|Breaking down the rule changes for women's lacrosse in Ivy League, NCAA |
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 1:37:32 PM
Caption: Over the summer, college women's lacrosse was handed several rule changes for the upcoming season.
This summer, both the Ivy League and the National College Athletics Association (NCAA) published rule changes for women's lacrosse.
In July, the Associated Press reported that the Ivy League had reasserted its emphasis on concussion prevention by approving a program to increase awareness among players of symptoms and proper checking technique, as well as begin the process of implementing a suspension policy for hits to the head in future seasons.
Just a few weeks later, the NCAA announced the approval of a rule for experimentation during the fall season, with review pending for 2013. The new rule, which lets any defender pass through the goal circle, is designed to rectify the imbalance between offense and defense created by two rule changes from the previous season. The first limited the number of players allowed in the goal circle to three (previously five), and the second imposed a harsher penalty for a yellow card.
The goal circle rule will be used in the fall season this year to give coaches and players a chance to adjust strategy and provide feedback to the rules committee before they make a final decision.
Back in the Ivy League, under the new policy, 10 pre-season practices will not permit checking. Additionally, coaches will be required to provide training on safe checking skills to players.
There has been an outcry in men's college lacrosse, over rule changes in recent years regarding lax stick dimensions, faceoffs and pace of play, among other issues. However, according to the 2012 NCAA women's lacrosse coaches survey, ensuring safety was cited as the chief concern among coaches, commissioners and officials. Based on responses to most of the questions, coaches of women's college lacrosse seem to agree with the organization's adjustments and share its opinions about the game.