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HS girls’ lacrosse rules changes for 2017

Monday, 6th February 2017

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/6/17

These are the 2017 Rule Changes/Updates, courtesy of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association. Click here for the recent PIAA update newsletter.

Changes/updates reviewed on update video and/or those noted in 2017 book –
• Scorer’s/Timers Table : pg 10, “h” (VIDEO ONLY)
Officials may choose to have “possession indicator” point in direction team is attacking OR be on side of table closest to bench area of team.

• Rule 2-4-4: pg 15, Art 4
Stick checks may only be requested (at any time) during stoppage of the game clock
Notes:
– Previously at any time during game and executed at discretion of official
– Officials may still – at any time– do a stick check if officials feel a stick has become non-compliant
– Reminder – stick checks may only be made on sticks on the field… not in bench area

• Rule 2-4-4: pg 15, Art 4
Stick checks may be requested immediately following regulation or overtime
Notes:
– Previously rule book noted requests allowed only “during” the game. This rule update clarifies. Officials must be aware of potential request in order to best manage end of game and/or overtime requests.
– Players must still be on the field, requestor must note player number
– Reminder: two stick check requests allowed per team, per game
– Reminder: requests may be made by opposing Head Coach or any opposing player on field Suggestion…. Review proper stick check protocol with officials for consistency….

• Rule 2 -5 -2: pg 16 & 17 (VIDEO ONLY)
– If the head of the crosse becomes disconnected from the shaft due to a throwing/shooting motion or during a draw, the crosse no longer meets specifications (placed at table)
• If ball entered goal, goal does NOT count
• Player may go to bench area, get another crosse and immediately return to her place on field
• No subs allowed during any stoppage to address crosse replacement
• Play is restarted with Alternate Possession, unless head dislodged on draw. In that case – Redraw.
• If head is dislodged from stick without possession, just call T.O. to address stick replacement. No Alternating Possession.

• Rule 2-7-2: pg 17, Art 2
Outlines ASTM eyewear certification
– For 2017, must meet ASTM F3077 only. This standard is specific to girls lax.
• Primary difference between previous F803 and F3077 is the testing protocol for the F3077 which is specific to eyewear standards for girls lacrosse.
• F803 meets a general standard used across multiple sports, F3077 was adopted in 2014 and is now our single eyewear standard.

• Rule 2-7-3: pg 18, Art 3 Optional !!!
Effective Jan 1, 2017, any player choosing to wear headgear may only wear headgear that meets the ASTM F3137 standard for women’s lacrosse.
– Only soft headgear permitted. Must allow for the integration of legal eye protection and be worn as
directed.
– F3137 defines reliable and repeated test performance standards for headgear to be used by field player’s participating in the sport of women’s lacrosse.
Note:
Former “soft headgear” NOT allowed unless it meets the F3137 ASTM standard. Only 2 soft helmets meet that standard right now….

• Rule 3-2-2: pg 23, Art 2 (VIDEO ONLY)
– Head Coaches responsibilities include verbally certifying that all team equipment including crosses,
eye protection, balls, goalkeeper helmet & other protective equipment is legal under our rules.
– Reminder: We are not to “hunt” for non-compliances. If we do become aware of them, deal with
them in accordance with our rules.

• Rule 5-2-3: pg 35 (Correct error in book under Article 3)
Players below the restraining line on the draw may not cross until possession is established “Possession” is defined as either team having the ball in her cross and being able to cradle, carry, pass, shoot, etc
OR…
– Ball goes out of bounds off a player
– Ball crosses the restraining line
– Whistle stops play for a foul
Suggestions:
1. Review mechanics of new draw protocol with addition of “windmill” possession signal and additional “possession!” call from official to alert players they are released.
2. Review Penalty Admin: Any early entry over restraining line gets an immediate whistle. Play is reset at center with two closest players and positioning for an illegal draw. Any foul between the restraining lines prior to possession ends the “draw” protocol because possession has been established and when foul is set up all players may move as they wish on the whistle.

• Rule 5-4: pg 38
– Alternate Possession Update… When setting up Alt Possession in the CSA above GLE, with attack gaining possession, Goalkeeper MAY return to goal circle is she is above the GLE as long as she was NOT the player that fouled, or closest to the incident that stopped play.
Note: (Rule 5, section 4)
If the team awarded Alt Possession commits a foul before free position has been administered, they lose possession and any right to call time out.
– If T.O. already called and players still on field, cancel the T.O.
– If T.O. already called and begun, allow the T.O. and change possession once players are back

• Rule 9-1-1: pg 47, Body Ball
– Players may not use their bodies to deliberatly impede, accelerate or change the direction of the ball, except with a kicking action on a non-shooting attempt
Note: The goalie MAY NOT attempt to blatantly stop a shot on goal while outside the circle with the use of her body. That would be a major foul.

• Rule 10-1-1: pg 51
Looking to Shoot has been eliminated from Free Space criteria
– Two remaining criteria are
Opportunity to shoot
Position to shoot
Note: Emphasis this year is to hold defense accountable to keep themselves out of harms way. Unless marking a player, they should NOT be in shooting lane!
This does not excuse attack from responsibility not to shoot if player in lane.

• Rule 10-1-1: pg 53
Penalty administration for dangerous shot and illegal shot shall be aligned with the ball being given to the closest defender.
– All dangerous and illegal shots shall be considered to have occurred outside the goal circle.
– Penalty Admin will take place 8m away from goal to nearest defender.

• Rule 10-1-1: pg 51
Looking to Shoot has been eliminated from Free Space criteria
– Two remaining criteria are
Opportunity to shoot
Position to shoot
Note: Emphasis this year is to hold defense accountable to keep themselves out of harms way. Unless marking a player, they should NOT be in shooting lane!
This does not excuse attack from responsibility not to shoot if player in lane.

• Rule 10-1-1: pg 53
Penalty administration for dangerous shot and illegal shot shall be aligned with the ball being given to the closest defender.
– All dangerous and illegal shots shall be considered to have occurred outside the goal circle.
– Penalty Admin will take place 8m away from goal to nearest defender.

Reminders:
• Manuf Specs
– Secondary material has been further defined. Outlines changes to eyewear certification (Appendix B)
• Appendix C
– Alternate Officials duties are stated

• Rule 2-9:
Article 4
Beginning January 1, 2018, home team uniforms shall be light and visitors shall be dark.
– Field players: Jersey’s of single, solid color – bottom’s need not be solid
– Goalkeeper jersey must correspond to teammates – bottoms black /grey/ or same as predominant color of team jersey

Reminders:
• Rule 2-9:
Article 5
Beginning January 1, 2018, visible undergarments must be light with light jerseys and dark with dark jerseys.
– Undergarments must be consistent with uniform, and with teammates
• Rule 2-7:
Article 6
Eye black shall be regulated
– One solid stroke extending no further than width of socket nor below cheekbone
– No logo’s – numbers – letters
2017 Rule Changes/Updates
Reminders:
• Delay of Game Carding Upgrades (pg 48/49)
– Green : T.O., change of possession if applicable for minor foul – not applied to team card count
– Green/Yellow: Treated as Major. Player removed for 2 min. No sub. Do not include in team card count
– Full Yellow: Same as Green/Yellow, but DOES add towards team card count
• Goalkeeper Misconduct (pg 60)
– First yellow: if only one “dressed” keeper, she stays and remove field player
– Second yellow or red…. Goalkeeper must leave game
…. Review play restart with and without 2nd dressed keepers…


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