|Players, coaches weigh in on NCAA faceoff changes |
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 12:13:37 PM
Caption: A number of faceoff specialists and coaches have issued a petition in opposition to the NCAA's proposed rule changes regarding the ball drop in the upcoming season.
Alternate Text: A number of faceoff specialists and coaches have issued a petition in opposition to the NCAA's proposed rule changes regarding the ball drop in the upcoming season.
A number of faceoff specialists and coaches have commented this week and have even issued a petition in opposition to the National College Athletics Association's (NCAA) proposed rule changes regarding the ball drop in the upcoming season.
Some of the more controversial faceoff rule changes, which have been suggested but not yet adopted, include banning the motorcycle grip used by many players, removing the tape from sticks and expanding the distance between the players taking the faceoff from four to 12 inches.
As of Tuesday, August 14, an online petition titled "Faceoff men unite" had over 815 signatures. The changes have prompted both outrage and agreement across the sport, from the MLL Long Island Lizard's Face Off Get Off man Greg Gurenilan to the author of the petition, Joey Lefebvre.
Lefebvre, who was a player for Winnacunnet High School before his graduation this year and will play for Bentley beginning this fall, told the magazine that he felt the rule changes penalized him as a faceoff specialist after he had trained and perfected his technique in school. He said that the rule changes would "negate" his talents.
The Faceoff Club, a group of players who offer online and on-the-field resources and training camps for lacrosse players, created a review board of MLL All Stars and coaches to judge each rule.
Their responses on the site, thefaceoffclub.com, are at times respectful of the rules committee, at others highly critical. When it came to a general opinion, Craig Bunker of the MLL Rochester said that while he commended the NCAA for attempting to "assess the issues with facing off," he did not believe that their solutions were productive.
On the opposite end of the spectrum sat Gurenilan, whose comments on the proposed gap increase began, "Being a foot away from the ball is too dumb to actually acknowledge."