Boys Lacrosse Comments on the Rules - 2017

By NFHS on November 22, 2016 lacrosse-boys Print

1-3-2a: Ground anchors are not typically used on grass fields. This change will allow the rules to be aligned with standard practice. The rule change would allow but not require ground anchors.

4-3-1 Exception 2: Currently there is a distance of 5 yards from all surrounding players and re-start from spot of the foul. This ruling of “a free clear” is no longer correct and should have been deleted in the current rules book in order to be consistent with Rule 4.4.2 SITUATION B, which calls for a re-start from “the spot where the ball was when play was suspended.”

4-3-3: New handle materials are already in production and create a more durable solution than tape. The current rule only allows for tape; this rule change would allow for the emerging best practices. 4-18-4 Risk minimization – only the goalkeeper may be located within the crease.

6-5-2: Change brings foul into conformity with current trends in the sport and makes it more likely to be enforced and, therefore, should bring greater compliance for risk minimization.

6-10-3: The current “automatic stall warning” in the last two minutes creates a dangerous situation where a team that is essentially “out of the game” is given more opportunity to “punish” the team that is ahead since that team is forced to “keep it in.”