Lacrosse to Explore Instant Replay for 2010 Season

The NCAA reports that the Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee has plans to experiment with instant replay for games that are televised during the 2010 season. The decision stemmed from committee members' observations that some goal-line plays could benefit from further on-field review.

According the report, "instant replay could be used if the ball hits the back pipe and comes out of the net so quickly that the official misses the goal. The system will be used only if a game is televised and monitors are available at field level."

In other rules-related news, the points of emphasis for the upcoming season will include "face-offs [where use of hands could result in an unsportsmanlike conduct foul], cross checks, pace of game, uncontrolled stick checks, and equipment (specifically the end-cap requirement on the crosse)."

The Rules Committee will also allow experimenting "with a rule that requires the offensive team to keep the ball in when it enters the attack area unless it is deflected out of the area by the defensive team."

For the full report, please see the NCAA News web site.

2009-09-03



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