Shot Clock Introduced

Shot Clock Introduced

Shot Clock Introduced

Shot Clock Introduced

One of the more frustrating problems in today's game is the wave of mass substitutions that occurs every time the ball is brought over midfield -- what the 10 second rule was supposed to curtail was easily circumvented by casual dips in and out of the box. It slowed the game down and made coaching a little more important than it really should be. Needless to say, it also pretty much wiped out the true middie -- 6 on 6 sets were now more likely to be 6 attackman on 6 defensemen.

Adapting club ball's no-horn rule will also go a long way towards ending the degree of specialization that allows players to refer to their positions as things like "short stick defenders".

The shot clock won't completely deter teams from stall-ball, but it will make that behavior a lot more risky. A key provision in the rule is the phrase "in an attempt to score", so the rule can't be nullified by someone who conveniently always shoots high -- he'll have to risk letting the goalie get a stick on it or face a possible judgement call by the refs. Defensmen also have the advantage of knowing when a shot is imminent, so don't expect the attackman at X to always be closest to the line.

This ruling couldn't have come at a better time; offset heads, mass substitutions, and micro-positions were stultifying the game from the fan's perspective. Lacrosse is a ton more entertaining when played as a break-neck up and down game, so kudos to Marty Benson and the rest of the committee for taking a big step in the right direction. Now, if we could just see an end to the butterfly nets...

The Press Release:

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Committee voted to use a 60-second shot clock for men's lacrosse games beginning in the 2001 season, as decided at its annual meeting July 16-20, in Manchester Village, Vermont.

"The shot clock rule and the related changes will simplify the game for fans and participants," said Joe Boylan, chair of the committee and director of athletics at Loyola College (Maryland). "These changes will create action in attacking and defending the goal, which is the most exciting part of the sport. "The committee anticipates that schools will use the existing penalty clocks to administer the rules change from the scorer's table, so there will be no extra cost for equipment."

With the change, the shot clock will be reset to 60 seconds after each shot, play-on and change of possession with the exception that it will be turned off during extra-man situations. All sideline horns will be eliminated, which will speed up play and eliminate dead-ball substitutions from the sideline. This change also eliminates the interruptions caused by a coach calling for a horn on a sideline out of bounds with no intention of making a substitution.

In a related change, the committee eliminated the stalling call, including the requirement that the leading team keep the ball in the goal-attack area in the last two minutes of regulation play. The committee's rationale in doing so was that teams can no longer stall because they have to shoot within 60 seconds. A shot will be defined as a ball propelled toward the goal by an offensive player in an attempt to score, either by being thrown from a crosse, kicked or otherwise physically directed. The only change from the previous definition is the addition of the phrase "in an attempt to score." The committee eliminated the 10-second count in the offensive end but retained the 10-second count in the defensive end.

"The Committee looks forward to working with the men's lacrosse community during the fall to resolve issues of concern so that implementing these changes will lead to a smooth regular season in the spring," Boylan said. The committee's main point of emphasis for the coming season will be that late hits and body checks from the rear need to be adjudicated more closely. Any illegal body check from the rear should be penalized as such, not as a 30-second push.

The committee also made the following other rules changes: Extended the play-on technique to include loose ball-infractions at the mid-line as well as the defensive-area lines and outlet passes from the goalie that are not initially caught by the fouled player. Under the old rule, play would have been stopped in these instances.

Prohibited any players serving a penalty during a man-down face-off from entering the field until an official signifies possession. Before the change, such players were allowed to enter the field as soon as the penalty time expired. The committee made the change because of safety concerns and to assist the officials' control of the game.

Changed the game-opening coin toss so that the team that wins the toss gets choice of field and the team that loses the toss gets the first alternate possession of the game. The team winning the coin flip got both choices in the past.

