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2019 NFHS Rules Changes

Boys Lacrosse Rules Changes – 2019      March 1, 2019

1-6-2: Measuring the length of the head at the front (face) of the head.

1-7-1: The pocket/net must be completely attached to the head and the side walls, leaving no gaps large enough for a ball to pass through.

1-9-1j: Beginning January 1, 2021, a goalkeeper chest protector designed for lacrosse that incorporates the NOCSAE ND200 at the time of manufacture shall be used by all goalkeepers.

4-5-9: A shot is considered a ball propelled toward the goal by an offensive player with the intent of scoring a goal. A shot can only be made when the ball is parallel to or above the goal line extended. Additionally, it can be either thrown from a crosse, kicked, or otherwise physically directed.

4-9-3: If any of the following occur between the end of the period and the shot entering the goal, the goal will be disallowed:

  • a. The ball makes contact with any member of the attacking team or his equipment;
  • b. The ball is touched by a player of either team other than the defending goalkeeper after hitting the goalkeeper or his equipment, goal posts or crossbar.

4-14-3: If the ball does not touch the center line or something over the center line, no infraction has occurred. A defensive player may reach over the center line with his crosse and bat the ball to keep it in his team's offensive half and thus prevent an over-and-back violation. However, he may NOT reach over the center line and bat the ball with his foot or any other part of his body excluding his gloved hand wrapped around his crosse. If he does so, it shall be a turnover.

5-3 PENALTY: Penalty for violation of Article 5 is a two- or three- minute, non-releasable foul, at the official's discretion. An excessively violent violation of this rule may result in an ejection.

5-4-4: A player shall not initiate a body check legally but slides up into or follows through to an opponent's head or neck.

5-4-5: A player shall not body-check a player in a defenseless position. This includes but is not limited to: (a) body-checking a player from his "blind side;" (b) body checking a player who has his head down in an attempt to play a loose ball; and (c) body-checking a player whose head is turned away to receive a pass, even if that player turns toward the contact immediately before the body check.

5-4-6: A player shall not initiate targeting, which is intentionally taking aim at the head/neck of an opponent for the purpose of making violent contact. This could include a check with the crown of the helmet (spearing) that targets the head or neck of an opponent. PENALTY: Three-minute, non-releasable foul. An excessively violent violation of this rule may result in an ejection.

5-4-7: A player shall not initiate targeting that intentionally takes aim at a player in a defenseless position. PENALTY: Three-minute, non-releasable foul. An excessively violent violation of this rule may result in an ejection.

5-10e: A coach who is on the field and obstructs play.

5-12-1 PENALTY: Three-minute non-releasable penalty for a player, substitute or non-playing team member or a one-minute non-releasable penalty for a coach and ejection for the remainder of the game. The ejected coach shall be removed from the premises (bench and field area). The ejected player, substitute or non-playing team member shall be removed from the premises if there is authorized school personnel present to supervise the ejected student. If no authorized school personnel is available, the student shall be confined to the bench area. The sponsoring authority is responsible for notifying the appropriate school of the ejection.

6-3-2a: A player shall not use the portion of the handle that is between his hands to hold an opponent, when his hands are more than shoulder-width apart.

6-3-3e: Holding is permitted if a player uses the portion of the handle that is between his hands, which are no more than shoulder-width apart, to hold an opponent on the torso with no more than equal pressure and no thrusting motion.

6-5-2b(4): A player shall not exchange his crosse with that of a teammate during live play while the ball is in either crosse.

6-11-2: A player in possession of the ball with both hands on his crosse shall not use his hand or arm to push the body of the player applying the check. NOTE: Illegal body checks (5-3), "spearing" (5-4-3) and unnecessary roughness (5-9-3 SITUATION E) shall be strictly enforced as personal fouls.

7-8-2 and 7-8-3 Clarifies the Slow Whistle Rule

   7-8-2 Lists the 9 conditions for which the officials shall withhold the blowing of the whistle

   7-8-3 States that if there is a Slow Whistle situation and a second defensive foul is committed, the whistle should be blown to end play unless a scoring play is

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Boys Lacrosse Comments on the Rules – 2019      November 28, 2018

1-6-2 — Clarifies the crosse measurements are to be made on the front face of the head.

1-7-1 — Eliminates stringing techniques that could create an unfair advantage.

1-9-1j — Adds a piece of safety equipment to protect against commotio cordis in goalkeepers.

4-5-9 — Defines that a shot can only be taken from parallel to or in front of the goal.

4-8-2 — Clarifies the conditions under which a goal will be allowed when a shot is released just before the end of a period.

4-14-3 — Clarifies the position of the ball for over and back turnovers.

5-4-4h (NEW) — Defines the penalty for "targeting."

5-10e — Defines penalties for a coach obstructing play.

5-12-1 — Penalizes a coach for an ejectable penalty without penalizing the players.

6-3-2 — Clarifies legal and illegal holds to an opponent.

6-5-2b — Prevents a potentially dangerous play that could result in a shot released toward an unsuspecting and unprepared goalkeeper.

7-8-2, 7-8-3 — Clarifies the current slow whistle rule.

 

Boys Lacrosse Points of Emphasis – 2019      November 28, 2018

Stalling

A 2018 questionnaire completed by both coaches and officials indicated a concern regarding the interpretation of "stalling." A team that is stalling does not make an effort to attack the goal or generate shots. An offense that is stalling passes on clear shooting opportunities, does not actively work to create scoring opportunities and "holds the ball behind GLE for excessive periods of time." When considering a "get it in, keep it in" call, officials should consider score, time left, style of defense employed (zone or man). If in the opinion of the officials the offense is not actively seeking scoring opportunities, a stall warning should be applied.

Targeting

When a player intentionally takes aim at an opponent's head or neck or a defenseless player, the offending player will be penalized with a three-minute, non-releasable foul and may result in an ejection.

Holding

A player may employ the handle of his crosse (between his hands) to legally hold an opponent if his hands are no more than shoulder-width apart, employs "equal pressure" and does not employ a thrusting motion.

Warding

A player may not use his crosse or any part of his body to push or control the direction of an opponent's crosse or body.

 

Boys Lacrosse Rules Corrections – 2019      December 06, 2018

Boys Lacrosse Rules Corrections - 2019

p. 59          PENALTY: Penalty for violation of Article 5 is a two- or three- minute, non-releasable foul, at the official's discretion. An excessively violent violation of this rule may result in an ejection.

 

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