Ready or Not the Shot Clock Is Coming!
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This article From Laxmagazine.com The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Rules Committee has recommended a 30 second shot clock be put in place once a referee has given a stall warning! Also major faceoff, substitution changes; recommendations voted on next month The NCAA men’s lacrosse rules committee has spoken. The game is too slow. Looking to increase the pace of play in the sport, the committee has recommended a 30-second countdown for teams to take a shot after the referee has issued a stall warning, and major changes regarding face-offs and substitutions. All rules recommendations by the committee, which met this Monday through Thursday in Indianapolis, must be approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which is scheduled to meet via conference call in September. If approved, the change would be effective for the 2013 season. Shot Clock After Stall Warnings Under the proposal, when a team is given a stall warning, a shot must be taken within 30 seconds. The count will be administered by the on-field officials and there will not be a visible clock. A valid shot is defined as an attempt to score that is on goal (e.g., saved by the goalkeeper, hits the goal cage, goal scored). If the 30 seconds expires without a shot on goal, the ball will be awarded to the defensive team. The “get it in, keep it in” call has been removed. The protocol referees will follow is below:
- Officials signal a stall warning and start the 20-second timer.
- At the end of the 20-second timer, a 10-second hand count is administered by the official closest to the ball. This official has responsibility for the count until a shot is taken or the time expires.
- During the 30-second period, situations where a shot goes out of bounds and the offensive team maintains possession will be handled in this manner:
- With more than 10 seconds remaining in the count, the timer continues to run and the procedure continues.
- If the timer expires before the restart, a 10-second count will be administered beginning on the restart.
- With less than 10 seconds remaining, the official shall hold the hand count when the whistle blows and continue the count on the restart. For example, if the ball goes out of bounds with eight seconds remaining on the count, that count continues on the restart. The official shall communicate the amount of time remaining on the restart.
- A shot that hits the goal cage or is saved by the goalkeeper and then possessed by the offensive team nullifies the stall warning and the game continues.
- In a flag down situation, the shot count will continue until it expires or a shot is taken.
- Stalling will not be called during a man advantage.
- If a shot hits a defensive team player other than the goalkeeper, it will not be considered a shot on goal.
- The ball will be placed in crosse (perpendicular to the ground) at the throat, then the crosse is tipped forward 90 degrees;
- The ball is placed in the crosse (horizontal to the ground) at the deepest point of the pocket, then the crosse is tipped forward 90 degrees so the ball rolls out at the tip of the head;
- The ball is placed in the back of the crosse at the deepest point of the pocket and pushed in to reverse the pocket. The crosse is inverted 180 degrees. The ball must come out of the crosse without shaking, etc.
- Players taking the faceoff are not allowed to use a motorcycle grip any longer.
- After two pre-whistle violations in one half by a team, subsequent violations result in a 30-second technical penalty.
- When a violation occurs, the faceoff player is no longer required to leave the field.
- During penalty situations, there must be four players in the defensive area and three players in the offensive area.Exception: When a team has three or more players in the penalty area, a player may come out of its defensive area to take the faceoff.
- Tape may not be added to the throat of the crosse of the player taking a faceoff.