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Down With Shot Clocks
    by (#4034) on 7/24/00 @9:35PM
The shot clock is about the worst idea ever! Yes it will make the game more exciting but it will also change the game too much and it will be way too different. shot clock sucks
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   Think about it by 7/24/00 @10:17PM
   No Horn?!? by 7/24/00 @10:17PM
   I HATE THE CLOCK! by 7/25/00 @12:33AM
      Oh Nooooo! by 7/25/00 @7:31AM
      Hey smart guy... by 7/25/00 @10:10AM
         Exactly!!! by 7/25/00 @11:09AM
            wont be too much of a change by 8/01/00 @12:04AM
Amen, brutha!
    by (#85) on 7/25/00 @9:58AM
While I would love to have the luxury of holding fast to the rules of old and preserving the game as it was when I played in college, I think it shows great forsight by the committee to make this change. Sports evolve, and lacrosse is no exception. I agree that the game has turned into a coaches' chess match, with emphasis placed on micro management. With this change, coupled with the no sideline horn, coaches will have to prepare for the game and then allow the players to play. It will make the second midfield line much more significant, perhaps even delving into a third line! Kudos to the committe.
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    by (#3883) on 7/25/00 @10:26AM
Listen Old Man, game has obviously changed since you played. The shot clock sucks. Maybe back in the 1930's when you played it seems like an interesting idea, but it is not. The MILL has a shot clock, but that is like comparing WWF and Olympic wrestlers. This shot clock is a big mistake.
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   More like... by 7/25/00 @11:48AM
      whatever by 7/25/00 @1:35PM
         Come on... by 7/25/00 @2:12PM
I cannot believe this!!
    by (#3460) on 7/25/00 @10:51AM
I cannot believe this!! What are they trying to do to the game? First, they take away the dive, which is the most exciting play in the game of lacrosse, then they say that the game isn't exciting enough so they put in a shot clock? This is a travesty! I have 3 more years of lacrosse left in the NCAA. I have seen many rule changes such as the ten second rule. The ten second rule is great because it makes the game move faster, the shot clock will destroy offensive lacrosse as we know it. Good luck settling the ball and running a quality offense and adios to the midfielder. Lacrosse is the greatest game on the face of this earth, we don't need to start bringing in all these new rules. If I wanted to play with a shot clock I would play basketball! I hope that the board realizes what a dumb move this will be. Even as a goalie, I think that the dive is the most exciting play in lacrosse. So this is my challenge to the board...If you are going to bring in all these strange new rules (which you say will make the game more exciting)...then BRING BACK THE DIVE!!!
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   Change is good by 7/26/00 @12:11AM
      change is good by 7/26/00 @11:29AM
         change is good by 7/26/00 @8:56PM
      what? by 8/03/00 @11:43AM
shot clock
    by (#764) on 7/25/00 @11:55AM
we won't be seeing princeton and tierney in the playoffs anymore because of this. i guess all the coaches on the board were pissed at them because princeton would always beat them with their ball control offense. anyway, after the NCAA realizes how stupid this rule change is, i hope they'll change it next season
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   good by 7/25/00 @6:24PM
is this article a joke?
    by (#4054) on 7/25/00 @12:28PM
i don't know what's going on here, but i think that this must be a joke. seriously, is the NCAA taking advice from the MLL now? this shotclock rule takes away the skill and element of settled offense in the game. it will just cause more controversy with last-minute shots and will cause players to wind up aimlessly when they're running out of time. this isn't basketball... maybe the committee got confused. and what is up with the no horn rule? this will soon translate to youth and high school and will just cause lots of confusion in the coming years. this effort to "speed up the game" is nothing more than a foolish move to get more patronage and revenue from college lacrosse.
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   HEY TOUGH GUY! by 8/02/00 @6:22PM
      Hey listen... by 8/03/00 @12:43PM
   ARE YOU A JOKE? by 8/03/00 @7:42PM
   lovehappy, you the man by 8/03/00 @7:47PM
      tamponguy.... thats a great name!!! (nt) by 8/06/00 @7:06PM
Shot Clock+TV
    by (#44) on 7/25/00 @1:20PM
The shot clock is a great idea by the lacrosse committee...It takes the overwhelming amount of substutions out of the game and puts it back in the hands of the players not the coaches...You will see more dodging and more shooting which the fans want to gives the offense a chance to show their creativity as players and not act like machines in some offenses that are run around the nation..It will make defenses focus on the big stop everytime the offense has a ball..the shot clock can work to a Defenses advantage look at some NBA teams that put the pressure on in the last 10 seconds of the clock...
You will see more agressive play on both ends, When perfected the game will be fast, high scoring and very intense....or sloppy with errant shots and ball hog players trying to score on every possesion...In a side note the game is being marketed for TV and the shot clock is a great idea for that...With ESPN losing most of its spring programming with Nascar gone to FOX on sunday.. hey why don't the boys in Bristol have a game of the week live form various sites around the country...I might be dreaming but its just a thought...
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"If its not broken don't fix it"
    by (#244) on 7/25/00 @1:22PM
Lacrosse was fine last year, this shot clock is only going to make the game sloppy. Their will be less order and less ball movement and off-ball play. It's just going to make more possessions end with some hot-shot trying to muscle through everyone for a shot (like the MLL).
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I feel bad for the Refs
    by (#244) on 7/25/00 @1:27PM
This is going to make it really hard on the refs since they are going to have to decide on every shot if their was "intent to score". After all possessions makes a big difference in who ends up winning a game and with average game consisting of over 60 shots they are going to have to take alot of blame.
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how do you know how much time is left?
    by (#137) on 7/25/00 @3:30PM
how are players on the field going to know where the shot clock stands? in basketball everyone can see the clock above the basket...what about in this case? are refs going to count off, say, the last ten seconds of EVERY 60 seconds that the offenses have the ball? that's absurd...does anyone know how they plan on handling this issue?
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Down with the shot clock
    by (#135) on 7/25/00 @5:25PM
Whats with this committee. first they take away our dive now this stupid shot clock. this is a real bad idea, this defeats the whole purpose of settled offenses, eliminating teams that use them from contention. i think the rules committee should have their heads examined for this and make the right decision and get rid of this clock, another good point is how will the players know the time on the clock, they wont be looking up at the scoreboard for it. u say u want a more exciting game, well i say if u want a more exciting game THEN BRING BACK THE DIVE!!!!!
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The settled offense
    by (#834) on 7/25/00 @9:50PM
ok so a lot of peopole are complaining about the loss of settled offenses due to the shot clock. The way i see it it's gonna make those teams ,like Princton, who really wanna use it step up and be perfect running their plays. If a coach really wants to run a settled offense he can, he'll just have to train his team to be as close to perfect as possible. As for the comment made about the refs I'm sure they'll count anything that isn't intentionally trown high or wide of the goal. So for those of us who will be directly affect (i.e. anyone playing NCAA ball) suck it up the complainings not changing anything for this year. If your defense use it to your advantage, if you're offense/middi use it as a reason to perfect your shot since each one is gonna be critical now. if you put it in the back it doesn't matter what the ref decides.
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   HEY, Here's an idea! by 7/25/00 @11:25PM
      changes.. by 7/26/00 @4:51AM
      amen by 8/03/00 @3:23PM
this will only hurt teams
    by (#365) on 7/26/00 @9:06AM
this will have no effect on a team like syracuse, who runs a run and gun offense nothing will change about there offense. but a team like the princeton tigers this will totally F!!! them up. their offense is based on the fact that they can sit on the ball and make the defense come to them and then pick that defense apart with a good pass. besides, who give a **** about fans anyway. ive never played lacrosse for fans. i play because i love the game the way its played. changing the rules to make it more enjoyable for the fans is just gay. all this will do is make it where more people has bad shots that go wide so everyone will just be racing to the end line to get possesion. the game wont go any faster. all its will do is endanger the ball boys on the end lines.
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Playing Field
    by (#3130) on 7/26/00 @12:52PM
A shot clock is a just terrible rule. Why force coaches and players to play an up-tempo game when at times that may not be the best strategy againsta given team. Why should say an ND when playing a UVA be forced to play their up-tempo, run and gun style when they simply cannot go head to head with that strategy, against that team and have a chance of winning.

