and the quick restart on balls that go out of bounds are all major changes that the Orange has been addressing in fall ball.

All of the rule changes approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel this month are meant to speed up play.

For more:  http://blog.syracuse.com/sports/2012/09/desko_says_rules_changes_comin.html

NCAA Lacrosse: Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee Recommends “30-Second Countdown” After Stall Warning


The NCAA men’s lacrosse rules committee has spoken. The game is too slow. Looking to increase the pace of play in the sport, the committee has recommended a 30-second countdown for teams to take a shot after the referee has issued a stall warning, and major changes regarding faceoffs and substitutions.

Shot Clock After Stall Warnings

Under the proposal, when a team is given a stall warning, a shot must be taken within 30 seconds. The count will be administered by the on-field officials and there will not be a visible clock. A valid shot is defined as an attempt to score that is on goal (e.g., saved by the goalkeeper, hits the goal cage, goal scored). If the 30 seconds expires without a shot on goal, the ball will be awarded to the defensive team. The “get it in, keep it in” call has been removed.

The protocol referees will follow is below:

  1. Officials signal a stall warning and start the 20-second timer.
  2. At the end of the 20-second timer, a 10-second hand count is administered by the official closest to the ball. This official has responsibility for the count until a shot is taken or the time expires.
  3. During the 30-second period, situations where a shot goes out of bounds and the offensive team maintains possession will  be handled in this manner:
  1. With more than 10 seconds remaining in the count, the timer continues to run and the procedure continues.
  2. If the timer expires before the restart, a 10-second count will be administered beginning on the restart.
  3. With less than 10 seconds remaining, the official shall hold the hand count when the whistle blows and continue the count on the restart. For example, if the ball goes out of bounds with eight seconds remaining on the count, that count continues on the restart. The official shall communicate the amount of time remaining on the restart.
  1. A shot that hits the goal cage or is saved by the goalkeeper and then possessed by the offensive team nullifies the stall warning and the game continues.
  2. In a flag down situation, the shot count will continue until it expires or a shot is taken.
  3. Stalling will not be called during a man advantage.
  4. If a shot hits a defensive team player other than the goalkeeper, it will not be considered a shot on goal.

The committee also clarified that it is the responsibility of the team in possession to try to create a scoring opportunity. There are exceptions to this requirement: If the offensive team has the ball in the attack area and the defensive team is not playing the ball, a stall warning will not be issued until either (1) the defensive team attempts to play the ball or (2) the offensive team brings the ball outside the attack area.

However, a stall warning may be issued when the offensive team has the ball outside the attack area or below the goal line extended regardless of whether the defensive team is playing the ball.

The committee had several lengthy discussions regarding pace of play, which included adding a shot clock.

“We did put in some components of counting, but did not feel a mandated count on each possession was in the best interest of the college game,” said Jon Hind, chair of the committee and athletics director at Hamilton. “By creating this procedure, it puts a timing component into the game, but only when it is necessary.”