Rule Differences


Rule differences--NFHS(MIAA) and NCAA  2018
Procedures/situations NFHS(MIAA) NCAA
Mouth guard  Cover all upper or lower teeth  Cover all upper teeth 
Glove color  No mention  Non-GK players must wear same team color 
Mercy rule  Running time in 4th Q if lead is 12 or more  None
Violation during faceoff, after whistle but before possession  Possible play-on  Avoid play-on 
Faceoff violation by Team B  No limit; could be releasable USC per NFHS 5-10-e  Limit of 2 per team per half 
Goalie out of crease on stoppage  Goalie gets up to 5 seconds to return to crease  Immediate restart if other conditions are met
Defender is w/in 5 yards on restart Player gets 5-count to move back or gets technical if he was within 5 when play stopped; technical foul if he was more than 5 yards away and ran in Play restarts immediately. Defender must gain 5 yds.
Stoppage with ball in attack area Restart outside attack area except for end line OOB or offensive technical Quick restart for defense, moves out of box for offense or if there is a flag (one pass allowed) 
Jewelry  Prohibited; 1:00 NR  Permitted unless deemed dangerous by officials
Player w/o required equip. other than crosse in scrimmage area Stop play if player is in or enters scrimmage area.  Ball awarded to team in possession or by AP (or to defense in alley for loose ball in crease) Stop play. Technical foul to participate if ball is loose or player is from defense. For player from team in possession, no foul and team retains possession. 
 Stalling  “Get it in” and “Keep it in”  Thirty-second shot clock procedure
Stalling during penalty situations Stall warnings may be issued if team in possession is man up or man down The shot clock procedure is not used when there is an uneven penalty situation
Last 2:00 of 4th quarter Automatic stall warning for team in lead by 1–4 goals; immediate whistle for second flag in some circumstances No automatic warning; shot clock may be issued
Defensive clearing counts and offensive counts Twenty seconds to cross midfield, then ball must enter the attack area within 10 seconds, Thirty seconds after possession is gained to move the ball into the attack area
During timer subs, 20-sec. timer sounds; Team A has too many or too few players Illegal procedure technical foul on Team A for too many or too few men on field Illegal procedure for too many men; no mention of too few men (could result in silent play-on and delayed sub violation) 
Second NR USC foul (same person)  Expulsion and 3:00 NR penalty  Usual penalty is assessed 
 Checks to the head and neck  Minimum 2:00 NR penalty  Minimum 1:00 NR penalty 
Checking a defenseless player  Minimum 2:00 NR penalty  Could be 1:00-3:00 unnecessary roughness 
Tape on head  Not allowed for anyone taking a faceoff  Not allowed for anyone but goalie (3:00 NR foul)
Loose-ball personal foul  Immediate whistle and flag in all situations Immediate whistle/flag if no flag already down; FDSW if already a flag down (both fouls on defense)
Conduct foul Includes “any act considered misconduct” or trying to “interrupt or confuse” opponent’s play These clauses are not present
End of flag down Ball touches ground (not on a shot); shot is completed; defense gains possession Play continues until any of the usual conditions for stopping play occurs or the defense gains possession
Flag down; loose-ball foul by defense Impossible; whistle blows when ball touches ground (except on shot: if during shot, allow shot to end) Additional flags; play continues
Challenging the application of a rule by head coach Permitted; if appeal denied, coach is charged TO (or technical) and may use remainder of TO No mention; can speak with officials only during halftime
Timeouts Live ball: can be called by offense anywhere on the field. Dead ball: either team can call. Live ball: offense can call past restraining line. Dead ball: either team can call except on change of possession foul (then only offense). 
Ball in back of head not on faceoff  Illegal if stuck  Can’t pick up ball in back of head; can’t be stuck.
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