There are diffetent kinds of teams and players with different strategies and game plans and they should be allowed to play the style that gives them the best chance of winning. A stupid shot clock should not dictate how a math-up will be played and what result is more than likely to be the outcome.
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Shot Clock Introduced
    by (#4075) on 7/27/00 @9:17AM
As a few of you have written already, this will really be a downer for teams like Princeton. My feelings are that it is a good thing. Being involved in the sport for 15 years, this is one of the BEST changes that could have been made. I believe the change was made for another reason, that reason was TV! How many semi-lacrosse fans turned off the 2000 NCAA Div I championships when Princeton did not adjust their offense and still played an offensive possession game when still down by such a great margin? I wouldn't be surprised if ESPN had a SMALL hand in this. The championship games seem to be less than exciting over the last few years. This means it doesn't relate well to TV. If ESPN is going to cover it live they simply do not want to be bored. ZZZZ...
The players will adjust. The coaches will adjust.
The fans will fall in love with the faster pace.
BUT, it does give the officals one more thing that they can screw up. Lets hope they don't...
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New Rules
    by (#2735) on 7/27/00 @10:04AM
The no horn rule will change the way we look at poles. Most of them are great take away guys, I see the future for those long poles is movin to close. Then they are on the field. Then when the time is right a defenseman would be subbed in and the two would just switch onto the ball.

