2016 GIRLS LACROSSE RULE INTERPRETATIONS
RULE 2-11: A field player asks to wear a hard helmet to protect an injury.
RULING: ILLEGAL. A player cannot wear a hard helmet. She could wear soft headgear. Soft headgear is defined as any head covering without hard or unyielding parts. Soft headgear must allow for the integration of required legal eye protection and is to be worn as directed. Effective January 1, 2017 any field player choosing to wear headgear will only be allowed to wear headgear that meets the ASTM F3137 standard for women’s lacrosse.
RULE 2-15: Jerseys shall be on contrasting colors for opposing teams. The coaches/
schools shall agree upon uniform colors prior to the day of the game. If both teams have uniform shirts of the same or similar color, the home team shall be obligated to change or wear numbered pinnies of a contrasting color. Effective January 1, 2018, home team jerseys shall be light and visitor jerseys shall be dark.
RULING: A team with illegal uniforms that cannot be corrected prior to beginning the
game shall be penalized with a free position for a minor foul for the opponent at the center to begin the game. If both teams are illegally dressed, the game shall begin with alternate possession at the center to the team determined at the captains’ meeting to have the first possession. Draw positioning shall apply. This does not preclude additional penalties during the game should a player(s) illegally modify her uniform or the violation is discovered by the official(s) after the start of the game.
RULE 5-15: The defense is called for an illegal check. Once play has stopped, the official discovers that both the attack and the defense are offside.
RULING: Alternate possession is awarded for offsetting fouls. A player from each team closest to the restraining line should be moved back onside. The ball will be awarded to the player whose team has the alternate possession that is closest to the spot where the play was stopped.
RULE 5-16: The official is holding whistle on an offside by the defense because the attack
is on a scoring play. The attack charges into the defense player.
RULING: Alternate possession is awarded for offsetting fouls. The defense player closest to the restraining line should be placed back onside. The ball will be awarded to the player whose team has the alternate possession that is closest to the spot where the charge occurred.
RULE 5-17: Defense player B1 is called for an illegal check against A1. Play is stopped
and A1 is awarded a free position. Before play is restarted, the official notices that A1 is wearing jewelry.
RULING: Alternate possession is awarded for offsetting fouls. A1 must remove the jewelry without delay before play is resumed or a substitute takes her place.
RULE 6-8: The white attack has an 8m free position. On the whistle, the blue
team crashes into the 8m and screams at the shooter.
RULING: This may be misconduct. While yelling to communicate is acceptable, screaming at a player is not. Warn the defense and card if it continues.
RULE 7-5: The ball is below the restraining line with the attack in possession. Defense
causes a turnover but the whistle then sounds for an offside foul by the defense. Where is the free position taken?
RULING: If the ball is outside the critical scoring area, the free position is awarded at that spot. If the ball is in the critical scoring area below the goal line extended, the penalty shall be administered at the closest circle (dot). If the ball is inside the critical scoring area and above goal line extended, or inside the goal circle, the free position is awarded at the top center of the 12m fan. Attack player with the ball to the spot of the free position; nearest defense player placed 4m behind; closest defense player to the restraining line will move back onside.