Proposed Changes by the Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Rules Committee is proposing rules modifications that affect the time to get the ball into the attack area, issuing stall warnings, face-offs, and contact with the head and neck.

The committee's recommended change regarding advancing the ball is allow a single 30-second period once a team gains possession to advance the ball into the attack area. That would eliminate the current rule, which permits 20 seconds to reach the midfield line and then another 10 seconds to get the ball into the attack area. The requirement to re-establish possession in the attack area within 10 seconds after leaving it would be eliminated.

To deal with stalling, a new mechanic would allow officials to call "get it in" when the ball is outside the attack area (in addition to current "keep it in" used now).

Changes to face-off rules are designed to get the ball in play faster. Players who clamp the ball must get the ball in play quickly. In addition, players who pin/hold the opponent's cross will be given a technical foul, with the other team receiving possession. Finally, the "set" call is being reintroduced.

Concerns about safety have led to a proposal to issue a one-, two- or three-minute non-releasable penalty for hits to the head/neck.

The committee's proposals will be sent to the membership for comment and be reviewed by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to meet on September 8. Read the full story at the NCAA web site.


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