It poses some new strategies. Oh well at least we can do is give it a try.

About the dive, it ain't comin back soon. Too many keepers were gettin bombarded and injured. I wouldn't mind havin it back, but its gone.
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    by (#4012) on 7/27/00 @2:09PM
I can't stand all this talk about a shot clock. When i first heard about it i thought i was dreaming. I thought it was a nightmare! i mean c'mon, that's a huge change, Coaching just won't be the same. It's gonna turn a lot of aspects in the college game upside down. I mean think about it, Tierney and the Princeton tigers can't slow down the game anymore. Teams can no longer put their star def-middie in to shut down the other teams' most potent offensive player. Coaches won't be able to put a whole slew of offensive players in anymore. Just think of how bad teams would do that used to be so good. And of course all of youth lacrosse would soon follow suit! Sure the fans may like it, but the REAL Lacrosse fans, the ones who already understand it will go nuts trying to figure it all out! Everyone will! New fans to the game will be even more confused. It doesn't simplify anything! If anything it just adds more complicated rules to our sport! You guys may embrace it, but just step back and take a look around. We are turning into the exact duplicate of ROLLER HOCKEY! One of the more commercialized and cheesiest sports ever. I mean we're just taking on more and more rules by the year! We're adapting rules from Basketball, soccer, you name it we've got a rule similar to it. What we need to do is just let the game be played. F*** the new rule, it blows i say, just let it stay the same as always, and SAVE THE DIVE. That was probably one of the most Dramatic and Entertaining plays ever. Why does the Ncaa rules committee think its a good idea to ruin the game? What they're really doing is just giving the authority to the ref. AND WE ALL KNOW THE REF IS BLIND! So c'mon, put ppl who play and know the game in charge.

Wow, it's great that everyone, well at least most of you have a BIG Problem with this new rule! I am a firm believer that the game is fine, and if you need more excitement, then SAVE THE DIVE! Like i said earlier this sport is doing fine. "They" are changing everything to make it more media friendly now. But C'mon, Anyone who doesn't know lacrosse, isn't gonna follow SH^T when they see it on TV.
Here's the scenario, put a Dude, and another Dude, from say Arizona in a couch. They're flipping through the Channels then Bang, Lacrosse is on their TV screen. Now these guys are definetly no lax buffs, but they certaninly can rattle of College Basketball, and Football greats, and don't mind watching golf, and an occasional Tennis game (only when their wives want to). But they aren't gonna understand squat about the new rule, or the old rules. Their just gonna sit there and go... "Okay that team just got penalized... ...FOR HAVING THE BALL TOO LONG!!! This Sport is harder to understand then RUGBY! Who thought up this stuff?"
Hopefully soon the Ncaa committee will realize that they were wrong. They made a mistake, okay, we can look past that. JUST FIX IT UP REAAALL GOOD! And maybe we won't Stampede like a bunch of crazed Soccer Fans! AND AS ALWAYS... <<>>SAVE<<>>THE<<>>DIVE!!<<>>
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Syracuse won't be running as well too
    by (#4077) on 7/27/00 @4:48PM
Everyone is talking about how the shot clock and the prohibition of the horn is going to destroy teams that play settled down offense (and it will have a detrimental effect), but its not going to help out any team. Teams that are big time into the run and gun style of play will now find that their top guns will be much more fatigued, and thus not possess the quickness they once had. What the NCAA wants to see is a more uptempo game. What they might get is a game full of throaways and penalties from exhausted midfielders.
Another thing that no one seems to realize is that it won' take long for coach's to figure out a defense to slow the game down. I'm sure somebody is going to come up with an effective zone defense that will force the opposing offense to run a set that they will not have enough time to run properly. What is the NCAA going to do then? Make and illegal defense rule like the NBA.
The game already has enough rules that have been added in the past few years. This is one that the committee should hold off on.
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time heals all wounds
    by (#1473) on 7/28/00 @2:21AM
everyone needs to relax, this is obviously an experiment on the part of the NCAA. if it goes horribly wrong, the men in charge are intelligent enough to just switch the rule back. lacrosse has evolved immensely within the last 10 years considering offset heads and titanium shafts, and this is just another one of the steps along the way.
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Doesn't anyone get it?
    by (#4100) on 7/29/00 @4:34PM
It is easier to stall with the new rules. The mass subs will still happen, especially with a horn on the sidelines. Teams will clear the ball, pull it out (since they do not need to get into the box every 10 seconds) and take a shot that misses the goal to reset the shot clock after they get their subs in. Teams are already taking shots at a pace greater than 1 every 60 seconds so all that has been accomplished by this rule is to allow an offense to pull the ball outside the box for a period of time (30 seconds or so) to sub. Coaches will not just concede that they cannot sub their best offensive and defensive personnel. They will do everything possible to circumvent the rules to give their team the best chance of winning. Their jobs do not depend on playing a fan-friendly style of lacrosse, but rather a winning style (see Bill Tierney if you think the playing without flash means fans don't want to see your team play). The rule is poorly written and will have the opposite effect on the game than its intent - boring lacrosse.

No one has mentioned the cost and burden a shot clock places on the home team and the burden another subjective call places in the refs. Can you imagine running the clock and being the refs for Hopkins-Princeton with Tierney and Petro screaming at you about whether the shooter truly did intent to score when the shot went wide?

As far as the sideline horn, the international game uses the same rule and they play dull lacrosse since every clear ends in one team doing the mass subs they couldn't do when the ball went out. Sideline horns do not slow play, they actually help speed it up. They allow a coach to get the team he wants on the field and to set up pressure rides that lead to unsettled chances among other things. Basketball uses a horn and it doesn't slow play.

Basically, when you go to a college lacrosse game, you can expect to see 20 to 25 goals scored over 60 minutes of play. Lacrosse is a unique sport when compared to soccer, hockey, and basketball in that it is not difficult to score a bunch as in soccer and hockey, but it is also not easy. Goals are earned, but not at the expense of making them seem like flukes (again, soccer and hockey).
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High School Rules
    by (#3065) on 7/29/00 @6:02PM
Do Maryland High Schools (mainly Baltimore County Division 1A) follow NCAA rules? Will we have a shot clock too? What will they use the scoreboard? And what about schools without a scoreboard?
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